College application counseling

Finding the right college and preparing the best application

By Olivia Godby

July Session: Monday 23 - Friday 27 July 9.30-11am

August Session: Monday 13 - Friday 17 August 9.30-11am


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Applying to college can be stressful, overwhelming, and confusing. However, with a clear understanding of the demands of this process, it doesn’t have to be this way. When students have a realistic and communicated plan in place, they can prepare successful applications, avoid the pressure, and ultimately find the school that will be the right fit for them.


The student will leave the class with the tools to:

  • Better understand the landscape of college choices and how to find the right fit
  • Create a smart list of colleges for application
  • Prepare a consistent and compelling application based both on the student’s individual strengths and the colleges of choice
  • Write a convincing, memorable essay
  • Develop a plan for timely preparation of all application materials


This class will provide students and families with a start to finish understanding of the college admission process, from selecting schools for application to the gathering and packaging of application materials. The student will learn how to navigate the common application, brainstorm an essay topic, and write a compelling essay. The goal of the class is not only to have the student begin the process of applying to college before the stressful fall of senior year but also to relieve some of the anxiety surrounding this process by providing a detailed, clear, and structured approach for applying to college.

Weekly Overview

  • Class 1: The college search, what tools to use, what to look for, how to cater a search to find the right fit
  • Class 2: The common application, what it is, how it works, how to use it
  • Class 3: Application materials pt. 1: grades, letters of recommendation, resumes, interviews
  • Class 4: Application materials pt. 2: the essay and supplemental essays
  • Class 5: Developing a structured and workable plan for applying to college

About Olivia

I studied in the honors program at the University of Notre Dame, where I graduated with a degree in philosophy and literature in 2016. During my time at the university, I worked closely with the directors of the admissions and enrollment divisions to expand the university’s merit scholarship opportunities and recruitment strategies. I was an inaugural member of the admission division’s Student Advisory Board for Undergraduate Enrollment, through which I gained a firsthand understanding of how elite colleges recruit and select their incoming classes. This insight into how colleges review applications has allowed me to develop strategies for student success.  My extensive experience tutoring in writing and math allows me to connect with students and help instill the confidence to navigate this process with excitement rather than anxiety.


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4500 9th Ave NE, Suite 300, Seattle, WA, 98105



Class may be billable through insurance in some cases; contact Hampton Tutors for further information.

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Terms, conditions and refund policy:
In the event that you must cancel, your payment will be fully refundable until 5 business days prior to the class start date. Cancellations made less than 5 business days in advance of the class will be partially refunded at 50% (for example, $250 refund payment for a $500 class). Cancellations may be made by phone or email.

In the event that we must cancel the class, we will notify you via phone or email and refund you in full.