Frequently Asked Questions
How does the course work?
Every 1-2 weeks, we’ll release one lesson covering a particular Master Class topic. Each lesson includes a short video that you can watch on-demand (videos are 5-30 minutes long), and an assignment to help you practice and perfect what you have just viewed. Assignments might include additional short readings, a timely project with classmates, or a follow-up meeting with one or more of the trainers.
How long does the course last?
The first lesson will be available on August 29 and you can begin as soon as you’d like (the second lesson will be available after Labor Day). The course will end during the final week of Senior Season 2018.
I’m still in the learning stage. Am I really ready for a “Master Class”?
If you’ve successfully completed Collegewise training and are officially meeting with kids, you’re ready. The concepts we’ll teach are less advanced than the learning and results that will ensue.
It’s busy season. How much time is this going to take?
You’ll watch ten videos, each between 5-30 minutes long, between now and the end of senior season. Most of the assignments outside of the videos will overlap nicely with the work you’re already doing. That’s intentional. We don’t want to add more work to your already rapidly-filling plate. We want to help you better manage the work that’s already there. Think of it like meeting regularly with a private tutor to help you through organic chemistry. Sure, those meetings will take up some time. But that time would otherwise have been spent struggling and worrying that med school just might not be for you.
Will we interact with the instructors?
Yes, at least until you get sick of us. The trainers will be showing up regularly online to answer questions, hold discussions, and review your progress. We don’t want this to be a passive course where you do everything on your own. We’ll be in this together—it’s up to you and to us to make sure you get as much as possible out of the course.
Is this course mandatory?
No. All real learning is voluntarily (except the painful kind).
Will I be judged negatively if I choose not to enroll?
No. But please consider what kind of progress you’re making before you decide not to enroll. If you and your manager agree that you’re firing on all counseling cylinders, well on your way to filling up, and excited about the challenge of working with as many or more kids like the veterans do, it’s hard to judge you for making the decision not to enroll. But if you’re struggling, if you’re not making the progress you or your manager hoped you’d make, or if you’re just not feeling as successful as you’d like to be, this is your opportunity to address those things.
You mentioned something about giving us more kids. How will that work?
Marketing and sales believes that the demand will be there for us to get you the kids. If that doesn’t come through, we’ll bring more kids into the scholarship program.
How many kids will I be expected to work with?
That depends on how many kids you already have and how long you’ve been here. We’d like to help each of you beat your assigned number this year so that you can feel good about your performance and optimistic about your ability to add more in the future.
Why can’t veterans join?
A successful project starts with a clear sense of who and what it’s for. We don’t want to convince veterans to change the very methods that are already working well for them. For now, we want to teach newer counselors more effective ways to counsel. And we want the opportunity to prove that the course works before we broaden it to everyone.
Will veterans be invited to enroll in the future?
Yes. If we get the results we expect, we’ll open the course up in 2019 for veterans who want to join and are open to learning new—and we think even better—ways of counseling.