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As the parent of a daughter in law school, Karen Hott has had personal experience with the angst-provoking process of applying to college and graduate school. A retired AP English and journalism teacher, she is passionate about writing and education.

In working with students on their college application essays, Karen became interested in their processes of selecting colleges. Realizing that many students rely on what they’ve heard from others and seeing the outsized influence of U.S. News & World Report rankings, she began studying the college-selection process, leading her to the University of California, Irvine, program in Independent Educational Consulting.

Since retiring from the public school system in 2016, she has worked part-time as a writing instructor at the Anne Arundel Community College Writing Center on campus and online through the school’s Virtual Writing Center. Before retiring with 35 years of teaching experience, Ms. Hott taught Advanced Placement English Language and Composition, journalism, and newspaper production at Broadneck High School in Anne Arundel County.

In her role teaching juniors and as a community college writing tutor, Karen has coached many students through their college application essays. She has a master’s degree in liberal arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, National Board for Professional Teaching Certification, and a CJE (Certified Journalism Educator) designation from the Journalism Education Association. In addition, she is a member of the Modern Language Association (MLA), the Journalism Education Association (JEA), and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Karen Hott is a member of Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC).

Karen Hott on Essay Coaching

You will not email me your essays for me to revise. All encounters will be in person or through Skype.

In-person, one-to-one coaching can be easily arranged in Anne Arundel County, the Washington metro area, and the counties of Queen Anne’s, Kent, and Talbot on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. 

I will sit down with you, in person or virtually, and coach you to produce the best essays you can. We will look at your essays in hard copy format and on the computer.

I will start wherever you are. If you don’t have the prompts, we’ll find them. If you don’t know what to say, we’ll talk. If you have something already written, I will ask you to read aloud to me what you’ve written. We will talk about what’s strong and what’s not so strong, what you should lead with and what should finish it off. I will listen to you and question you so that you say what you mean to say and your voice comes alive.

I will not go through your essay with a red pen and hand it back to you for corrections, though I will point out the function of your syntax and punctuation. Your essay will be your best, but only because you will make it that way.