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Mon, Sep 11


For Class of '24

Short Answer Questions Lab (for Class of '24)

Monday, September 11, 2023 from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM CST | Presented by Bonnie Kleffman, M.Ed., GCDF

Short Answer Questions Lab (for Class of '24)
Short Answer Questions Lab (for Class of '24)

Date & Time

Sep 11, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM CDT

For Class of '24

About the Event

***Exclusively for Access College America scholars***

Short-Answer Questions are specific and unique to each college you apply to. These questions vary in terms of the topic and categories. Understanding your audience, the role of the short answer question and how to layer your experience can help you achieve success in a competitive writing world.

This lab provides insight on what colleges are looking for in short answer questions. We guide our scholars through exercises designed to help craft answers to the most frequently asked short answer questions.


  • Completed College Reasonings
  • Revised Scholar Vitae & Resume
  • Completed Exercises from the Main Essay Lab
  • 2 Pens, highlighter(s), notebook for taking notes, 3-to-5 blank sheets of paper.

Be Advised:

  • This is a hands-on working lab with camera & audio on. Participation is required for all attendees.
  • We suggest water & snacks readily available.
  • Plan to be in a quiet location suitable for brainstorming activities and writing.
  • You MUST be at a desk and in front of a computer (no phones allowed).


Bonnie Kleffman, MEd, GCDF

College Consulting Director

Access College America

Bonnie is a globally certified Career Development Facilitator who holds a Master's in Education and English. She has worked with students of all ages and backgrounds and has a passion for helping students find careers that they love and the educational paths to get them there.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Bonnie earned her BA in English from the University of Dayton. She earned her MEd at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC with a concentration in English, and was the director of a nonprofit literacy program that focused on family literacy and intergenerational learning. She has worked with students of diverse backgrounds, from therapeutic preschool students to inmates at the Spartanburg County Jail. Through these experiences, she developed a true passion for education and for helping students overcome challenges and become their best selves.

Bonnie is a former high school English teacher and she’s taught AVID courses too. She has also been instrumental in developing career development programs for high schools. She is passionate about seeing her students reach their full potential and grow into college-educated, successful adults!

On her days off, Bonnie can be found spending time with her two daughters, Haley, age 14, and Victoria, age 10. She has an unusual obsession with racing and riding her mountain bike, and she enjoys training young athletes who are learning to race.

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