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Mastering the College Essay

A distinguishing element of the college admission portfolio, the college essay — and supplemental essays — provides a window into a student’s thinking and personality. Knowing that every word counts, our experienced tutors coach students through the entire process — topic selection, prewriting, drafting, editing, and polishing — helping students craft an authentic representation of their ideas.

 

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Having worked with my son on improving his verbal and reading ACT scores (36V/34R), it was an easy decision to ask Pam to help him with his college essay. Through their discussions, they came up with a great essay topic, which genuinely conveys him as a person.  While she guided him, he definitely wrote the essay, and it is clearly in his voice.  Pam has a unique ability to break down the writing process so it doesn’t seem so daunting. This is our third time working with a college essay editor, and it was by far the best of the three experiences.

S.P., Parent

I wanted to express my gratitude for Anya. She was a critical part of my acceptance into Wharton. Every week she would help me with my various college essays. She is so understanding and patient and incredibly intelligent. Without her help, neither me nor my brothers would be where we are today.

MM, Student

My son’s test scores are through the roof after your prep courses. Amanda worked with him on his common application and supplemental essays and I am so impressed with all he has learned and the products he’s produced. Thank you for running a fabulous organization with an amazing ROI!

DK, Parent

I just read the essay. Twice. I am beyond blown away and so moved. Authentic, powerful and real…Personal and serious. I love it so much and so does my daughter. What an incredible professor you must be.

LS, Parent

I wanted to express my gratitude for Anya. She was a critical part of my acceptance into Wharton. Every week she would help me with my various college essays. She is so understanding and patient and incredibly intelligent. Without her help, neither me nor my brothers would be where we are today.

My son has waxed poetic about you throughout the process and the support you have offered has been invaluable. College essays has not been an easy subject for our family and you have made it the best experience possible. Thank you for your generosity of spirit and time and we look forward to our younger daughter working with you next year and reading the final product.

NP, Parent

Anya knows the ins and outs of the college process. My favorite part about having Anya as a tutor is how enthusiastic and encouraging she is. She provides just the right amount of constructive criticism, so I never feel like I lose my voice in my essays. She brings out the very best in the students she works with.

GL, Student

Amanda helped my son finish up the supplemental essays today. She was amazing, wonderful, and most of all an excellent tutor! I cannot thank you & her enough for all of her help with these! His AP English teacher read the Common App Supplement and told his the essay was “excellent!” We are thrilled and thankful these are done!

BL, Parent

Hi Amanda,

On Monday, K. received a handwritten note from an admissions officer at [a university] – he said her essay was one of most memorable he’s read this year. They are flying her out in March to interview for a full tuition scholarship. Thank you SO MUCH for helping her express the “why” in her common app essay! She couldn’t have done it without you!

PH, Parent

Pam worked with my son on citations, outlines, close reading and grammar. She also assisted him with his Senior capstone project by guiding him through all of the stages of the writing process. Every time she came for a session, she left him with materials that he can utilize in the future when he tackles college writing assignments.

LG, Parent
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