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That’s the all-important question admissions officers will be seeking to answer as they review your application. Will you be seen as someone who will fade into the background, or as someone whose unique experiences and perspectives will enrich the life of the campus? Will your essay linger in the minds of admissions officers, or will it be quickly forgotten, lost among thousands of other essays by students with similar grades, extracurricular activities, and test scores?
Our 1-on-1 college essay coaching guides you through a proven, step-by-step framework for crafting compelling college application essays, from the first draft all the way to the final polish.
The first, and arguably most important, step in crafting a compelling essay isn’t to brainstorm or write a first draft—it’s to understand the people who will be reading and evaluating your essays. What topics and themes do they favor, and what subjects should you avoid?
Finding a suitable topic isn’t about picking a message; it’s about picking the right message for the universities and programs you’re targeting. Admissions officers look for students whose academic backgrounds and aspirations are a good match for their school. We’ll make sure you choose a subject that not only showcases your talents but also resonates with the specific colleges and fields of study on your list.
Six A.P. classes. A super-score of 1470. Three years of Model United Nations, varsity soccer, and band. But what does your application say about your core qualities? Your personal statement is your opportunity to prove that you are so much more than just grades and scores. We’ll teach you how to use your essay to demonstrate that you have important traits like compassion and resilience.
“Thank you so much. I had no idea what to do for my Common App or supplements and kept writing drafts that I wasn’t happy with. You helped me understand what admissions officers look for when they read students’ personal statements and how I had a unique story to tell. I’m positive my essays helped me get into Brown, and I feel much more confident in my writing ability now than I did before. Thank you!”
Personal Statement Guidance
$1,800 per essay
Supplemental Essay Guidance
$800 per essay
Picture yourself an admissions officer at a prestigious university. It’s mid-February, and for the last six weeks you have been utterly entombed with work. Each day, with the help of a venti Caffe Americano, you review upwards of 200 students, all of whom—let’s be honest—blend into one another with stellar grades, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, and test scores. You would never admit this fact to anyone, but if you see yet another straight-A student with a 34 on the ACT, two years of varsity swimming, and a history of volunteering at Fading Horizons nursing home, you may just lose it. The work you do is important, and you take your responsibility as a shaper of the future of the college seriously, but come on! How many times do you have to read an essay in which a student simply recites his or her achievements in a blatant attempt to come across as intelligent and well-rounded?
Increasingly, admissions officers cite the essay as the number one way that students can distinguish themselves from other applicants. Here’s a quote from Martha C. Merrill, a Harvard graduate and former Dean of Admissions: “The truth is that while no essay will make an unqualified student acceptable, a good essay can help a qualified applicant stand out from the competition. A good essay just might be what turns a ‘maybe’ into a ‘yes.’”
High school English teachers impart many important skills, from methods for analyzing works of literature to techniques for writing a cohesive five-paragraph essay. However, crafting a distinctive personal statement is very different from writing a five-paragraph essay for school. Composing a memorable college application essay combines elements of persuasive, creative, and autobiographical writing since students are, in effect, telling a story about themselves to persuade the admissions committee to admit them to the university. We teach students how to discover the story that will most resonate with application readers, and then we lead them through a proven, step-by-step framework for writing a personal statement that will give them a true competitive edge.
No, absolutely not. We don’t do students work for them. It’s vital that students compose their own essays and that their personal statements come across as authentic. We motivate students, inspire them, and help them discover what makes them unique, and then we guide them through every step of the writing process, offering specific feedback and suggestions.
Class 1: TUE, JAN 17, 2023, 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM EST
Class 1: Tuesday, July 5, 2022, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET
Class 2: Tuesday, July 12, 2022, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET
Class 3: Tuesday, July 19, 2022, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET
Class 4: Tuesday, July 26, 2022, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET
Class 5: Tuesday, August 2, 2022, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET
Class 6: Tuesday, August 9, 2022, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET
Class 7: Tuesday, August 16, 2022, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET
Class 8: Tuesday, August 23, 2022, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET
Exam 1: Saturday, December 18, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET at TMLA.
Class 1: Tuesday, January 4, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Live-Online).
Class 2: Tuesday, January 11, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Live-Online).
Exam 2: Saturday, January 15, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET at TMLA.
Class 3: Tuesday, January 18, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Live-Online).
Class 4: Tuesday, February 1, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Live-Online).
Exam 3: Saturday, February 5, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET at TMLA.
Class 5: Tuesday, February 8, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Live-Online).
Class 6: Tuesday, February 15, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Live-Online).
Exam 4: Saturday, February 26, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET at TMLA.
Class 7: Tuesday, March 1, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Live-Online).
Class 8: Tuesday, March 8, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Live-Online).
Class 1: Wednesday, October 27, 2021, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET
Class 2: Saturday, October 30, 2021, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
Class 3: Wednesday, November 3, 2021, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET
Class 4: Saturday, November 6, 2021, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
Class 5: Wednesday, November 10, 2021, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET
Class 6: Saturday, November 13, 2021, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
Class 7: Wednesday, November 17, 2021, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET
Class 8: Saturday, November 20, 2021, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
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