I work one-on-one with students over the phone, in person, and by email. After providing students with model essays and writing exercises to complete, I like to meet with them in person, or by Skype, to discuss their ideas and draw up a schedule. After that, we meet, talk, and email according to the student’s needs and preferences.
Summer Essay Workshops
Many students start their Common App essays during the summer before senior year, but few actually finish them until shortly before they are due. My summer workshops offer students a fun and economical way to finish their personal statement, giving them plenty of time in the fall to revise the essays (if needed) and focus on their all-important supplements. Students may form their own groups or request to join a group. Workshops are limited to five students, with four two-hour sessions taking place over a two- or three-week period.
Parents may choose how much or how little they want to be involved in their teen’s essay-writing process. Parents are welcome to join their teens at meetings with me, request regular progress reports, set deadlines, and/or suggest topics for and approaches to the essay. The key is to allow students to be as creative as possible — which often entails giving them a good deal of freedom to experiment with ideas — while making sure they complete an essay that meets everyone’s expectations on time and/or within budget.
I charge an hourly rate for individual essay coaching. In general, it takes me four to eight hours to help students with no previous drafts to complete their Common Application essay – needless to say, students spend many more hours than that working on the essays at home – and 30 minutes to an hour to help them complete each supplemental essay. I provide discounted rates to low-income families. Please contact me to discuss your individual needs by filling out the form on my home page or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Writing and rewriting are a constant search for what one is saying.” – John Updike