College Essay Coaching

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It's your time to shine!

College application essays are a golden opportunity

to let them see the real you.

For a free consultation or simply to discuss your student's needs, please send me a quick note with your name, contact information and best time to talk. I work with students all over the US and abroad.  

RELAX, WE have a plan.

I believe that fatherhood, more than anything else, has made me a great college essay coach.

Raising two daughters has taught me how to help young people find and develop their own voices. Working with students at one of the most stressful moments of their lives – and helping them stay calm and create great essays – is incredibly rewarding.

There is nothing better than receiving a text message with those three magic words: “I got in!!!”

That said, what I really appreciate about my students is not their victories but their struggles. Today’s college admissions process is a brutal gauntlet that sometimes begins very early in a child’s life. Buried in all of that hard work are the seemingly mundane experiences that students forget they should celebrate.

Experiences that lead to great essays.

Essays and personal statements are rapidly eclipsing standardized test scores as one of the most important elements of the college application.

I can help your students connect with the ideas, skills and positive attitudes that will set their work apart from the crowd. They will write essays that are both effective and eloquent. Together, we can turn a stressful task into a valuable asset.

The goal is for them to present their authentic, three-dimensional, unvarnished self in a way that college admissions people can understand, appreciate, respect and perhaps even love.

Before they can do that, they need to see themselves clearly, and honestly. I'll help them get there with some exercises developed by the best minds in the business (and me too).

Then, on to the writing. 

My process is based on techniques that I have used in my own writing to break the hypnotic inertia of the blank page and produce quality work. (Check out my blog for videos with more detail on this)

Using this process, your student will produce effective essays for college applications. It will also help with any other writing they do - even day-to-day school assignments.

It is my hope that these lessons will help students throughout the rest of their lives as writers, and as people with unique voices in this world.
 

Services

  • One-on-one coaching from the earliest stages of brainstorming through final drafts

  • Individualized instruction based on each student's needs and skill level

  • Strategic advice on Do's and Don'ts

  • Editorial review of all essays prior to submission

  • Fractional hourly billing; only pay for time worked

  • No minimum time commitments

  • Available worldwide; all sessions conducted online

Also available to help with scholarship application essays, activity lists and statements of continuing interest for waitlisted applicants. 

References available upon request. 

Please be aware that while I do occasionally work as a ghost writer for adult clients, I will never write an essay for a student. If this is your interest, please contact someone else. I coach, students write.

You should also know one thing: ghost-written college essays never work.

 

Many admissions directors have told me they know instantly when an essay is not the work of the student. I know instantly too, when parents write for their kids.

 

If you want a good result, let me help your child produce his/her best work. It's the right thing to do, the right lesson to teach, and the best way to avoid rejection. 

Testimonials

“My son worked virtually with Mike throughout his ED and RD application processes (‘20-21). Mike is soft-spoken and thorough, and he delivered thoughtful, honest, and productive feedback for all of my son’s essays, and there were many! His efficiency in reviewing so many essays in such a short period of time was also impressive and much appreciated. My son is off to UPenn in the fall. Thank you Mike!”

a mother in Greenwich, CT

BRAINSTORMING

We'll work through a series of exercises to help you zero in on your best essay topics.

Storytelling

Before you write, you'll tell your story out loud. Hearing it helps you decide if it works.

rough drafts

Good writing never happens on the first try. We'll hone your prose until it shines.

weekly chats

Weekly FaceTime calls keep you on track, and greatly reduce your deadline stress later on.