Our College Essay Coaching program gives your child the benefit of a
dedicated professional coach to guide him or her from brainstorming
to final draft, with the goal of developing a truly outstanding essay.
As a mother of college students, I’ve experienced the application process through the lens of two very different learners. Combined, I toured nearly 50 colleges, oversaw the application process both in the public and private school sector, acted as resident college essay coach and navigated the EA, ED, ED2 and RD options. Helping my own children has helped me with a third skill set which I bring into the mix when working with students: time management and active listening.
Graduate School and College Application Essay Coaching
Your college essay coach will walk you through the essay writing process step by step, providing extremely specific instructions and assignments tailored to your unique learning style, strengths, and schedule. Because cookie-cutter coaching can result in cookie-cutter essays, no two Naked Essay coaching experiences are alike. However, all students go through a similar pattern of brainstorming, free-writing, and revisions. Here are the basics of what you can expect from your college essay coach:
Anyone can set up shop as a college application essay coach, but not many people have my exceptional combination of college admissions expertise and writing instruction experience. I served on the Board of Admissions at Wellesley College, where I read hundreds of admissions applications, and I spent twenty-five years teaching writing and English at Harvard and Wellesley. My knowledge of the college admissions process and many years of teaching courses on the personal essay can provide high school students with a powerful advantage in writing the best possible college application essay—an essay that can mean the difference between a "maybe" and a "yes." We will show you how to let it all out, without stopping to rewrite, read what you have written, consult a thesaurus, or worry if you are doing it right or wrong or sounding stupid or pathetic or weird. (Don’t worry, all your best qualities will shine in your final essay, but right now you just have to keep your fingers typing.) Your college essay coach won’t let you think too much because you are not writing from your head. You are writing from your heart—that is where your best story lives, in all its surprising, dramatic, vivid glory. Most teachers focus on rewriting and simply don’t have time to sift through rough first drafts, so this one of the biggest perks of working with a private college essay coach. Be offensive, sappy, stupid, and clichéd. The best essays come from the worst first drafts. Let it all out.