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Services


Complimentary Consultation: How it Works

Prior to working with a client, I like to provide a complimentary consultation. The purpose of this consultation is to get to know each other; discuss the purpose and goals for our sessions; and provide my recommendation for how to best move forward. 

 

Services for High School or Prospective Boarding School Students


Services are available at an hourly rate or as a package. I can create a custom package to meet your needs or customize one of the packages below.


Basic College or Boarding School Preparation Package


Best for freshman and sophomores. I will personally answer student and parent questions about the college or boarding school preparation process and guide the student towards becoming academically prepared to produce a strong application.


  • Consultations to provide resources and discuss course selection, academic progress, college or boarding school preparation, and extracurricular activities.


  • Unlimited emails and text messages with response within 24 hours.


Price: Variable, services may be provided at an hourly rate or as a package.




Comprehensive College or Boarding School Application and Essay Package


Best for Juniors and Seniors. This package walks students through the college or boarding school application process. This package is suitable for students needing focused writing support devoted to the development of a strong college essay. 


Consultations to provide resources and support cover the following

      topics:

 

  • Standardized Test Preparation
  • Selection of Best-Fit Schools for Application
  • Coordinating College Visits/Tours
  • Completion of General Application
  • Procurement of Letters of Reference
  • Completion of College Essay
  • Review of Financial Aid
  • Selection of College or Boarding School


Consultations to provide resources and strategies for college essay writing, including the following:

 

  • Overview of common elements in “successful” college essays and how they differ from “academic” essays. What are the qualities that colleges tend to find appealing?
  • Assistance helping students find their own “writing voice.” What point of view does the student want to share? What is the most authentic way to do this?
  • Offer “inspiration starters” consisting of inspirational classic literature, film, music, short stories, and autobiographies that illuminate the human condition. Inspiration is the fuel that leads to writing from the heart. Inspired writing is organic and feels real and leads to great essays.
  • Offer motivational materials on how to find inspiration in day to day life and how to be inspired and create inspirational moments in one’s life; and using that inspiration in writing.
  • Offer resources on the art of storytelling. Students will learn about the basic components of an effective story and practice writing creatively. A great college essay always tells a story!
  • Offer writing practice in the form of mini writing assignments useful for developing the essay.
  • Offer assistance with brainstorming of essay ideas and topics.

 


Price: Variable, services may be provided at an hourly rate or as a package.



Services for Undergraduate and Graduate Students



Professional Reader Service


For students needing a reader or reviewer of their undergraduate or master’s thesis, final or research papers, or poster presentations.


Areas of specialty: Education, Psychology, Social Sciences.


This package includes:


1. In person or telephone consultations to provide strategies and support for creating a strong thesis, paper, or poster presentation.


2. Unlimited emails and text messages with response within 24 hours.

 

3. Editorial feedback and guidance on initial draft(s) of thesis, paper, or poster; and a critique of the final draft of the thesis, paper, or poster.


Price: Variable, services may be provided at an hourly rate or as a package.



Graduate School Application Essay Package


Focused assistance for the graduate school application essay.


Areas of specialty: Education, Psychology, Social Sciences.


This package includes consultations to provide strategies for crafting the graduate school application essay, including the following:


  • Overview of common elements in “successful” graduate school essays and how they differ from the undergraduate college essay.
  • Discussion of the qualities graduate schools tend to find appealing in a graduate school applicant.
  • Strategies for creating the most appealing focused graduate school application.


2. Unlimited emails and text messages with response within 24 hours.


3. Editorial feedback and guidance on initial draft(s) of the essay; and a critique of the final draft of the essay.


Price: Variable, services may be provided at an hourly rate or as a package.