How a Coach Can Help

The college application process takes time, preparation, and creativity, which is a lot for any high school senior to tackle. That is why I chose the word “coaching” to describe the services I offer.
In the very best sense of the word, the process of positive coaching can help students emerge from their college essay writing experience as more confident writers, with a better understanding of how to approach and enjoy the process of writing, something that will serve them well during their college years and beyond.

Students: working with a coach can help you manage the stress
and scheduling of writing your college essays, as well as making you
accountable during the process.

Parents: having your student work with a writing coach relieves you
of taking on the role of “watchdog,” freeing you to simply provide support
for your child during this demanding process.

College admissions deans routinely report that the majority of the personal essays they receive are travelogues. They tell where the applicant has been or what she has done, but not why he did it
or what they learned from it. This is not surprising. Memoir writing is tough, even for an experienced author. Yet we’ve come to expect 17-year old high school students to nail it on their own in 500 words or less.

First-person writing is rarely taught in high school English and AP English classes tend to stress writing that conforms to the College Board’s expository, analytical, and argumentative essay models. While there is no magic formula, I believe that bright, motivated students can craft great essays. And the difference between a good essay and a great one may help a qualified applicant
stand out from the competition, sometimes turning a maybe into a yes.