Inspiration

Need a little college essay coaching inspiration? The authors below have written bestseller after bestseller, won two Nobel Prizes, and dazzled millions of readers. One has his own hall in Harvard Yard. “You’re miserable, edgy and tired. You’re in the perfect mood for writing.” ― Warren Ellis “Panicky despair is an underrated element of writing.” ― Dave Barry “The faster I write, the better my output. If I’m going slow, I’m in trouble. It means I’m pushing the words instead of being pul...
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We love our Facebook fans! As a thank you, there's no additional charge for your first-choice college's supplement if you sign up for Common App tutoring by August 31. This covers short answers (e.g., Yale's "Short Takes," Columbia's "Interests" and short answers, Chicago's Questions 1 and 2) as well as extended essays (Princeton, Stanford, etc.). Any school, any supplement! As always, our essay management service is included at no additional charge. We'll organize all your prompts, identifyi...
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Missy "The Missile" Franklin collected five Olympic medals and broke two world records, but continues to refuse endorsements so that she can swim in college. You know what that means...she'll be writing essays this fall. The stakes might be a little lower for one of the world's most highly-recruited athletes, but that doesn't mean she's looking forward to it. If YOU were the admission officer reading her essay, what would you like to read about? Leave a reply below, and we'll pick one ent...
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Free College Essay Tutoring

College essay tutoring is a luxury most families cannot afford. In an attempt to level the playing field a little, we tutor two students each season at no charge. Selection is based on academic merit and financial need. If you would like to apply, please complete the form below by June 14, 2017. You will be notified by Monday, June 19th. We discuss the information provided below only with the applicant's parent(s). In the message field below, please outline your aspirations and family backgro...
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Worst Harvard Essay Ever

Worst College Essay
Just another day in the Harvard admissions office...Class presidents and valedictorians vying alongside chess prodigies and future Olympians—each applicant more talented and ambitious than the last, and all desperate for one of the most coveted prizes in college admissions. So an essay like this would really, ah, stand out: The reasons that I have for wishing to go to Harvard are several. I feel that Harvard can give me a better background and a better liberal education than any o...
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College Essay Tutoring Jumpstart

Our college essay tutoring clients—especially the ones who swear they have nothing to write about—get amazing results when we stop brainstorming and start free-writing. You don't need a college essay tutor to try it. Here's what you do: 1) Turn off WiFi. No online distractions. 2) Pick ONE of the questions in bold below. You're going to free-write for five minutes, which is just writing without stopping. Don't pause to stare at the screen or to read what you've written. Don't worry if ...
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