College application essays are a chance for students to reveal the actual person behind their GPA, standardized test scores, athletic endeavors and the rest of their high school activities. And while the essay can’t substitute for solid grades or outstanding scores, it can be the “tiebreaker” that ultimately decides admission.
That’s why College Essay Solutions begins the tutoring process by helping students develop a dynamic and original essay topic that will grab the attention of Admission Directors. One thing we always keep in mind – Admissions Committee members read a lot of application essays and many of them will be somewhat similar. So it is up to the student to develop a concept or approach that will make theirs stand out.
To put this into perspective, we come right out and tell students, “Imagine it’s 4:30 PM on a Friday. The person who is going to read your application essay has already read a hundred of them that week. All he or she wants to do is go home for the weekend. There is one more essay left on her pile, and it’s yours. Now what can you do to make sure that Admissions Director finishes your essay and thinks, ‘Wow, we must have this student in our freshman class’?”
To meet this high goal, we begin assisting students with an hour to an hour and a half, one-on-one, brainstorming session between Craig Heller and the student. This session is designed to help the student come up with a unique topic for their essay and is conducted on the phone, Skype, or in person, depending on the circumstances.
Once the topic is set, the student develops an outline for the essay, which Craig Heller personally reviews. The student then generates a first draft of the essay and submits that to College Essay Solutions. Craig provides notes on the draft, which are always expressed as suggestions. Here and throughout the process, the student remains the author of the essay. This procedure continues through as many drafts as necessary, until the student, and Craig, is confident that the essay has reached its highest potential.
Whether it’s the Common Application essay, University of California essays, supplements for an individual college, or any other essay requirement, the ultimate purpose of the essay should be to raise a student’s chances of acceptance. And at College Essay Solutions, we make sure that the student’s work does exactly that!
Please note that College Essay Solutions will not, under any circumstances, write an essay for a student. Throughout our tutoring process, the student remains the author of the essay.