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College, Grad School, Prep School, Transfer, Scholarship Essays

Sharon Epstein College Essay Tutor and I

Essay Writing Services:


One-On-One Tutoring. One-on-one guidance through any or all of the essay writing process.


Essay Review. A great option if you're looking for feedback on an essay that's been written or is nearing completion.

One-On-One Tutoring:

Start-to-Finish Guidance

I cover all aspects of college, transfer, prep school, graduate school, scholarship, and medical school application essay writing from brainstorming to completion.


This includes Common Application, supplemental essays (including how to write "Why This College" essays), and essays required by schools not on the Common App.


Identification of Each Student's Strengths
I get to know each student. One of the first things I do is to learn about each student's unique qualities and point of view. During a series of fun brainstorming exercises, we begin to answer essential questions including, "What makes me unique?...What are my strengths?...What are my interests and values?" and "How do I best convey who I am to the college?"


Correct Topic Choice
Once I understand the student's accomplishments, life experiences, and personal viewpoint, I  can guide him or her to the best college essay topic and then through a successful writing experience.


Writing Technique
I teach my students the storytelling techniques they need to create an interesting, compelling, and memorable essay. They learn how to capture and hold a reader's attention, craft interesting sentences, make strong word choices, and end well. 


Individual Attention

Not all students work at the same level. Some students may need more help gaining insight into the stories they have to tell, others may need help organizing thoughts or choosing the right words. I identify problem areas so they can craft their best essay.


Proven Results
The result is a unique, compelling, and well-written essay that represents the student in the best possible light, and allows schools to envision the student contributing positively to their college campuses. Click here for a list of my students' college acceptances.


Additional Benefits
   •   Less Family Stress. Parents don't need to be the "essay police." I take on that responsibility. 
   •   Pride of Ownership. The student is always the writer. 
   •   Any Part of the Process.  Whether it's brainstorming, comments on a draft, or final proof, I can jump in at any part of the process.  


Where Do We Meet?
I meet in person by Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime, depending on your location and preference. Currently, I am seeing all of my students remotely.


I use Google docs, which allows me to view and make changes on the same document as the student in real time. During a session, I can immediately see if the student needs clarification or additional suggestions.


International Students

I work with students around the world. 

Essay Coaching Fees
Sessions are billed at an hourly rate. Please contact me for more information.

Essay Review


If you'd like feedback on an essay that's already been written or is nearing completion, consider an Essay Review.


An Essay Review is an excellent choice if: 

  • You'd like an experienced and objective opinion about your essay's impact.

  • You aren't sure if it's the best topic.

  • It doesn't quite sound like your student.

  • You'd like suggestions on writing techniques.

  • You're working on a limited budget.


I'll review your essay for topic choice, content, story-telling ability, structure, grammar, and spelling. My detailed comments include: 

  • Overview of the essay's strengths and weaknesses.

  • Detailed assessment of what readers will learn about the student.

  • Specific paragraph-by-paragraph suggestions for ways to improve the essay.


Recent Essay Review Testimonials:

"Thank you very much. This is tremendous feedback, well above and beyond my expectations."


"Thank you for all your help! It has made all the difference for my essays and ability to write about myself."

"Thank you so much for the feedback on my essay! I look forward to submitting it to colleges as I finalize my application."

Essay Review Fees

•    Up to 650 words: $185. Over 650 words: $225

Please note: An essay review is a one-time service. Follow-up comments are available for an additional fee.



Additional Editing Services:


Final Proofreading

$65. This is a "light" round of edits: proofreading and polishing for typos, errors in punctuation, grammar choice, etc., and flagging obvious weaknesses. For essays li650 words and under. For longer essays, additional charges apply.

Free Essay Consultation
If your student has written an essay and you're wondering if it needs additional attention, send it to me. I'll let you know if it's headed in the right direction, free of charge, and discuss the next steps if necessary. Please note that a free consultation is not an essa
y review.

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