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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 to consider if you're looking for feedback on an essay that's already been written or is nearing completion.


General Writing Tutoring. For high school and college students who need extra writing help.

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. 
    •   I Can Jump In During Any Part of the Process.  I can assist at any point, whether it's helping brainstorm a topic, sending comments on a draft, or doing a final proof.  


Where Do We Meet?
I meet in-person, by Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, and through email, depending on your location and preference. Currently, during COVID-19, 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.



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: 

  • An overview of the essay's strengths and weaknesses.

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

  • At least 2 pages of returned comments.


Two Recent Testimonials About My Essay Review:

"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. "

Essay Review Fees

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

•    Written comments on a follow-up draft: $75.


An essay review is a one-time service.



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 650 words and under. For longer essays, additional charges apply.


General Writing Tutoring

For high school and college students who need extra help to organize thoughts, create outlines, and improve writing skills and word choice. I also have experience—and enjoy working with— students with learning differences. Billed at my hourly rate. (Please contact me.)

Free Essay Consultation
If your son or daughter 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. (Please note that a free consultation is not an essa
y review.)