>> Why hire Kate?
"It’s my job to coach students on accessing what’s innate so they can realize their own strengths as writers and pore those strengths into their essay, so it’s genuine and real. I will help with every step so the final draft is an personal piece of writing refined by compelling word choice, syntax, rhetorical devices, correct grammar, and logical structure."
>> What is a college essay? What is the objective?
The college essay is an opportunity for students to showcase an important part of their identity by telling a story or exploring a defining theme. The essay portion of college applications gives admissions deans a way to get to know students holistically. Deans are looking to answer the question: Will this student be a good fit for our campus community?
>> Where can I learn more about the coaching process?
Students with a draft can book an Initial Evaluation. Kate will review the draft, mark it up with comments, and create a plan for further sessions based on the level of revision the draft needs. Students with drafts tend to need 1-2 sessions beyond the Initial Eval.
Students with a “blank page” can book a Brainstorming Session to get started. Kate will help students to open up and explore events, experiences, lessons learned, and transformations in their life by asking prompting questions. A Brainstorming Session will lead to a plan/outline to help students develop & organize their ideas. Additional sessions are available as needed. Students with a “blank page” tend to need 2-4 sessions (including brainstorming) to complete their essay.
For students needing help with multiple essays (full-length, supplemental) we are here to help manage the task and support teens in creating responses that show the fullest spectrum of themselves academically, socially, and emotionally.
>> How many sessions will be needed to complete an essay?
Students with a draft tend to benefit from 1-2 sessions after the Initial Evaluation of their essay. Students who come to the process with a "blank page" tend to benefit from 3-4 sessions that offer guidance on brainstorming, outlining, drafting, and revision.
>> Does Art of the College Essay offer basic editing services?
The Initial Evaluation of a student's draft provides a level of basic editing. However, we believe a student benefits most when present and engaged in the process, so we recommend at least one additional session after the Initial Evaluation to work, together with Kate, on applying the suggestions made in the Initial Evaluation.
>> Is essay coaching ethical?
Yes! Just as a classroom teacher would offer feedback and editing suggestions on a student's essay, Kate offers support and guidance, prompting students to make their own choices as to the content and style of their essay.
>> How can I get started with Art of the College Essay?
Schedule a FREE 15-minute consultation with Kate.