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Jul 29 2014

I have 15 years experience working with high school students on college 
applications, personal statements, and guiding them through the college 
application process. I have particularly strong experience working with students 
who have organizational challenges and writing blocks.

My professional background: Currently work as the Program Administrator for 
College and Career Readiness for SFUSD school district, former Dean of Studies 
at Lick-Wilmerding High School in SF (one part of my job was to oversee the 
College Counseling Office), 15+years as a teacher and college application editor 
and guide in Washington, D.C. Public Schools. 

I take on a handful of tutoring clients each fall and have local references as 
requested.  I look forward to hearing from you. My LinkedIn profile can be 
viewed here:
Mary Finn maryelizabethfinn[at] 2027468807


Jun 23 2014

I'm a college professor and teach English & Comparative Literature at San Jose 
State University but live in Berkeley. I'm also a former advisor for my 
department. I seek to offer tutoring, advising on college applications, essays, 
and also general advice about how to approach decisions about where and how 
to apply to college. I'm open to working with teens, their adult parents, or in 
combination. My experience in this area is extensive, although I'm only recently 
establishing myself as an advisor. I'm happy to discuss your needs and ways I 
can keep the costs of tutoring/advising within your budget. 
Persis Karim (professor)  persisk[at] 510 847 2817


Jun 18 2014

Do you need help in applying to colleges, especially in the 
fields of science, medicine and healthcare? I am Dr. Aruna 
Somani, an Internist in the Bay Area. I am available to help 
students in completing college applications, choosing the 
right colleges/programs, essay writing and interviewing 
skills.  I have counseled many students in how to best 
prepare for admission to medical school. With my coaching, 
my son was able to gain admission to Northwestern's seven 
year combined medical program(HPME) this fall. He also got 
into many other top medical programs and received over 
$260,000 in merit scholarships. I have practiced clinical 
medicine and trained medical students for over 20 years and 
can offer first hand knowledge into the medical school 
admission process. I earned my medical degree at University 
of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. My email 
address is Contact me for a free 
Aruna Somani arunasomanimd[at] 925-786-1439


Jun 17 2014

I am a well-educated (BS in Psychology, MS in Counseling,
PhD in Higher Education,) Moraga mom with a certificate in
College Advising from UC Berkeley extension.   

I am willing to work for a reasonable fee, and cater to
whatever aspects of the process that your student needs. If
you would like a full package, that's great, but I am also
quite willing to help only with essay revisions.

I welcome B students as well.

Given the academic pressure in our community, I would love
to help your student get through the maddening and, often
over-whelming,  application process.  Let me be the nag!
This will allow you to enjoy your child during their senior
year in high school.

Thank you for your consideration.  Students tend to like
working with me a lot; I try to keep things light, and
relieve some of their anxieties.
Jari J Hazard, PhD jari94556[at] 


Jun 11 2014

Lauren Bishop - Stanford graduate, Phi Beta Kappa
Managing Partner & College Admissions Coach at College Bound, LLC

Offers expert advice to college bound 8th-12th grade students and families 
- Academics
- Extracurriculars
- Essays
- Financial aid
- SAT tutor recs
- & more

Lauren works in the Bay Area/Sonoma County, and with distance clients using 
phone, skype & email.

Testimonial from parent of Pomona student:

''Without Lauren, I?m certain my daughter wouldn?t have gained admission 
to the top schools that accepted her and offered excellent scholarship 

Lauren gave invaluable advice to my daughter starting in her 9th grade year, 
putting her on a path to succeed beyond her previous potential.  

Then, calm and confident, Lauren guided my overwhelmed daughter with 
humor and understanding as she drafted application essays.

Don't pass up the opportunity to work with Lauren!''

For more info:
Lauren Bishop lbishop[at] (707) 391-2080


Jun 05 2014

I have a PhD in Drama from Stanford, where I have subsequently worked as a 
teaching fellow in the humanities, helping freshmen to develop their reading and 
writing skills in many areas across the humanities. I currently work with a small 
number of private clients in the Bay Area, guiding them through the college 
application process, with a particular focus on helping them to build stronger, 
more focused essays.

The college application process can be confusing and overwhelming for a 
student; I can help your child learn to use spreadsheets and other tools to stay 
on top of this process, and to make sure they are giving themselves enough time 
to complete the applications.

I am happy to work closely with your child over the entire process, or simply to 
meet once or twice to give feedback on admissions essays.

Please contact me for rates and availability.  I am available to work during the 
summer and the school year.
Michael Hunter mhhunter[at] 


Jun 02 2014

Are you looking for a tutor to help manage and facilitate your child?s college 
application process? The college application process can be a stressful time for 
families and I am able to help mitigate much of the stress by forward thinking 
the application due dates, helping with drafts of the personal statements and 
keeping your son/daughter on track to meet all deadlines. I have a range of 
professional experiences including: 15+ years experience working with students. 
I worked for 8 years in the Washington, D.C. public schools as a high school 
teacher and administrator.  I served for 5 years as the Dean of Studies (including 
overseeing the College Counseling dept.) and social studies teacher at Lick-
Wilmerding HS (private school in SF), and I am currently working as an 
administrator for College and Career programs in SFUSD. I have available local 
references for individual tutoring.
Mary Finn maryelizabethfinn[at] 202-746-8807


May 04 2014

Lorraine Lyman, M.S., M.A., is an educational consultant for 
college admissions--particularly navigating applications, 
essay coaching, and assisting students in choosing the best 
school and major(s) for them. 

Lorraine, who is located in the Bay Area, enjoys working 
with a wide array of families including those who are 
discerning and know that investing in their families brings 
positive qualitative and quantitative returns on investment.

Lorraine earned an MS from Carnegie Mellon University and 
her students have been interested or are interested in 
attending the UCs, CSUs, Ivy League schools, the Little 
Ivies, the State Ivies, the New Ivies, Colleges That Change 
Lives, and many more.  Over the last year, Lorraine's 
students have earned over $160,000 in scholarships for high 
school and college.

The fee for Lorraine's in-person consulting is $120 per hour 
for a two-hour minimum.
Lorraine Lyman Lorraine[at] 5107687922


Mar 03 2014

I am offering tutoring services for students crafting essays and personal 
statements during the college admissions process.  I have worked as a 
professional writer for seven years primarily in development, copywriting, and 
editing for non-profit organizations.  Previously, I taught university students for 
three years through the Campus Learning Assistance Services at the University 
of California, Santa Barbara as a writing tutor and professor's assistant.  I can 
help your child prepare successful college entrance essays and personal 
statements while simultaneously working to develop lasting skills in the craft of 
writing.  I live in North Oakland and I am available for tutoring services 
throughout the Bay Area.
Nick Robinson robinson.nicholas.i[at] 


Feb 05 2014


I'm a recent college graduate who has been working in youth
empowerment services for about 4 years. Most recently I have
been working with homeless youth helping them with their GED
prep or college admissions support. As someone who has
recently been through the process, I know it quite well and
can give support around application processes, letters of
intent and organizational support. I also can give support
with essay writing and exam prep.

If any of this sounds good, let's meet up and see if I would
be a good fit for your child that needs support!

Caleb Feigin calebfeigin[at] 


Jan 07 2014

Mia Sara Bruch, a Berkeley-based tutor, is delighted to offer her services in 
helping your teen write an outstanding college admissions essay.  Mia is a 
graduate of the College Preparatory School and earned both a BA and a PhD at 
Stanford University.  While at Stanford, she received both the Golden Prize and 
the Lieberman Fellowship, the university?s highest honors for work in the 
humanities.  She has collaborated with best-selling authors Abraham Verghese 
(author of Cutting for Stone) and Jonathan Safran Foer (author of Everything Is 
Illuminated) and has done policy writing for the Aspen Institute and the Atlantic 
Council.  She is the winner of Stanford?s Centennial Prize for teaching, and 
taught English and debate to students in College Prep?s summer Partners 
Mia can be contacted at miabruch [at]
Mia Bruch miabruch[at] 


Dec 18 2013

I am a female psychology major currently at Occidental College offering help 
with college essays and general advice applying to college. I will be 
graduating in spring of 2014. As a senior in college who has gone through 
the application process, I feel like I can give helpful advice in applying to 
In addition, I offer tutoring in writing for students in elementary thru high 
school. I am most familiar with research-based writing in psychology, but can 
help with general writing needs as well. 
I have worked with several tutoring companies in both paid and nonpaid 
positions such as Reading Partners, the Neighborhood Partnership Program of 
Occidental College, and Learning with Laptops. 
I charge $30 per hour for either tutoring or college application help. I can 
meet at your house or at a public place such as the library or coffee shop. I 
am available from Dec. 19-Jan 20.
Thank you, and I hope to hear from you, any and all questions!
Kaila Chan kchan[at] 


Nov 03 2013

Hello my name is Lauren! I graduated with my BA from Johns Hopkins University 
and now pursuing an MPH in Maternal and Child Health at UC Berkeley School of 
Public Health. I spent a year in Bangladesh teaching English at a women's 
university. I am also a Gates Millennium Scholar. I am offering services for 
college admissions help and also reading and writing tutoring. I live in the 
Elmwood area and available most nights and weekends. Please contact me if you 
have further questions. 
Lauren  laurenvilla[at] 5102920999


Sep 16 2013

I am a non-profit lawyer who's been helping friends, and friends of friends, write college, grad school and scholarship/fellowship 
essays for years. Since I am newly trying my hand at doing it for a fee, I am offering the first 2 respondents to this post four 
hours of work free, simply for the feedback.

In that time, I will:

- talk with you (or your child) about your goals at the college or grad school or with the scholarship to which are you are 
- review with you the elements of a compelling personal statement,
- gain an understanding of what you want to tell the reader and why, your ?voice? and writing style,
- help you develop an outline, and
- review and edit one draft for completeness and quality of expression.

I am located in Oakland and will happily drive within a forty minute radius of my home near Lake Merritt. 
Andrea Luquetta andrea.luquetta[at] 


Sep 08 2013

I have a lot of experience helping high schools students to
craft excellent essays for the college applications. I also
advise on graduate programs and applying for funding.
 About me: I have an extensive academic and teaching
background, including two Masters degrees and experience
teaching at UC Berkeley as a PhD student. I very much enjoy
learning, teaching, and helping students to find enthusiasm
for the material they are studying and to build confidence
in their abilities to succeed in life. I work with each
student in a patient, caring, and fun way to address their
individual needs. ? My rates: $40/hr Please contact me for a
full resume and references. Thank you! Annabelle 
Annabelle Drda annabelle.drda[at] 


Sep 03 2013

Parents- is your teen applying to college this year?

We are two VERY EXPERIENCED East Bay writing coaches.
And we know how to make the college application essay writing process  
FAST, INSPIRING and FUN for your high school senior!

Our offerings include: 
- powerful week-long (& weekend) workshops in Alameda
- private one-on-one sessions 

We help kids bring to life the small, beautiful moments of their lives and 
marry those moments with the essay questions found on the Common 
and U.C. applications.

We use a tried & true (& FUN!!) process of:
~ writing prompts 
~ brainstorming 
~ mind-mapping exercises

+ For a limited time, when you sign up with a friend you each get $50 

Workshops run August - November & there are only a limited # of 
spots, so sign up soon.
Visit our website today to learn more! 

Thank you!
Laurie Wagner storyofyouworkshops[at] 


Aug 15 2013

I am a Harvard graduate who comes from ''the other side of the desk'' 
with experience in admissions at Harvard College, the University of 
Michigan, and most recently at UC Berkeley School of Law, where I was 
Associate Director of Admissions. 

I have been a college consultant for more than thirteen years and am 
Special Editor for Get Into College, an insider's guide to the admissions 
process, published in 2009.

I personally guide my students through every step of the college 
admissions process. My students have gained admission to: Stanford, 
University of Pennsylvania, UCLA, Brown, Northwestern, Lewis & Clark, 
Yale, Wesleyan, UC Berkeley, University of Chicago, George Washington, 
Boston University, CU Boulder, Barnard, Santa Clara, New York 
University, University of Michigan, Vanderbilt, and many others.

Please visit my website at or contact me at 
Jennifer Kabat jkabat[at] 


Aug 13 2013

?THE STORY OF YOU: Write a Winning College Essay in 1 Week? is a 
powerful workshop for high school seniors to jumpstart the college 
essay process. Many kids don't have any idea what to write about, and 
end up feeling like they have to brag about things they've done. This 
might make them look good on paper, but in the end, doesn't reveal 
anything about who they really are - which is what college admission 
directors are looking for. Through a series of writing prompts, 
brainstorming, and mind-mapping exercises, these workshops help 
kids bring to life the small, beautiful moments of their lives that offer a 
window into who they are as unique individuals, and marry those 
moments with the essay questions from the Common App & the U.C. 
application. Weekly (and weekend) workshops run throughout the fall in 
Alameda.  We also offer private supplemental editing services to help 
your child create a finished product. To learn more visit:
Laurie Wagner storyofyouworkshops[at] 510-703-4030


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