College Essay Coach Boston

With help from, you can achieve your academic goals in Boston, Massachusetts.

Boston Public Schools consists of 125 schools serving almost 56,000 students in grades Pre-K through 12. These include traditional schools, charter schools, exam schools, pilot schools, and Innovation and Turnaround schools. In addition, the Boston area hosts multiple private schools. Boston is also home to more than 50 institutions of higher education, including Northeastern University, Boston College, and two of the highest ranked schools in the nation, Harvard and MIT. There are also several specific interest colleges, such as the exceptional Berklee College of Music.

Students in Boston can use to locate a professional tutor for any specific subject. Is your elementary or high school student preparing for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam? Is your youngster studying to take the ISEE exam for admission to and placement in a prestigious Boston private school? Are you a university student looking to master your thermodynamics course? has more than 2,400 in-person and online tutors providing one-on-one tutoring in Boston, MA. You can connect with an expert tutor who specializes in your subject of need. You might need help with understanding Greek and Latin roots to become a better speller, comprehending the nuances of micro- or macroeconomics, or learning the impacts of history on today’s political climate. No matter what you need help with, you can find a professional tutor on

With direction from an experienced, private in-home or online tutor, you can work to improve your academic skills. A tutor can guide you using your learning style, and they can provide instant feedback and insight. Maybe you're studying for the SAT or ACT, or you need help in specific subjects like calculus, psychology, or chemistry. Whether it’s elementary math for your child or preparing for graduate admissions exams such as the GRE, GMAT, or LSAT, you can find an exceptional tutor through today.


  • Coaching is available for all written components of the college application, including the common application personal essay, supplemental essays and resume of honors and activities. I am happy to work with applicants on any or all aspects of the application writing process.
  • I demystify the application process from the point of view of a College Admission professional to alleviate anxiety about who reads these applications and what they look for.
  • As a seasoned writing teacher, I offer personalized writing instruction throughout the process.
  • Students benefit from the guidance of a professional writer. I write and edit my own personal essays until they are ready for national publication. I'll guide you through your writing experience with the empathy and insights of a veteran writer.
  • For many students, hiring a writing coach is a luxury. Therefore, I coach two students per season free of charge based on financial need.
  • Contact Jill Shulman to discuss rates based on your needs at


  1. Generating ideas. The mythical "writer's block" is really nothing more than going about the writing process in the wrong order. The editor within you shouldn't emerge until after you have poured your essence onto the page. I will help elicit a flow of ideas, sift through them and guide you toward your most promising topics.
  2. The blurt draft. The personal essay is far more fun and creative than the labored high school papers conscientious students may be accustomed to writing. The best, most inspired writing emerges when your "inner editor" is fast asleep. This draft will evoke the kind of passion and spirit that will stand out among the hundreds of essays an Admissions Officer will read.
  3. Editing. It's time to awaken your "inner editor." I'll guide you through restructuring, cutting anything extraneous and adding clarification, detail and reflection. You will mold your blurt draft into a narrative that will grab your audience's attention, paint a captivating picture of you at your best and then conclude with a provocative punch.
  4. Proofreading and polishing. The final draft is dedicated to sentence level revisions, sharpening and perfecting your prose. Line by line, word by word, we will comb through, sculpt and smooth your essay until it is mistake-free, polished and reflects your unique personality and attributes.


What qualifies you to guide me through my college application essay writing?

After reading and evaluating thousands of applications for admission to elite colleges, I can quickly spot over-used topics, what can be a turn-off to an admission reader and what shines in an essay. As a personal essay writer, who has taught writing for two and a half decades, I have elicited sharp, publishable, eye-catching prose from a wide variety of writers.

How long will this take?

If we're starting from scratch, four weeks is a reasonable amount of time to choose a fresh, powerful topic, write four or more drafts and produce a compelling essay you'll feel fantastic about submitting. We can assess this better when we talk.

When is it best to get started with my essays?
The summer before senior year is the optimum time to complete your personal essay and write a resume of honors and activities ready to upload into the common application. While brainstorming essay topics, we almost always unearth topics that can be used for supplemental essays to write any time from summer through fall of senior year. My rates do increase if you wait until the last minute.

How will we work together long distance?

Since we are dealing with the written word, all of our work can usually be achieved through email and telephone. When further communication is helpful, I am available through Skype, or in person if you live nearby in Massachusetts.

Will I get anything out of this other than a college admission essay?

The personalized work will be transferable to all modes of writing, including the college papers you will be required to write once you are accepted! Additionally, as a former college writing instructor, I seize opportunities to provide you with writing strategies and tips you can use for the rest of senior year, in college and beyond.

Is getting help with my college essay from a professional writer ethical?

I will not write your essay for you. The essay you produce will be from your own original ideas, written in your own words, in your own distinctive voice. I'll apply my expertise to make this process as inspired, clear, stress-free and enjoyable as possible. Everyone has a unique story and the intellect to tell it. You don't need me or anyone else to articulate it for you. I’ll help you recognize your personal story and give it shape.

Can you promise me I'll be accepted to the college of my choice?

Of course not. The Admissions Committee will consider all aspects of your application when making a decision. However, your essays are your big opportunity to infuse personality into your college application. I can promise to be thoughtful, thorough and candid with feedback about your work so that your essays reflect you at your finest. The resulting essays will transform you from a two-dimensional applicant into an impressive, engaging, three-dimensional person.


* Acceptances for fall of 2017

* American University, Washington, D.C.
Amherst College, Massachusetts
* Arizona State University
* Auburn University, Alabama
* Babson College, Massachusetts
* Bard College, New York
Bates College, Maine
Beloit College, Wisconsin
* Bentley University, Massachusetts
Berklee College of Music, Massachusetts
* Boston College, Massachusetts
* Boston University, Massachusetts
Bowdoin College, Maine
* Brandeis University, Massachusetts
Brown University, Rhode Island
*Bryant University, Rhode Island
Carleton College, Minnesota
* Case Western Reserve, Ohio
Clark University, Massachusetts
* Clemson University, South Carolina
Coastal Carolina University, South Carolina
Colby College, Maine
Colby-Sawyer College, New Hampshire
* Colgate University, New York
College of Charleston, South Carolina
College of William and Mary, Honors, Virginia
College of Wooster, Ohio
Colorado College
* Colorado State University
* Colorado University, Boulder
Columbia University, New York
* Columbia University, New York, Graduate Engineering
Connecticut College
* Cornell University, New York
*Cornell University, New York, Graduate Engineering
Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
Dickinson College, Pennsylvania
* Drexel University, Pennsylvania
Elon University, North Carolina
Emanuel College, Massachusetts
Emory University, Georgia
* Evergreen State College, Washington
* Fairfield University, Connecticut
Florida Institute of Technology
* Florida State University
Fordham University, New York
Franklin Pierce University, New Hampshire
Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
* George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
* Georgia Institute of Technology
Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania
Goucher College, Maryland
Grinell College, Iowa
* Hamilton College, New York
Harvard University, Massachusetts
Haverford College, New York
* Indiana University
Ithaca College, New York
Johns Hopkins University, Maryland
Johnson and Wales University, Rhode Island
* Keene State College, New Hampshire
* Kenyon College, Ohio
Lafayette College, Pennsylvania
Lehigh University, Pennsylvania
* Louisiana State University
Loyola University, Illinois
Loyola University, Music & Fine Arts, Louisiana
* Loyola Marymount University, California
* Macalester College, Minnesota
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
* McGill University, Canada
McMaster University, Canada
Miami University, Ohio
* Middlebury College, Vermont
Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts
Muhlenberg College, Pennsylvania
New York University
* Northeastern University, Massachusetts
Oberlin College, Ohio
* Pennsylvania State University
* Pepperdine University, California
Pitzer College, California
Princeton University, New Jersey
Queens University, Canada
* Reed College, Oregon
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, CT
Rice University, Texas
Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
Saint Anselm College, New Hampshire
Saint Edward’s University, Texas
Saint Joseph’s University, Pennsylvania
Saint Lawrence University, New York
* Saint Louis University, Missouri
Saint Michael’s College, Vermont
Saint Olaf College, Minnesota
Salve Regina University, Rhode Island
Samford University, Alabama
* Santa Clara University, California
* Scripps College, California
Simmons College, Massachusetts
* Skidmore College, New York
State University of New York, Albany
State University of New York, Binghamton
* State University of New York, Plattsburgh
* State University of New York, Purchase
* State University of New York, Stonybrook
Stonehill College, Massachusetts
Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania
* Syracuse University, New York
Temple University, Pennsylvania
* Texas A&M University
Trinity College, Connecticut
Tufts University, Massachusetts
Tulane University, Louisiana
University of British Colombia
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara
* University of Central Florida
* University of Colorado Boulder
University of Connecticut, Honors
University of Denver, Colorado
* University of Florida
* University of Houston, Texas, Honors College
* University of Illinois
* University of Maine
* University of Maryland, Honors College, Clark School of Engineering
* University of Massachusetts, Business
University of Massachusetts, Engineering
* University of Massachusetts, Honors College
* University of Massachusetts, Liberal Arts
* University of Miami, Florida
* University of Michigan
* University of Mississippi
* University of New Hampshire
* University of New Haven, Connecticut
University of New Orleans, Louisiana
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
* University of Oregon
* University of Pennsylvania
University of Richmond, Virginia
* University of Rochester, New York
University of South Carolina
* University of South Florida
* University of Southern California
* University of Tennessee
* University of Texas, Austin
* University of Vermont
* University of Virginia
* University of Wisconsin, Madison
Utica College, New York
* Vanderbilt University, Tennessee
Vassar College, New York
Villanova University, Pennsylvania
* Virginia Tech, Graduate Engineering
Wake Forest University, North Carolina
* Washington & Jefferson College, Pennsylvania
Washington College, Maryland
* Washington University, Missouri
* Wellesley College, Massachusetts
* Wesleyan University, Connecticut
* West Virginia University
* Western New England University, Massachusetts
* Wheaton College, Massachusetts
William and Mary, Virginia
*Williams College, Massachusetts
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA
*Yale University, Connecticut

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