College Essay Coaching

Keep Calm & Get It Done

Is it time to tackle your college applications? Are you anxious about writing your college essays? Instead of worrying, why not work with an experienced college essay coach to learn how to write a piece that will be meaningful to you—and strengthen your chances of getting into the college of your choice? Work with a professional writer and teacher to get it right—and get it done.

What I Do—College Essay Coaching

  • Common Application Essays
  • Supplemental essays/short answers
  • Scholarship essays
  • In-person meetings at Albany-area libraries
  • Or long-distance via Skype, email, or phone
  • One-on-one or group (3-5 students, discounted rate)

College Acceptance List

Some school acceptances for students I have coached:

  • Middlebury
  • SUNY-Binghamton
  • Harvardcailingoodcropped
  • Stanford
  • Boston University
  • NYU
  • Hunter College
  • Dartmouth
  • Fordham


  • Common App/Supplemental Essays—$650 each
  • Common App/Supplemental Essays—Group Rates (3-5 students)—$350 per person
  • Short Answers/Short Essays—$100 an hour (these take far less time)

My Service

I started my essay coaching business because I love writing and teaching, and I get great satisfaction from helping students tell an important life story well. With my guidance, students will:

  • Compose a meaningful essay they are proud of;
  • Reduce their stress by following a simple process;
  • Tap into their confidence, insights, & talents;
  • Learn simple story techniques to write a memorable essay that expresses who they are.

The Coaching Process

A Free Introductory Conversation—We discuss the process, fees, and expectations.

Finding a Story that Expresses the Best of Who You Are—This step consists of answering some prompts and meeting at a local library or via Skype for an hour or two. We explore your strongest character traits and stories that express what makes you stand out. Our goal: to find a strong essay topic you want to write.

Writing the Essay—It usually takes students 3 drafts to produce a final essay. We set a schedule. I respond in detail to drafts in person at a local library, or by Skype, phone, or email.

Finishing Up—When a student decides his or her piece is done, I proofread it.

Why Hire a College Essay Coach?noahbest

In the competitive college market, a poor essay can sink a top candidate, and a stand-out essay can be the reason one student is accepted over another. Grade point averages, college board scores, and extracurricular activities often don’t express what makes someone a unique and promising student. The college essay does.

Working with a parent can be stressful, and high school teachers and guidance counselors often don’t have the time necessary to do it well. Working with a coach provides peace of mind for parents and students during what can be an extremely stressful process.

Experienced essay coaches also know what admissions officials want, what pitfalls to avoid, and how best to get to the finish line.

Areas Served

I can meet students in-person in the following towns and cities: Albany, Averill Park, Ballston Spa, Clifton Park, Colonie, Cohoes, Delmar, East Greenbush, Glenville, Latham, Loudonville, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady, and Troy. If students live farther away, the initial visits are usually by Skype, and follow-up discussions are done by email correspondence or by phone calls.

Download My Brochure (pdf)