The Jumpstart: Common App(lication)

The Jumpstart is an excellent option for the motivated student who seeks inspiration as he or she sets out to complete a stirring and authentic Common App essay. The plan includes the pre-meeting “12 Questions” exercise, eliciting possible directions for essay topics that we further explored in a one-hour consultation. We lead the student through a process of discovery culminating in a promising essay topic, initial drafting, and a paragraph-by-paragraph plan for a completed draft.  


Plan Includes: “12 Questions” exercise, Q&A email follow up prior to meeting, and a 1-hour coaching and writing session.

Fee: $150


The Jumpstart: UC Application

The UC Application essays (or "Prompts") differ in significant ways from other personal statements. Rather than developed stories, admissions officers look for clarity, depth, and context behind a student's choices and experiences. The Jumpstart (UC Application Prompts) balances these requirements with the same process of discovery that yields authentic, successful essays.

This version of The Jumpstart extends our consultation to 1.5 hours in order to leave time to work on two essays: Prompt 1 and Prompt 2. 


Includes: “12 Questions” exercise, Q&A email follow up prior to meeting, and a 1.5-hour coaching and writing session.

Fee: $200


The Completed Draft

Building off The Jumpstart, we also offer more intensive plans to help students complete their essays. We generally recommend up to three additional coaching sessions. We are also available by email for questions and draft review in-between meetings, further building in student accountability.

Each of the follow-up sessions begins with the student reading aloud his or her words, and together we listen for those moments where the student’s voice is particularly authentic, and others where he or she has reached for vague, commonplace, or otherwise forgettable language and ideas. Using the focused questioning and rapport developed within our initial consultation, we help the student to sharpen his or her language, and deepen moments of reflection. 

Please contact Paul if you'd like to discuss this or other plans.

Fee: $125 /additional hr


Draft Review

We are pleased to work with students who have completed an essay draft and are seeking feedback. Please get in touch with us to ask about our Draft Review service.