Margo Bartsch, founder since 2004 mbartsch@collegeessaycoach.com 802-985-3770

Working with your College Essay Coach allows the student to get one-on-one guidance and a fresh, professional perspective to help organize their thoughts in writing college essays. I will listen, discuss and work with the student to develop a BIG idea to make the essay truly reflect the student’s ideas and be memorable to the college admissions reader.

Countless parents and students have asked me to read their writing or help a student to begin the writing process. My purpose in creating College Essay Coach is to develop and share a structural framework to assist in writing the college essay. The goal is for the student to feel accomplishment with each step taken. Within four weeks of one-on-one meetings and homework editing, the student will develop and write a personal and impactful essay that reflects their ideas, thought process and future interests. The college essay writing process will help the student with the SAT writing section and future college writing assignments.

With college costs increasingly becoming one of the most expensive investments (sometimes even more than a house), it is important for the student’s essay to break through the clutter and differentiate the student from other applicants. I have developed a four week, step-by-step process that helps to effectively manage the creative development of the writing process.

The four week process includes weekly two-hour meetings at the student’s home or at my office. For our first meeting, the student will bring a rough draft or an outline of their college essay. This will allow us to benchmark at each stage of the writing process how the student’s essay has progressed. Our discussions to evolve the writing process will include brainstorming, word exercises, and organization techniques.

After each meeting, the student should spend at least one hour to incorporate the previous session’s feedback, make improvements to writing follow-up drafts, and to further develop the essay’s themes and tonality. At each subsequent meeting, the student and I will review the essay to-date and continue to build upon the foundation by refining the essay’s structure, content and style. After four-weeks of meetings and homework editing, the college essay should accurately and meaningfully reflect the student’s ideas in responding to the essay question and show a substantial improvement from their initial draft.