Standing out among thousands of applications is difficult and requires meticulous work and time.
College application essay editing is very important in order to help your essay stand out from the thousands of other applications. Since colleges only admit a very limited number of students each year, you need to impress the admissions officers. Many colleges use the application essay as a way of finding out about you. Your essay needs to be personal, compelling and powerful. Your essay should indicate who you are, where you’ve been and where you are going. Forms and bubble sheets cannot explain a lifetime of work and growth. Often the only way of supplying this vital information about yourself is through the application essay.
Fortunately, unlike the rest of the application, you have full control over the college application essay. Admissions officers recognize that you have several months to write your statement and therefore scrutinize your writing ability, communication style and linguistic aptitude. This is where GradeSaver can help you. Click here for samples of our editing, or if you need help getting started, use our Writing Help .
Standard Harvard Editing
Full service editing. Provides a full revision of your essay, with corrected grammar, spelling and improved organization. The essay is tailored to meet college admissions expectations.
Standard Harvard Editing includes the following:
Proofreading: This aspect of the editing process corrects spelling, punctuation and capitalization. This phase of the editing is fundamental. Errors in this category can be absolutely detrimental to the success of your work.
Grammar & Style: Here GradeSaver reconstructs run-on sentences and sentence fragments. In addition, our editors catch subtle grammatical errors and ensure the consistency of your writing style throughout the document.
Restructuring & Organization: In this phase of revision the essay is substantially transformed. First GradeSaver corrects unclear paragraphs by adding topic sentences and conclusions where needed. Our editors also repair awkward sentences by improving word choice and adding transitions. If necessary, GradeSaver will move paragraphs to improve the essays flow and ensure cohesion.
Tailoring: Our editors specifically rework your essay to meet the expectations of college admissions officers.
Tone: To ensure the uniqueness of your essay, GradeSaver adopts your tone and makes it consistent throughout the essay.
Final Touches: GradeSaver will suggest improvements which add flair and uniqueness to your essay. Here our editors specifically tailor your essay for college admissions officers.
Price includes up to 1,000 words.
Deluxe Harvard Editing
(Most Popular) Includes all the benefits of our Standard Harvard Editing and additionally allows multiple re-edits, editor guidance from start-to-finish in the writing process, and final polishing.
The Deluxe service is designed for students who want to create an essay that will amaze anyone reading it. The Deluxe Editing service provides two significant additions to our regular editing services.
Unlimited Re-editing: GradeSaver will allow you to rewrite your essay and send it back to us until you are satisfied the essay is perfect.
Support: Our editors will give you support on writing your essay from beginning to end. Start out with only some rough paragraphs and work with our staff to turn the essay into the ideal college essay!
Final Polishing: Once you are satisfied the application essay is completed, resubmit it to GradeSaver for a final reedit to ensure its perfection.
Price includes up to 1,000 words.
An editor reviews your college essay thoroughly, provides extensive commentary, and gives guidance on structure and topic to make sure you are on the right track.
GradeSaver looks over the application essay and makes necessary suggestions to improve on what you have written. This service is designed for students looking for guidance with their topic area, the structure of their essay, or simple grammatical help. GradeSaver will send back the essay with lengthy commentary and explicit guidelines for improvement.
Use our Deluxe service to rewrite your essay an unlimited number of times until it is perfect.
Price includes up to 1,000 words.
Corrects spelling, punctuation, capitalization and basic grammar errors.
Need a final check on your commas and grammar? The GradeSaver Proofreading service corrects spelling, punctuation and capitalization as well as basic grammar. This service is for clients who need an editor to check over their college essay, but who do not want their essay fully restructured.
Price includes up to 1,000 words.
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Application Essay Editing & College Advising with Brian R. McElroy (Harvard ’02)
Read a partial list of Colleges and Universities where my College Consulting / Essay Editing students have been accepted.
As the acceptance rates at competitive colleges and universities continue to decline, it becomes even more essential for applicants to craft compelling admission essays, score well on their standardized exams, earn great grades, and and make wise academic / extracurricular decisions throughout their academic careers.
College & graduate admission is a very inexact science (not to mention a huge financial commitment), and the intricacies of this process can be overwhelming for all parties involved. It’s tough to navigate this maze without a little professional guidance along the way.
I do not consider admissions consulting to be an entirely separate service from my test prep, essay coaching and tutoring services. Instead, I offer a hybrid of tutoring and admissions consulting services. The better I get to know my students, the more specific feedback I can provide them regarding the admission process.
Please rest assured that my list of clients is kept 100 percent confidential; the schools to which you are applying will never have to know that you had a little bit of extra help! I am efficient, too: most of my consulting clients only require a few hours of in-person admissions consultation services each year, although all-inclusive packages are available as well. Phone and email support is also available on an as-needed basis.
I am available year-round to help our students devise concrete test-prep preparation plans and timelines, choose and schedule their classes, review their extracurricular involvements, formulate a list of potential schools and prepare their applications for admission.
When it comes to acing the application process, one should never underestimate the importance of an informed second opinion . The essay feedback that you receive from your overworked English teacher, or the admissions advice you get from a family friend / overworked local counselor, may not necessarily be the best advice available.
High School Guidance counselors will assure you that you don’t need any help from private consultants. However, why not learn how to beat the admission odds from one who actually did so himself?
Here are some of the areas where we will focus our attention:
Application Help and Essay Review
Academic Tutoring and Study Advice
Summer Break: how to choose unique, productive, meaningful, and enjoyable summer activities
Building an impressive academic / employment resume
Preparation for Standardized Tests such as the SAT, ACT, ISEE, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, etc.
Filling out applications and writing a memorable admission essay. How do I avoid writing the same old essay as everyone else?
Interview Coaching – how to make a great impression in person
The Importance of Campus Visits, and how to properly correspond with school representatives, athletic coaches and/or admissions officials
Extracurricular Activities and Community Service
Scholarships and Athletic Recruiting
What specific Colleges/Universities are really looking for from their applicants each year
Ignoring the hype and finding the school that is the best fit for you emotionally, academically and financially
A Special Note for Parents of High School Students (Grades 7-12):
Please keep in mind that my college consulting services are not intended to replace the services of your high school’s guidance counselor. (These counselors are a vital part of the college admission process and should be treated as such.) Instead, I work behind-the-scenes to give your student the type of individual attention that most guidance counselors only wish they had the time to provide.
It is also important to remember that your high school’s best interest and your son/daughter’s best interest are not always one and the same. We have all heard the tales of local guidance counselors who do not allow their “lesser” students to apply to schools to which they have “better” students applying! Unlike high school guidance counselors, who are beholden to the schools, and thus are are more concerned with the school’s overall admission rates than the success of any one particular student, I will work for you and you alone. You’ll be surprised how enlightening my “second opinions” can be.
I will be the first one to admit that there are some excellent guidance counselors working in our local schools, and that these counselors are often serve as important (and free) resources for both students and parents. However, when it comes to something as important as your child’s education, it never hurts to seek an informed second opinion. And just because your student goes to a expensive private high school such as Francis Parker or Exeter doesn’t necessarily mean that your guidance counselor is qualified or competent–I can certainly speak from experience on that matter. Ultimately, students and parents will always be free to decide whom to trust on such essential matters as college applications and SAT/ACT preparation.
In many cases, especially at public high schools, guidance counselors are simply overbooked and underpaid by their schools, and despite their best intentions, these counselors simply cannot find the time to give you the type of customized advice that a private consultant can provide. This is why I only accept a maximum of 30 full-time college consulting clients per year.
Many high school guidance counselors are more than happy to work alongside private college consultants such as myself. However, it is important to keep in mind that certain guidance counselors (especially those at private high schools) resent the involvement of independent consultants, seeing it as an intrusion into their territory. Thus, if you retain my services, then I would advise you not to mention this fact to your high school’s guidance counselor. That way, you can be sure that your counselor won’t treat you any differently as a result.
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