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Stephen W.

Writing, College Search Consulting, Essay Advising

Madison, NJ (07940)

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Member, New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling (NJACAC).

I am a professional writer with a New York Times background. I taught writing for 9 years at Drew University in New Jersey. I have become schooled in the intricacies of the college selection and application process, as well as the financial aid labyrinth, and have helped numerous students and parents over the past several years in these challenging and time-consuming areas, making the process less daunting for them.

Sadly, most high school guidance departments aren't able to shepherd students through the process of college application essay writing. My experience as a writer with editing and structural skills makes me uniquely qualified to assist students in this vital area, which is often the only opportunity they have to "personalize" their applications.

In addition to my professional experience, I have 2 sons (one in college at University of Virginia) who are both excellent students; having gone through the elementary and secondary school progression with them, I have a personal understanding of the pressures and demands that today's students face, as well as a cultivated sense of what today's teachers, tests, and admissions deans are looking for, and how best to present it.

I typically meet with students either at their home or a nearby library. I also only charge for the actual time we're together; if 45 minutes is all a session requires, you only pay 75% of the hourly rate. Likewise, if more time is needed/desired, I don't book myself so tight that we can't go longer than the baseline hour, again at proportionate pricing. I'm also available by phone between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily to answer any quick questions or concerns at no extra charge.

I am happy to provide references from former students and parents upon request. My primary goal is to bring focus to the process and to make it an enjoyable rather than an overwhelming one for both students and parents.

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Stephen’s subjects

English, Literature, Reading, SAT Writing, Writing
Elementary Education:
English, Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
College Counseling, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:

College Counseling

I work with students on college applications, essays, financial aid, and, above all, organization and a strategic game plan.

For the past few years I've been a college consultant with a small independent company in Morris County, and, as a more personalized supplement to their high school counseling, have counseled students on matters ranging from college selection to financial aid, as well as using my professional writing background to guide them through application essays.

Further, I have served on Admissions Panels for my alma mater, University of Virginia, and represented that institution at numerous college fairs in northern NJ.

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University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Excellent teacher - patient, tactful, and creative in his approach — Steven is an excellent teacher. He is patient, tactful, and creative in his approach to both, a student, and a parent. Steven helped our son with college essays - main essay for college app, as well as supplementary questions for each school. It was a collaboration effort between Steve and our son, where every line and every word was carefully scrutinized, main ideas and thesis closely examined, b ...

— Ella from Scotch Plains, NJ on 1/7/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $55.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Stephen will travel within 15 miles of Madison, NJ 07940.

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