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Alan J.

Stanford Grad For College & Med School Applications

Stanford Grad For College & Med School Applications

$225/hour

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Great Writing = 1% inspiration + 99% perspiration.

I teach a structured method for effective communication with minimal effort. Emphasis is on critical thinking and organizing the outline to prepare for writing. Most students set out to build the house without an architectural blueprint. Perspiration ensues.

I also find that students often lack the materials with which to build. They rush past the important step of brainstorming ideas without reflecting much on what they want to say. I...

Great Writing = 1% inspiration + 99% perspiration.

I teach a structured method for effective communication with minimal effort. Emphasis is on critical thinking and organizing the outline to prepare for writing. Most students set out to build the house without an architectural blueprint. Perspiration ensues.

I also find that students often lack the materials with which to build. They rush past the important step of brainstorming ideas without reflecting much on what they want to say. I send them back to Home Depot. A big part of what I do is drawing the story out.

From a fellow Stanford alum who was recently scouting for his daughter: "I’m a tad OCD (looked at WAY too many Wyzant profiles) and I can tell you no one has better student reviews than you."

I work almost exclusively online. Thank you, Skype. Thank you, Google Docs. If you don't like Skype, we can meet in person. I live in L.A. and New York, and often visit London and you're welcome to drive, fly, or swim over if you don't mind my goofy yellow labrador who licks everyone. My sweet spots are:

•College Application Essays, Undergraduate Student and Transfer Student Applications
•Graduate School Essays (Law School, Business School, Medical School, Nursing School)
•Essays for High School, College, and Business School Classes
•Business Presentations (PowerPoint, etc)
•Public Speaking

I’m a lousy golfer, a hopeless cook, and my singing makes my dog cry. I was born to write. It’s the only thing I’ve done consistently for the past 30 years, as a journalist, screenwriter and on the marketing team at Apple. I learned to teach in college as a writing tutor, but mostly by raising four college-bound children. I learned to make effective presentations by raising substantial capital for new ventures.

I will inspire and coach you to new heights – on the page and at the podium -- without breaking a sweat.

COLLEGE & GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATION ESSAYS
"Eighty percent of our applicants are academically qualified," an admissions officer told a crowded room full of anxious high school students and their equally-anxious parents. I was one of them. That day, a light bulb went on that made this process crystal clear. The purpose of the college essay is to present the applicant as a unique and valuable addition to a campus that gets the pick of the litter. The essay must paint a compelling portrait of the applicant in terms of character, talent, imagination, ambition, background, and empathy.

The same is true for top medical schools, nursing schools, business schools, law schools, and other graduate programs. I've helped students with applications to all of these.

The first and most important step is deciding what to write. Imagine an upside-down pyramid. Lots of ideas at the top. A pristine, concise college application essay at the bottom. First, we brainstorm. Everything is on the table. We talk, I ask a lot of questions, we talk some more. I am the mirror that encourages the student to self-reflect. We're trying to create a picture that looks like it was taken by Annie Leibovitz: Fresh, revealing, surprising, unforgettable.

Midway through, we organize. We get a little more selective about what belongs. Once the outline is roughly in place, the writing begins. Note how late this is in the process. It's not an accident. Now the magic happens and the student's voice brings the application essay to life. Then we edit, we polish, we re-write. Rinse, repeat.

Yield: One extraordinary application essay.

ACCEPTANCES:
Amherst College
Arizona State, Masters in Global Management
Barnard College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Brown University
Cal Poly Pomona
Columbia University
Columbia University, M.S. Nutrition
Cornell University
Emerson College
Emory University
Florida Tech
Harvard University
Kenyon College
Mount Holyoke College
Northwestern University
Pepperdine University
Purdue
Pitzer College
Rice University
Stanford University
Tufts University
U.C. Berkeley
U.C. Berkeley, Haas School of Business
UCLA, Anderson School of Management
U.C. San Diego
University of Pennsylvania
University of Southern California
University of Texas Medical School El Paso
Wesleyan University
Williams College

ESSAY WRITING FOR HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE, AND BUSINESS SCHOOL
My essay-writing students fall into two categories. The first group wants to learn the art of writing better essays. They are fun to teach and rare as unicorns. The second group, which seems to multiply like rabbits, has a five-page essay comparing Immanuel Kant to Lady Gaga due yesterday. This is stressful. Somehow, it always gets done. I drink a pot of green tea, return to daily newspaper reporter mode (when I wrote three stories a night) and we become very efficient.

BUSINESS SCHOOL CASES, BUSINESS PRESENTATIONS, AND PUBLIC SPEAKING
One survey I saw said that our second greatest fear is dying. The first is public speaking. I used to be in that trembling majority. By now, I've made so many successful presentations that I can coach them in my sleep. The process is really the same as above. Brainstorm (figure out what to say); Organize your thoughts (outline); Write/Speak articulately with a unique voice.


Education

Wesleyan University
English
Stanford Business School
MBA

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $225
  • Rate details: No charge for first 15-minute phone consultation. Discount for students with legitimate financial need.
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Film,

Film

I have written, directed and produced more than a dozen feature and corporate films, some of which have appeared numerous festivals (including Sundance and Toronto) and have been distributed by Sony Pictures and by Miramax. Prior to that I was the in-house film maker at Apple.
Video Production

Video Production

I have written, directed and produced more than a dozen feature and corporate films, some of which have appeared numerous festivals (including Sundance and Toronto) and have been distributed by Sony Pictures and by Miramax. Prior to that I was the in-house film maker at Apple.

Business

Business,

Business

I have an MBA from Stanford University. I started and managed several successful startup companies. During this time, I raised millions of dollars in funding from Ventura Capital and other sources. Additionally, I worked on the marketing team at Apple.
Career Development,

Career Development

I have worked for over 30 years in a wide range of companies, from start-ups that I launched to Fortune 100 companies, including Apple. During this time I have reviewed thousands of resumes and interviewed hundreds of candidates for various positions. I have served as a mentor to many of the young people whose paths have crossed my own.
Marketing,

Marketing

I earned an MBA from Stanford Business School with a focus on marketing. I worked on the marketing team at Apple and at other companies in a variety of industries. I have experience with both traditional marketing strategies and those suited for the digital era.
Public Speaking

Public Speaking

I have an MBA from Stanford, where I was trained in public speaking. Since then I have made more than 50 business presentations and public speaking engagements. I currently coach executives on how to make effective business presentations.

Computer

Video Production

Video Production

I have written, directed and produced more than a dozen feature and corporate films, some of which have appeared numerous festivals (including Sundance and Toronto) and have been distributed by Sony Pictures and by Miramax. Prior to that I was the in-house film maker at Apple.

Corporate Training

Business,

Business

I have an MBA from Stanford University. I started and managed several successful startup companies. During this time, I raised millions of dollars in funding from Ventura Capital and other sources. Additionally, I worked on the marketing team at Apple.
Career Development,

Career Development

I have worked for over 30 years in a wide range of companies, from start-ups that I launched to Fortune 100 companies, including Apple. During this time I have reviewed thousands of resumes and interviewed hundreds of candidates for various positions. I have served as a mentor to many of the young people whose paths have crossed my own.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I have an MBA from Stanford, where I was trained in public speaking. Since then I have made more than 50 business presentations and public speaking engagements. I currently coach executives on how to make effective business presentations.
Grammar

Elementary Education

Grammar

English

Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I have an MBA from Stanford, where I was trained in public speaking. Since then I have made more than 50 business presentations and public speaking engagements. I currently coach executives on how to make effective business presentations.
Writing,

Writing

I have been a professional writer and coach for over 20 years.
English, Grammar

Homeschool

Writing,

Writing

I have been a professional writer and coach for over 20 years.
English

Most Popular

Writing,

Writing

I have been a professional writer and coach for over 20 years.
English

Other

Marketing

Marketing

I earned an MBA from Stanford Business School with a focus on marketing. I worked on the marketing team at Apple and at other companies in a variety of industries. I have experience with both traditional marketing strategies and those suited for the digital era.

Summer

Writing

Writing

I have been a professional writer and coach for over 20 years.

Test Preparation

Career Development

Career Development

I have worked for over 30 years in a wide range of companies, from start-ups that I launched to Fortune 100 companies, including Apple. During this time I have reviewed thousands of resumes and interviewed hundreds of candidates for various positions. I have served as a mentor to many of the young people whose paths have crossed my own.

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Amazing

Alan is an amazing college essay tutor! He helped my daughter with all of the schools she was applying to and made sure she understood everything about the school in order to write an amazing essay. He helped my daughter with her interviews and according to the interviewer, she was very impressive. He is amazing, if you need help with your college essays - this is your guy!

Shamaila, 26 lessons with Alan

Knowledgeable

Helped us in very short time, did amazing job, will definitely use him again when high end work is needed. Knows his work, knowledgeable and very good in showing how to flow the writing. Thank you

Farah, 1 lesson with Alan

Excellent tutor!!

Truly a great teacher. If you are looking for someone to help you with the college application process and have come across Alan‘s profile please stop here. No need to look further. Alan is patient and knowledgeable. He’s always available through phone text or email and makes himself available when the student needs him. He makes an intimidating process look much more simpler. He is personable intuitive and detail oriented. My son enjoys his sessions with Alan very much.

Nobita , 16 lessons with Alan

Admitted to Ivy League University! Hire an Expert Writer/Tutor

Alan was an indispensable resource to my applications to medical school. For someone who didn't know where to start while having to meet several deadlines, Alan was direct, patient and knowledgeable. He reassured me that I was in good hands. You can be confident he won't let you submit something mediocre. Alan taught me a lot about writing and creating the perfect statement that captured the audience's attention. He was frequently available throughout the numerous revisions and really cares about helping you get accepted, which is a rare quality! In addition, he has edited numerous of my personal statements for postgraduate biomedical master of science programs. He has also helped me edit my professional resume for my application. Alan's expertise quickly landed me numerous interviews at Ivy League institutions in the United States and the UK. If you're looking for someone with the highest level of expertise, and a proven track record of success, Alan is your guy!

Scott, 31 lessons with Alan

Jenna personal statement

Provided excellent guide for Jenna's personal statement. Alan is very nice and patient during entire lesson. He arrived on time and very reliable. I would highly recommend Alan for any child's tutoring need. Thanks, Alan!

Julie, 1 lesson with Alan

Knowledgeable tutor

Alan is very knowledgeable and very helpful. He is reviewing and providing feedback to my drafted essay. He gave me some great questions to help me think through the process and to dig deep into myself.

Myra, 13 lessons with Alan

Knowledgeable & patient

Alan has been helping my daughter Sarah write essays for her college applications. She was very intimidated by the process at first, but Alan was able to break it down into smaller tasks which made it much more manageable. She is no longer overwhelmed by the process, and feels much more confident. Alan is very knowledgeable, patient, professional, punctual and we highly recommend him to anyone that needs help writing essays.

Sarah, 1 lesson with Alan

Wyzant Hero

Alan is my Wyzant hero. I was having problems with my class assignments for a public speaking class and struggling hard, but Alan helped me through. We knocked down assignments one after the another. He was patient, kind, and quick to respond with great notes. I can’t thank this man enough for helping me.

Alice, 4 lessons with Alan

Flexible and Knowledgeable Tutor

Alan was very helpful in assisting me with a personal statement for medical school. He reviewed my original draft and asked me questions to pull further reflection on my experiences and helped weave them into a well-structured, meaningful essay. He is extremely flexible and quick to reply, as well as helps the student learn through the creative process. His help definitely alleviated some stress for me and gave me the confidence that my essay was grammatically and structurally correct. Definitely recommend!!!

Malin, 9 lessons with Alan
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$225/hour

Alan J.

$225/hour

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Response time: 56 minutes