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Marcella D.

San Mateo, CA

$250/hour

College Admissions and Writing Consultant

300+ Hours
Background check passed as of 9/24/14
5.0 average from 124 ratings
Excellent tutor and great help during my applications process!
— Hemali, San Jose, CA on 9/15/16

$250/Hour


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University of Chicago
English
Stanford University
Master's

Education

University of Chicago (English)

Stanford University (Master's)

About Marcella

Hello!

I am a writing professional and experienced admissions consultant with a BA from the University of Chicago in English and an MA from Stanford in Communications. I work with students to craft their undergraduate and graduate admissions essays or help with their homework and essay writing.

College applications: I have worked with over 250 students on their college admissions application and essays. Past clients have received admission (and scholarships!) to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, MIT, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Caltech, UChicago, Duke, UPenn, Berkeley (including Berkeley Regents) and more. I have read and evaluated over 600 applications to the #3-ranked University of Chicago for regular and transfer admissions cycles. I have interviewed dozens of applicants in the Bay Area and know the secret ratings colleges are using to rate applicants. Many of my clients have been Bay Area locals; others have hailed from England, China, India, New Jersey, Michigan, Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, Missouri, Southern California and many other locations!

Graduate applications: I have worked with many students applying to International Dental School, PhD, and master's degree programs, as well as business school. Whether you are straight out of undergrad or returning to school years into your professional career, I can help you refine your personal statement and statement of purpose, improve your resume, and brush up on your interview skills.

Essays: I am a writing professional and have years of experience at both academic and professional levels in crafting essays. Your child and I will begin by discussing successful strategies for essay writing, and will then brainstorm ideas. I will be with them throughout the writing process and will support them by giving constructive feedback and detailed edits afterwards.

My style of teaching: I like to not only be a tutor for students, but a friend and constant resource. I am available to chat through Wyzant, online for remote sessions, or in-person tutoring. I will work around you or your child's schedule so when you need me, I'll be there.
Hello!

I am a writing professional and experienced admissions consultant with a BA from the University of Chicago in English and an MA from Stanford in Communications. I work with students to craft their undergraduate and graduate admissions essays or help with their homework and essay writing.

College applications: I have
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Policies
Cancellation
5 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 18 miles of San Mateo, CA 94403
Background Check: Passed

"Excellent tutor and great help during my applications process!"

- Hemali, San Jose, CA on 9/15/16

"invaluable resource"

- Jim, Saint Petersburg, FL on 3/1/17

"Awesome tutor"

- Kaung, Wayne, PA on 2/21/17

"Talented and Professional"

- Kerri, Los Angeles, CA on 1/13/17

"Intelligent, strategic, and creative college counselor"

- Laura, Menlo Park, CA on 10/26/16

"Wonderful and great proof reading essays"

- erika, Sterling Heights, MI on 9/21/16

"Lifesaver in the college admissions process"

- Georgia, Burlingame, CA on 1/19/16

"Excellent tutor"

- Henry, San Francisco, CA on 11/5/15

"Marcella was VERY knowledgeable and very patient. She was an excellent tutor! We will use her again for sure!"

- Sue, San Francisco, CA on 7/25/15

"Best Tutor"

- JIEHUI, Moraga, CA on 3/3/15

"What a great resource!"

- Carri, San Rafael, CA on 12/7/14

"Creative and Knowledge"

- Justin, Irvine, CA on 11/10/14
English:
English, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Writing
Test Preparation:
College Counseling
Business:
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

College Counseling

I read over 600 applications for the #3-ranked University of Chicago for early action, regular decision, and transfer application cycles. I currently work with high school seniors on their college application essays and how to perfect the perfect application. I edit essays with quick turnaround times to give students the feedback they need when they need it. Past applicants have been accepted to Stanford, the University of Chicago, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Duke, Berkeley, MIT, and many more top colleges.

Public Speaking

I first honed my public speaking skills in high school while competing on the speech and debate team and participating in school plays. In college I was a tour guide, and gave tours to groups both small and large. I also sat on numerous panels, answering on-the-spot questions in front of groups of up to 500 people.

As an adult, I give presentations on the college admissions process in front of hundreds of people. I make my presentations and speaking engagements fun and exciting, building upon lessons I learned during Stanford's Public Speaking course, in which I earned an A+.

I have worked with students on overcoming their fears of public speaking, generating topic ideas and speech outlines for speaking assignments in class, and perfecting their speech patterns and eliminating filler words (um, uh, like, you know). I make lessons fun by including games and other cool activities tailored to the students interests.

University of Chicago
English
Stanford University
Master's

Education

University of Chicago (English)

Stanford University (Master's)

Excellent tutor and great help during my applications process!

I worked with Marcella last year when I was applying for my Dental school applications. It is possibly one of the best decisions I have made. This was my second application cycle and I had failed to receive any interviews in the earlier cycle. Marcella's special touch to my essays and supplemental applications made all the difference and not only did I get many interview calls ,but I also got acce

— Hemali, San Jose, CA on 9/15/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $250.00

Cancellation: 5 hours notice required

Travel policy

Marcella will travel within 18 miles of San Mateo, CA 94403.