Successful College Counselor preparing students nationwide
Successful College Counselor preparing students nationwide
I want to get to know you and your interests, achievements, aspirations and goals. Most students I've worked with over the past 15+ years have no idea what they want to major in and that's fine. You don't need to! Whether you're an A+ or a C student, whether you scored in the 95th percentile on your SATs or didn't take them at all, whether you play four instruments or are completely tone-deaf, there is at least one college or university (likely more than one) out there that's right for you....
I want to get to know you and your interests, achievements, aspirations and goals. Most students I've worked with over the past 15+ years have no idea what they want to major in and that's fine. You don't need to! Whether you're an A+ or a C student, whether you scored in the 95th percentile on your SATs or didn't take them at all, whether you play four instruments or are completely tone-deaf, there is at least one college or university (likely more than one) out there that's right for you. I want to help you to identify, apply to, get accepted to, afford and attend that school.
Together, we will:
prioritize your college admission's to-do list and keep you accountable for it
focus your search parameters based on a number of criteria
determine what standardized tests to take, when and how often and help you prepare for them
develop an academic resume
discuss who best to write letters of recommendation
complete and submit the Common App including the dreaded essays
review application supplemental materials (required by some schools)
research Financial Aid, Scholarship and Grant opportunities
plan and prep for college tours, interviews, overnights, etc.
set realistic expectations based on your interests, abilities, achievements, experiences & finances
celebrate your acceptances
As a homeschooling parent of 4, a homeschool co-op teacher of multiple subjects and every grade level, and an English, reading and writing tutor for well over a decade, I am extremely aware that one method of instruction does not fit all! My ability to determine and to teach to each student's learning style - whether an auditory learner, an intrapersonal learner, a kinesthetic learner, etc. - is what sets me apart as a teacher.
Colleges, like much in life, are not one size fits all! And as such, there is no one college or university that is universally better than another. Having a recognizable name, being an Ivy League school, and/or producing famous alumni does not make a particular school the best fit for every college applicant. I think it is this philosophy that sets me apart from other college counselors. I am not interested in getting you (or your kid, if you're a parent) into Princeton, if Princeton isn't the best fit for you (or your child).
For more information and free tips about the college admissions process, please contact me.
Very knowledgeable and responsible tutor
We got Francesca's help as AP Lit tutor for my son initially. Francesca is very knowledgeable, experienced, responsible and always respond promptly within hours. My son is much more confident now with Francesca's help. Francesca also provided very valuable advice regarding college application/essays for my son. We feel very comfortable to communicate with Francesca and always get satisfied answers/solutions for whatever questions we have. Francesca is more like a wise friend to us and we hope we had known her earlier. We definitely will recommend Francesca to anyone without any reservation!Ning, 7 lessons with FrancescaTutor responded:
Ning, Thank you for this lovely review. It's been a real pleasure working with you to aid your son in his final year of high school English, as well as with his college essays. MIT, Princeton, UPenn, and Stanford would all be lucky to have him as a student! Best wishes, Francesca
Very knowledgeable and detail oriented
Francesca helped me with my English essay that I was working on as part of my college application. She is very patient, knowledgeable and detail oriented. I would highly recommend her as an English tutor.Hesam, 1 lesson with FrancescaTutor responded:
Thank you, Hesam. Working with a student who's a natural writer, like yourself, makes my job easy. Best of luck to you! Francesca
Very Experienced SAT Essay Writing Tutor
Francesca has worked with my daughter for preparing SAT essay writing. Francesca is very knowledgeable, experienced and friendly. She is very responsive to my questions. She explained to me in details how she would help my daughter to understand the prompt, and write a well-craft essay. My daughter really enjoyed every lesson. For the last lesson, Francesca also worked with her on some sample writing section questions, which was very helpful. Francesca also pointed out my daughter’s weakness and made recommendations to mitigate. We will definitely ask for her advice when it is time to write essays for college applications.Siqi, 5 lessons with FrancescaTutor responded:
Thank you for your kind praise, Siqi. Your daughter was just lovely and was so easy to work with as she came to each lesson well prepared. She's destined for the medical professional based on that alone. Thank you for sharing her. I look forward to working with her at college application time, next year. Best wishes, Francesca
Knowledgeable and quick
Francesca edited and revised my son's college essays. Her work was quick and it greatly improved his writing. She also offered suggestions on how to focus his topic when my son had difficulty. I would highly recommended Francesca.Victoria, 5 lessons with FrancescaTutor responded:
Thank you, Victoria. Your son has been a pleasure to work with, especially since he's a natural writer and makes my job very easy. I have no doubt he will go on to accomplish some pretty great things in college and beyond and will positively impact the lives of many! Best wishes to you both, Francesca
Provided the most valuable recommendations for my college essays
Francesca reviewed my college essays and provided the most valuable input within a short period of time. Impressive work! I would highly recommend her services.Ruslan, 4 lessons with FrancescaTutor responded:
Ruslan, It was truly a pleasure and an honor working with you and reading all about your eclectic educational experiences. Good luck to you in all future endeavors! Francesca
College Application Essay
Francesca and my daughter worked quickly but effectively on reviewing her main essay she had previously written, as well as discussing a focused strategy for her supplemental essay she needed to complete. They are still working well together on completion of this writing project. I will write an additional review once they have finalized their work together.Caitie, 3 lessons with Francesca
Effective and efficient help with college essay
I hired Francesca to help my daughter polish her college application essay. In 30 minutes she gave my daughter excellent guidance on choosing a prompt and helped her refine her ideas. Francesca was excellent at following up and reviewed and returned the essay within 2 hours (on a weekend!) We are very grateful for her help.Robin, 2 lessons with Francesca
Positive SAT Prep
My daughter worked with Francesca at her first session reviewing the SAT sections having to do with grammar, usage and punctuation. Francesca helped her identify areas of strength and of weakness to make the best use of their time together in the future. My daughter was truly excited to prepare for the test and really connected with Francesca...she loved her positive energy, sense of humor and competence in teaching!Gina, 5 lessons with Francesca
Helpful College Essay Revision
Francesca is a powerful wordsmith and guided my son into making his writing more concise and descriptive. She's fabulous at being able to make an essay fit within the allowable words. He foud her support very helpful.Candace, 3 lessons with FrancescaTutor responded:
Thank you, Candace. It helps me to do my job when the writer is as naturally talented and intuitive as your son. The description of the course offering he would offer at college was so fabulous, it made me want to apply and enroll! Best of luck to you both,
Extremely Knowledgeable College Counselor and Tutor - Highly Recommend
Francesca is an absolute expert in her field. She has an amazing ability to quickly access her students needs and learning style. She provides guidance with thoughtful candor, patience and professionalism. Her dedication to her students is second to none! She has an amazing ability to connect with the student personally, build trust and makes herself available to fit the students busy schedule and tight deadlines.Diane , 3 lessons with FrancescaTutor responded:
Thank you for your kind words, Diane. It was a pleasure working with your son on his essay. I love when students find a clever, innovative way to write about maturation. In your son's case, writing about stepping outside his comfort zone to become less of an introvert and more of a participant in his high school community. And of course, his opening line - pink swimsuit; October football game - is a classic. That'll catch any reader's attention! Best of luck, Francesca
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