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Fulbright Scholar, Northwestern Grad: College Essays & More
Tara S.

2,345 hours tutoring

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Fulbright Scholar, Northwestern Grad: College Essays & More
Fulbright Scholar, Northwestern Grad: College Essays & More
Tara S.

2,345 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

2,345 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

About Tara


Bio

I'm here to help you leverage the power of writing to achieve your goals. I helped a professor land her dream job and advised a student on an essay that won him an invitation to Oxford. An MBA admissions officer at Cornell even singled out my student's essays, calling them "Fantastic!" It is truly a joy to help students from all walks of life, from 7th graders struggling with 5-paragraph essays to MDs applying for residencies.

About Me

After graduating from Northwestern University in 2017,...

I'm here to help you leverage the power of writing to achieve your goals. I helped a professor land her dream job and advised a student on an essay that won him an invitation to Oxford. An MBA admissions officer at Cornell even singled out my student's essays, calling them "Fantastic!" It is truly a joy to help students from all walks of life, from 7th graders struggling with 5-paragraph essays to MDs applying for residencies.

About Me

After graduating from Northwestern University in 2017, I was selected as an AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow and trained in a one-on-one teaching program that's "more competitive than admission to Harvard Graduate School." Subsequently, I traveled to the Czech Republic on a Fulbright grant to teach writing to high school students. Since 2019, I've worked as a writing tutor specializing in application essays.

My Unique Approach

I've learned to decode and analyze what institutions and organizations seek in applicants. When it comes to college essays, my approach is guided by information that comes directly from the source: the admissions officers themselves. Through extensive research and interviews with admissions officers, I've learned that essays must be strategic, but they also must be authentic — a sweet spot I'll help you find.

Together, we'll navigate your writing journey from start to finish. I'll walk you through brainstorming and outlining. Once you've written a draft, we'll revise and polish the essay until you're so proud you want to frame it. I can also help with last-minute grammar checks and edits.

Success Stories

My students have been accepted to...
-Every Ivy League school
-Top 20 schools including Stanford, MIT, Duke, and UChicago
-Top state schools, including UC Berkeley, UCLA, UMich, UT Austin, and UVA
-Elite liberal arts colleges including Swarthmore, Tufts, and Williams

I've also helped students win scholarships, including QuestBridge and Fulbright.

Send me a message, and let's see how I can help!


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Northwestern University
English

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Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL, Proofreading

Elementary Education

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English

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Writing

My goal is to help you become a masterful writer. My life-long love of writing was further developed by my study of English and Communications at Northwestern University, and deepened during my time as a Fulbright scholar. I'll show you how to use writing as a powerful tool to achieve your goals, whether that's being accepted by your dream school, getting an A+ on an English paper, or impressing a potential employer.
English, ESL/ESOL, Literature, Proofreading, Reading

Homeschool

Writing,

Writing

My goal is to help you become a masterful writer. My life-long love of writing was further developed by my study of English and Communications at Northwestern University, and deepened during my time as a Fulbright scholar. I'll show you how to use writing as a powerful tool to achieve your goals, whether that's being accepted by your dream school, getting an A+ on an English paper, or impressing a potential employer.
English, ESL/ESOL, Reading

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ESL/ESOL

Most Popular

Writing,

Writing

My goal is to help you become a masterful writer. My life-long love of writing was further developed by my study of English and Communications at Northwestern University, and deepened during my time as a Fulbright scholar. I'll show you how to use writing as a powerful tool to achieve your goals, whether that's being accepted by your dream school, getting an A+ on an English paper, or impressing a potential employer.
English, ESL/ESOL, Reading

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ESL/ESOL

Summer

Writing,

Writing

My goal is to help you become a masterful writer. My life-long love of writing was further developed by my study of English and Communications at Northwestern University, and deepened during my time as a Fulbright scholar. I'll show you how to use writing as a powerful tool to achieve your goals, whether that's being accepted by your dream school, getting an A+ on an English paper, or impressing a potential employer.
ESL/ESOL, Reading

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Literally owe my life to her help

At first, I was so confused about how to write my supplemental essays for my college applications. However, Tara made sure to help me along the way and even went as far as researching the school to find additional information for the "Why this school" essays. She is extremely knowledgable and makes sure to not waste time on trivial things. She was able to help me with 4 essays in one lesson once.

Liana, 12 lessons with Tara

Amazing tutor!

I was struggling with my personal essay, and was 4 days away from my deadline for college applications. Tara did a phenomenal job in helping me completely rewrite my essay and edit it in 2.5 hours. I cannot stress enough that she is very different from all other tutors that I've worked with in the past. Tara knows exactly how to make your personal essay stand out to admissions officers from her experience in interviewing them, which can be a very powerful insight. Tara is the best tutor I've ever worked with, and I cannot thank her enough.

Eddie, 2 lessons with Tara

College essay help

She did a very good job at helping me know what colleges look for and how to write an essay that sticks out to admissions officers. Her brainstorming exercises were also very insightful and helped me expand on ideas about what to write about. I plan on booking again

Jackson, 1 lesson with Tara

Insightful tutor

Tara helped a lot with initial common app essay topic! I now have a clear path on what questions I can want to answer. I look forward to working with Tara again !

DiLan, 3 lessons with Tara

Very helpful and excellent guidance

Tara is patient and supportive, and gave excellent ideas about how to focus several essay ideas and themes into a solid outline during the first session. She was prompt, courteous, and efficient.

Nico, 1 lesson with Tara

Experienced and patient

Tara is helping our son with writing college essays. They have met once so far to brainstorm possible topics. That meeting went very well. Tara has a lot of experience doing this, is patient and knowledgeable.

Pattie, 12 lessons with Tara

Knowledgeable writer

I was initially really confused by the personal statements required for college application. Tara was really helpful and opened a new way for me to express myself in writing.

Yaohua, 2 lessons with Tara

Excellent Tutor ! Highly Recommend !

Tara helped my senior son with his college application from brainstorming of ideas to making sure his deadlines were met. Her methodological approach from writing the essay to final content was very impressive. He had a total of 5 lessons and he always spoke very highly of her. She definitely took my anxiety away, and I would highly recommend her!

Shila, 7 lessons with Tara

Admission Essay Tutor of the Year!

As an older college student, it is not always easy finding a tutor or editor that you are able to gel with. Tara is an exceptional tutor for admission essays. The rapport that she built with me throughout our sessions was incredible! I felt like I was jumping through flaming hoops with the help of Tara's magical editing skills. I remembered showing my college English professor an essay that Tara and I had previously worked on. He said, "John, this essay is beautiful." The essay was so compelling that he started crying! Yes you heard that right! The essay resonated not only with him but with me as well. With Tara's help, I was able to transform a somewhat generic essay to an authentic masterpiece that I can't stop reading. I knew I had found the right person to work with! Along the way, she has also helped me gain a deeper appreciation for creative writing -- something I hope to continue pursuing at my new university. Before I started working with her, I was reluctant to put trust into someone who would be looking over my essays -- having had a few unpleasant experiences in the past. She is kind, polite, and was super understanding of my busy schedule. I learned and gained so much confidence in my writing skills after working with her. Couldn't have asked for anyone better to work with. Thank you Tara!

John , 5 lessons with Tara
Hourly Rate: $150
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