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Tara S.

Fulbright Scholar, Northwestern Grad: College Essays & More

Fulbright Scholar, Northwestern Grad: College Essays & More

$150/hour

  • 2,024 hours tutoring

About Tara


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I’m here to help you write successful applications, which will unlock opportunities and advance your career. Whether you’re working on a college essay, a grant application, or an English paper, I’ll help you leverage the power of writing and discover your inner Hemingway.

About Me

After graduating from Northwestern University in 2017 with a degree in Communications and English, I was selected as an AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow and trained in a one-on-one teaching program that’s “the most...

I’m here to help you write successful applications, which will unlock opportunities and advance your career. Whether you’re working on a college essay, a grant application, or an English paper, I’ll help you leverage the power of writing and discover your inner Hemingway.

About Me

After graduating from Northwestern University in 2017 with a degree in Communications and English, I was selected as an AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow and trained in a one-on-one teaching program that’s “the most competitive of such programs in the nation, 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.

My Unique Approach

I’ve learned to decode and analyze what institutions and organizations seek in applicants. To appeal to admissions officers, essays must be strategic—but they also must be authentic. Together, we’ll navigate your writing journey from start to finish. I’ll walk you through brainstorming and writing exercises to get you started. Once you’ve written a draft, we’ll revise and polish the essay until it sparkles and shines. I can also help with last-minute grammar checks and edits.

What I Can Help With

College and Graduate School Essays
Academic Papers
Grant Applications
Cover Letters
ESL Writing and Conversation Skills

In the last two years, my students have been accepted to:

UC Berkeley
Boston College
Brown
Carnegie Mellon
UChicago
Columbia
Cornell
USC
Dartmouth
Duke
Georgetown
Harvard
Johns Hopkins
London School of Economics
UMichigan
MIT
Notre Dame
NYU
UPenn
Princeton
Rice
Stanford
Swarthmore
UT Austin
Tufts
Vanderbilt
UVA

I've also helped students win full-ride scholarships, including QuestBridge.

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


Education

Northwestern University
English

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  • Hourly Rate: $150
  • Rate details: No-shows will be billed as full lessons
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 8/27/2019

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Reading

English

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, 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

Language

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

Other

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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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

I highly recommend Tara

I was extremely lucky to find Tara to help my brother with his college application essays. She worked with him in applying to private universities and UCs. The process can be very overwhelming for applicants and her guidance eased down the process. My brother wrote the starting drafts and she focused in brainstorming, editing and refining the ideas of the essays. Saying that Tara was an immense help would fall short for the quality of work that she provided. She has a gift for writing, storytelling and clarifying ideas. The help that she provided allowed my brother’s essays to shine among the strongest applicants. Tara’s help enabled him to receive a full ride scholarship to a top 5 university in the nation. To say the least, we are forever thankful for her help and would consider anyone receiving her help extremely lucky. Thank you Tara!

Alberto, 11 lessons with Tara

The best college essay coach you could ever find.

Tara has been helping my son on his college application essays. She gives the best ideas and polishes each essay with content and style. We are blessed to have found her at this stressful time of college application. She is smart and kind, sincere and knowledgeable. I highly recommend her to help you to carry your essays to another level.

Stella, 14 lessons with Tara

Knowledgeable Tutor!

Tara has helped me patiently with writing an application into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. During the induction ceremony in front of hundreds of students in the auditorium my story was chosen by the Dean to read aloud to all of the students. I was very proud.

Kathy, 3 lessons with Tara

College Essays

Tara is AMAZING!! She helped on a moment’s notice with my daughter’s college essays. She gave valuable input that transformed them into exactly what we were looking for. If you need someone to give comprehensive edits and great ideas, Tara is the perfect fit.

Kerri, 3 lessons with Tara

Fantastic tutor!

Tara helped me so much with my college essay in only one hour. She helped me structure the essay while still feeling like it was my voice. I feel much more capable of writing this now -- I would highly recommend!

Eliana, 2 lessons with Tara

Tara gave my son some great ideas.

We had hired a college counselor but I could tell my son wasn’t getting what he needed from her. We found Tara here on Wyzant and in the first lesson she already gave him some great suggestions and he is feeling better about his essays.

Jeff, 23 lessons with Tara

Change of perspective

Until you find someone that really knows what you need to do, you will waste money and time. With Tara, she helped my son hone in on his strengths and guide him with feedback to building out a top notch essay (yes we will keep working with her). If you take education and entry into higher end colleges seriously, you will be very happy to have someone like Tara help your daughter/son.

Jason, 3 lessons with Tara
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