College Essays, College Counseling, Writing, Public Speaking
College Essays, College Counseling, Writing, Public Speaking
Welcome! I am a college counselor and a writing tutor/mentor for students of all ages. I have been doing this work since 2013. I help students improve their academic or creative writing and editing skills, and to become more confident, fluid writers. Additionally, I work extensively with students applying to college programs—undergraduate or graduate, and offer soup to nuts, front to back college counseling services. These comprehensive services are individualized to the needs, interests,...
Welcome! I am a college counselor and a writing tutor/mentor for students of all ages. I have been doing this work since 2013. I help students improve their academic or creative writing and editing skills, and to become more confident, fluid writers. Additionally, I work extensively with students applying to college programs—undergraduate or graduate, and offer soup to nuts, front to back college counseling services. These comprehensive services are individualized to the needs, interests, and requests of each client-student.
I help students with essays for college applications and for academic papers. My role is to guide students and support them through the writing process, and to help them craft strong, compelling narratives that hew closely to their own voice. For college applications, essays usually include the personal statement (i.e. Common Application), as well as supplemental essays, and a student resume.
Depending on how far along in the writing process someone is when I begin working with them, determines my role in the writing process. For example, students may need help brainstorming topic ideas, while others need help refining and revising the essay(s), or both. Many students (and parents) have commented that they feel better prepared for college writing after working with me on this process.
In my experience, I find that most essays require a minimum of three 1-hour sessions. The length of time varies from student to student, and often depends on the individual's natural writing abilities, and/or how much time they have to work on the essay(s).
COLLEGE COUNSELING (UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE)
I often conduct an initial search and/or review and refinement of a student's college list in order to ensure it aligns with the student’s interests, budget, academic record and any specialized needs. The search process can coincide with discussions and possibly research re: scholarships and financial overview. This may also include any other help, such as how to “visit” a college website, prepare and conduct an interview, craft a student resume, etc.
Additionally, when requested, I work students to help them select programs and/or courses that suit their interests, goals and competencies.
Staying organized is half the game. I create—and share—a spreadsheet(s) that allows the student and their parents/guardians to stay on top of the application process. The spreadsheet lists names of schools, deadlines, what will need to be submitted, scholarship info, dates visited, etc.
Creating a timeline allows the student (and parent/guardian) to keep track of when things are due. The list is tailored to the student’s particular to-do list and helps prevent missed deadlines, cramming and bottlenecking. Timelines usually list SAT/ACT test dates, FAFSA/CSS applications, scholarships, applications deadlines, dates to request letters of recommendations, etc.
My rates are priced competitively. Please note that I do charge a higher fee for comprehensive College Counseling. Every effort is made to meet the economic needs of individual families. Please contact me for further information.
Sessions are conducted in-person for local students, as time and necessity allows. However, most of my sessions are conducted online in real time in Google Docs while speaking by phone or via Skype or FaceTime. This is a highly focused and effective approach to the work, and it saves on travel time, which can be crucial as most student’s are quite busy.
GENERAL COMPONENTS OF A COLLEGE APPLICATION
Supplement essay(s) [this varies from college to college]
2-3 letters of recommendation
Financial information (usually FAFSA/CSS)
Helene has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 3 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.
Timely Assistance. Thank you!
Helene was a huge help in providing the right mix of guidance and push that my son needed to get the College Essay completed. As it turns into out, the finished product has exceeded my expectations and it is just in time. Incidentally, my son loved working with Helene.Joseph, 7 lessons with HeleneTutor responded:
Thank you, Joseph. It has been a delight working with your son and family. Wishing you all the very best, Helene
Great teacher with a big heart to help!
Helene helped my daughter with her UC PIQs and her Common App essays revisions and edits. We were on extreme time crunch but Helene understood our situation, was empathetic and so kindly accommodated us quickly and helped my daughter with the edits. She was patient and gave good suggestions on how to strengthen each essay. Guided her well, very positive, and gave detailed feedback. Very efficient use of time. We had four lessons. My daughter felt very confident with the end results and happily submitted her applications. She was well supported by Helene. I believe Helene’s own experience helping her daughter with the college app process couple years ago really makes her a great coach. She understands what the kids are going through and is very positively supportive. We are so thankful!Debby , 5 lessons with Helene
Great helper, very friendly
Helene F. has helped me become more passionate about my college application essay by suggesting the exact changes I was looking for!Busra, 2 lessons with Helene
I highly recommend Helene. We worked on my college essays and personal insight questions. She is very friendly and easy to talk to. I have no doubt that she’ll help get your essays to where you want them to be.Isabelle, 3 lessons with Helene
Patient and Knowledgeable tutor
Helene has been really great working with my daughter. She is very patient and helps her brainstorm ideas for her college essays. She has made this college application process much less stressful for my daughter and her essays look so much stronger and complete and it would have taken her a lot longer to get to this point if not for Helene's help.Preethi, 5 lessons with Helene
Great tutor with passion and patient with student
I have spoke with her over phone before class starts with my daughter, and after the online class, I also ask how the student feels. Each time, I got very positive feedback. I am therefore highly recommend Helene!!!Nancy, 11 lessons with Helene
Excellent 1st lesson
Helene is working with my 17-year-old daughter on college application essay and the advising on the application process. Following the first lesson my daughter was very happy with how the lesson went. Helen brain stormed with her on an essay topic which my daughter was excited about. Helene also reviewed our college list and gave tips and suggested additional colleges to consider. Overall, my daughter felt supported, encouraged and equipped with good tips and instructions on next steps. We’re definitely happy to continue with Helene! Thank you!!Ronny, 9 lessons with Helene
Just what my son needs
Josh has just started with Helene, but he is very impressed. He really didn't know where to start with his college admission essay, and she led him through his experiences to get him started. I'm sure he'll have an awesome finished product.Emily, 4 lessons with Helene
Knowledgeable and patient tutor
Helene is really knowledgeable. She always give me a lot of useful tips and teach me a lot of writing skills. As a college student, I have many papers to write every semester, and I am bothered by grammar mistakes and sentence structure. Helene is always so patient and help me to edit my work. She also teaches me how to use some tools in google drive . I really appreciate her help and I highly recommend her for college students .Alice , 2 lessons with Helene
A great teacher
Helene helped me with my application essay and explained the format to me. She did a good job helping me develop a deeper understanding of it and I felt much more confident working.Billy, 6 lessons with Helene
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