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, p
Helene has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 3 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.
Great help for college essays!
Helene has been assisting my son with his essays and she has been an amazing help. She is part counselor, part editor, and part cheerleader. She is able to help him clarify his ideas and express them clearly in his voice, not hers. She is patient and always available. I can't say enough good things about her!Linda, 12 lessons with Helene
Excellent, experienced, and a tells it how it is.
Helene didn't waste any time letting me know what parts of my practice essays I needed to improve upon and what parts were solid. Helene has a solid background in writing professionally, which helped me considerably, as I was practicing how to write in an essay format that required extreme professionalism. We covered a tremendous amount of ground in the short time we spent together. Additionally, she is very patient and compassionate, so you get to hear what you need to hear without being taken out of your comfort zone. I took the time to review the notes she left on my practice essays multiple times to let it all sink in. By the time the entrance exam day finally came, I felt immensely confident in my ability to write professionally, all on my own. Later on, I discovered that I beat the average admitted score by a wide margin! These written exams were necessary for admission to one of America's most selective business programs, so they weren't easy. She is terrific, and I couldn't recommend her more.Abraham, 1 lesson with Helene
Knowledgeable and patient tutor.
She helped both my sons with their college application essays and supplemental essays. She could help them narrow their ideas and brainstorm as well as organize and help with the editing and actual writing. Very flexible as far as timing, very agreeable. We'd work with her again without hesitation. Both my sons felt comfortable with her and feel they benefitted.Katie , 3 lessons with Helene
great to work with and very knowledgeable with college essays
Helene was very great to work with throughout editing my college application. She was very knowledgeable and awesome at pointing out some of the things i missed. Overall great experienceMuratcan, 2 lessons with Helene
Knowledgeable and Patient
Helene worked with my 17 year old son on his college essay. She gave him great pointers and helped him to learn some great editing skills. I would highly recommend Helene and we would use her again in the futureMelissa, 4 lessons with Helene
Helene tutored my daughter who is not an American nor a native speaker of English. She was kind, patient, dedicated, and honest. I think Helene's experience and expertise in all the process of applying to a USA college including essays college selections and application details make her a top level college tutor even for international students.Gilberto, 5 lessons with Helene
Very Helpful Feedback
Gave me good advice on what changes to make in my essay and was very constructive. I feel much better about my essay now and how to answer other questions in the Common Application and supplemental questions from individual schools.Aiman, 2 lessons with Helene
Thoughtful and encouraging tutor.
Helene has been incredibly encouraging throughout the writing process. Essays are hard and overwhelming to write at times but she makes me feel comfortable and confident while doing so.Samara , 8 lessons with Helene
My son had written several essay outlines and was struggling to find what is is that is so relevant to him that the essay reader could find equally exciting. We continue to work with her and seek her advice on the admission essays.Deepti, 10 lessons with Helene
Knowledgeable and patient tutor
Helene is very knowledgeable about the college essay writing process and has helped my son select a direction that he is passionate about for his personal statement.Kathryn , 18 lessons with Helene
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