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Jonathan K.

Top Yale Grad Essay Mentor - College Essays / Transfer App Essays

Top Yale Grad Essay Mentor - College Essays / Transfer App Essays

$450/hour

  • 2,893 hours tutoring

About Jonathan


Bio

My passion is mentoring bright students with their essay writing. My primary focus is helping high-school seniors with strategizing, planning, and revising their college application essays. I also frequently work with students on:
- Transfer application essays
- Graduate School application essays
- Scholarship application essays
- Essays (LEQs and DBQs) for AP History Exams (US, European, and World)
- Academic essays of all kinds, especially in history and literature
- Multi-source,...

My passion is mentoring bright students with their essay writing. My primary focus is helping high-school seniors with strategizing, planning, and revising their college application essays. I also frequently work with students on:
- Transfer application essays
- Graduate School application essays
- Scholarship application essays
- Essays (LEQs and DBQs) for AP History Exams (US, European, and World)
- Academic essays of all kinds, especially in history and literature
- Multi-source, thesis-driven research essays
- Lincoln-Douglas debate cases
- Personal essays (creative nonfiction writing)

With twenty-five years' experience in teaching writing, I've earned a solid reputation for helping applicants garner admission to top-tier universities like Yale, Columbia, MIT, Princeton, and Brown.

PUTTING YOUR MIND AT EASE
With a personal statement and a dozen or more supplement essays to write--from scratch--the college application process can be immensely daunting, for students and parents alike. If you work with me, my first priority is to put you at ease by explaining how I will:
(a) break the workload down into achievable pieces;
(b) support you as you tackle the challenges of each essay; and
(c) help you make meaningful progress in every session.
Our very first meeting will identify goals and topics for the Common App personal statement (the "main essay") so we can begin writing immediately. By our third meeting, we'll have a comprehensive action plan, including a strategy for saving time and effort with supplement essays without sacrificing quality.

KEEPING YOU IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT
My professional philosophy is that every essay you write needs to reflect *your* ideas and resonate with *your* own authentic voice. My job is to support you through each step of the writing process by:
- Strategizing with you to choose options and topics that effectively convey your most compelling strengths to admissions officers;
- Asking you detailed questions to guide your brainstorming and freewriting;
- Crafting a th


Education

Yale University; summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Archaeology, with distinction
Tufts University; Education with concentration in English
MEd

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $450
  • Rate details: Cancellation/rescheduling within 24 hours will be charged full time. I offer various kinds of discounts; please just ask for details.
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 10/25/2016

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

Public Speaking

Public Speaking

I have been a speech and debate coach for eight years and currently serve as my league's Chair. I have been teaching speech and debate as a formal subject for five years at my current school. This year I earned the Degree of Special Distinction from the National Speech and Debate Association for my accomplishments.

Corporate Training

Public Speaking

Public Speaking

I have been a speech and debate coach for eight years and currently serve as my league's Chair. I have been teaching speech and debate as a formal subject for five years at my current school. This year I earned the Degree of Special Distinction from the National Speech and Debate Association for my accomplishments.

English

English,

English

I have a Master's of Education, Concentration in English from Tufts University and a Bachelor of Arts, with a distinction in the major, summa cum laude from Yale University.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I have been a speech and debate coach for eight years and currently serve as my league's Chair. I have been teaching speech and debate as a formal subject for five years at my current school. This year I earned the Degree of Special Distinction from the National Speech and Debate Association for my accomplishments.
Writing,

Writing

25 years of tutoring writing; a certificate in teaching English from Massachusetts. Have taught for Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University.
Literature

History

American History,

American History

I have been teaching American history for over a dozen years, with a specialization in AP US History. I have taken two week-long workshops delivered by course leaders from the College Board, one of whom was instrumental in reforming the exam format for the AP history courses. I have spent well over two hundred hours coaching students in writing LEQ and DBQ essays.
Social Studies,

Social Studies

Over the past 12 years, I have been teaching high school social studies full time. I taught first at a Quaker school in the US, then for the past nine years an international school. During that time I have taught a variety of courses, including United States history, Western Civilization (1400 to present), World history. Earlier, while teaching middle school, most of my work was in social studies. My apprenticeship was also mostly in social studies. Lastly: My undergraduate degree was chiefly in the social studies arena, with psychology, archaeology, anthropology, and history.
European History

Homeschool

English,

English

I have a Master's of Education, Concentration in English from Tufts University and a Bachelor of Arts, with a distinction in the major, summa cum laude from Yale University.
Writing

Writing

25 years of tutoring writing; a certificate in teaching English from Massachusetts. Have taught for Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University.

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English,

English

I have a Master's of Education, Concentration in English from Tufts University and a Bachelor of Arts, with a distinction in the major, summa cum laude from Yale University.
Writing

Writing

25 years of tutoring writing; a certificate in teaching English from Massachusetts. Have taught for Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University.

Other

College Counseling

College Counseling

70% of my tutoring work is helping students with college application essays. I have been accepted as a mentor by the Fulbright Commission to work with extremely promising college applicants to help them in applying to top-tier universities; I have been a mentor with them for the past 5 years. My preparation in being a mentor for creative writing includes courses I've taken at Yale, Tufts, and UC Berkeley. I've also taught three kinds of creative writing: the personal essay; short fiction; speech-writing.

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Writing

Writing

25 years of tutoring writing; a certificate in teaching English from Massachusetts. Have taught for Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University.

Test Preparation

College Counseling

College Counseling

70% of my tutoring work is helping students with college application essays. I have been accepted as a mentor by the Fulbright Commission to work with extremely promising college applicants to help them in applying to top-tier universities; I have been a mentor with them for the past 5 years. My preparation in being a mentor for creative writing includes courses I've taken at Yale, Tufts, and UC Berkeley. I've also taught three kinds of creative writing: the personal essay; short fiction; speech-writing.

Examples of Expertise


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Ratings and Reviews


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Strongly recommend--Has gone the extra mile

Although Jonathan is primarily someone who can provide excellent help with the all important college essay, he has also helped us out enormously with advice about good colleges for our son; helped our son out navigating Naviance and the Common App; suggested how to gather information about various colleges; and in general gone above and beyond in knowledgeably helping us get through the college application process, all while giving us prompt and useful updates on each session he has had with our son and doing his best to cheerfully work around schedule conflicts when they arise.

Daniel, 41 lessons with Jonathan

Super knowledgeable and experienced

He has helped my daughter not only with the college essay but he process as a whole. We are very happy with the results we are getting with Jonathans help. He makes himself available and is very helpful.

Natalie, 34 lessons with Jonathan

Great teacher and person!

I had 7 lessons with Jonathan, who helped me greatly with my personal statement for college. Each lesson was very productive and helpful, he was very attentive to all of my needs and ideas, and gave great suggestions to improve my writing. I learned a lot about the writing process overall, and will definitely implement Jonathan's methods in the future. I am very appreciative for his help!

Liza, 7 lessons with Jonathan

Awesome Tutor

My son has enjoyed his sessions very much and is motivated to complete his essay. Jonathan takes time and customizes his session to meet my son’s need. It has been an Outstanding experience!

Peter, 6 lessons with Jonathan

Knowledgeable, helpful, patient

Jonathan did an amazing job helping me cut my essay while keeping it true to myself, my story, and academic. He is VERY knowledgeable about applying to schools and has a lot of guidance/advice. Without Jonathan, I do not know how I would of written my essay in so few words while conveying so much information. I am so thankful for his expertise and guidance!

Sarah, 6 lessons with Jonathan

Dedicated, detail oriented, & accommodating!

Dedicated, detail oriented, & accommodating! I am technically a mature student from the U.S who decided to go back to school and Jonathan worked with me on my personal essay, cv, as well as the application process over the course of a few months. He helped me navigate the application process for a university in South Africa which I am happy to say I now attend! He was meticulous in the work we did together and always made me feel heard and understood when it came to how I wanted to be perceived as an academic. When it finally came down to handing in all my materials I felt very confident in that they were the best possible quality thanks to Jonathan’s assistance. I would highly recommend him as a tutor for a student of any age.

Angel, 11 lessons with Jonathan

Amazing history/writing tutor

Jonathan helps with all facets of essay writing. He can assist in brainstorming ideas, organizing and outlining as well as editing paragraphs and sentence structure. I feel that my 10th grader has really learned how to write well thanks to Jonathan.

Lenore, 65 lessons with Jonathan

Great Lessons and teacher

Jonathon does a great job of extracting your stories to best address the prompts on essays. He also did a phenomenal job of providing valuable feed back and making the language of my essays very coherent and readable. These are honestly some of the best essays I have written, very concise yet powerful essays that pack a lot of information into a strict word count. Jonathan was a great teacher and taught me some life long lessons in essay writing. I’m a better writer now because of him.

Akash, 11 lessons with Jonathan

Exceeded My Expectations Greatly

Jonathan is one of the most well rounded tutors I know. I asked Jon to help me write transfer essays to schools such as Penn and Villanova and they were more than fantastic. He exceeded my expectations greatly and I am so appreciative for all the work he helped me accomplish. I have a very busy schedule and Jonathan was always willing to work with me timing wise which I can not thank him enough for. If you need a tutor to help you with college decisions or applications, THIS is the man you are looking for! I felt very confident handing in my final essays and transfer applications, all thanks to Jonathan!

Caitlyn, 20 lessons with Jonathan
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$450/hour

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$450/hour

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Response time: 25 minutes