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Jonathan K.

College Essay Mentoring - Top Yale Grad / Fulbright Mentor / 25 Years

College Essay Mentoring - Top Yale Grad / Fulbright Mentor / 25 Years

$240/hour

About Jonathan


Bio

My professional passion is mentoring bright young people applying to university, with a primary focus on strategizing, planning, and revising application essays. 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...

My professional passion is mentoring bright young people applying to university, with a primary focus on strategizing, planning, and revising application essays. 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 thorough outline (based on your freewriting) that breaks the work of drafting into manageable pieces;
- Offering expert guidance and specific feedback to assist you in revising, to make your writing as clear and meaningful as possible;
- Editing your draft, line by line, to ensure it is fluently readable; and
- Suggesting cuts to make your draft concise and powerful.

EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS

Over the past twenty-five years of my career in education, I have taught at leading public, Quaker, and international schools, as well as for two top-tier universities.

I acquired my zest for the craft of writing at Yale, where I graduated in the top five percent of my class. I subsequently apprenticed with Shady Hill School's Teacher Training Course, the nation's leading program, while earning a master's degree with a concentration in English from Tufts.

My primary focus as a teacher has been preparing students to write clear and compelling prose, whether it be for their AP exam essays, creative nonfiction pieces, or Lincoln-Douglas debate cases.

Over the years I have pursued many kinds of work and professional development in addition to my classroom teaching. For example, I am a Teacher Consultant for the National Writing Project. I also currently serve as a Mentor for the Fulbright Commission, a renowned non-profit established by international treaty, where my role is to help extremely bright British students from disadvantaged backgrounds apply to top-tier schools in the US. I have taught creative nonfiction writing courses over several years for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY), and I have served as an Academic Dean for CTY's Princeton site. For ten years I advised International Baccalaureate students on their Extended Essays, and I have completed the IBO advanced training for this work. I also have taught semester-long courses in assessment and differentiation for the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

MATRICULATIONS AT TOP-TIER UNIVERSITIES

Each year I provide full-service, one-to-one support to five or six rising seniors with their application essays, as well as to a few transfer and graduate-school applicants. Over the past five years students I have assisted have matriculated at top-tier colleges and universities, including:

- Amherst College
- Berklee College of Music
- Boston University - Kilachand Honors College
- Brown University
- California Institute of Technology
- Claremont McKenna College - Full Tuition Scholarship;
- Columbia University
- George Washington University
- Georgia Institute of Technology
- Harvey Mudd College
- King's College London
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Full Tuition Scholarship
- New York University
- Notre Dame University
- Politecnico di Milano, School of Design
- Princeton University
- Scripps College
- Tufts University
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Southern California - Presidential Scholarship
- Vanderbilt University
- Washington & Lee - Full Tuition Scholarship
- Washington University, St Louis
- Wellesley College
- Yale University - Full Tuition Scholarship


Education

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

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $240
  • Rate details: Cancellation/postponement 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.

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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.

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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.

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Caring, knowledgeable, patient mentor

Jonathan is exceeding my expectations. I see my son's confidence increase every day! His patience and knowledge only enriches and motivates my son to be inspired.

Jenny, 4 lessons with Jonathan

Fun and Patient Writing Tutor!

He was very patient and wonderful. He makes writing more fun and helped me on my application essay for engineering, and helped me get in!

Jake, 12 lessons with Jonathan

Helpful and useful tutor!

Helped me with my college applications and made them much more clearer and easier. His strategy in approaching the applications are also very productive.

Anvar, 8 lessons with Jonathan

He is a great tutor!

He is a great writing tutor and knows what he is doing. He will guide you every step of the way to a great essay. I am working on application essays with him and enjoy having him as a tutor. The only issue I had would be the pricing and how long many sessions it took for me to finish one essay with him. It might just be my problem though, since I am not s strong writer and there are many issues with my writing. Anyways, he is great and is extremely patient and nice.

Yinxuan, 14 lessons with Jonathan

Competent and experienced tutor

I am a veteran and military spouse who has been out of the workforce and academic environment in nearly a decade. I found myself in dire need of assistance with my writing ability. Jonathan was patient, understanding, and very helpful. He is well-versed in political science, history, and international affairs. He put me at ease as I had a short suspense (due in two days) and guided me through the areas I needed to improve upon. After two sessions, I was amazed at how relieved I felt. If you find yourself in a bind and in need of immediate assistance-You want Jonathan by your side.

Andrea, 3 lessons with Jonathan

My son got good insights and feels he is on a path to a solid essay.

Just with the very first hour of tutoring, Jonathan was able to pick out my son's strengths and gave my son ideas on how to frame his college essay. I was not sure if I wanted to go the tutoring route to help my son with his essay. But I am glad that I did it, as I can see the value Jonathan is able to bring just in the very first hour. My son has a 1590 SAT score and is super smart. But that does not necessarily mean he knows what to write a good college essay. Jonathan is very strong about not doing any writing and let all that is said be in Taran's voice. But he is making sure to ask the right questions, so that Taran can do his job well and can hit all the right notes in the essay and showcase himself well.

Lalitha, 11 lessons with Jonathan

Amazing tutor !!!

He analyzed my essay as if it was an outstanding literature piece. His comments were very insightful and he opened up so many new avenues. Rewriting it seemed so easy. Thank you.

Andrea, 2 lessons with Jonathan

Jonathan is the best English tutor I have ever worked with.

Jonathan helped me with the last minute Admissions essays to IVY league school. He stayed with me until 3 AM in the morning and worked together on a google doc. I learned how important it is to be organized when writing. I feel more confident about my ideas. After one lesson with Jonathan I feel motivated to continue working on my writing skills. Thank you, Jonathan!

Yanna, 4 lessons with Jonathan

Amazing history/writing tutor

Jonathan was truly amazing with my son who is a freshman in high school. He helped him organize his paper, support his argument, and improve sentence structure. He’s a great tutor for both writing and History.

Lenore, 11 lessons with Jonathan
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$240/hour

Jonathan K.

$240/hour

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