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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

$540/hour

  • 3,698 hours tutoring

About Jonathan


Bio

My primary focus is helping university applicants with strategizing, planning, and revising their application essays:
- College essays
- Transfer essays
- Graduate school essays
- Scholarship essays
With twenty-five years' experience in teaching writing, I've earned a solid reputation for helping applicants garner admission to universities like Yale, Columbia, MIT, Princeton, and Brown. (See below.)
PUTTING YOUR MIND AT EASE
The college application process can be immensely daunting, for...

My primary focus is helping university applicants with strategizing, planning, and revising their application essays:
- College essays
- Transfer essays
- Graduate school essays
- Scholarship essays
With twenty-five years' experience in teaching writing, I've earned a solid reputation for helping applicants garner admission to universities like Yale, Columbia, MIT, Princeton, and Brown. (See below.)
PUTTING YOUR MIND AT EASE
The college application process can be immensely daunting, for students and parents alike. If you work with me, 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 every session.
Our first meeting will identify themes for the personal statement; by our third meeting, we'll have a draft and a comprehensive action plan.
EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS
Over the past twenty-five years, I’ve taught at leading schools, as well as Harvard. I acquired my zest for writing at Yale, where I graduated in the top five percent. I subsequently earned a master's degree in education from Tufts. In addition to classroom teaching, I’ve been a Teacher Consultant for the National Writing Project and served for five years as a Mentor for the Fulbright Commission, a renowned non-profit established by international treaty.
MATRICULATIONS AT TOP-TIER UNIVERSITIES
Each year I provide full-service support to six or seven rising seniors, as well as to a few transfer and graduate-school applicants. Over the past five years students I’ve assisted have matriculated at:
- Amherst
- BU (Kilachand)
- Brown
- CalTech
- Claremont McKenna
- Columbia
- Duke
- George Washington
- Georgetown
- Georgia Tech
- Harvard
- King's College London
- MIT
- NYU
- Penn
- Politecnico di Milano
- Princeton
- Scripps
- U Toronto
- Tufts
- UC Berkeley
- USC
- Vanderbilt
- Wash U
- Wellesley
- William & Mary
- Wisconsin-Madison
- Yale


Education

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

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  • Hourly Rate: $540
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  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 10/25/2016

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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

Writing mentor for university applicants for since 2013; full time the last 5 years. Essay Mentor for Fulbright Commission, 2015-2020. Taught creative nonfiction, academic writing, composition, AP history essays, and the multi-source research essay. Certificate in teaching English from Massachusetts. Teacher-Consultant for the National Writing Project.
Literature

History

American History,

American History

A history teacher for most of my career, I've taught US History for a dozen years. I've received specialized training to support students in LEQ and DBQ essays from one of the leaders who designed the new AP US exam. I have spent well over two hundred hours coaching students in writing LEQ and DBQ essays, and my AP history tutees have all earned '4's and '5's on their exams.
European History,

European History

A history teacher for most of my career, I've taught European History for several years. I've received specialized training to support students in LEQ and DBQ essays from one of the leaders who designed the new AP Euro exam. My AP history tutees have all earned '4's and '5's on their exams.
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.

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

Writing mentor for university applicants for since 2013; full time the last 5 years. Essay Mentor for Fulbright Commission, 2015-2020. Taught creative nonfiction, academic writing, composition, AP history essays, and the multi-source research essay. Certificate in teaching English from Massachusetts. Teacher-Consultant for the National Writing Project.

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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

Writing mentor for university applicants for since 2013; full time the last 5 years. Essay Mentor for Fulbright Commission, 2015-2020. Taught creative nonfiction, academic writing, composition, AP history essays, and the multi-source research essay. Certificate in teaching English from Massachusetts. Teacher-Consultant for the National Writing Project.

Other

College Counseling

College Counseling

A professional writing mentor, I have worked chiefly with university applicants since 2013; full time the last 5 years. Essay Mentor for Fulbright Commission, 2015-2020, working with extremely promising applicants to help them in applying to top-tier universities. Have taught creative nonfiction and other genres over 25 years. Certificate in teaching English from Massachusetts. Teacher-Consultant for the National Writing Project. My preparation includes creative writing courses at Yale, Tufts, UC Berkeley, and Arvon.

Summer

Writing

Writing

Writing mentor for university applicants for since 2013; full time the last 5 years. Essay Mentor for Fulbright Commission, 2015-2020. Taught creative nonfiction, academic writing, composition, AP history essays, and the multi-source research essay. Certificate in teaching English from Massachusetts. Teacher-Consultant for the National Writing Project.

Test Preparation

College Counseling

College Counseling

A professional writing mentor, I have worked chiefly with university applicants since 2013; full time the last 5 years. Essay Mentor for Fulbright Commission, 2015-2020, working with extremely promising applicants to help them in applying to top-tier universities. Have taught creative nonfiction and other genres over 25 years. Certificate in teaching English from Massachusetts. Teacher-Consultant for the National Writing Project. My preparation includes creative writing courses at Yale, Tufts, UC Berkeley, and Arvon.

Examples of Expertise


Jonathan has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 3 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


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Experienced, knowledgeable, and patient

Jonathan from the first day we worked was very organized, helping me ease into the writing of my college transfer essays. Not only did I feel on top of the work all the time, but it was my first experience having fun while writing college essays. Jonathan also made sure my voice was always shown through the essay and I had full liberty to deny any cuts of topics or phrases I wanted to keep. I would highly recommend meeting with Jonathan as I feel full confidence turning my transfer essays in.

Sarah, 16 lessons with Jonathan

Strongly recommended! Amazing person and teacher!

I am super thankful for Mr. Jonathan’s guidance through the college application process! His extensive knowledge on the application process and structured way of constructing essays are incredible. He makes sure I understand what every college is looking for, considers my thoughts, and provides very insightful ideas. Additionally, he offers specific suggestions, and under his tutoring, my writing skills have improved immensely, especially my ability to express ideas concisely. Furthermore, whenever I email him, he always responds promptly and fully addresses my concerns and questions. Not only do I feel like every essay is my best work, but I also feel very supported through this process.

Alex, 29 lessons with Jonathan

Helpful Writer

Jonathan worked with my son on his personal statement and his ED supplemental essays. Jonathan has a systematic way of constructing the essays which my son found very helpful. With only a few weeks away from its deadline, they were able to complete them on time! Thank you, Jonathan.

Elaine, 9 lessons with Jonathan

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

I took Jonathan K.’s help to write a transfer essay. He worked diligently and patiently. His insightful tips and meaningful resources helped improve my essay. He knew exactly what was required and took only two sessions to complete . He thoroughly proof read the essay for any grammatical, formatting or punctuation errors before finishing the essay. I strongly recommend him as he knows what is exactly required.

GARIMA, 4 lessons with Jonathan

Very professional , knowledgeable and Patient tutor. Go to Person for Essay Writing

Jonathan helped my Son to improve his essays. He gave insightful ways to enhance their writing while showing them how to stay on the right track. He is very professional and my Son enjoyed working with him.

Raj, 2 lessons with Jonathan

Top class, experienced, patient and responsible

I am so happy that I have found Jonathan at Wyzant. He is the best tutor my son has ever met. Jonathan is knowledgeable, inspiring, and responsible. My son has learned how to write with a critical thinking.

Sophie, 10 lessons with Jonathan

Great Tutor!

Jonathan did an amazing job helping me through the entire college application process and ultimately helping me gain admission into my dream school. His essay construction process is amazing and makes sure that the student is putting their best foot forward on all essays. Even with short word requirement essays, he was able to help me put a grand amount of information within them. I am extremely thankful for his guidance through this process!

Griffin, 37 lessons with Jonathan

College Counseling

Jonathan has been really helpful with the college essay/admissions process. He’s very knowledgeable about what the top universities are looking for. Also, he is genuinely dedicated to making sure your college essays are structured well and display your best strengths! I would definitely recommend him as a tutor, and I’m looking forward to continuing the college application process with him.

Emily, 21 lessons with Jonathan

Exceptional award wining mentor

Jonathan is an incredible teacher and communicates with his students extremely well. He has helped my sons improve their essay writing and creative writing. Their writing has improved tremendously after they started working with Jon and we feel very lucky to have found him. They really enjoy working with him and look forward to his classes. Jon is also a great communicator and connected with my sons from the very beginning. He always goes above and beyond to make sure that they get all of the concepts and teaches them how to convey their thoughts through words. He has a very good eye for detail and is extremely knowledgeable about the intricacies of the English language. Jon has motivated them to take their writing to the next level. Last year, he mentored them in the Scholastic Writing Competition and helped them win awards including a national gold and silver medal. Additionally, Jon is extremely accommodating. I would definitely recommend Jon for all of your writing needs.

Shashi, 172 lessons with Jonathan
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