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Top Yale Grad Essay Mentor - College Essays / Transfer App Essays
Jonathan K.

4,791 hours tutoring

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Hourly Rate: $720

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Top Yale Grad Essay Mentor - College Essays / Transfer App Essays
Top Yale Grad Essay Mentor - College Essays / Transfer App Essays
Jonathan K.

4,791 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

4,791 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $720
  • Rate details: Cancellation/rescheduling within 24 hours charged full fee.
  • 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.
Literature,

Literature

I have studied literature at Yale, at Tufts (as part of my masters program), and through a postgraduate program at UC Berkeley. I’ve also taught literature at secondary schools for many years. For the past few years, I’ve used outstanding short stories and essays as mentor texts to teach creative writing.
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.

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.

Most Popular

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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Reviews

Top-Notch College Application Advisor

I am working with Jonathan as a senior in high school applying for undergraduate college admission. Jonathan has been of immense help, guiding me every step of the way from creating a solid college list, to brainstorming essay ideas, all the way to producing exquisite final drafts for application submission. He has helped me take every valuable idea I have and convey it in a positive, impressive manner. More than anything, Jonathan is organized and resourceful, and he ensures I am able to get to where I want to go. The college application process is extremely daunting for every high school senior, and I am extremely grateful for Jonathan's support through every step.

Prisha, 42 lessons with Jonathan

Insightful and constructive writing mentor

Working with Jon has helped me to become a better writer and thinker. Jon has a comprehensive and thorough approach to teaching writing. He offers invaluable feedback during the brainstorming phase. He teaches his students how to express their ideas in more nuanced and artistic ways while still ensuring their personal voice shines in their writing. He meticulously edits finished drafts and has shown that he is more than capable of helping at any phase. I leave Jon's lessons feeling like I've made major progress in my writing.

Cam, 34 lessons with Jonathan

Very Proficient and Thorough!

I had Jonathan to help with my college essays. He has great organization skills and knows what the colleges want. I really enjoyed working with him and learning from him. He puts a lot of effort in helping his students!

Alexa, 36 lessons with Jonathan

beyond helpful

Jonathan’s writing methods have helped me immensely, whether that is finding new ideas to brainstorm or proofreading together. His methods have also made me less stressed of the deadlines as he broke up the work into manageable pieces.

Sunny, 44 lessons with Jonathan

very experienced writing consultant and advisor

Jonathan has been invaluable in the essay drafting process. He is particularly skilled at identifying the issues that each essay from a specific institution is looking to address and using those essay questions to strengthen an applicants overall presentation. He has also been helpful in planning responses to overlap so that they can be used for multiple institutions with as little revision as possible. Additionally, he has a strong understanding and history with specific elite/extremely selective institutions and a solid understanding of the best way to tailor an application to look most attractive for each institution. Finally, he has been helpful in determining which institutions present the best chances of acceptance based on an applicants specific admission package.

Chad, 44 lessons with Jonathan

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

Jonathan is a committed tutor with a wealth of experience in different writing styles and genres. He is masterful at being able to adapt to a specific assignment even if the rubric is stylistically out of the ordinary. When presented with a challenging prompt, Jonathan creates order out of chaos helping the student to learn and produce a well written piece of writing. I highly recommend!

Alix, 29 lessons with Jonathan

Great to work with

Jonathan has been extremely helpful and patient. He answers any questions I have and has a well organized system to help me get into the colleges I’m applying to.

Selmira, 25 lessons with Jonathan

excellent, thorough essay mentor

I would say the Jonathan is more than just a tutor he’s a mentor for expressing ideas in a clear, articulate way. Very glad we found him. Very professional.

Kathy, 27 lessons with Jonathan

Very helpful

Jonathan’s writing methods have inspired me to think deeper to create a response. His feedbacks are also very helpful and he is very patient.

Sunny, 44 lessons with Jonathan
Hourly Rate: $720
Response time: 24 minutes
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