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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

$360/hour

  • 4,180 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: $360
  • 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.

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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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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, 14 lessons with Jonathan

Helpful in brainstorming college ideas

Jon helped my daughter review responses to a structured questionnaire and then collaborated with her using the preferences she had for college search. He approaches everything in a structured way, to provide helpful advice and help her learn to do her research and think through things. This was in addition to the essay brainstorming. Also appreciate that he keeps her organized and aware of schedules.

Kathy, 15 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, 14 lessons with Jonathan

Exceptional college admissions tutor

Jonathan was a fantastic tutor during the college admissions process. Using his unique methods, he was able to quickly identify my core strengths and help mold them into cohesive essays. He was also instrumental in helping me determine my college list and finding the best fit for me - something that I had personally struggled with. I would recommend him to anyone without hesitation, as he truly is an outstanding essay and college admissions tutor.

Anand, 21 lessons with Jonathan

Knowledgable, Patient, and Efficient Editing

The application process for graduate school is difficult enough even without multiple potential hiccups on an application. Jonathan helped to reduce that difficulty and found methods of explaining my obstacles without diminishing them. He handled every curve and pushback I gave with patience and care, helping me to see where I was going wrong and working to make my response that much stronger. He worked with my tight timeline and offered guidance for what I could do outside of our time together (if I wanted) to make the editing process even more efficient. I truly cannot recommend Jonathan enough and I look forward to working with him again in the future.

Megan, 7 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, 13 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, 13 lessons with Jonathan

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

Jonathan is very knowledgeable. By working with him, I learned more than just writing. He is also very patient, highly efficient, dependable and with good work ethics. I'm very satisfied with the results. Highly recommended!

Li, 6 lessons with Jonathan

The most professional tutor I have ever work with

Jonathan is the tutor that contains the ability to work on the application essay from start to finish using only three days. In such a fast process and developing strong and decent essays is really impressive. If you are looking for someone who can finish editing your essay in a short amount of time and did the work very precisely and efficiently. Jonathan will you be your best option.

Julia, 3 lessons with Jonathan
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$360/hour

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