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Alan J.

Stanford Grad For College & Med School Applications

Stanford Grad For College & Med School Applications

$225/hour

  • 1,392 hours tutoring

About Alan


Bio

Great Writing = 1% inspiration + 99% perspiration.

I teach a structured method for effective communication with minimal effort. Emphasis is on critical thinking and organizing the outline to prepare for writing. Most students set out to build the house without an architectural blueprint. Perspiration ensues.

I also find that students often lack the materials with which to build. They rush past the important step of brainstorming ideas without reflecting much on what they want to say. I...

Great Writing = 1% inspiration + 99% perspiration.

I teach a structured method for effective communication with minimal effort. Emphasis is on critical thinking and organizing the outline to prepare for writing. Most students set out to build the house without an architectural blueprint. Perspiration ensues.

I also find that students often lack the materials with which to build. They rush past the important step of brainstorming ideas without reflecting much on what they want to say. I send them back to Home Depot. A big part of what I do is drawing the story out.

From a fellow Stanford alum who was recently scouting for his daughter: "I’m a tad OCD (looked at WAY too many Wyzant profiles) and I can tell you no one has better student reviews than you."

I work almost exclusively online. Thank you, Skype. Thank you, Google Docs. If you don't like Skype, we can meet in person. I live in L.A. and New York, and often visit London and you're welcome to drive, fly, or swim over if you don't mind my goofy yellow labrador who licks everyone. My sweet spots are:

•College Application Essays, Undergraduate Student and Transfer Student Applications
•Graduate School Essays (Law School, Business School, Medical School, Nursing School)
•Essays for High School, College, and Business School Classes
•Resumes (academic and professional)
•Business Presentations (PowerPoint, etc)
•Public Speaking

I’m a lousy golfer, a hopeless cook, and my singing makes my dog cry. I was born to write. It’s the only thing I’ve done consistently for the past 30 years, as a journalist, screenwriter and on the marketing team at Apple. I learned to teach in college as a writing tutor, but mostly by raising four college-bound children. I learned to make effective presentations by raising substantial capital for new ventures.

I will inspire and coach you to new heights – on the page and at the podium -- without breaking a sweat.

COLLEGE & GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATION ESSAYS
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Education

Wesleyan University
English
Stanford Business School
MBA

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $225
  • Rate details: No charge for first 15-minute phone consultation. Discount for financial need.
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Film,

Film

I have written, directed and produced more than a dozen feature and corporate films, some of which have appeared numerous festivals (including Sundance and Toronto) and have been distributed by Sony Pictures and by Miramax. Prior to that I was the in-house film maker at Apple.
Video Production

Video Production

I have written, directed and produced more than a dozen feature and corporate films, some of which have appeared numerous festivals (including Sundance and Toronto) and have been distributed by Sony Pictures and by Miramax. Prior to that I was the in-house film maker at Apple.

Business

Business,

Business

I have an MBA from Stanford University. I started and managed several successful startup companies. During this time, I raised millions of dollars in funding from Ventura Capital and other sources. Additionally, I worked on the marketing team at Apple.
Career Development,

Career Development

I have worked for over 30 years in a wide range of companies, from start-ups that I launched to Fortune 100 companies, including Apple. During this time I have reviewed thousands of resumes and interviewed hundreds of candidates for various positions. I have served as a mentor to many of the young people whose paths have crossed my own.
Marketing,

Marketing

I earned an MBA from Stanford Business School with a focus on marketing. I worked on the marketing team at Apple and at other companies in a variety of industries. I have experience with both traditional marketing strategies and those suited for the digital era.
Public Speaking

Public Speaking

I have an MBA from Stanford, where I was trained in public speaking. Since then I have made more than 50 business presentations and public speaking engagements. I currently coach executives on how to make effective business presentations.

Computer

Video Production

Video Production

I have written, directed and produced more than a dozen feature and corporate films, some of which have appeared numerous festivals (including Sundance and Toronto) and have been distributed by Sony Pictures and by Miramax. Prior to that I was the in-house film maker at Apple.

Corporate Training

Business,

Business

I have an MBA from Stanford University. I started and managed several successful startup companies. During this time, I raised millions of dollars in funding from Ventura Capital and other sources. Additionally, I worked on the marketing team at Apple.
Career Development,

Career Development

I have worked for over 30 years in a wide range of companies, from start-ups that I launched to Fortune 100 companies, including Apple. During this time I have reviewed thousands of resumes and interviewed hundreds of candidates for various positions. I have served as a mentor to many of the young people whose paths have crossed my own.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I have an MBA from Stanford, where I was trained in public speaking. Since then I have made more than 50 business presentations and public speaking engagements. I currently coach executives on how to make effective business presentations.
Grammar

Elementary Education

Grammar

English

Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I have an MBA from Stanford, where I was trained in public speaking. Since then I have made more than 50 business presentations and public speaking engagements. I currently coach executives on how to make effective business presentations.
Writing,

Writing

I have been a professional writer and coach for over 20 years.
English, Grammar

Homeschool

Writing,

Writing

I have been a professional writer and coach for over 20 years.
English

Most Popular

Writing,

Writing

I have been a professional writer and coach for over 20 years.
English

Other

Marketing

Marketing

I earned an MBA from Stanford Business School with a focus on marketing. I worked on the marketing team at Apple and at other companies in a variety of industries. I have experience with both traditional marketing strategies and those suited for the digital era.

Summer

Writing

Writing

I have been a professional writer and coach for over 20 years.

Test Preparation

Career Development

Career Development

I have worked for over 30 years in a wide range of companies, from start-ups that I launched to Fortune 100 companies, including Apple. During this time I have reviewed thousands of resumes and interviewed hundreds of candidates for various positions. I have served as a mentor to many of the young people whose paths have crossed my own.

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5 Stars!

I had an amazing experience working with Alan. His editing abilities are unmatched and are 100% worth it! Would work with him again!"

Maxwell, 5 lessons with Alan

So far so good!

First lesson was nice. I look forward to our next meeting. He puts things into perspective to help you understand the importance of saying something one way versus another, which I found very helpful.

Cassie, 2 lessons with Alan

Medical School Application GOD

To say that Alan was helpful, honest, trustworthy, humorous and overall simply the best tutor I could have asked for in the admissions process is truly an understatement. I reached out to Alan, after seeing his multiple fantastic reviews, for help on my medical school application. I had spent quiet some time writing my essay, months actually, crafting it to what I thought was the absolute best quality essay. Oh boy was I wrong. There is an art to the medical school applications essay, an art that Alan is well versed in and willing to teach you. Upon meeting with Alan, he took the time to comb through my essay and point out any flaw present that could be fixed. When writing a personal statement, it is easy to get tunnel vision and think your essay is truly the best. With Alan on your side, he will open your eyes to flaws present and guide you on how to fix them. I had multiple flaws in my essay which I would not have seen without his guidance. I've used Wyzant in the past for writing and can honestly say NO OTHER medical school writing counselor or tutor is as well equipped, polite, and rigorous as Alan, I have tried. Alan has a gift and if I had to do this entire process again, I would reach out to him before even opening the AMCAS application. I was previously unable to write more than a few paragraphs at a time but with Alan asking me questions and encouraging my thoughts, I was able to craft the best essay with him by my side. Going into this cycle, I am confident about my application and certain that without Alan's help, I would not have a stellar essay. Thank you very much, Alan, for everything.

Amelia, 4 lessons with Alan

Very Friendly and Knowledgeable Teacher

Alan is an amazing mentor who helps me a lot to be successful in the university application process. I love his essay coaching and consulting, and I'm very confident that I'll get results of what I want. I'm glad to work with you, and I'm looking forward to our future sessions :)

Ella Ga Eun, 13 lessons with Alan

Great tutor!

I graduated in December and had several interviews for positions that I thought I was overqualified for. I wasn't able to receive offers, and was only getting to the first or second round interview. Alan was very accommodating, I came to him just about the night before my interview, and he spent 3 full hours helping me prepare. He taught me a lot, such as finding the best facts from my resume. We focused more on finding ways to connect with the interviewer compared to reading from a script, a mistake I had been making in the past. The interview went really well, for the first time in a long time. I could tell when the interviewer offered to introduce me to friends in her field, and I received a fantastic offer.

Katie, 3 lessons with Alan

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

My daughter took her first lesson with Alan for her college application. Alan was very methodical in his approach. He made her understand the concept of how to go about writing her first draft by giving her simple real life examples. He was very patient through out his approach and my daughter with his help came up with good scenarios to respond to her prompts. I recommend Alan as he is knowledgeable and helps kids bring their best on paper.

Beraj, 4 lessons with Alan

More Than Just a Tutor

I reached out to Alan for help with my medical school application after I had hit a wall with my essays. He responded immediately, after which we scheduled a time for a phone consultation. I had already written some material, which he read, but he had ideas for a different direction to go in. I agreed to follow that direction and I couldn’t have been more satisfied with my decision! Alan had a way of coming up with prompts to get material out of me I didn’t even know was there. I wrote pages upon pages about my experiences, from which we were able to come up with a game plan. When all was said and done I had essays that I was very proud of! Alan is a man with a diverse background as a writer for films, an editor, and many other things. This shows in his extensive literary knowledge and mastery. If you want someone who is more than just a tutor, someone who will give you skills that you can carry with you forever, then choose Alan. You won’t regret it.

Lorenzo, 12 lessons with Alan

Creative and Very Helpful Perspectives

I worked with Alan for my medical school personal statement, and he helped me in ways I couldn't imagine! Not only did he help me refine my writing, but he began by exploring my background to learn more about my experiences, inspiring a new draft focused around totally new ideas that were more poignant examples of my traits. He was comforting, encouraging, and asked tactful questions to draw good ideas out of me in brainstorming. Then, once drafting, he guided my writing to be purposeful and persuasive, while also being authentic and powerful. He was quick to help with edits and meetings, and very responsive. I would recommend him to anyone in a heart beat!

Sarah, 8 lessons with Alan

THE BEST!

I HIGHLY recommend Alan as a resource for anyone working on application essays or preparing for interviews. I was unfamiliar with Wyzant but came across Alan's profile while working on my vet school application. I had written draft after draft but was struggling to write the final version succinctly. After weeks of frustration, I reached out to Alan, and I am so incredibly grateful to have done so! He genuinely cares about each student's goals and creates a judgment-free brainstorming environment-- paramount to successful writing. I also worked with Alan while preparing for interviews. In the period of just a couple weeks, I transformed from being a bundle of nerves to entering the interview feeling confident and concise with all of my answers. I am certain that working with Alan in these two major areas was integral for being accepted to my top choice school.

lindsay, 2 lessons with Alan
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$225/hour

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$225/hour

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Response time: 47 minutes