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Alan J.

Stanford Grad For College Application Essays

Stanford Grad For College Application Essays

$275/hour

  • 1,731 hours tutoring

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Bio

No one on Wyzant has helped more students gain acceptance to top colleges and medical schools than I have. Period.

My approach is straightforward and effective: I empower college and medical school applicants to speak in their own unique voice. We don’t look at “successful” essays by other applicants because that would be like imitating a fingerprint. We do spend time brainstorming. We do spend time drawing out an engaging story. Then the writing flows naturally.

I am a natural...

No one on Wyzant has helped more students gain acceptance to top colleges and medical schools than I have. Period.

My approach is straightforward and effective: I empower college and medical school applicants to speak in their own unique voice. We don’t look at “successful” essays by other applicants because that would be like imitating a fingerprint. We do spend time brainstorming. We do spend time drawing out an engaging story. Then the writing flows naturally.

I am a natural storyteller who has worked as a journalist, screenwriter, and award-winning filmmaker. Having directed Oscar-winning actors, I am comfortable coaching public speaking and application interviews. My most impressive credential, though, is helping raise four college-educated children, so I know a few things about young minds and how to bring out the best in them. There is no more valuable endeavor and no greater satisfaction.

ACCEPTANCES:
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Amherst
Arizona State, M.S in Global Management
Barnard College
Baylor College of Medicine
Boston University
Brandeis
Brown
Bucknell University
Case Western Reserve University
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cal Poly Pomona
Columbia University
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Columbia University, M.S. Nutrition
Cornell
Cornell, M.S. Computer Science
Emerson College
Emory
Florida Tech
Harvard
Kenyon College
Lehigh
MIT
Mount Holyoke College
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Northwestern
Notre Dame
Pepperdine
Purdue
Pitzer
Rice
Stanford
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
Tufts
Tulane
U.C. Berkeley
U.C. Berkeley, Haas School of Business
U.C. Davis
U.C. Irvine
UCLA, Anderson School of Management
U.C. San Diego
University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
U. Michigan
U. Michigan School of Nursing
UPenn
USC
UT Medical School, El Paso
UT, RGV Medical School
UT Long School of Medicine, San Antonio
UT Medical Branch, Galveston
UT Medical School, Dallas
Weill Cornell Medical School
Wesleyan
Williams


Education

Wesleyan University
English
Stanford Business School
MBA

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $275
  • Rate details: Free consultation. Discount for financial need. No charge for first lesson if not satisfied.
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 6/21/2021

  • 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

The personal statement is my specialty. I coach students to write highly engaging and deeply personal application essays for college and medical school. The story is in you. As an experienced journalist and filmmaker, I know how to draw it out and help you tell it in an unforgettable way.
English, Grammar

Homeschool

Writing,

Writing

The personal statement is my specialty. I coach students to write highly engaging and deeply personal application essays for college and medical school. The story is in you. As an experienced journalist and filmmaker, I know how to draw it out and help you tell it in an unforgettable way.
English

Most Popular

Writing,

Writing

The personal statement is my specialty. I coach students to write highly engaging and deeply personal application essays for college and medical school. The story is in you. As an experienced journalist and filmmaker, I know how to draw it out and help you tell it in an unforgettable way.
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

The personal statement is my specialty. I coach students to write highly engaging and deeply personal application essays for college and medical school. The story is in you. As an experienced journalist and filmmaker, I know how to draw it out and help you tell it in an unforgettable way.

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.

Examples of Expertise


Alan has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 2 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


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Alan is a straightforward tutor

His instructions are very clear and operational. When my writing did not meet his requirement, he pointed out straightforwardly, so I could go back on track right away. I like this way, very efficient.

Hong, 3 lessons with Alan

Nursing School Personal Statement

Alan did a really great job helping me brainstorm my personal statement essay. He was very knowledgeable on how to do a step by step essay. I recommend him if you are also student applying to a healthcare program!

Nancy, 3 lessons with Alan

Essay Writing

Alan is a master in brainstorming and helping you bring out your true voice when writing essays. I've enjoyed working with him and would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to take their writing to the next level.

Soroosh, 2 lessons with Alan

Knowledgeable tutor

Alan taught me the importance of brainstorming and how that can then become your essay. I learned how important evidence is to make a convincing argument. Alan is really good a communicating to the student and giving very clear directions for how to get better.

Vivien, 8 lessons with Alan

Collaborative and knowledgeable tutor.

Alan is a strong writer who knows how to dig deep into understanding his students backgrounds/stories. He patiently worked with me going through the writing process to help me not only have a solid final product, but also develop the skills to do it again for future writing assignments. He also makes himself easy accessible and works collaboratively with you on assignments. Alan is always willing to go the extra mile for his students!

Par, 31 lessons with Alan

Knowledgeable and Professional Tutor

Alan did a great job helping me piece together my personal statement for applying to PA School! He is detail-oriented and well-versed. I was very pleased with the changes! I would highly recommend him for any student applying to a healthcare program!

Katie , 2 lessons with Alan

PA School Applicant

Alan did a great job helping me piece together my personal statement! He is detail-oriented and well-versed. I would highly recommend him for any student applying to a healthcare program!

Katie , 2 lessons with Alan

Fantastic Brainstorming Process for Personal Statement

I reached out to Alan when I hit a wall with my personal statement for my medical school application. He took me back to the drawing board and made sure I reviewed every possible option and route we could take with my narrative. He knows exactly what he's doing, and has a brainstorming process that, albeit a lot of hard work, is so valuable for writing. I am not a writer, but I feel more confident and this feels like a smaller wall to climb after our sessions.

Mai, 3 lessons with Alan

Skillful, Personalized, and Flexible

I worked with Alan to develop a medical school style personal statement on an accelerated timeline for a summer program. He took the time to connect with me during our meetings and was very responsive outside of them for any questions I had. He sets up what needs to be done and he knows how to do it! He has the skill of being able to take your experiences and work with you to express them in a meaningful way. I am extremely happy with my resulting personal statement and will definitely work with him again if the opportunity arises.

Derek, 4 lessons with Alan
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$275/hour

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Alan J.

$275/hour

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Response time: 41 minutes