Effective Writing/Editing Tutor; College Essay Tutor & Counselor
Effective Writing/Editing Tutor; College Essay Tutor & Counselor
Welcome! I am a college counselor and a writing tutor/mentor for students of all ages. I have been doing this work since 2013. I help students improve their academic or creative writing and editing skills, and to become more confident, fluid writers. Additionally, I work extensively with students applying to college programs—undergraduate or graduate, and offer soup to nuts, front to back college counseling services. These comprehensive services are individualized to the needs, interests,...
Welcome! I am a college counselor and a writing tutor/mentor for students of all ages. I have been doing this work since 2013. I help students improve their academic or creative writing and editing skills, and to become more confident, fluid writers. Additionally, I work extensively with students applying to college programs—undergraduate or graduate, and offer soup to nuts, front to back college counseling services. These comprehensive services are individualized to the needs, interests, and requests of each client-student.
I help students with essays for college applications and for academic papers. My role is to guide students and support them through the writing process, and to help them craft strong, compelling narratives that hew closely to their own voice. For college applications, essays usually include the personal statement (i.e. Common Application), as well as supplemental essays, and a student resume.
Depending on how far along in the writing process someone is when I begin working with them, determines my role in the writing process. For example, students may need help brainstorming topic ideas, while others need help refining and revising the essay(s), or both. Many students (and parents) have commented that they feel better prepared for college writing after working with me on this process.
In my experience, I find that most essays require a minimum of three 1-hour sessions. The length of time varies from student to student, and often depends on the individual's natural writing abilities, and/or how much time they have to work on the essay(s).
COLLEGE COUNSELING (UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE)
I often conduct an initial search and/or review and refinement of a student's college list in order to ensure it aligns with the student’s interests, budget, academic record and any specialized needs. The search process can coincide with discussions and possibly research re: scholarships and financial overview. This may also include any other help, such as how to “visit” a college website, p
Helene has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 3 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.
Great help for college essays!
Helene has been assisting my son with his essays and she has been an amazing help. She is part counselor, part editor, and part cheerleader. She is able to help him clarify his ideas and express them clearly in his voice, not hers. She is patient and always available. I can't say enough good things about her!Linda, 12 lessons with Helene
Thoughtful, intelligent, highly skilled tutor
Helene helped me write a series of essays for my graduate school applications to Clinical Psychology PsyD programs. Over the course of several months and sessions we worked together on all steps of the writing process including brainstorming, writing, editing, and rewrites. Her thoughtfulness and creative insight greatly improved the direction of my essays, and her editing skills helped me to fine tune my essays into amazing finished products. We had several working sessions together as well as many offline editing sessions that she provided and I would follow along offline. After I received acceptance into several programs, Helene also helped me with editing for scholarship essays. Helene also had so much knowledge about the entire graduate school application process and was able to help me sort through other aspects besides just essays. During sessions, she is extremely easy to talk things through with. Outside of sessions, she is excellent at responding to messages quickly and thoroughly on the messaging side of Wyzant. I would highly recommend her services and expertise to anyone looking for assistance with college or graduate school application essays!Katie, 10 lessons with Helene
Committed to helping
Helene was a pleasure to work with and jumped in to help us on a very short timeline. She was patient and thorough and provided very good feedback on my daughter's essays. She really wanted to make sure my daughter got the support she needed - and she did. The editing process was smooth and the results were fantastic!Jodi, 10 lessons with Helene
Helene is helping my son with his college essay. She is very knowledgable and patient. When we need to change schedule with her, she tried her best to find a good time for us. My son said she is great and very helpful.Juan, 4 lessons with Helene
Very knowledgeable tutor.
Helene taught my son to focus on a single issue -expand on it so as to hold the readers attention as opposed to referring to multiple issues in his essay. She also gave him good tips on how to make it more effective. We look forward to more sessions with her.Neelima, 10 lessons with Helene
Knowledgeable and engaging tutor
Helene worked with my twin girls to help with college admission essays. Both girls had high praises for her. She was very thorough and engaging. She even got my reluctant writer to express her thoughts on paper. We plan to continue working with Helene in the future. She is excellent and goes above and beyond for her students.Marlyse, 15 lessons with Helene
Excellent first meeting!
Helene gave us so much good information to work with and get a good foundation built; so impressed! Looking forward to help with essays and scholarships! Julie R.Julie, 5 lessons with Helene
Excellent, experienced, and a tells it how it is.
Helene didn't waste any time letting me know what parts of my practice essays I needed to improve upon and what parts were solid. Helene has a solid background in writing professionally, which helped me considerably, as I was practicing how to write in an essay format that required extreme professionalism. We covered a tremendous amount of ground in the short time we spent together. Additionally, she is very patient and compassionate, so you get to hear what you need to hear without being taken out of your comfort zone. I took the time to review the notes she left on my practice essays multiple times to let it all sink in. By the time the entrance exam day finally came, I felt immensely confident in my ability to write professionally, all on my own. Later on, I discovered that I beat the average admitted score by a wide margin! These written exams were necessary for admission to one of America's most selective business programs, so they weren't easy. She is terrific, and I couldn't recommend her more.Abraham, 1 lesson with Helene
Knowledgeable and patient tutor.
She helped both my sons with their college application essays and supplemental essays. She could help them narrow their ideas and brainstorm as well as organize and help with the editing and actual writing. Very flexible as far as timing, very agreeable. We'd work with her again without hesitation. Both my sons felt comfortable with her and feel they benefitted.Katie , 3 lessons with Helene
great to work with and very knowledgeable with college essays
Helene was very great to work with throughout editing my college application. She was very knowledgeable and awesome at pointing out some of the things i missed. Overall great experienceMuratcan, 2 lessons with Helene
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