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SusanPrep's Essay Advice & Editing

Writing college essays can be one of the most exciting, yet frustrating, aspects of the application process. We offer three options to help make the essay writing process more fun and less of a chore:



Option 1:  College Essay Highlight Reel

Stop staring at a blank page! We'll recommend a strategy for approaching the essay, and cover such topics as:


  • Where to Start
  • Selecting Topics that Sell Your Background
  • How to Differentiate Your Essay
  • How to Grab & Retain Your Reader
  • Concluding with Style
  • Self-Edit Techniques
  • How to Make Your Writing Shine
  • Proofreading, Polishing, & Editing



Option 2:  Customized Essay Assistance

Are you struggling with certain aspects of your essays? Tell us what you need help with, and we'll design a lesson. We'll provide you with tools you can use to improve your writing--not only for these essays, but for college and beyond.



Option 3:  Essay Editing

Have you already completed your essay? Would you like to make sure that it reflects your strengths and sells the qualities that the schools you're applying to are looking for? Let us take a look. Although we're happy to provide any level of editing that you wish, our typical edit package is a 3-phase approach:

Phase 1 - The initial edit is a content edit. We make sure that each element of the "prompt"--what the student is being asked to write about--is clearly and adequately addressed. We evaluate whether the essay reflects the student's strengths, and the qualities that the college or scholarship entity are looking for. After this review, we discuss specific recommendations for improvement with the student in person, over the phone, or via e-mail.

Phase 2 - The second edit is a combination edit. We again review content, and also edit for wording, grammar, punctuation, and strength of the introduction and conclusion.


Phase 3 - The last edit is a fine-tuning edit. We make sure that the essay is in perfect form and ready to send out.