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Essay Coaching reduces the stress of applying for college or graduate school by empowering students to write their best application essay.

Debbie Merion works personally with students (parents are also welcome) during fifty-minute appointments in the Essay Coaching office at 343 S. Main Suite 209-B in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I also work with students all over the globe by Skype and phone/email.  My Skype name is demerion.

New to Essay Coaching?  Ask questions or request an appointment with Essay Coach Debbie Merion here.  (Current clients can book meetings themselves at

Essay Coaching offers friendly, expert assistance to help students understand why colleges want essays and how admissions officers evaluate essays.  I help students pick their strongest topic, show them low-stress ways to get started, keep them on track, and help them edit and proofread their essay to a level of excellence. The student does the writing; hence the Essay Coaching motto—“We educate and motivate, you create.” During the creative and fun process of working together, a student’s unique voice emerges from a compelling essay.

Some students would simply like to meet for a thorough and professional evaluation of their essay drafts. Those students often come for one or two sessions.

Others need help choosing an essay topic.

For those students, I offer a five-session package that begins with the Essay Coaching jumpstart survey form before the first session–a free way to begin the process before the first meeting. I spend the first session teaching the student about what colleges are looking for in the college essay, interviewing the student and getting to know him/her, brainstorming best topics, reviewing some handouts, and teaching writing techniques.

Usually at the end of the first session, the student has one or more essay ideas and is prepared to start writing a first draft.  We will also review all of the essay requirements for the colleges to see which essays can be “recycled” for other schools.  Assignments are made at the end of each session.

By the second session, the student will bring some writing or will write during the session. We will evaluate the writing, discuss how to expand it into the essay, and may outline the essay.  The other three sessions are spent editing the initial essay to a level of excellence.  We also start to brainstorm and draft additional essays. If a student is writing more than one essay simultaneously, students are encouraged to bring as many essay drafts as they’d like to a session. We can usually review up to four essays during a single session.

The finished essays are always an amazing improvement over the original drafts—more compelling, unique, and memorable. Students take away writing skills that help them succeed in college and beyond.

My five sessions package rate is $425, a single session is $100. The five-sessions package also includes the Essay Coaching book and bonus package:

  • Solving the College Admissions Puzzle, A Guide for Students and Families about College Selection, Essay Writing, and High-Stakes Testing, by Debbie E. Merion, M.S.W, M.F.A, John B. Boshoven, M.A., M.S.W and Geraldine Markel, Ph.D. – Gold Medal Winner of the 2014 Global Ebook Awards.
  • Top 10 Essay Coaching Q and A
  • Essay Coaching Handouts Package

Please make checks payable to Debbie Merion, LLC. My link to pay online is here. You can decide if you’d like to have five sessions after we complete our first session.

Request a free initial phone consultation or make an appointment.

Testimonial:  I remember having trouble writing about myself and found this to be one of the most challenging aspects of the college admissions essay process.  The most helpful aspect of my essay coaching experience was your ability to help me extract, organize, and better articulate ideas relating to the essay prompts.

–Paul Shea, B.S. in Anthrozoology from University of Michigan 2010