Packages and Rates
Essay Startup/Review appointment (First Essay Coaching meeting): $180
This first appointment is perfect for a student who needs help selecting an essay topic or desires a thorough and professional evaluation of essay drafts.
About half of all Essay Coaching students walk in not knowing what they want to write–or should write–on an admissions essay. That’s OK!
Writing a strong college application essay is rarely taught in school, but is thoroughly covered in the first Essay Coaching appointment. All questions are welcomed…and answered! Students walk out relieved, knowledgeable, with essay samples, and usually with a strong idea for their own essay.
The other half of Essay Coaching students walk in with a draft, but aren’t sure of how it will affect a college admissions officer. Those students walk out with helpful feedback generated through a game and a discussion. Students wondering is this essay good enough? find this first appointment stress-relieving and helpful.
Follow-up appointments: $120
After the first Essay Coaching meeting, students receive descriptive and helpful feedback on drafts and ideas. How many appointments will you need? Keep reading below.
Five appointments package rate: $600
For the student who needs help selecting an essay topic, and structuring, writing, and editing the essay.
The five-appointment package covers the average number of appointments it takes to write one winning essay, but one student wrote eight essays during her five sessions!
You can purchase a package before your first Essay Coaching appointment, or before you schedule your first follow-up appointment.
Dear Ms. Merion,
I want to thank you for your expert advice and suggestions for my college essays last fall. I feel like I am often misunderstood, so it really helped that you took the time to get to know me, to ensure my voice was shining through with enthusiasm, visual imagery, and clarity in my writing. I was fortunate to be accepted to Harvard, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, Caltech, and my top choice, MIT — and I’m sure my essays and your guidance played a part in this. I am beyond excited to move to Cambridge this fall to study at MIT. Thanks again, and I hope you continue to share your talents with kids like me.
–R.T. MIT Class of 2022
How Many Appointments Will You Need?
One Appointment May Be All It Takes!
Stuck getting started on a application essay or school project? Looking for professional feedback on ideas, a draft for an application essay, or a school assignment? One Essay Coaching appointment may do.
If you have a draft (none is needed!) , we will chat about the strengths of your essay. We will decide together how to revise your draft or whether you might want to choose to start over with a stronger topic. For revisions, you’ll hear new and specific ideas about how to strengthen your draft, motivating you to make new edits. At the end of this first appointment, you’ll know whether you need more appointments or whether you’re now prepared to move forward on your own.
If you have no written words yet, no problem! Our first appointment will be geared towards finding a strong essay topic. Most students leave this first session with one or more excellent essay ideas.
Two or More Appointments May Be Best When…
If you have completed work after our first appointment in the form of new ideas, questions, drafts or revisions, come for a second session. That is where the long-term benefits of Essay Coaching begins. In sessions two through five (and beyond), we will edit and polish your essay(s). Sometimes we even write together during the session, and the written pages start to pile up!
Five-appointments Package Includes:
- 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.
- Essay Coaching Handouts Package
You can decide if you’d like to have five sessions after we complete our first session.