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Including: Personal Statement Coaching

College admissions officers are a tough audience, and their expectations are not the same as those of English teachers or school counselors. Using our extensive admissions industry experience and our pragmatic, real-world approach to teaching writing, we will help students strategically select topics that will hold the attention of admissions officers; brainstorm for each prompt; edit for clarity and conciseness; and edit for voice and organization. We are confident that by the end of this process, students will agree that our services were an invaluable investment for their college careers and writing skills.

5-10 Suggested Coaching Sessions

Unlimited SOS! calls​

Edits and revisions on all essays

  • Initial writing assessment

  • 1-5 sessions of Academic Success Coaching and college admissions consulting

  • 3-4 sessions of Essay Coaching on UC application, Common App, and more

  • 1 session Writing Tune-up: lesson on grammar, punctuation and voice

  • Proofreading, comments, and revisions for all essay drafts, including short answer responses

  • 1. Intro Session
    This session is all about FUN—and fit. The Coach will ask the student simple, curious questions to get to know the student’s personality and ambitions. They will also determine the student’s readiness for the program.
  • 2. Wheel of Life, Well-Formed Outcomes, Action Steps
    The student will learn how to create achievable goals called “well-formed outcomes”, along with its 4 must-have components: Positive, Precise, Portion Size, Point in Time. For more complex assignments and projects, the student will learn the technique of listing action steps. The Coach will also introduce the “Wheel of Life”, a tool that can help the student track their levels of satisfaction for the most important areas of their life.
  • 3. Using A Planner
    Planners are the most important, yet underutilized resource in a high school student’s tool box. Here, the student will learn the many different uses of a planner, as well as how to set up a planner so that it is helpful for both school and extracurricular activities.
  • 4. The Study Cycle & Learning/Thinking Styles
    Earn better grades with less effort! Did you know that different people have different learning and thinking styles—and that they consequently place more importance on some forms of information over others? Here, students will learn how to identify “What?”, “How?” and “Why?” people and use this knowledge to connect with difficult teachers. The student will also learn be introduced to the Study Cycle, an enlightening tool for understanding what happens to the brain when we learn, and how to make the things we learn stick.
  • 5. Motivation and Vision
    In this session, the student will learn to view motivation in various ways: conditional vs. intrinsic, sake of self vs. sake of others, and Gretchen Rubin's "Four Tendencies." The Coach will also introduce the concept of vision and encourage the student to visualize successes in the immediate and long-term future.
  • 6. Efficient Note-Taking & Reading
    Most high school students still have a number of years of school ahead of them, and digesting and recalling information are skills that will remain useful for a lifetime. For this session, the Coach will divulge multiple, proven techniques for more efficient note-taking and reading. These skills will be especially useful for standardized testing and college lectures.
  • 7. Systems & Organization
    Here, the student will identify problem areas in their systems for study, work and home. The Coach will guide the student into developing better systems so that routine tasks are simple, automatic and stress-free. The student will learn to incorporate “anchors”, or personal reminders, into their systems so that their lives are built upon less effortful habits. Coach will also introduce the concept of “decision lag”.
  • 8. Assumptions & Limiting Beliefs
    In this session, the student will be encouraged to explore their negative assumptions in their relationships with others, and how turning these assumptions around can have positive effects on actions and outcomes. The student will also explore limiting beliefs in relation to their self, and the Coach will introduce techniques for overcoming these negative beliefs.
  • 9. Inner Critic vs. Future Self
    With the Coach’s guidance, the student will meet their Inner Critic, followed immediately by a meeting with their nurturing, wise Future Self. Both Inner Critic and Future Self are Life Coaching concepts designed to empower the student and build emotional resilience.
  • 10. Values & Making Decisions
    As the final session of our signature College Advantage Program: Year 1 for high school students, here the student and Coach will take the time to reflect upon the student’s core values in life. They will also explore how the student will be able to move forward in life and make decisions consistent with his or her values.
  • 11. Strong Interest Inventory Assessment
    A cousin to the famous Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Offered on many college campuses, the Strong is an ideal tool for young people who need more direction in their choices of major or career.
  • 12. Activity Logging & Resume Writing
    Many college applications require prospective students to log their extracurriculars. Here, the Coach will work with the student to reconstruct a timeline of the student’s activities and construct a basic résumé for college.
  • 13. Powerful Relationships & Building Empathy
    The transition from high school to college is a meaningful one, and students should be able to formulate and honor powerful relationships. In this session, the student will examine key figures in their lives—past, present and future—and begin a discussion on empathy and the responsibility that they have to others.
  • 14. Extracurriculars, Internships, Job Shadowing
    For this session, the Coach will guide the student in pursuing extracurricular opportunities, including internships, jobs or job shadowing. The student will practice networking with members of their community; composing professional correspondences (such as emails); and seeking mentors and experience in the outside world.
  • 15. Deep Interest Project (3 sessions)
    What are colleges looking for in applicants? That’s always the number one question! And although there really is no way around the black box that is college admissions, most schools would agree that they hope to see 1) initiative and 2) progression of interest. For 3 sessions, the Coach will work with the student to identify a specific area of interest and create some sort of personal project around it. In an era of consumerism, schools want to see students create something.

I can’t imagine how our daughter would have made it through the college application process without Eda’s help!  My husband and I sought Eda’s assistance when it became clear that when faced with the prospect of applying to colleges my daughter was like a “deer in the headlights.”  She didn’t know how to proceed, and she didn’t really want guidance from her parents.  The high school counselors, although helpful, have too large a workload to help individual students to any great degree.  Eda was instrumental in gently guiding our daughter through the challenging questions of what her life’s purpose might be, what major(s) to target, where to apply, etc.  Eda is remarkably skilled at working with teenagers through the emotions that they face regarding their future.  When it came to the process of writing application essays, Eda’s structured approach made it much more manageable.  Having Eda assist our daughter allowed my husband and me to remove ourselves from the college application process knowing that we had a caring and organized mentor leading our daughter through the steps.  Eda kept my husband and I apprised of the progress through regular e-mail updates that we greatly appreciated.  From start to finish, we felt that Eda cared about our daughter and she wanted an outcome that was good for all of us.  Mission accomplished!

Parent of Davis High School Senior

Life & College Readiness Program, College Admissions Consulting

​Eda was very helpful and motivating, ensuring that I had the best experience applying for universities as a transfer.


I found the prospect tedious and overwhelming, but she was able to help with the application process, assist me in refining and completing an excellent admissions essay, and was able to talk me through all the processes that I needed to take into consideration.


A number of times outside of coaching hours, she was able to talk me through stressful situations by providing uplifting and reassuring but proactive advice. Her approach is friendly and supportive and I honestly felt that I was able to achieve anything academically with her guidance!

Victor W - Fashion Institute of Technology (NY)

College Admissions Consulting

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