Life/Academic/Career Coaching - High School

graduate admissions

consulting

Including: Personal Statement Coaching

Your success in the graduate school applications process will largely depend on your personal statement, so the most important function for your statements is that they do you justice—that your essays present the admissions officers with an attractive and authentic portrayal of your best personal qualities, achievements and experiences.

 

Admissions officers are a tough audience, and their expectations are not the same expectations 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 you 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.

10 Sessions

Unlimited SOS! calls​

Edits and revisions on all personal statements

  • Initial writing assessment

  • Proofreading, comments, and revisions for all personal statements, plus short answer questions

Sessions Outline: Graduate

1. Intro Session & Writing Assessment


Required for all new clients. You and your Coach will review your education and work history, career ambitions and values. Your Coach will ask you Simple, Curious Questions with the aim of helping you reflect on your next steps for graduate school and career.




2. Wheel of Life, Well-Formed Outcomes, Action Steps


For this session, you will learn to use the “Wheel of Life” to track your levels of satisfaction in each important area of your life. You will learn to create “Well-Formed Outcomes” and action steps, which will help bring discipline and organization to the graduate school applications process.




3. Strong Interest Inventory® Assessment


The Strong Interest Inventory® Assessment is a career development tool in the same family as the renowned Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. The Strong offers invaluable insight that will help you make streamlined decisions regarding your education and career. The theory underlying the Assessment is that all people and occupations exhibit up to 3 out of 6 primary “theme codes”—Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, Conventional. Knowing your theme code and preferences will enable you to more confidently navigate choices regarding industry, occupation and work environment.

The Strong Interest Inventory® Assessment can offer clarity on how you should prioritize your graduate school choices. It can also provide more substantive leads in career choice, which will also inform your decision between a medical and graduate degree.




4. "The List": Graduate Program Search


Your Coach will work with you to create a targeted list of schools, taking into account your wish list and qualifications.

(Session includes 1 hour of coaching, plus 2 hours of research)




5. CV and LinkedIn Makeover


Do your CV and LinkedIn accurately portray your best qualities? Here, your Coach will work with you to communicate your strengths and interests in your CV and LinkedIn profile. (Session includes 1 hour of coaching, plus revision of CV)




7. Personal Statement Coaching 1


Your success in the graduate school applications process will largely depend on your personal statement, so the most important function for your statements is that they do you justice—that your essays present the admissions officers with an attractive and authentic portrayal of your best personal qualities, achievements and experiences.

Admissions officers are a tough audience, and their expectations are not the same expectations 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 you 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.




6. Letters of Recommendation


Great letters of recommendation will add depth to your applications, but simply asking others to write on your behalf does not guarantee quality recommendations. For this session, your Coach will help you craft letters that prompt your recommender, ensuring that your letters of recommendation are flatter and not hinder you. (Session includes 1 hour of coaching, plus revision of letter to recommenders)




8. Personal Statement Coaching 2


Personal statement help continued.




9. Interview Coaching 1


How you present yourself in interviews is crucial to the applications process as well. Here, your Coach will teach you to anticipate questions and answer questions in a way that focuses on your best qualities.




10. Interview Coaching 2


Interview prep continued.





Working with you was such an amazing experience. I really enjoyed having someone throughout this whole process to offer me advice and guide me towards my goal of being admitted into a graduate program. I thought that you went the extra mile for me numerous times - helping me edit my personal statements was one of those moments. You were very professional throughout the coaching process.

 

One particular skill that I learned from you that stood out were the Well-Formed Outcomes (WFOs) - having since completed the coaching with you, I continue to refer back to our Google Doc and write out my plans with WFOs. I even worked them into how I have been studying for the MCAT. Additionally, the CV and resume help was incredibly helpful for applying to programs. 

 

Overall, I feel that having you as a resource has definitely helped me get to where I wanted to be and I cannot thank you enough. 

Ekaterina T - University of California, San Francisco

Graduate Admissions Coaching

I have known Eda for several years and already knew what an amazing and supportive person she is. Last year when I was starting my MBA applications Eda was a constant positive force and helped in more ways than I can count. During my GMAT preparation she helped raise my score by more than 40 points from my practice tests. My application essays were a complete mess, but Eda stepped in and helped me cut them down to a coherent, organized application. During the interview phase Eda took the time to work with me 1 on 1 to help me be more confident and more competitive throughout my on campus interview. 

Eda was passionate, knowledgeable, and quite simply an amazing coach throughout the entire process. She is THE person to have in your corner when you are facing just about any challenge. I highly recommend Élan Advising for any and all education and career consulting services. 

Laine T

Graduate Admissions Coaching

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