College is about many things: knowledge, social skills, hanging out with people smarter than you. Getting into college or graduate school is about taming anxiety, picking the right schools, meeting deadlines. How you get through the application process is a direct correlation to how you will do as a student. Turning in a successful application requires tone and nuance. You have to convince an institution that you’re a valuable commodity. You need to write clearly, with meaning, and you want to stand out but not brag. Those are formidable tasks for anyone, at any age.

  Admission Readers spend an average of 12 minutes on your entire application. I know this because I’ve been an admissions reader for a major public university for over 25 years. I started reading college admissions when it was a room full of retired professors and professional staff sitting around a big conference table. The applications were paper files: transcripts, typed letters of recommendation. Notes and decisions were made at the back of the file, in pencil or pen. Reading college applications these days is entirely different. Admission readers do much of their work remotely. Although there are procedures distinct to each college, one thing every applicant needs to know is that Admission Readers are on your side. They want to say yes. It’s a joyful process accepting students. Rejecting students gives no one pleasure. So make it easy for them to do their job—turn in a persuasive application. Make a clear argument why they should take a chance on you.

  Much of my experience comes from the university. When I was a UC Writing Center Director I hired and trained 70 tutors each year. I worked for the Vice Chancellor, heading the Committee on Student Representation. I advised students on graduation requirements and prepared them for graduate school. I served on the National Scholarship Committee for the Rhodes Scholarship, Marshall Scholarship, and other national competitions. I was an academic advisor, graduate advisor, taught writing courses, wrote grants and managed departments. I analyzed admission statistics and coordinated with Academic Affairs to help formulate UC admissions requirements. I have an insider’s knowledge of how universities choose their students and what they look for in applications.

what can you expect?

  • Unlimited consultations via text, email, FaceTime, etc. You can text me 24/7. We’ll use email to work on the complicated stuff. We’ll also talk by phone and use FaceTime.

  • Help choosing where to apply. You want colleges/graduate schools that fit your needs and welcome your talents.

  • Help with all issues that arise with your applications, such as whether to retake the SAT/ACT/GRE, who should write letters of recommendation, how to handle an issue in your past, financial aid questions.

  • Resume and CV editing.

  • Personal Statements, analytical essays, supplemental essays, dissertations, long-form questions. I won’t do your writing for you but you’ll get step by step editing and advice.

  • Financial Aid information. Scholarship advice, Scholarship applications.

  • College and grad school bureaucratic obstacles. I’ve been there. Class essays, long papers, thesis work, dissertation content and editing? No problem.

I try to fit the financial needs of all students and families.

  accepting 4 students for Fall 2019

Anne Kingdon       

(805) 698-9040 text first please