Margo Bartsch, founder since 2004 802-985-3770

Working with your College Essay Coach allows the student to get one-on-one guidance and a fresh, professional perspective to help organize their thoughts in writing college essays. I will listen, discuss and work with the student to develop a BIG idea to make the essay truly reflect the student’s ideas and be memorable to the college admissions reader.

Countless parents and students have asked me to read their writing or help a student to begin the writing process. My purpose in creating College Essay Coach is to develop and share a structural framework to assist in writing the college essay. The goal is for the student to feel accomplishment with each step taken. With one-on-one meetings and homework editing, the student will develop and write a personal and impactful essay that reflects their ideas, thought process and future interests. The topics and themes will connect the student's current interests with their future college journey. The college essay writing process will help the student with the ACT writing section and future college writing assignments.

With college costs increasingly becoming one of the most expensive investments (sometimes even more than a house), it is important for the student’s essay to break through the clutter and differentiate the student from other applicants. I have developed a step-by-step process that helps to effectively manage the creative development of the writing process.

The writing process includes meetings with the student at my office or via FaceTime. For our first meeting, the student will bring a rough draft or an outline of their college essay if they previously worked on school essay wrting. This will allow us to benchmark at each stage of the writing process how the student’s essay has progressed. If the student does not have current work to share, then together we will review the essay prompts and discuss various stories to highlight. Our discussions to evolve the writing process will include brainstorming, word exercises, and organization techniques.

After each meeting, the student should spend at least one hour to incorporate the previous session’s feedback, make improvements to writing follow-up drafts, and to further develop the essay’s themes and tonality. At each subsequent meeting, the student and I will review the essay to-date and continue to build upon the foundation by refining the essay’s structure, content and style, and word count.. After meetings and homework editing, the college essay should accurately and meaningfully reflect the student’s ideas in responding to the essay question and show a substantial improvement from their initial draft. Collectively, the Common Application essays and specific college supplemental priompts will connect with an umbrella theme that is supported by a range of stories shedding insight into the student's values, attitudes, and interests.