-Essay Coaching & Editing
-College Interview Prep
"Dana Crum is an insightful and gifted writer as well as instructor. He is driven by his own love of the craft and relays it well to students. I highly recommend him."
--Regina Cash-Clark, Ramapo College of New Jersey
“Mr. Crum offered me crucial support in reading and writing, and gave me hope to succeed in English during the most frustrating period of my life.”
—PHS, ESL Student
“Dana put tremendous energy and care into working with our students. He was a creative and devoted teacher who spent considerable time meeting with students to give them individual assistance. It is clear that he cares deeply about teaching and learning.”
—Monika Giacoppe, Associate Professor at Ramapo College of New Jersey
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Essay Coaching and Editing
If the only part of the application process you need help with is essays, we can provide you with this service alone. We are there with you during every stage of the writing process, from brainstorming to writing to revising. If you’re stuck, you will, with our help, tear down writer’s block and release imprisoned creativity, building confidence along the way.
All college applicants receive the same essay prompts. What makes a student stand out is what she does with the prompt she chooses. The best college essays typically tell a story. As such, they apply the “show; don’t tell” principle novelists use. Instead of telling the reader, “The traffic was really bad,” a student would be well advised to show the bad traffic by writing something like this: “Although the light was green, city buses in midtown Manhattan stood still, coughing black smoke. Yellow taxis honked at the white-and-orange U-Haul truck blocking traffic.” Writing that shows is more specific and contains ample sensory details (descriptions). As a result, it engages the reader’s attention, enabling her to imagine what is happening, transporting her to the world of the essay.
An excellent college essay, however, must be more than narrative in form, well-written and well-organized. It must also reveal your application persona. No part of the application plays a greater role in creating the all-important application persona than the essays. Your application persona is not an embellished or sanitized version of your personality. It is you, the only you the admissions officers will meet during the application process. It is important that you thoroughly and carefully reveal your personality in your essays so that after reading them the admissions officer will feel as if she has met you. Ideally, your persona will linger in her mind even after she has moved on to the next candidate’s application. We will show you how to write essays of this caliber.