Individual Consulting

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Private Educational Consulting

College planning can start as early as eighth grade. Planning reduces stress and allows for smooth progress toward your goals. Together, we problem-solve, get creative, map out an educational strategy, and get you on the road to living out your dreams as soon as possible by:

  • Finding creative ways to use your strengths and interests to expand opportunities;
  • Mapping out a plan of learning that combines school courses with non-traditional sources for learning;
  • Finding and successfully applying for internships;
  • Helping you develop your unique voice and perspective to make you stand out;
  • Helping you not only get into college, but also get out faster by clarifying your educational goals.I, and my associate Paul Rivas, will help you focus your message to colleges so the admissions committee clearly understands your strengths through your fresh, original, and personal essays.

The first session, from early September until mid-October, ensures the timely submission of Rolling Admission, Early Action, and Early Decision applications. This first session is four-weeks long and costs $1495. It includes email and phone support as well as a scheduled weekly one hour virtual lesson. During this lesson we will share documents and analyze your message

Are you interested in working on your private, individual educational plan? Click here to fill out my new students interest form, and I will be in touch!

Individual College Application Coaching

After writing the main part of their college applications at the Crafting Your College Application summer camp, students applying to elite universities often find private counseling to be the most efficient way to write the many required supplemental essays.

Some students, even after the Crafting Your College Education Camp, would like more individual help on specific applications and supplements for their college applications. I offer three sessions, an Early Admissions session to prepare before October 15th, a mid-fall session for those applying to end-of-November deadlines, and a Regular Decision session that ends before winter vacation. I don’t work during the holidays, and I want to make sure the students I work with don’t have to, either. In each of these 4-week sessions we will take your rough drafts and polish and customize your message to each college. We will have weekly 1-hr individual counseling sessions along with feedback and editing via email during the week on your writing. Expect to work hard during this time on your essays — we are aiming for beautiful and interesting applications!

Please note: I generally do not accept new students for individual counseling the fall of senior year unless they have attended my summer camp.

Special Situations

Schools try hard to satisfy their students’ educational needs. However, schools have many students and, by necessity, cannot offer a tailored education. Private educational counseling is useful anytime you feel the educational garment chafing. Many students I work with are driven learners who find themselves outgrowing the classes and clubs offered at their schools, sometimes as early as elementary school. I can help you map out a plan to enhance your personal education while contributing positively to your school community.

There are numerous other special situations, from high school and college course selection, help with study skills (which can always be improved!), scholarship applications, graduate school planning, to finding mentorships and more. Please click here to contact me if you are wondering how I can be of assistance in your special situation.

Schedule an Appointment

If you are interested in individual counseling, please click here to contact me.

Comments From Students

I just wanted to give you an update on my plans for next year and to thank you again for all your wonderful help and advice. I ended up getting accepted straight out to University of Washington and getting interviews at Caltech and UCSF. Fortunately it looks like UCSF is the best fit for me (great synthetic biology research, close ties to emerging biotech industry and a vibe that I really liked). Thanks again for your help! Your input was invaluable in helping me get into a great program that I really like.
Jonathan Glidden