Always Learning HQ

Undergraduate Admissions Essay Coaching

Find your voice as you brainstorm, structure, and draft Common App and supplemental essays that will set your application apart from the stack. We offer in-person and online draft workshops to help you get started. Sign up for additional one-on-one coaching sessions to take your admissions essays to the next level.

Graduate & Professional Essay Coaching

Your grades are solid, your test scores are great, and your shadowing hours are in the books. Now it’s time to convince the admissions team that you are a perfect fit for your dream program. We help you optimize your application by coaching you to top-tier content and writing in your personal statement and supplemental essays.

High School & Middle School Teacher Resources

Here you’ll find fresh literature and writing content for high school and middle school teachers, along with discussions of trends and resources to streamline your planning and grading. Give your students outstanding curriculum materials, discover books to help you grow, and leave breathing room for your life outside school.

  • 5 Reasons to Avoid the Rabbit Hole of College-Essay YouTube

    YouTube is packed with students reading their admissions-winning essays. You could deep-dive for hours, if not days. This summer, I tasked my research intern with scouring YouTube for quality college essay resources to link on the resource page I give to students in my workshops. We were looking for a “Best of” collection of solid… Continue reading 5 Reasons to Avoid the Rabbit Hole of College-Essay YouTube

  • How to analyze supplemental essay prompts

    When you write the wrong response to an essay prompt, it stinks for everyone involved—applicant, writing coach, admissions reader—everyone. It’s not unlike the U.S. Presidential debates when the moderator asks, “What is your stance on forgiving college debt?” And the candidate rails against the impact of the pandemic and remote learning on student learning. Yes,… Continue reading How to analyze supplemental essay prompts

  • Strategies for writing supplemental essays

    Supplemental essays are matchmaker essays. Let me explain. Personal statements focus on YOU, the applicant. When you write your personal statement, the trick is to narrow all the things you could possibly say to the narrative that gives the clearest view of who you are and what you hope to accomplish. In contrast, supplemental essays… Continue reading Strategies for writing supplemental essays

  • When should I write my college essays?

    Write your college essays during the summer between your junior and senior years. Give yourself a little time to recover from the academic season. Get some sleep. Unpack your backpack, and clean your room. Enjoy hanging out with your people. In a couple of weeks, jump on the Common App or Coalition website or both… Continue reading When should I write my college essays?