College Essay Coach Testimonials

Expert and Experienced College Essay Tutoring by Dr. Adam Schwartz

Recent Testimonials

“Adam is a miracle worker. Even though I am a writer and teacher, I knew that it made more sense for my son to work with a professional who had both the experience and distance needed to draw him out. Adam was able to connect with my son and created the perfect balance of structure, trust and support. My son felt safe to take risks in his writing the finished product was an authentic, poignant, and well-crafted essay. He also helped my son complete supplemental essays and provided ad hoc strategic advice so that my son was able to complete the application process long before the deadlines. We have already heard from three colleges, all of which have been acceptances” - Parent, University of Wisconsin student

“Adam not only helped me develop a college essay that represented a part of me that I didn’t often get the chance to show, but also helped me grow as a person. I had written many drafts before I started working with him, but none of them seemed to be “the one.” He helped me put words to emotions I had experienced and understand beautiful lessons I had received from experiences in my life. The process of writing my college essay, thanks to Adam, is one that brought me a lot of clarity in my life and helped me appreciate small, but significant, moments even more. His teaching style also taught me to love and appreciate writing. I learned to be ok with not always having the “right” word for what I wanted to say, and to enjoy going back to revise an old paragraph with new perspectives and ideas. I am extremely grateful for all the time, patience, and support he dedicated to me during the entire process, and I can’t thank him enough.” - Victoria, Barnard

“Working with Adam was truly one of the best experiences I had throughout the college process. Not only did he make the workload so much easier to handle, he provided excellent advice and feedback about my writing. He was also incredibly knowledgeable about many, if not all, of the schools I was applying to. Before we started work, Adam dedicated a significant amount of time to getting to know me. He learned about my interests, my classes, and my goals. He wanted my essays to be well written, but he also wanted them to sound like me. His calm, kind demeanor and genuine care and attention made the process of getting to know each other easy and enjoyable. The sessions themselves were incredibly productive. Adam broke the work up into manageable portions and I never found myself feeling stressed during the week. In fact, due to Adam’s work ethic and devotion, all of my applications were in weeks before the deadline. Although I only saw him once a week, I felt organized and calm when it came to my applications. He provided me with the skills and advice I needed to navigate my way through this difficult process and he did so with genuine empathy and compassion. I looked forward to our sessions each week. Working with Adam was truly one of the best decisions I ever made, and when I got into my top choice, thanks to his help, he was the first person I wanted to tell.” - Emily, Colgate

“When I first met with Adam, I had two draft essays - one which I wrote in school and one I wrote on my own - both of which I was relatively happy with. He looked over them and then selected a small detail I had written about and told me to free write about that detail. Every week during our sessions, I would bring a brainstorming paragraph or two about a topic Adam had suggested and Adam would cut and paste parts of my brainstorms to create the final essay. Adam not only managed to break down the essay into tiny bite-sized pieces, he also made sure I was fully on board with any edits he was about to make. My final essay turned out to be worlds better than the ones I had drafted without Adam. When I was accepted to Dartmouth, my top choice school, I got a handwritten card from the admissions officer along with the acceptance letter. The officer wrote about how he loved the creativity of my essay topic - the exact same topic Adam had pointed out on the very first day and told me to write about. At first I thought everyone got a similar letter, yet later realized very few people had received one. There is no doubt that my essay played a large part in my acceptance and I would not have had as good an essay without Adam.” - Lindsey, Dartmouth

“Adam is the absolute best! The college process is already stressful enough, so having Adam by my side guiding me through the writing process took a lot of pressure off my back. I knew what I wanted to write about but had trouble putting my thoughts on paper. Adam knew exactly how to get the thoughts out of me by asking specific questions and encouraging me to write freely. The best part about working with Adam is that I got to tell my story in my own words. He encouraged me to write about an experience that was unique to me, which I think made my essay stand out from others. My college adviser even mentioned to me that my essay was one of the best she had read. I am so thankful I got to work with Adam because I think my essay played a big role in helping me get into my number one school” - Sophie, Amherst

“I entered the college process like many others do - stressed out and anxious about what the coming months would hold. The idea of showing colleges “who I was” in a neat 650-word essay definitely scared me. I came in with a few ideas about what I wanted to write about, but no clear direction as to where those might take me. Adam saw the potential in me and encouraged me to just write. He encouraged me to entertain all my ideas, one at a time, and to worry about the flow and connectivity later. Over the next few sessions, he carefully helped me to trim down my writing and clarify my thoughts. Adam saw something in me and subsequently helped me see it in myself. By the end of the process, I had crafted an essay that I was proud of and felt confident submitting to all of my schools. Thank you, Adam, for allowing me to enjoy the college process!” - Jessica, Middlebury

“Adam has been an incredible help throughout the entire college application process. I couldn't have gotten into any of the schools I wanted to go to without his help. He allowed me to understand what I wanted the college admissions committee to understand about me, and how I could best get that across while still being authentically myself. I've always struggled with writing in school, but Adam made it easy for me to organize my thoughts and write with an intellectual flair I've always been trying to achieve. I found our meetings far more enjoyable than any of the times I was writing alone, as I had someone to guide me through each sentence with care, humor and a genuine personal connection. I can't recommend him enough!” - Oliver, Carleton

“Before meeting with Adam, my common application essay was a jumble of thoughts and descriptions that were practically incoherent. Within one session, I had produced about seven pages of writing. From these brainstorms, Adam helped me choose the passages that were most significant to me and format them into a piece I am proud to call my own. Adam helped me beyond just writing an essay- he asked the questions that ultimately led me to find myself. I knew in my heart who I was but had trouble articulating it. Thanks to Adam, my personality and accomplishments were presented to all my colleges in essays I was proud of. I was also admitted to every college I applied to, despite my test scores being lower than average at some schools. I think that my essays definitely played into this.” - Grace, Tufts

“When I started writing the personal statement, I found that Adam was easy to open up to. He enabled me to find specific, pivotal moments in my life and make those experiences shine in my essay. Adam’s focus on the structure of stories and the power of words helped me write the best essays possible. Most importantly, he cares about his students and their success. In the stressful days before application deadlines, Adam worked tirelessly to make final edits and resolve my concerns. We would sometimes send commentary and questions back in forth five or six times a day. With Adam’s help, I was proud to present my essays to admissions officers. Now, after finishing the college application process, I am certain that my essays improved my college admissions chances.” - Lily, NYU

“Adam helped my son bring many disparate essay concepts together in a way that truly reflected my son's personality and interests. Throughout the process, working with Adam was seamless, calm and unstressful. In order to progress on the essay, Adam provided regular manageable assignments for my son and then spent time with him reviewing and brainstorming. They worked together until they were both satisfied with the final essay. Even after the essay was complete, Adam was generous with his time as small questions arose. There's no doubt, we'll be hiring him again for our daughter's application!” - Parent, Yale student

“I worked with Adam over four months and he has been a great help throughout my college application process. Although I was shy and reserved at first, Adam was patient and knew how to draw more information from me. He also did a good job helping me keep my essays focused and concise. Adam's guidance not only helped me express my ideas effectively, but also ensured my ideas were expressed in my own words. Working with Adam allowed me to take risks I wouldn't have if I didn't have a college essay coach. Knowing Adam would be there to look over my work took the pressure off of me. I truly felt I was better at writing after working with him. In addition to his help, Adam sent me additional resources he thought I might have liked based on our conversations and the topics of my essays. I highly recommend him!” - Kim, Brandeis

“There was no one I trusted during the college process more than Adam. He inspired me to share my story and to express my true identity. Over a few months, he helped me shape an essay that described who I was in less than 650 words. By the end, I felt that my essay was insightful and even eloquent; I couldn’t have accomplished the same result without his advice. Although I felt hesitant taking many risks that strayed from the traditional college application standards and expectations, Adam made me feel comfortable and proud to express myself. He was incredibly responsive, organized, and flexible with scheduling. After hours, I found myself discussing all aspects of the college process that I couldn’t discover from my parents or school college counselors. While helping me explore my identity, he gave me insights about some of the schools, which allowed me to discover the place where I really belonged. Luckily, that place ended up being the very school I got accepted into. I am incredibly grateful to have had Adam as a mentor, guide, and college companion. Adam, thank you.” - Amir, Tufts

“We were extremely fortunate to have Adam work with two of our children on their college essays. Adam was crucial to the application process for us. Not only did Adam generously share his wealth of experience and knowledge, both as a writing coach and a former college admissions officer, but he was also a calm and always reliable resource and friend during what can be an extremely stressful college application process. Adam really cared, and he always went the extra mile. Each of my children applied to well over a dozen schools that required extensive supplemental essays, but Adam steadfastly and successfully helped them meet the deadline for each school, with the best essays that they could have written. I would definitely and highly recommend Adam.” - Parent, Lexington High School students

“I could not have produced a successful college essay without Adam’s help. At the beginning, I was so overwhelmed with the whole college process and had absolutely no clue what to write However, with Adam’s help I was able to find a unique topic that helped me stand out above the crowd. I know that I wouldn’t have gotten into Harvard without Adam. He brings so much expertise as someone who has reviewed hundreds of college applications. Whenever we worked on the essay, he was always considering how the college admission officers might view it. Adam constantly edited and helped me revise my essay so that it could be the best. I am so grateful to him and his dedication to making sure that my essay was perfect.” - Sarah, Harvard

“Adam played an instrumental role in my college application process. From working with me to craft my personal statement to editing my supplemental essays, Adam helped me add a unique and authentic dimension to my applications. Adam clearly cares about his students’ lives and interests and as a result is able to identify details and stories that they can expand upon in their writing. Throughout the process, Adam was able to use his expertise in both writing and admissions to guide and support me, and I am ultimately so grateful to him that I have been admitted to several of my top schools.” - Hannah, Washington University

“I came to Adam with zero ideas and enough apprehension to fill a blimp. Amazingly, however, he helped me draw inspiration and cultivate the content and style to make me stand out. He remained fully committed until I had an impactful piece of writing that I could be genuinely proud of. Now, I am ecstatic to be attending my first-choice school. Thank you so much for your patience and investment in me!” - Sonya, Yale

“My daughter has trouble starting writing projects and spent the summer before senior year writing only a few lines that she felt went nowhere. She wanted to apply to a school early decision, but I did not think it would be possible for her to get her essay done in time. However, she met with Adam once a week for about 4-5 weeks and in that short time, Adam guided her to finding a meaningful story that was truly hers. Adam’s gentle, unassuming demeanor immediately put my daughter at ease. Each time they met, they discussed a few ideas and he sat with her as she wrote. He then assigned something to work on until they met again, and they also corresponded by email. Her final personal essay was clearly her own, but it would not have been written without Adam. When she panicked before the early decision deadline, wanting to change the essay, he read through her changes, and reassured her that it was excellent as it was. She was accepted at her first-choice school.” - Parent, Washington University student

Testimonials from 2016 - 2018