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A Bloc of Writers has over 10 years of experience helping students ace their college essays. Our team works one-on-one with students to guide them from inception through the final draft of the college application essay. Whether you are just starting to brainstorm or you have completed the first draft of your Common Application personal statement, A Bloc of Writers can help!

One-on-one College Essay Tutoring

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The goal of the college application essay is not simply to impress admissions officers, but to unveil who you are–something that’s hard to do by looking at a list of grades, test scores, and extracurricular activities. Likewise, a thoughtful, well-crafted essay gives readers insight into who you really are and what’s important to you, and allows admissions officers to get a sense of whether you will fit in at their school. On the other hand, a mediocre, boring or lackluster essay can jeopardize your chances of gaining admittance to a college or university.

Bring up the college application essay and many high school students will feel overwhelmed because they think they have to cull 17 or 18 years of their life into one all or nothing, make or break tale. At A Bloc of Writers, we try to demystify this process, and help students find and tell their stories. Because at its heart, college essay writing is about storytelling.

Writing a strong essay takes time, especially if you’re new to writing narrative essays, that is, most high school students used to writing formulaic, five-paragraph essays. In other words, expect to revise your essays.

But don’t worry! Our team will work one-on-one with students to guide them from inception through the final draft of the college application essays.


College Consulting

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There are many things students can do to boost their odds of acceptance at a selective college – if they understand the ins and outs of college admissions. 

We can help rising seniors and upperclassmen:

  • Formulate a well-planned admissions strategy and create a schedule, including Early Action and Early Decision applications;

  • Evaluate your academic record, standardized test scores and extracurricular activities, etc. to create a realistic, balanced college list;

  • Offer recommendations for summer and extracurricular activities to make your college applications stand out;

  • Fill out the activities field and other parts of the Common Application;

  • Help students complete their junior year “to do” list, and make recommendations for fall course selection;

  • Offer advice about on-campus and alumni interviews, as well as other ways to show “demonstrated interest.”

Let our decade of experience help you stand out from the crowd!


Online College Essay Writing Class

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Getting Personal, our self-paced, online class explains how to write a narrative essay, provides brainstorming exercises to help students come up with a topic for the Common App personal statement, and then guides them as they write a first draft of the essay.

Students will have access to five lessons which include:

  • 12 brainstorming and writing exercises to help you generate ideas for the Common App personal statement and the college-specific supplemental essays

  • 8 bookmarks (links to helpful videos, articles, blog posts, and essays)

  • 6 pro tips for writing a winning essay

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