My daughter had gotten other “essay experts” to provide her with feedback on her draft but it was discouraging and lacking. Allan agreed to work with her and was brilliant. He was able to hone in on exactly what was giving her difficulty and preventing her from taking the essay to the next level. He was amazingly insightful, and his feedback was clear and concise. I don’t think anyone else could have stepped in and accomplished what Allan did. He is truly an expert!

— Parent, Chappaqua, NY


Hillside offers two ways of delivering specific feedback and instruction to students near and far who have a college-application essay draft in progress or completed and are seeking help in improving it.


Draft Intensives

Individual feedback sessions — in person or via video chat — for drafts of college-application essays are shaped by the Hillside coach's pre-session review of student materials. Drafting of Common App, supplement, transfer, honors-program, or scholarship essays should be submitted at least 48 hours in advance of the session.

In-person sessions take place at the Hillside Writing office. Learn about Hillside coaches here. Click below to inquire about coaching availability.

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E-Feedback: Online & by Audio File

Draft feedback is available online and through audio recordings in which we direct applicants to those aspects of their writing that deserve more attention and provide guidance to advance toward the most compelling and memorable final draft. We move from top to bottom through a draft, providing concerns, questions, ideas, and enthusiasms as well as specific editorial recommendations. In addition to the drafting itself, we ask students to submit particular questions and reflections, and to provide us with any relevant background details or information that may help us in shaping the most useful feedback possible.

Hillside can accept a limited number of drafts for E-Feedback per week.
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