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Through the end of admissions season, we’re offering one-hour livestreams on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Each session focuses on a specific aspect of the essay-writing process and is led by a certified coach. Below is our session catalogue – to stay up to date with the newest additions, check this page regularly for updates. Learn how to make the most of our livestreams.

How to participate

We offer free college admissions essay help to high school students and prospective graduate students. Submit your topic idea or essay draft to get feedback from our essay coaches.

You can also sit back and listen as our coaches help other students refine their essays. You are welcome to ask questions in the chat and pick the brains of our admissions essay experts during the sessions.

Submit your essay topic or draft

Meet your hosts

Doug

Doug earned a PhD in education from Oral Roberts University and has a track record for helping students succeed. He is a professor, an academic editor, a college admission coach, and a tutor to students at all levels, and he loves to help prospective college students stand out above the crowd of applicants by writing powerful admissions essays. Many of his students have received partial- and full-ride scholarships to their first-choice college. Hailing from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, he enjoys cycling, classical piano and voice, and spending time with his puppies, Cooper (MalShi) and Lily (Chiweenie).

Doug

Doug earned a PhD in education from Oral Roberts University and has a track record for helping students succeed. He is a professor, an academic editor, a college admission coach, and a tutor to students at all levels, and he loves to help prospective college students stand out above the crowd of applicants by writing powerful admissions essays. Many of his students have received partial- and full-ride scholarships to their first-choice college. Hailing from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, he enjoys cycling, classical piano and voice, and spending time with his puppies, Cooper (MalShi) and Lily (Chiweenie).

Amy

Originally from Maryland, Amy headed west to attend Scripps College in California, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in music and gender studies. In 2009, she began working for the admissions office of her alma mater, where she focused on reviewing applications and interviewing prospective students. Today, she finds inspiration in learning about students’ interests and helping them craft a story that draws people in. She is a musical theater librettist, an avid baker, and a world traveler.

Shane

Early in Shane’s combined honours BA in Philosophy and English, he began working as an all-purpose writing tutor, as well as a TA for business, engineering, English lit., and philosophy courses. During and after his MA in English Literature, he worked as an instructor focused on technical writing and first-year undergrad writing, then moved on to become a professional copyeditor. Since his first day as a writing tutor more than decade ago, he’s been working with students and writers from all disciplines and at all levels of post-secondary education.

Can’t attend live? Browse our recorded livestreams on YouTube, and check out the advice our coaches have given to students just like you! Our Knowledge Base is also a great resource, regardless of where you are in the essay writing process.

Want in-depth feedback on your essay draft?

Check out our College Essay Editing & Coaching service. You’ll be paired with an essay coach who will edit your draft and help you make your story even stronger. Don’t wait too long: the deadline to submit your college application will be here before you know it!

 

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Frequently asked questions

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What should I expect during the livestream?

Each one-hour livestream session will focus on a specific aspect of the essay-writing process. Our college essay coaches will share their insight, offer advice, answer questions, and review submitted topics and drafts.

Will my topic and draft stay anonymous?

Yes. We understand that your college essay may deal with personal topics and vulnerable moments. All submitted topics, essay drafts, and questions will remain anonymous.

Do I need a Zoom account?

Yes, you do need a Zoom account to join the livestreams. If you don’t already have Zoom installed, you’ll be prompted to download it when you try to join the session.

If you plan to join a livestream, we suggest creating your Zoom account in advance, so you don’t miss the beginning of the session.

Do I need to pay to attend Scribbr livestreams?

No. Our livestreams are free, and we invite you to join as many as you’d like. We hope that these sessions help you feel more prepared and confident as you get ready to submit your college application.

How can I make the most of Scribbr livestreams?

Get the most out of our Scribbr livestreams by keeping a few key tips in mind:

Tip #1. Check out our guide to writing an outstanding essay before your session

Our Knowledge Base covers every step of the essay writing process, and you’ll find our livestreams most helpful if you use these two resources together. For each livestream, we’ll highlight one or two helpful Knowledge Base articles as suggested advance reading.

Tip #2. Come with questions, and submit your drafts in advance

All Scribbr livestreams include plenty of question time, which is your chance to get individualized help. For “live review” sessions, you can also submit your topic or draft beforehand. We’ll choose a few submissions to review live during the session.

If you’re thinking about submitting a draft but are feeling anxious, don’t stress! Our coaches know that college essays often deal with vulnerable moments and personal topics. They always keep their recommendations positive and solution-focused. Even if revision is in your future, you’ll always leave feeling good about the process and proud of your hard work. Plus, we keep all submissions anonymous.

Tip #3. Feel free to lurk

Even if you don’t have a draft, an outline, or even a topic, feel free to join a session. You can learn a lot just by seeing how other students have approached their essays, and you’ll leave feeling inspired and excited about starting your own personal statement.

Tip #4. Pair our livestreams with our College Essay Editing & Coaching service

For the ultimate in essay writing help, follow up a livestream review with a full Scribbr edit of your admissions essay. Get your topic and outline checked during a livestream, and then make sure you’ve properly executed your plan and that your writing is flawless by having one of our experts do a full review.

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