Zach Admission Essay

"Dan challenged me to write about myself in a way that I had never been asked to do before. With Dan it was not about who I was as a student but rather who I am as a person. When I sent off my college applications, I didn’t have to worry about my essay, because I knew it was my best work. Six weeks later I got a letter from Harvard inviting me to an exclusive on-campus interview with a note: they loved my essay."

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Whitney Admission Essay

"My daughter was accepted to 11 of the 14 schools that she applied to. A number of them gave her merit scholarships, about a total of $200,000 (too bad she can't take all the scholarships and apply it to one school). Since her grades and test scores were not all that great, I am inclined to believe that the key to these admissions was the combination of her activities and her essay. Three of the schools complimented her on her essay!"

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Robert H.

“Dan was a pleasure to work with. Rather than writing an essay for you, Dan prides himself on elevating his clients' writing skills. I left Dan a more cohesive writer, though most importantly, Dan provided me with a creative twist my thought process did not previously contain. Working with Dan resulted in more than I could have hoped for, and along the way, I gained not only stronger mechanics but also a mentor and friend. Dan is dedicated to his craft like no other, and I cannot stress the reward of working with him enough.”

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Chelsea B. (Transfer Candidate)

“I had never worked with a writing coach before and it was so worth it. Dan is really easy to talk to, super organized and helpful, and just truly great at what he does. Every counselor, professor, and friend I have shown my essays to have said they're really strong, captivating, precise, and eloquently written.

With Dan's help I was accepted into UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCSC, UCSB, UCSD, UCI, UC Merced, SFSU, SJSU, Cal Poly, CSU Monterey Bay and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (that's 12 of the 14 schools I applied to). I was also offered 11 different scholarships, so working with Dan definitely pays off big time! I couldn't have done it without him! I wholeheartedly recommend working with Dan, and I will definitely be going back to see him when I write my grad school apps! He's the best.”

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Markus C., PhD Candidate

“By far my writing ability was one of my worst scholastic proficiencies, and that says a lot considering the majority of graduate school is writing what we have discerned.  I have struggled with reading and writing since my childhood, but it wasn't until working with Dan that I learned some powerful yet intuitive writing hacks. Almost anyone can spellcheck, and add punctuation to your sentences, making sure grammatically it's properly organized yet how many people can help you to understand not just how to write, but how to become a better writer?  Help you to understand the depth of words and their  
interconnected relationships and how the precise combination is the difference between a Personal Statement that gets you an acceptance letter with an enclosed full-ride scholarship, as opposed to the rejection letter that sends you back to the drawing board further delaying your dreams.”

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Gayle G.

“We are so glad we found Dan! I specifically looked on Yelp to find a much needed essay coach for my son who is starting college in the fall of 2019. My 17 year old son seemed to be struggling with his essays and was putting himself under a lot of stress. Once Dan starting working with him he was able to relax and get his thoughts down on paper with confidence. Dan's knowledge, expertise and patience were a blessing!”

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Annie S.

“It has taken me days to figure out the right words to describe how WONDERFUL Dan was when he helped me with my transfer essays. I have been on a very untraditional college path and deciding the best way to present myself was very difficult for me. Dan showed my how to take the positives from the negatives. In helping me pull out the positives for my essays, we also discovered I had a lot more to talk about than just my surface level schooling and work. Dan is incredibly easy to talk to, which makes bouncing ideas off him a breeze. 

If you are a non-traditonal student or someone looking to beef up their resume, I HIGHLY recommend working with Dan. He is definitely not second best.”

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Lena L.

"Daniel Lichterman has learned his craft the ideal way: by mastering each step of the writing process under the exacting tutelage of experienced, published authors. He has acquired the full range of tools for dealing with the full gamut of writing problems. At once reassuring and unswervingly focused on the end point, Daniel delivers the aspiring writer the skill set to produce a thoughtful, well-argued and precisely articulated writing that is the product of inspiration, perspiration, and revision."

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Bob C.

"Daniel brings an enthusiasm and creativity to teaching that is contagious. He is a dynamic instructor whose passion for language and ideas is immediately evident. He uses his playfulness with language and humor to challenge students to articulate their ideas with clarity and conviction. He has the sensitivity and psychological insight necessary for building trust with students across the developmental spectrum."

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Milana P.

"When I applied to Teach For America only the top 10% of applicants were admitted. I had little to distinguish my application from others besides my passion for the cause. I couldn't have expressed that passion without Dan's help. He guided me through the writing process so that I could produce an attention-grabbing personal statement that got me in the door! Thanks Dan!"

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Joanne

“Daniel coached our son during his middle school and high school years. Daniel brings wonderful skills to the job, not only a great gift for writing, but also an exuberant and engaging way of relating to kids as they struggle through various assignments. Daniel had an immeasurable impact on our family, not only taking homework off our plates, but also giving our son the confidence and skills to write more successfully on his own. We are very grateful!”

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Margaret

"In the area of writing, our son had been a challenge for teachers and tutors. He did not want to even attempt any of his writing assignments. Daniel's work with Alex has significantly improved this difficult situation. Alex has learned to complete his work in a timely manner, to become more organizationally independent, and to expand his writing by infusing his sentences with explanatory details. Daniel brings unique gifts to his teaching and his enthusiasm and belief in each child's abilities is definitely contagious."

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Gena's Story

“I used Dan’s help to get accepted to Duke for residency, Yale for fellowship, and most recently, into the Yale PhD program. I have recommended his services to many friends and colleagues who have all had similar experiences and success getting into the country’s top academic institutions. He is a “writing magician” and I would not be where I am without him.”

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Andy | Professional Services

"On very short notice, Dan agreeably read, proofed, and provided point-by-point suggestions on portions of my National Science Foundation Pre-doctoral scholarship application. His comments were insightful and his suggestions helped me to crystallize my ideas and strengthen the persuasiveness of my arguments. I was also impressed by his ability to provide useful suggestions on essays that were largely scientific and technical in nature."

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Rory | Professional Services

"Daniel helped me compose a cover letter and statement of teaching philosophy for a college teaching position. Daniel helped me get my thoughts across in a way that was clear and effective. The final draft made me confident that I would be a strong candidate for the position. As a writing coach and editor, Daniel is enthusiastic and extremely thorough. Both an accomplished writer and a generous teacher, he is eager to share his talent for writing and has my highest recommendation."

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Buck's Story

“Every professional needs a top notch advisor to help curate their employment portfolio. When I was called by a recruiter for my long shot dream job I looked to the best reviewed writing tutor in the bay area.  The next week I was called in for my first interview with a top 5 IT company. As the hiring manager walked me to the elevator on my way out he said, “I wish I had a CV like yours."

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Deborah

“For the past eighteen months, Dan has been helping me organize my thoughts and identify connections between my ideas. Dan is a master at helping students interpret details and identify powerful themes. He asks tough questions, makes poignant observations, and is not afraid to challenge assumptions. His ability to elicit thought-provoking information has not only helped me write better, but also inspired me to want to write more. What more can anyone ask of a writing coach!”

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