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Our college essay experts help students move from "I Can't" to "I Did."

essay specialist

At CBA, we know writing about themselves doesn’t come easy to many high school students. Their questions: 


  • What should I write about?
  • Where do I even begin?
  • How do I make their essay stand out from all the others?
  • How can I make their essays memorable?
  • How personal should I make their essay?

often lead to a state of “I’ll do it later.”

Our college essay writing curriculum and programming employs social science strategies, empathy and humor to help your child cultivate a sense of confidence to develop strong writing habits and skills leading to a state of “I’ll do it now!” 

1:1 College Essay Guidance

Purchase 5-hour or 10-hour blocks of essay advising with a dedicated specialist who will work with your child individually to develop a college essay they are proud of. 

From brainstorming ideas to putting on the final polishes, our dedicated specialists will guide your child through all stages of writing their college essays.

5-hour package: $1,475
10-hour package: $2,800

Sessions can be done remotely or in person at our CBA offices in Newton, MA.

Beyond the Prompts:
College Essay Course (with a twist)
April School Vacation Program

Our April school vacation college essay workshop unfolds over three sessions.

Each session is designed to guide students through crafting a compelling college essay while fostering community engagement through a community service project to benefit the Newton Freedge, Circle of Hope, and other local shelters.

Participants will:

  • Brainstorm topics
  • Practice answering and drafting responses to several essay prompts
  • Receive feedback from peers and CBA writing specialists 
  • Produce at least one full essay draft
  • Develop a writing plan for any additional essays
  • Receive one additional review by a CBA writing specialist 
  • Participate in community service projects
  • Gain access to two office hours (to be used in June, July or August)

CBA Signature Office Hours

office hours

During the spring and summer, our writing staff holds drop-in office hours. Students are welcome to come work at our Newton location to get feedback on an essay draft, chat about brainstorming ideas, or work independently but in a group setting with their peers. 

Each session runs for two hours, but students can stay as long as they choose. 

Registration opens in May; get on our waitlist today!

(This service is included for Comprehensive 1:1 clients and is available for a per-session fee for any other student regardless of enrollment in another service)

What past students have to say?