My students have been accepted to outstanding colleges and universities all over the country, and world.

Although I cannot take credit for their success, most of them got into their top choice schools—from Harvard, Stanford, Cornell, CalTech, UPenn, etc. to awesome private liberal arts and state schools around the country. 

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I strongly believe that students who write narrative essays that reveal their self-defining qualities, true character and individuality are most likely to land exactly where they belong.

It’s all about finding the right fit.

Here’s what some of my former students, parents, college counselors, and others who used my tutoring, blog, books, courses and other services, have to say about me:

“Hi! This is Brittany! The girl who wrote the essay above. Funnily enough, I actually used this website to help guide a lot of my application essays, including this one. So I guess this would be the perfect opportunity to say thank you! I feel like my essays definitely strengthened my entire application.”

Brittany Stinson
Wilmington, Delaware
Accepted to 5 Ivy Leagues schools
(Yale, UPenn, Cornell, Columbia, Dartmouth)
and Stanford for 
Fall 2016.
(Her essay on Costco went viral.)

 

“Thanks to your skills and desire to truly help me improve, I was able to receive admission to all of my top schools…With your help I was able to receive a full 4-year ROTC scholarship to UCLA, USC, and UCI along with an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. My appointment to West Point is my greatest accomplishment and has truly impacted my life. Thank you!”

Andrew Aldaz
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Attending West Point (2016)
(See one of Andrew’s essays)


“Janine was amazing in helping my shy daughter look within herself to find a fantastic topic for her Common Application essay…I know the admissions people reading it got a great glimpse of who my daughter is outside of her grades and scores. I am certain the essay played a major role in Hannah being accepted at 13 of the 14 schools she applied to, including University of Pittsburgh, University of Scranton and Loyola University of Maryland. She’s very excited to be attending University of Scranton next year to study neuroscience. I will certainly be calling on Janine again when it’s time for my younger daughter to begin the process.”

Jennifer Metzler, mother of Hannah
Exton, Pennsylvania
(March 2016)
(See Hannah’s Common App essay)

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“Hi Ms. Robinson, 

I wanted to say thank you for your help because I was just accepted to Columbia University!  The regional admissions officers sent all of the admitted students a typed letter and wrote a personal note at the bottom, and he talked about what a great essay topic I had. Thank you for all of the information on your website, it really helped me write my essay and choose a topic.  Without your help, I don’t know what I would have done. ”

Andrew Losa, Columbia University (2015)

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“Hi Janine,

I am at UC Davis! Largely because of your resources and your amazing help on my essay I also got into UCLA, UC Berkeley, UCSD, Fordham, and was waitlisted at Cornell, and received a transfer option to attend next fall…I used your models on my other prompts and scholarships as well, which made writing them even enjoyable. I was a Gates Millennium Scholarship Finalist, and your tools on writing were my “go- to” resource for all 8 essays. “

  
Gabrielle Mark-Bachoua, a freshman at University of California, Davis (2014)
(See Gabrielle’s personal statement essay)

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By the way, I love your book Escape Essay Hell. It is one of the best books I’ve read about college essays and it helped me so much with not just my college essays, but also with writing in general. I recommend it to everyone 🙂 “
Eleasha Chew, a student from Penang, Malaysia. Harvard University  (2014)

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“Janine Robinson helped three of my children with their college essays–from development of the topics, to fleshing out each child’s particular writing skills, to the end result being a cohesive, well-crafted and organized essay.  With her guidance and aid, my children ended up in their top-choice schools: Stanford, Georgetown and University of Washington.  Thank you, Janine!!”

Lynn Ross, whose children are attending Stanford University, Stanford, CA; Georgetown University, Washington D.C.;  and, the University of Washington, Seattle, WA (2013)
(See the essay by Clara Ross at U. of Washington)

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 “Janine Robinson and her Essay Hell books have been an essential part of Square One College Counseling. Janine’s fun and light-hearted way of teaching students the essentials of college essay writing has made the process not only stress free but also enjoyable.

I think what has impressed me most about Janine and her books is how she encourages creative thinking using word games and storytelling, which help the students make the best choice for topics and anecdotes.
The sample essays that are included in the books are not only enjoyable to read, but a great foundation for the applicants, showing them options of different styles of storytelling.
Janine and the Essay Hell books have been an integral part of my counseling program and my students have definitely gained the confidence to go forward and conquer the college essay.”
Lynn Fair, college admissions counselor and owner of Square One College Counseling, based in Laguna Beach, California

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“Janine had great tips on how to pick a topic. She showed my son how to focus on a specific theme, rather than making the essay too broad. Janine and my son met a few times, and at the end of the writing and editing process, he had a college-admissions-ready essay that he was able to submit to the school he had chosen. (He got in, by the way, and is very happy!)”

 
Susan Elliot, whose son is a freshman at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA (2013)

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“Janine has been simply amazing. We live in Kuwait, and despite the long distance programme, Janine helped my daughter to focus her thoughts and structure her ideas which eventually helped my daughter to convey her story beautifully. My daughter has been accepted in to University of Michigan, and UCLA. Thank you, Janine.”

Raji Lamba, whose daughter has since also been accepted at USC and Berkeley for 2013-13.

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“Janine has been tremendous in helping me discover the direction and message I was trying to convey for a couple different essays; I would have been so lost without her. Because of Janine I was accepted into a very competitive program at my university.” 

Dylan Roley, Chapman University, Orange, CA (Dodge College of Film and Media Arts)

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“Janine shines in her ability to guide students in making unique topic choices. I have no doubt that her expertise was instrumental in my son’s admission to all of his university applications and entrance into a distinguished freshman program at his school of choice.”

Debbie McMullen, whose son is attending the University of British Columbia. 

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 “I already had a good topic to work with for my essay, however, I had no idea how to organize it.  Janine Robinson helped me immensely by giving me a simple outline to work with so that my essay was clear and well structured.  I was very pleased with the outcome.”

Hilary Jonus, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

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“Although it isn’t easy to be both an expert writer and successful teacher, Janine Robinson is indeed skilled in both areas and proved to be an excellent writing coach. She has used her extensive writing experience to break down the process into manageable pieces, helping to motivate and inspire those she worked with. Janine’s service to my student clients through her workshops and as their individual essay coach was invaluable to their individual success.”

Kristin Thomas, of Laguna College Counseling in Laguna Beach, California