Hello Friends!

Thanks for finding my blog and checking out my Services. This year, I am replacing my private Jumpstart session tutoring services with online webinars. My goal is to make my instruction, advice and support more affordable to more students. Click HERE to learn about my June Jumpstart Webinars. They are the best way to help students launch their essays!

I will continue my group workshops and offer training for teachers, counselors and other educators on how to write college application essays.

I also will provide limited editing services; only for students who start with one of my webinars and/or my online college application essay writing course, How to Write a College Application Essay. (This course is included FREE with all webinars!)

My writing course has 11 short videos, related handouts and digital copies of my writing guides, Escape Essay Hell and Heavenly Essays. It takes about an hour for a student to work through it, at their own pace and on their own schedule.

How It Works

In effect, the course is designed to teach students the exact same step-by-step process I use in the private Jumpstart sessions I have done in the past. So this, and my webinar, is the next best thing to working with me individually.

Once students take my course, they will learn what makes a great essay, and go through a brainstorming process to identify strong topics. They also are directed on how to structure their draft and use specific writing techniques and strategies to make sure it’s engaging and meaningful. 

The reason I will only edit essays written by students who first went through my course is that I then am confident they are on the right track, and have done the hard work to find a great topic and structure their draft in a way that I can help them move it forward through feedback and suggested edits. This is my attempt to make sure I do not end up doing too much of the thinking for students and cross that fine line of helping them too much to nail their essays.

Another way to find loads of help on these essays is to read through the many instruction posts on this blog, and/or buy my writing guides, which are available on Amazon. Again, they all teach the same method I use with all students to find their personal stories and use them to reveal their personalities, character and values in their essays.

Can’t Afford Me? Yes, You Can!

Also, I offer my Jumpstart Webinars and online writing course free to students who are from underprivileged or underserved backgrounds, as well as teachers, parents or educators who work with these kids. Email me, Janine Robinson, for details! Don’t be shy!!

Please feel free to send me any questions or comments: EssayHell@gmail.com

And I wish you all best of luck! You got this!



Here’s how I work with students on their essays, including descriptions of my services, rates, deadlines and other details:


I offer private and group tutoring for college-bound, transfer and graduate school students working on admission and scholarship essays.

Depending on where you live, I can help you privately in my home office in Laguna Beach, or work long-distance through Skype. I work with students from all over the world!

No matter where you are in the process, I work as an editor, helping you brainstorm a focused, compelling topic, and then structure, compose, revise and polish your essay. I do not write essays for students.


(NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE) Jumpstart Session: During these hourlong one-on-one sessions, I help you identify powerful topics for your core and supplemental essay prompts, find your real-life stories, map out a narrative writing plan and dig deep to craft a personal, meaningful and memorable essay. Includes free copies of my writing guides and workbook.

Cost: $200. We work for an hour together in person or via Skype, Google Hangouts or Facetime.

(Only available to students who completed my Jumpstart webinar or online essay writing course.) Editing/Review: I review rough drafts and provide feedback and suggested edits to improve focus, clarity, flow, impact and meaning; edit length to meet word counts; and, correct grammar, spelling, word choice and other mechanics—all using either Google docs or in Word, called Track Changes (see example of Track Changes editing marks), so students can see my advice and suggested edits. 

(All editing clients receive free digital copies of my popular writing guides: Escape Essay Hell!, my step-by-step guide, and Heavenly Essays, a collection of 50 sample essays.) 

For Core Essays (Personal Statements), such as The Common Application: 

Cost: $200 for each round of suggested edits and feedback. (Most students use one round of edits; about a fourth come back for a second round. Depends on their writing ability and motivation.)

For The University of California essays:

Cost: $400 for all four University of California short essays (350 word limit each), called Personal Insight Questions ($100 each) using Google docs or Track Changes in a Word file. (Same cost for four UC transfer essays.) Final proofreading (for typos, spelling, flow, mechanics, clarity, etc.), if needed, $100.

For Supplemental Essays:

Cost: $300 for one round suggested edits and feedback for every 700-800 words of supplemental essays (usually about 3-5 short supplemental essays) using Google docs or Track Changes in Word docs. 

Typical Student Experience:

For most students, one round of edits on a core essay—especially if they started with a Jumpstart session or online Bootcamp to get them on the right track—is enough to help them advance and complete one core essay. Depending on their writing/editing ability, some students (roughly about a fourth) want/need a second round of edits to get it in top shape.

Some students—usually those who did not start the brainstorming/planning process with me—send in essays to be edited that are fundamentally off track (poor topic, lack of focus/main point, structure wrong, etc.) If I think I can’t help them improve their draft through written edits, I will send it back with my advice and ideas on what they need to do (no charge, of course). Usually I suggest a Jumpstart session.

Editing Turnaround Time:

Turnaround for each round of edits is within a week at latest and usually sooner.
Expedited fees: Two-day turnaround: $100 extra. Overnight: $200 extra.

All clients must pay in advance of my services (below), and then as they go for editing help.

NOTE: Please do not make payments until we have discussed and confirmed the exact services I will be providing.

All my students receive free copies of my popular ebook guides:

Email me anytime with questions: EssayHell@gmail.com.


Janine Robinson

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PAYMENT: All clients must pay in advance of my services (below), and then as they go for editing help.

NOTE: Please do not make payments until we have discussed and confirmed the exact services I will be providing.

Just email me at: EssayHell@Gmail.com. Thanks!


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