Wow Them with “KILLER” College Application Essays

30 Sep

Whether you, or someone you know, already have/has written your (his/her) personal statement, THE MOST IMPORTANT part of your college application package, or still are/is struggling to identify that “perfect” topic,  it is time to consider taking advantage of an opportunity to meet for a private session. Continue reading

JUST in case you’ve been wondering……

15 Sep

Where has Joyce been, particularly on Thursdays when she promised to write? The truth?  She, as she  is known in this expert, professional persona, succumbed, which much too embarrassingly translates to, “life” got in the way.  (It does have a habit of doing so at times, n’est pas?) The details do not matter, but suffice it to say, preoccupation with love (spectacularly wonderful), duty (the “must do’s”), and a complete reversal of a three-decade perception (marked by shock; disappointment; concern for the effects of a process and its aftermath upon loved ones) can, most decidedly, shake up anyone’s reality.

I agree, it takes a while for that wise unknown author’s words to sink in, “Everything will be all right in the end, and if it’s not all right, it’s not the end.”  And, I know we all will emerge stronger, wiser, and less likely to fall victim to perceptual bias, but that (as they say) is another story.  And so, we take baby steps…putting one foot in front of another…living platitudes we once believed applied to  “others” and never to us.

So, if you, too, got knocked “off track” and your compass also clouded, what matters is the ability to sing Jerome Kern’s lyrics as loudly as possible.  “Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again.”  So, now what?

If you think of yourself as college or graduate school-bound, you no doubt have work to do. Do you need to take, or retake, those standardized tests?  How will you prepare for them?  Do those oh-so-necessary campus visits loom as your “must do’s?”  Do you have applications to complete? Essays to write? When, oh when, do you plan to get started?  Now is the right time, and do you know what? It’s always now!

If I can prod or help you or someone you know get started, you know how to find me.  I am only one telephone call, e-mail, text or IM (203) 858-1687 away.  How good are you at tracking???

Ciao for now–


Thursday Tip Time (Plus or Minus a Few Hours)

3 Apr

I hope you’re having a GOOD Good Friday!

Thanks to all of you who sent e-mails about TTT 🙂

If you have younger brothers or sisters, cousins, friends, neighbors, suggest they start building their vocabulary NOW!  Whenever you, or they, come across a new word in your readings (or listenings), that’s when to employ last week’s tip.

Also, if you’re studying for the SAT, consider taking the ACT as well.  Target the test with the highest score, or if you’re happy with your scores, hooray!

Joyce 🙂

NEW! Thursday Tip Time

26 Mar

A.K.A. Tips From My Brain to Yours

It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me–Wow!  Seven months!  Sobering! Which brings me to my first tip:  Keep your eye on your goal–NO MATTER WHAT!  Don’t let distractions, even, good ones (in my case, falling in love) boggle your mind!

Today’s Tip

To make a new vocabulary word your own:

Use a 4X6 index card.

1. Put the new word in the center ( with the part of speech in parentheses)

2. Write the dictionary definition in the upper left-hand corner.

3. What’s it like?  Put your answers in the upper right-hand corner.  Synonyms (real) or your connotations

4. What are some examples?  Write your answers under the word.  Add examples from your life (or literature).

5. Write your original sentence on the back.  Make sure it creates an image.  Add as many sensory details as you can (size, sound, color). Use an example from your life.  You can also use humor.

For example:  Today’s word is “contumacious.”


UPPER LEFT: Def. Stubbornly disobedient; rebellious (especially when having to do with the law)              

UPPER RIGHT: contrary; obstinate; intractable; willful to the max; pigheaded                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


jaywalking in front of a policeman                                                                                                                                   Hermia’ s behavior – her refusal to marry Demetrius (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream)                                                         my trained dog continuing to “do his thing” on my carpet when I leave him home alone

(Note: This program is NOT letting me center this information properly!  I give up!)


My sentence: (on the reverse of the card)

When I missed my curfew for the third time last month, my father came at me, screaming at the top of his lungs,”I am sick and tired of your contumacious disregard of our rules!  You’re GROUNDED for a month!”  (See him looming over you with glaring eyes, pointing his finger, with an open-mouthed red face.  Perhaps you can even see the veins in his neck bulging.)

Angry Dad


6 Aug

Hello, Former Students and Clients!

Do you remember those application essays that “nailed it,” the proposal that brought you exactly what you wanted, the perfect wording for your website and advertising copy? How about the “killer” résumé that got you that interview?

Perhaps you’re one of the SAT, GRE, or GMAT test takers whose scores increased by 80-240 points or whose ACT improvement by 6-8 points put you over the top. Maybe you’re one of the graduate students whose committee finally accepted your master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation?

OR, were you a student in one of my classes whose reading comprehension soared, essays earned B+ to A, and whose improved note-taking skills still helps you capture every important word or idea? Remember the quality of support Joyce Singer and WriteRight! provided.        


Through November 1, for each referral you, or one of your contacts, makes to any student; entrepreneur; corporation, or thesis or dissertation writer who then engages our services, WriteRight! is offering a fifty-dollar ($50.00) gift certificate at your favorite restaurant. OR, we will make a donation (in your name) to your chosen school or charity. Your gift, or thank-you notice accepting your donation, will arrive shortly after your referrals remit payment for a minimum of four contact hours.  (Skype and FaceTime sessions available)

So, while you’re thinking of it, tell your friends and acquaintances to visit for contact information and to learn how we can help them shine on paper, get into that first-choice school, write business-related documents that get results, or perfect their thesis/dissertation.

I look forward to learning about your favorite “hot-spots”!

JS 🙂

Spring into Fall — Are you wishing you could call your application essays “a wrap”?

3 Aug

If you’re anything like me, you’re wondering what happened to July— Only six weeks ago, days of fun and relaxation and time without a care in the world promised a long vacation.  But time, she is a-fugiting, so I offer a friendly wake-up call.

What will you answer in a few short weeks when someone asks, “So, what did you do this summer?”  Yup, you went sailing, or rowing, or to the Vineyard, visited your grandparents, and caught up with your cousins. Perhaps you had an internship, worked with kids, beefed up your community service, read a bit, traveled cross-country, “vegged” for a while, and caught up on your sleep.

Wouldn’t you love to say, “My college essays are a wrap”?  or, “I’m putting the finishing touches on my college essays”? or, “I feel so much better about applying to graduate school”? 

Wouldn’t you like to believe you’re more accomplished than you thought, or that you DO have exciting ideas, or that you CAN contribute to campus life at your favorite college or university?

School starts in three weeks!  You still have time to work on your applications without the pressure of classes, after-school practice, or the extracurricular groups you promised to support.

Appointments fill quickly, so finalize yours now that you’re thinking about it.  Skype and FaceTime sessions also available.

Visit for more information, detailed descriptions of services, and student/parent testimonials


10 Jul

‘Tis the season, and I’ve got the spirit!

Sooooooo, if you’re a former student or client in need of my services, to take advantage of my twenty percent (20%) discount ($400.00 for the first $500.00 in fees) contact me before July 31 to set up an in-person, Skype, or Face Time appointment .

AND, if you recommend me to a friend or relative, that person will receive a fifteen percent (15%) discount ($425.00 for the first $500.00 in fees).

Please tell any of those people to just mention your name.

Hope to see or hear from you soon!

Joyce Singer