About the course

This course is for our College Essay Editing & Coaching pilot team. Inside, you'll find all the information you need to hit the ground running.

Even if you’ve been a Scribbr editor for many years, we strongly recommend carefully working through the entire course because this service differs from our regular Proofreading & Editing service in many key ways, both operationally and with regard to the service features.

The course should take about an hour. Please complete both the course and the practice assignment by Thursday, September 30th.The new service is set to launch on October 6th!

If you have any questions, feel free to post in #essay-coaches on Slack.

How does the pilot work?

As a participant in our pilot, you'll receive early access to our College Essay Editing & Coaching service and have the opportunity to share feedback and help shape this new service at Scribbr. The is a new, tailored service intended for students who are applying to US colleges.

During the pilot phase, we invite you to share your ideas about how we can improve the service for both our students and for you, our essay coaches, before we start growing the team. You can start discussions in our slack group #essay-coaches or email us (Samantha & Kristin) privately.

Thanks again for being a part of our pilot! We hope you're excited to start – we definitely are! 🚀

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Getting started

    • Course guide & introduction

  • 2

    What is Scribbr's College Essay Editing & Coaching service?

    • College Essay Editing & Coaching

    • New features

    • How does the pilot work?

  • 3

    Service guidelines

    • How should I perform the service?

    • Pre-editing

    • In-text editing

    • Personal note & Most Common Mistakes

    • College essay checklist

  • 4

    Special situations

    • Well-written essays

    • Poorly written essays

    • Extra-long essays

    • Unreasonable requests

    • Graduate school personal statements

  • 5


    • Assessment criteria

    • How to get help or more feedback

  • 6


    • Example edits: Introduction

    • Example 1: Well-written, but slightly cliché

    • Example 2: Over the word count

    • Example 3: Serious content problems and other red flags

    • Example 4: A graduate school personal statement

  • 7

    Your assignment: Sample essay

    • Practice edit

    • Order instructions & practice essay