About the course

This course is for our College Essay Editing & Coaching 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. 

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

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Getting started

    • Course guide & introduction

  • 2

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

    • College Essay Editing & Coaching

    • New features

  • 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

    • Graduate school personal statements

    • Unreasonable requests

  • 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