Frequently Asked Questions

< So, what do you do exactly?

I’m a professional editor, specializing in admission essays and academic writing.

I provide editing and revision services for admission essays, statements of purpose, and personal statements for college and graduate school applicants, including for law school, business school, and medical school.

I also edit college, graduate, and postdoctoral work, ranging from final papers to scholarly articles, from master’s theses to doctoral dissertations.

I am also an academic writing tutor, with significant experience in ESL tutoring. I can help you improve your overall writing skills for academic writing as well as everyday communication.

You can also see my ‘About’ page for more on what I do.

How can this work for me?

No matter what discipline you are studying or what industry you are in, written communication is absolutely crucial. The ability to write well is something that is necessary to succeed– however, it is also something that can be improved with practice and good guidance.

So, whether you need help revising your draft, proofreading your personal statement or improving your writing skills as a whole, I can help you produce work that communicates effectively and, most importantly, well.

Countless students– all from different backgrounds, with different needs and skills– have benefited from the help I provide. See my testimonials for examples on how you can benefit as well.

If I buy your Single/Double/Triple/Quadruple/Unlimited admission essay package, what happens next?

After you have selected and purchased your ideal admission essay package through PayPal, you will be directed to a page where you will be asked to provide your contact information. Don’t worry, your information is safe with me and will only be used for the purposes for helping you with your admission essay. Here, you will also be able to upload your draft directly or, if you haven’t started writing yet, include some of your thoughts and ideas for your essay.

Then, I will contact you 24 to 48 hours after receipt of payment and your essay, and then we can begin the process to crafting a great essay.

What does “email support” entail?

Email support entitles you to exactly that– support from me via email regarding any questions you might have about the admissions process. This support is unlimited throughout your allotted time; meaning, you can ask anywhere from 0 to 100,000,000 questions regarding your essay, your application, your school choices, your recommendations, or any other part of the admissions process.

I will generally get back to you within 24 hours. However, sometimes it will take me a little longer than that. But, I do try my hardest to get to you in time and will certainly get back to you well within 48 hours.

This support is included as part of your package and allotted time varies, depending on which package you have selected. Generally speaking, email support is handled in weeklong increments. Please note that a 4-week package entitles you to 28 days of support.

That being said, any actual revision will be considered part of your package’s allotted number of draft reviews or, if applicable, will require the appropriate add-on feature (such as any supplemental essays). Of course, you are free to upgrade your package to include further reviews, additional support time, or to accommodate additional materials such as addenda or diversity statements.

Of course, if you’re still not sure what counts for which, I’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.

What if I need more time than my package allows?

If you discover that you may need additional time/reviews/features, you are more than welcome to upgrade your current package to better accommodate your needs. So, if you realize that this is taking longer than anticipated, it’s okay– this is actually very, very common. Of course, if you’re not sure how much more time you need or if you need it to begin with, I will be more than happy to go over your progress thus far and help you decide.

Can you help me with my paper/thesis/dissertation?

Definitely. For academic editing, please visit my Academic Editing Services page where you can upload your document or, if you prefer, submit your Google Document link. I will then send you a quote, based on the length of your draft and its deadline. From there, I will send you an invoice via PayPal and we can get to work.

I live in/near the New York area, can I meet you in person?

Sure! I’m also available for in-person tutoring and essay consultation. Just email me at Stefanie@TheAdvancedEdit.com and we can make arrangements.

What is your favorite color?

Purple. Although, as a New Yorker, I do wear a lot of black.

What happens to my work and all my info after we’re done?

I will never, ever share your work with anyone. I will hold on to your work and contact info for archival purposes only, and they are stored for safe keeping in a password-protected server that only I have access to.

What about my email address? I want to subscribe, but I’m afraid you’ll sell my email address to spammers.

I will also never share — or sell!– your email address or other personal information. Spammers are heartless, yes, but I am not. So, please feel free to subscribe via email or RSS feed to receive free writing tips and advice every week, without worries.

I have to submit my work really, really soon. Can you help me, even though it’s last minute?

For admissions essays, I generally provide your edited and revised essays within 24-48 hours of receiving them. However, if your essay must be edited within 24 hours, I offer a guaranteed rush service. This service can be found under “For further customization” heading of my Admissions Essay packages. Of course, if there are extreme, dire circumstances, please contact me first to ensure guaranteed service.

For those looking for help with academic writing: I will do all my best to help you, but it all depends on how long your paper or thesis is, when it is due, and other mitigating factors (your schedule and mine, included). I try to accommodate all my students to the best of my ability and will tell you honestly if I can realistically do so. But, if you find yourself often in a bind, do read my posts on time management, they may help!

Will you write my essay for me?

No. I am willing to help you with your essay as well as help you hone your own writing skills. But, no, I will not write your essay for you.

With that said, academic fraud is no joke. Don’t take that risk, guys.

Do you offer refunds or exchanges?

I offer pro-rated upgrades for all my services; meaning, if you are interested in further edits or more hours with me (yay!) I can upgrade you to a more in-depth package to ensure you will submit your best work yet. If you’re not sure at what package to start with, feel free to ask!

Regarding refunds, as it turns out, I do not offer refunds whatsoever, regardless of what stage of work we’re in. Academic excellence, including getting into your dream universities AND excelling while there, is a full-on commitment—a commitment I hold myself to and expect the same from you as well.