An Irvine Tutor Can Help with College Applications (Part II)


Resumes and Supplements

Many schools ask for resumes as part of your application, have additional supplementary requirements, or allow for these additions as optional portions of your application.  As an experienced tutor can help guide you through these portions.  Should you add supplemental information, is it optional?  What should be included in your resume?  How do you answer the extra questions they ask?  Some of the questions seem random or weird; how do they want you to answer them?

An experienced tutor can guide you through these questions and more.  You should never be confused about how to answer a question or what a college is looking for.


Your tutor probably isn’t someone who will be writing you a letter of recommendation for your applications.  However, they can definitely help you gather good ones.  Students are often very nervous about asking teachers and superiors for letters of recommendation.  They don’t know who to ask or how to ask, and most importantly, they don’t know if the letters they are receiving are good.

But your letters of recommendation can be a huge part of your applications.  A bad letter can tank your admission decisions, and lukewarm or generic letters can keep you out of your top schools who were looking for more.

A tutor can help guide you through the process.  They know what colleges are looking for in letters of recommendation and are familiar with the process.  They can help you ask the right people the right way.  Your letter writers should know what you want included to better your acceptance chances.  Your tutor may also help you diversify your letter writers if you are submitting several applications, and guide you on how to know if the letters you are getting are high quality.

Planning and Review

Overall, the college search and application process is stressful, time-consuming, and confusing to navigate.  Couple that with all of the other added stress going on in a student’s life during this time, and you have a formula for procrastination and unoptimized submissions.

A tutor can help you make a plan and stick with.  They know what to do and how long it will take.  Most importantly, they can check -n and hold you or your student accountable for completing tasks on time.

In this way, you can eliminate procrastination and mitigate stress – while still improving application quality.  A tutor can also make sure the applications are done ahead of time to give ample time for review and adjustments.

An experienced, specialized tutor can do much more than help students improve grades and test scores.  If you or your students are preparing college applications, consider an in-home Irvine tutor to help guide and improve the process.  Don’t let these applications get submitted without exact time, effort, and expert knowledge making sure that they are the best that they can be.

Read part one here.           

Michael C. is currently a private math, science, and standardized test tutor with TutorNerds in Irvine and Anaheim.


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