Brainstorming Session

Let's work together to help you plan out what you want to say and how you want to say it before you begin the writing process.  This session is helpful if you do not yet have a working draft of your application document(s).  Come to the session with the application essays and let's brainstorm together which of your experiences and achievements  are best to showcase.  You then can come out of the session with direction on how to begin writing your document(s).

Specifically, we work with you to brainstorm topics that showcase your strengths and discuss strategies for writing your personal statement. This session helps to crystallize ideas before you begin writing in order to make the process more streamlined.

We generally like to start prior to the session by reading a summary document that you provide to us (whether it be a resume, draft autobiographical sketch, etc.) so that we can get a sense of your past experiences and accomplishments to date.   During the session, we will talk about your background (such as inspirational stories about how you decided to pursue this career choice, stressful / difficult situations that you have encountered in your past, and interesting stories that you have to share).  Together, we brainstorm topics that would be meaningful for you to highlight/discuss in your written application.  We will provide guidance on how you can develop these experiences into compelling statements that we believe would make you stand out favourably by the admissions committee.

We offer one-on-one coaching brainstorming sessions in-person in Toronto, over the phone or by videoconference:

  • In person: We will meet with you at our Toronto office (located at the intersection of Yonge and St. Clair).
  • Over the phone or by videoconference: We work with clients from across Canada, the U.S. and overseas, providing coaching sessions over the phone or by videoconference. We find these coaching sessions work just as well as in-person sessions.

RegisterCOST $200 per session (1 hour)

Review of Autobiographical Sketch / List of Extracurricular Activities

Students often overlook the importance of the autobiographical sketch, which should be viewed as a critical component of the application. It is your opportunity to highlight your achievements. The challenge is to convey these experiences both clearly and concisely. We make detailed comments to help you refine your autobiographical sketch. Specifically, we provide:

  • Editorial suggestions to make your entries both effective and precise given restricted character counts.
  • Advice on activities to include and exclude.
  • Recommendations on formatting, editing and style to ensure clarity and consistency.

This package includes a detailed set of written comments.   Please note that we operate ethically and respect the admissions process. As such, we DO NOT write entries for students, but instead provide detailed recommendations for improvement based on the draft(s) that you provide to us.

How Does the Process Work?

We start with a draft of your document that you send to us. We will provide you with a quote prior to starting any work on your document.  Once you have approved the quote, we review your draft and make recommendations for improvement. We will provide you with our written comments, as well as offer to schedule a phone call if you would like to discuss our suggestions in further detail (which can be beneficial to ensure that there are no misunderstandings about the suggestions that we make).  Learn More about our Document Review Process

RegisterCOST: Generally ranges from $150 – $350 per draft

Review of Personal Statement / Application Essay(s)

We make recommendations on how you can improve your personal statement/essay drafts to increase your chances of admission.

This package includes:

  • Detailed review of your draft document, taking into account your past experiences and achievements that you share with us and make suggestions on how you can make your application more effective.
  • Identification of “red flags” (such as misinterpretation of questions, omissions of unique details, and inconsistencies in the application package) that may hinder your chances of admission.
  • Comments on refining tone, style, vocabulary and grammar to ensure you produce the best application possible.

Once our review of your draft document is completed, you will receive a detailed set of written comments designed to improve the content and quality of your writing.  We may pose questions to you designed to get you thinking about the relevance of story you may be sharing, the impact of your experience, or the effectiveness of the point you are trying to convey.  We will help you to fine-tune both your ideas and your communication of those ideas.  We can assist you in developing your stories and experiences to increase the impact of your writing, while at the same time, being conscious of word count limits.

(Although not required, we strongly suggest that you begin the writing process by developing an outline of the points to be covered in your essays as your starting point (before drafting the actual document).  We are happy to review the outline as part of this package before you start writing.  We recommend this preliminary step to make the process much more efficient and effective for you as we can help point out common pitfalls on your outline before you devote significant amounts of writing time.)

Please note that we operate ethically and respect the admissions process. As such, we DO NOT write essays for students, but instead provide detailed recommendations for improvement based on the draft(s) that you provide to us.

How Does the Process Work?

We start with a draft of your document that you send to us. We will provide you with a quote prior to starting any work on your document.  Once you have approved the quote, we review your draft and make recommendations for improvement. We will provide you with our written comments, as well as offer to schedule a phone call if you would like to discuss our suggestions in further detail (which can be beneficial to ensure that there are no misunderstandings about the suggestions that we make).  Learn More about our Document Review Process

RegisterCOST: Generally ranges from $150 – $350 per draft

Letters of Reference

Some schools require letters of reference as part of the application package.  Reference letters introduce outsiders' voices and opinions about you to admissions committees regarding your accomplishments and character.  By cultivating and selecting referees strategically,  you will be more likely to receive glowing and effective letters of reference.

We will help you through the process of of who to ask, when to ask, and how to ask such that your application is enhanced by the letters of reference that accompany it.

RegisterA specific quote is provided before the work commences.

Our Commitment to Excellence

Astroff is committed to more than developing successful applications; our goal is to develop successful individuals.  Our clients have told us that our document review process actually improved their skills of writing more effectively, expressing their ideas more clearly, and thinking more critically.
Our clients enjoy working with us.

Why Use Astroff?

Astroff has been transforming the university application landscape for over a decade. We have experience with thousands of students, from high school to post-graduate studies, putting us in the unique position to advise you on the written portion of your application.

When you use Astroff, you have access to our team as a collaborative effort to analyze and make recommendations on your document(s).  Your document(s) will go through two levels of review; first by an Astroff Team Member, and then by Dr. Robert Astroff personally, before being sent back to you.

About Dr. Robert Astroff

Dr. Robert Astroff has graduated from four different elite universities across Canada, having pursued academic studies at the highest level, attaining four university degrees including a law degree and PhD.  He has worked at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the United Nations and the Knesset.  He has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals, lectured at prominent universities, and published several books on the admissions process.  Dr. Astroff’s own educational background, professional experience in the field of post-secondary education and extensive knowledge of the university admissions process make him uniquely qualified to assist you in achieving your educational and professional goals.  More about Dr. Astroff

About the Astroff Team

We hire only the best and brightest individuals to become a part of our Astroff Team.  Our team consists of individuals who are both exceptional communicators as well as excellent mentors, who are then trained personally by Dr. Astroff.

Learn More

TALK TO US

Please contact us with any questions that you have.  We are happy to schedule a phone call to discuss your questions in detail.

CONTACT US