Statement of Intent Review

Showcase your research interests.

In addition to excellent grades, letters of reference and high GRE scores (if applicable), applicants must frequently produce a statement of intent which clearly articulates research interests in a manner that connects with the unique features of the desired graduate program. Since only a small percentage of applicants secure admission, the application needs to be polished in order to stand out from other highly qualified candidates.

When you submit your written application to the admissions committee, you are engaging in a written dialogue about your suitability as a candidate for that program. The submitted document, therefore, needs to effectively convince an admissions committee to select you. Our goal is to work with you to ensure your application highlights your profile and clearly communicates why you should be accepted.

We provide guidance on how you can write a compelling statement that will make you stand out favourably to the admissions committee.

When we review your Statement of Intent, you 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 your work, the impact of your experience, or the effectiveness of the point you are trying to convey. We help you to fine-tune both your ideas and your communication of those ideas. We can assist you in developing your work to increase the impact of your writing, while at the same time, being conscious of word count limits.

What We Do

We review make your document and make recommendations on how you can improve it to increase your chances of admission.

Provide detailed written comments.

We provide detailed written comments to make your application more effective, taking into account your research interests and your motivations for applying to graduate studies.

Think about your research project.

We pose questions to you designed to get you thinking about your compelling and innovative research project.

Flush out the ideas.

We help you to fine-tune both your ideas and your communication of those ideas.

Identify "red flags".

We identify “red flags” (such as misinterpretation of questions, omissions of unique details, and inconsistencies in the application package) that may hinder your chances of admission.

Increase the impact of your essay.

We review your proposal and provide recommendations for enhancing your application for graduate studies.

Polish for tone, spelling and grammar.

We deliver comments on refining tone, style, vocabulary and grammar to ensure you produce the best application possible.

Review of Statement of Intent

You will receive a detailed set of written comments designed to improve the content and quality of your essays.  Your document will go through two levels of review; first by an Astroff Coach, and then by Dr. Robert Astroff personally, before being sent back to you.   


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

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

Who will be reviewing my document?

At Astroff, it is a collaborative effort to analyze and make recommendations on your documents.  Your documents will go through two levels of review; first by an Astroff Coach, and then by Dr. Robert Astroff personally, before being sent back to you.

About Dr. Robert Astroff

Dr. Robert Astroff has graduated from four prestigious 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, to name a few.  He has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals, lectured at prominent universities, and published several books on the admissions process.  

About our Astroff Coaches

Only the best and brightest individuals become a part of Astroff Consultants.  Our coaches consist of individuals who are both exceptional communicators as well as excellent mentors, who are then trained personally by Dr. Astroff.

How do I begin the writing process?

We strongly suggest that you begin the writing process by developing an outline of the points to be covered in your Statement of Intent as your starting point (before drafting the actual document) to make the process more efficient and effective. If you want us to review your outline and make recommendations before you devote significant amounts of writing time, we suggest that you register for a Brainstorming Session.

Do you write documents on behalf of candidates?

We do not write documents for clients.  Instead, we  provide detailed recommendations for improvement based on the drafts that you provide to us, and assist you in producing the best documents that you can through our coaching and mentoring. We do more than develop applications.  We develop skills.  Our clients consistently tell us that our document review process actually improved their ability to write effectively, express their ideas clearly, and think critically. 

Register to start our review process.

OTHER OPTIONS AVAILABLE

Brainstorming Session

$200 (1 hour session)

Curriculum Vitae Review

Starting at $150