EASY to follow. A tried and true formula to:

Brainstorm essay theme

Find the best way to answer essay

Write first draft

Edit the essay

Overview of Book

  • Use this formula for any college essays, including common application!
  • Includes tips on answering the supplemental essays

“For the student, or for parents, teachers, caregivers: This is an easy to follow formula for brainstorming, drafting and finishing a winning college essay for the common application. Included are tips for crafting any college essay, including the supplemental essays.”



mJ Hanley-Goff

essay coach and writing teacher

I caught the travelling bug back in the 1970’s on a 6 week trip to Ireland and London. Since then, I have circled the world (well, as much as my budget will allow) to South Africa, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Bahamas, Iceland, Ireland (a few times), including plenty of travel throughout the United States. Most of all, I enjoy the experiences in these fascinating locations. While on a beach trip to the DR, I visited Santo Domingo; while in Mexico, I toured a Mayan ruin. As soon as I unpack, I’m planning the next travel adventure, or unique experience. Join me for the ride!


"MJ has worked with Signature College Counseling's students for years on their college essays. She has a talent for understanding and builds a wonderful rapport to find that right story for them to write about. She has consistently coached students on their primary and supplemental essays with ease and efficiency and done so with a beautiful story that exemplifies each student. With her guidance, the student is assured to present their true selves to their colleges."
Elizabeth Levine
Founder, Signature College Counselling