UC and Common Application Essay Coaching

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Your college application essays are your only “chance” to speak directly to the admissions officers of your dream school – they are absolutely instrumental in the application process and can be crucial “tip factors” in the admissions process. Learn how to brainstorm the right topics that will help you stand out from the rest of the applicant pool.


Let me guess… Are you interested in pre-med, business or engineering? More than 90% of students I typically work with have these aspirations in mind. At a certain point, students begin to have the same competitive grades, test scores and career goals — how can you brand yourself to stand out with a compelling story? I’m full of strategies that will help.


Are you thinking about applying early decision? Are you overwhelmed with the number of colleges you should be applying for? The college list selection is personal to you, and we can work together to talk with data to strategize an optimal college list just for you!

Your College Application and Essay Coach

Nae Tanaka

Nae Tanaka

Your College Application Coach

I’m absolutely passionate about the college application and admissions process!

My successes working with students and helping them to get into their dream schools compelled me to quit my career at Google to pursue college admissions full-time.

Here’s my story: After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, I moved to the Bay Area to work at Google. While at Google, I began coaching students with their college applications and college essay writing and helped them get into their top choice schools.

After 5 years, I realized that my strategies and advice to students to get into their dream schools were unique and extremely effective. I also realized that smart and motivated students constantly make the same mistakes throughout college admissions and essay writing process and they end up squandering their chances to their dream colleges. Let’s work together to avoid the mistakes so many students make in the college applications and essays and give you the admissions edge!

Let’s Work Together…

1:1 In-person

San Francisco Bay Area

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Global 🙂

Success stories

“My decision to transfer schools just after my first semester of college seemed anything but easy at the time. Even today, I can still remember the anxiousness I felt at the daunting thought of going through the intensive essay-writing process for a second time. As I began the constant cycle of brainstorming, writing, and re-writing my personal statement, the road ahead didn’t look at all optimistic—not until I met with Nae.

Nae’s creative ideas and supportive suggestions helped my essays tremendously. I admire how well she is able to help me organize my primitive ideas into concrete, comprehensive messages. Throughout the entire process (2-3 months in length) Nae was always available to answer any of my questions and give me constructive essay-edits. She guided me through multiple drafts and opportunities of revision which helped me transform my essays to become stronger, clearer, and more engaging. I am very fortunate to have been accepted to my first-choice school at the end of my transfer application process, and I can say without a doubt that working with Nae influenced this outcome entirely.”

Sajal K.

Transfer Student

“College essays are arguable one of the most important parts of the college application processes. Knowing that, my family brought me to multiple essay helping tutoring centers and individuals to get the best possible help. Of everything I’ve been to, Nae is definitely the most usable and effective person who helped me. My previous teachers always just end at a subpar note, regardless of whether or not I liked how my essay turned out. Nae, however, makes sure that what I produce truly reflects who I am in a way that I like the most. She also gives her all to help all the time. I still remember how I called Nae out of desperation one day and she helped me on my essay while walking on the road. I cannot thank her enough for all the effort she put into me and how much she helped me into getting into my college.”

Miranda Z.

Common App and UC Essay Student

“The entire process of apply to college seems foreign at first, but working with Nae made it a fun and easy process. Her insight into the world of collegiate essay writing was helpful in giving my application the extra bit of edge to truly make me stand out from a sea of qualified applicants from my school. Nae’s services are truly worth every cent we’ve spent. “

Jai N.

Common App and UC Essay Student

“My oldest daughter had a difficult process for college applications and we did not want to have the same problem with my next daughter. We heard about Nae through friends, and we were very excited to have a UPenn graduate teach us about essays and applications. My daughter admired Nae and her accomplishments and intelligence. With Nae’s mentorship, my daughter was accepted to top schools that included Berkeley, UCLA, Cal Tech, and Carnegie Mellon. We are very happy. 

Nae was always available for us, and was there for phone calls and questions outside of scheduled sessions because we were stressed all the time. She puts in 150% to her students I really believe this. We would never find someone who cares so much for students and with high achievement. She revised essays day and night for us to meet our deadlines. I only wish we had Nae’s help for my oldest daughter.”

Aiwen X.

Happy Parent

“My son always said that he would just apply for colleges in California where we live. But, at the end of September in his senior year, my son changed his mind and decided to apply for top notch colleges outside of California. Since he changed his mind at the last minute, he was neither prepared nor, had sufficient time to work on college applications. Wow, I was in panic mode. I started to look for a tutor who can help my son. Then, I found Nae.”

Nae is a GREAT listener. Instead of telling my son what to do, Nae talked, listened and followed up with questions to bring out his inner thoughts to write his personal stories. It was obvious that we were under VERY tight schedule to meet deadline of each college one after another. Nae always found time to have sessions, answer questions, and provide feedback even outside of the scheduled sessions. I don’t think we could have survived the stressful college application process without Nae.

My son will be attending Cornell this fall. Thank you, Nae.”

Tina C.

Happy Parent

“Working with Nae was the best decision I made during my college application process. Her brainstorming exercises pinpointed strengths that I could highlight in my essays. Because Nae knows what admissions officers are looking for, her critiques and feedback helped me transform all of my ideas into a story so that admission officers could understand who I am as a student. With Nae, the entire process is extremely easy and straight-forward. I am so grateful that I got the opportunity to work with her and she truly made the difference that got me into my top choice school.”

Sydney N.

Common App and UC Essay Student

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College Application Services

Whether you’re still in the brainstorming phase or you’re on your third draft, it doesn’t matter! We will do all it takes to write the most stellar college application essays!

90 Minute College Apps & Essay Session
$350 Total
Hourly rate
Work with Nae directly
Create your admissions strategy
Finalize your college list selection
Learn tricks and tips for UC & private school admission
Write your best possible UC and Common Application essays
2 essay revisions, 700 words max, within 2 weeks of session
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*Restrictions apply to unlimited essay revisions: Only applies to essays that we have worked on during 1:1 individual sessions. Please allow 3-5 days after each essay submission before I can make edits/comments. Applies to students in between sessions with a maximum of 2 weeks in between sessions.

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