Gaining a head start in college admissions prep is crucial.

You already know this.

But you also know that the downside of this knowledge is the stress it can place on you and your family.

What could get into your dream college without tearing your hair out?

This is the exact focus of the Standout Student program for 7th to 11th graders.

The Standout Student program is a structured, 4-month, one-on-one program custom-designed to:

  1. Dramatically improve your admissions chances at your top college choices.
  2. Boost your:
    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Critical Thinking
    • Study Habits

I created this program because the number one advice Ink Well grads have for non-seniors is: Start early.

Start early? Start what early?

  • Start writing early
  • Start writing more often
  • Start writing in a variety of genres and styles
  • Start expanding your critical thinking skills
  • Start reading widely
  • Start improving your study habits
  • Start creating meaningful things

I could go on, but the point is...start.

Waiting till the last minute is no longer an option, if you're serious about getting into your dream college.

The Standout Student program make this preparation process effective, enjoyable, and manageable.


Whether you've been...

struggling with issues in writing or critical reading.


craving stimulating creative projects...

...the Standout Student program is designed to propel your skills to the next level.

Want to write a novel?

Or start a business?

Or accomplish any other bright idea?

Well, I've specially designed this program to get you there.

Common complaints I hear from students?

I feel like I’m stuck with the five-paragraph essay.
I don’t know how to go deeper in my close-reading analysis.
I wish I had more time to read and write things that interest me.

Trust me, I get it.

That's why a program tailored to your specific needs and interests in reading and writing is CRUCIAL for:

  1. Improving your college admissions chances
  2. Lasting success in high school, college, and beyond

This is also why I only work with a handful of students each year, so YOU get my full attention and effort.

What the Standout Student program includes:


The Ink Well Diagnostic

Designed to assess your current reading and writing skills so I can create a specialized program for you.

Identify your strengths and weaknesses

With the diagnostic, we pinpoint exactly what you need to work on.

Address your specific needs and goals and get on the fast-track to academic success.


College Counseling

We'll explore potential colleges, find best-fits, and create a plan to match your academic profile with target schools.

Leave a lasting impression

The old paradigm advises you to join clubs and activities that "look good" on the college application.

But admissions officers are savvy enough to detect manufactured "passions."

Learn how to remove yourself from admissions madness... leading with what actually intrigues or inspires you.

I'll teach you how to discover or deepen your relationship with this gem.

THAT is how you leave a lasting impression in your favor.

Enjoy your life and still get into your dream college

You don't need stress to drain your life force in exchange for an admissions letter. You'll learn how to get into your dream school, without sacrificing your sanity.


Special Project Guidance

Here's where I guide you as you explore your chosen project.

That novel you want to write?

That business idea you have?

This is where we get into the nitty-gritty of how we explore your vision.

Transform your creativity like The Pros

Let's face it, even the President has to find creative ways to get his message across.

I'll teach you how to cultivate "creativity habits" that will transform your schoolwork and life.

Strengthening your creativity muscles is one of the most rewarding activities you can do to radically improve your daily life and career aspirations.


Your Standout Student package ALSO includes:

  • 30 hours of tutoring per year

Use your tutoring hours for any English assignment of your choice.

Or for test prep:

  • ISEE
  • SSAT
  • SAT
  • SAT II Lit
  • AP Lang
  • AP Lit

Unlimited Email Access*

Yes. Ask away.


Does the Skype thing really work?

You bet.

I’ve worked with students both in-person and over Skype and we almost always end up working primarily over Skype. Sharing a screen can feel like "sharing a mind," without distraction from our surroundings.  

We can think on the page together, and access examples and references quickly.

AND, we still get the personalized experience with the video cam. Yay, technology!

I believe in a thorough process.

I'm confident that this is one of the main reasons my students have stellar admissions results.

It is also why I only work with a handful of students per year.

You deserve the time it takes to get into your dream college, and ultimately, to carve the life you envision for yourself.

I'd love nothing more than to guide you along.

Cheers to your success,

Liz Bradley, M.Ed., M.F.A, Harvard University

Liz Bradley, M.Ed., M.F.A, Harvard University