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What is Vince's consulting style?
To quote a top tennis coach, “I’ve got your back"
During our sessions, I try to maintain the right balance between asking good questions and listening to your answers
I also try to avoid providing unsolicited advice; that puts the onus on you to ask my opinion when you want it; I know I have a reputation as a somewhat difficult personality, and I work hard to avoid pushing my opinions on you or your story; I know I am not always right and greatly enjoy being proven wrong; I try to keep a beginners mind, despite being sought out for my experience
Ultimately, we both seek the same result
What is included in Vince's hourly consulting?
If we agree to work together, Vince will help you with
school selection strategy (where to apply and when)
resume or CV creation and editing (what to include on a one-page resume or CV)
essay analysis (what is the question behind the question? which stories best fit which essays for which?)
essay brainstorming, outlining, writing, revising, and editing
application data forms (what information to include in data forms short answer questions requested by some schools)
recommendation letter strategy (whom to ask and how to help recommenders support your candidacy)
interview strategy and mock interview training
waitlist support (as needed)
What counts as billable time?
Vince does not charge for short, schedule-related emails. Any take that takes more than five minutes and requires Vince's deep concentration is billable. This may include
reading and commenting on written application materials
editing in Google Docs
answering questions about application strategy (where to apply and when)
if your question is complicated and requires a discussion, please book a session
NOTE: As noted here, I require clients to use Google Docs. Avoiding email attachments allows me to work from anywhere and help you when time is of the essence. Please read more to understand how I use cloud-based solutions with clients https://www.vinceprep.com/services/planner/docs
Together, we will
Brainstorm (list and discuss ideas and options with Vince)
Outline (list your main ideas and supporting details)
Draft (turn your outline into complete sentences and paragraphs)
Revise (add words to make the story clear and interesting (explain what happened, add details)
Edit for concision (cut words to meet the word limit)
Determine your relative strengths and weaknesses compared to past applicants
Read between the lines to determine why admissions officers ask particular questions
Guide you step-by-step towards success using time-tested methods & customized creativity
Research the current admissions environment at your target schools
Provide an objective view of your materials, as adcoms are likely to view them
Pull out your best performance, like a personal fitness trainer, or athletic coach
Reflect industry trends into your goals and accomplishments to convince non-expert readers
Structure stories so outsiders can understand the cultural context of your achievements
Motivate you to keep pace with an ambitious but realistic application schedule
What is the price of Vince's hourly consulting?
Can I get a refund?
Refunds can be issued as follows:
0-6 days from contract day = 100% refund
7-13 days = 85% refund
14-29 days = 50% refund
30 days+ = No refund