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n this page, you will find some of the individual services that are usually offered as a part of our regular packages and programs.  Unlike the regular packages and programs, however, the prices for these individual services are not always fixed and will vary depending on the size and complexity of the task/work required.  Please contact us with to inquire about any of these services, with a detailed description of your needs.

Your personal essay (also called “personal statement” or “statement of purpose“) and supplementary short essays are one of the only portions of your application portfolio over which you have complete control.  Their critical importance in making a positive, lasting impression upon the admissions committee should not be underestimated.  Indeed, according to most admissions officers with whom we have spoken, a forgettable (never mind poorly executed) essay almost invariably translates to a forgettable candidate in a highly competitive context.  On the other hand, a strong essay can help to distinguish you from the numerous other candidates who otherwise have similar grades, test scores, and achievements as you do.

At MindWorks, our services go far beyond mere proofreading, which is undoubtedly necessary but hardly sufficient.  In short, we know what specific things the admissions officers will be actively looking for in your personal essay(s).  Picking the right topic and examples, striking the right narrative tone, and “pushing the right buttons” are all essential ingredients in what makes for a successful essay.

In the past, clients have reached out to us at various stages of the writing process.  Some have needed only minor revisions, proof-reading, and suggestions prior to final submission, while others were starting from scratch and feeling understandably confused and nervous.  Wherever you are in the process, we are happy to work with you to make sure that you are submitting the strongest essay possible.  Please note that prices will vary depending on several factors, such as: number of revisions, length (word count), turnaround time, etc.

As any experienced hiring manager can also tell you, candidates usually either spend too much or not enough time writing their cover letters.  Unless the position for which you are applying also requires writing or editing similar letters and professional memos, your actual job-relevant skills and experiences (i.e. your resume) and personal interviewing skills will outweigh even the most eloquent cover letter.

That said, a strong cover letter can sometimes break the tie between two or more candidates who are similarly qualified.  On the other hand, a weak cover letter, which indicates poor attention to detail and relative lack of enthusiasm for the position, almost guarantees that the candidate’s application will end up in the trash.

At MindWorks, our focus is primarily cover letters for positions in academia (e.g. for research fellowships, internships, work-study programs, etc.), which will usually take priority over cover letters for non-academic/professional positions in our queue.  Please note that prices will vary depending on several factors, such as: number of revisions, length (word count), turnaround time, etc.

There are countless guides online, with varying degrees of reliability and helpfulness, that tell you how to format and compose your resume.  While there are some obvious do’s (e.g. be succinct) and don’ts (e.g. use ornate fonts), the fact of the matter is that there probably is not a “one-size-fits-all” solution that will help showcase your particular skills and experiences.

At MindWorks, our focus is primarily resumes for positions in academia (e.g. for research fellowships, internships, work-study programs, etc.), which will usually take priority over cover letters for non-academic/professional positions in our queue.  Please note that prices will vary depending on several factors, such as: number of revisions, length (word count), turnaround time, etc.

Ultimately, the decision to accept or reject a particular candidate for a job position or for school admissions is a human one.  Put simply, your personal likability, apparent ability to get along with others, and overall professional demeanor can sometimes matter much more than what is on your resume or transcript.

Like resumes, there are countless guides online that can give you some obvious, general tips on the do’s (e.g. dress appropriately) and don’ts (e.g. be pushy or arrogant) of interviewing.  And you should definitely read them.  However, until you have worked 1-on-1 in person with an experienced coach who can point out your strengths and weaknesses, it’s a gamble whether you will ever actually improve.  After all, any interview always involves two or more people.  Practicing by yourself in the mirror can be helpful, but will you really know, for example, whether your smile is coming across as a smirk, or if your affect seems insincere?

At MindWorks, we will work with you to improve your interviewing skills, addressing everything from appropriate body language and humor to careful word choices and responding to “surprise questions.”  Unlike many of our other services, personal interview coaching does not require a minimum commitment (i.e. to a set number of sessions) and are billed on an hourly basis.

At MindWorks, we can help you to plan an upcoming academic essay (all levels and disciplines) and also review any such essays that you have already written for structure, coherence, and overall quality.  Much more than just providing proof-reading, we will work with you to improve your writing skills.

Please note, however, that this service cannot offer to complete any portion of the assignment on your behalf and that you are solely responsible for the accuracy of any subject-matter knowledge that you choose to include.  Moreover, you are responsible for knowing and meeting your teacher/professor’s expectations for the assignment.  In short, this is not a fact-checking service or a way to avoid doing the necessary research and citation work.  Please also note that prices will vary depending on several factors, such as: number of revisions, length (word count), turnaround time, etc.

At MindWorks, we have several tutors who are qualified to offer specialized instruction in a wide range of academic subjects (1st ~ 12th grade).  Unlike many of our other services, subject tutoring does not require a minimum commitment (i.e. to a set number of sessions) and are billed on an hourly basis.  However, affordable package rates are available.  Please contact us with a detailed description of your needs (e.g. your year in school; academic subject(s), etc.) and we will try our best to match you with one of our tutors.