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Grad School

How to strategically position yourself to stand out amongst the competition
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Testimonials

"Joa got to know me not just as an applicant, but as a person. This allowed her to provide helpful suggestions not only about how to write my essays but how to tackle the application as a whole. She was also able to give me advice to combat anxiety and burnout as she learned that these are things I struggle with. I gained a lot of confidence through this process as Joa really helped me to highlight the unique and impressive aspects of my story, and I was far more confident both in my application and in my achievements as a result."

Roisin C.

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GRE/PhD Admissions Student

“I worked with Emily at JEM Achievement for career coaching and achieved amazing results. Emily and I focused on crafting my career story and honing my interview technique. The skills I learned from Emily directly contributed to achieving my goal of breaking into a top consulting firm from an internal role. I received two offers at top consulting firms. I accepted the role at my dream firm and increased my salary by 25%.”

Emily D.

Emily D
Career Coaching Client

“Joa was extremely flexible with her schedule and was more than willing to sacrifice her time in order for me to meet my test and application deadlines. My biggest takeaway from my time with Joa is one word----confidence. She taught me with confidence and belief in myself, I can achieve my goals. Even after our GRE Prep time together, I reached back out to Joa for resume revision and application essay editing. She revised and edited in a very timely manner and really helped me during my application process. Joa does it all and she’s amazing!”

Shannon N.

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GRE/Admissions Student
CLIENT STORY

Jerome

Where it began

Jerome knew he wanted to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience and a career as an academic. He lit up when he talked about his first research experiences. He loved the idea of novel discovery. He was bright, funny, and a little bit nerdy. He didn’t have a strong GRE score, but luckily many of the programs in his field weren’t requiring GRE score submissions. However, Jerome’s confidence wasn’t very high: it seemed like he thought his dream of a PhD was a very long shot.

A few pressing concerns for Jerome were:

  1. List of schools: He had over a dozen potential PhD programs identified, and was still adding more to his list. We needed to start to focus his interest and rein in his ideas for his statements of purpose and personal statements.
  2. Essay writing: Jerome had a lot of ideas -- in his head. When he looked at a blank page, he wasn’t sure where to start and how to tell his story in a compelling way.
  3. CV quality: Jerome knew he was early in his academic career, but he had always heard that CVs were supposed to be long. This resulted in large fonts and filler sections to try to make the CV seem more robust than it was, which was not going to catch anyone’s eye in a positive way!

Jerome had the basic building blocks of a PhD application, but everything needed fine tuning, and he knew he needed help. Advisors were great support, but couldn’t provide the granular feedback needed to really take his applications to the next level.

 

Working with us

The first task we worked on was to develop a disciplined way to assess potential PhD programs and advisors. We set up a strategic assessment process and a way to track the various application requirements which helped to ground Jerome through the entire admissions adventure. From there, we used a blend of interview-style sessions to get to the heart of Jerome’s experiences and active writing techniques to elicit his ideas for the statements of purpose and personal statements. Jerome created strong and eye-catching descriptions of his research, and began to set himself up for success.

By the time Jerome submitted his PhD applications, his self confidence had sky-rocketed, and he felt in control of his academic choices. The skills he built over the course of our work together were ones he could carry forward and continue to use. Not only did Jerome build up a knowledge base about applications, he developed his ability to work through a process in a grounded, strategic way (definitely something useful for graduate school and beyond!).

Our admissions services are an investment in the future you see for yourself. We love to help ambitious people achieve their goals, because we believe in the good that comes from that investment. We want GREAT people to be in leadership positions and have a seat at the table.

Grad school applications don't have to be something you dread! 

When you work with a JEM expert, you’re working with someone who has over 10 years of experience in teaching people how to achieve their professional goals, and not only that, but also in making it a little bit fun!

ADMISSIONS

Common Challenges

The clients we've worked with have struggled with the full range of difficulties with grad school applications.

Strategy: we’ll help you decide how to select programs based on the best fit for you and plan your applications (along with networking ideas, recommendation tips, test prep advice, and more) so you’re empowered by the process.

Essays: break down the essay prompts to something understandable, decide what parts to answer, and craft your story in a way that shows your best self – and maybe even be surprised by the new way you see yourself.

CV: there’s an art to putting together the basics of your job description and adding in the shine of your accomplishments, and we know just how to help you with your masterpiece.

Organization: keeping track of the deadlines plus all of the little milestones that go into a complete application can get overwhelming fast, but we’ll help you make sense of the process and stay on track.

Interviews: there are always unknowns, and practicing in front of the mirror can only take you so far – we can help give you a more simulated interview and feedback to get you ready and prepared for the Real Deal.

Confidence: no one knows better than we do that the application process can erode self-confidence, but we firmly believe that you can make an empowering experience out of it, and continue to use the skills you build for your future goals.

GRADUATE ADMISSIONS

Tailored Coaching

The first step towards taking charge of your applications:
let's look at what you can do with your hours.

Initial Assessment

We’ll get to know you and determine who your primary consultant will be. We match our clients with consultants, paying careful attention to personality fit and expertise to offer. During the assessment, we’ll do a deep dive on your experience, your unique qualities, and your passion for your educational and career goals. We’ll assess your test scores, your current resume, and your skills. This information will be brought to bear in our work to perfect your admissions packets.

Strategic Planning

In this phase, we’ll map out and finalize your school selection, create a timeline for completing all of the mini milestones that lead into a completed application, and make sure all relevant deadlines are noted and planned for. We’ll set priorities for tackling test scores, assess your social media presence, and discuss recommender selection. By the time we finish here, you’ll feel in control of accomplishing the steps you need to apply successfully.

CV Revision

Your CV is a window to your soul. Just kidding! But in all seriousness, it is an important snapshot of the best of what you have to offer. We’ll conduct an interview style session to really get a true sense of your experience, accomplishments, and passion and we’ll weave that into an aesthetic that works for you and your career path. This is one of the most satisfying steps of the process, because a completed CV feels so great to have in hand. We’ll get there together!

Personal Statement

We’ll start with the information gathered during the assessment phase, and we’ll build on that and start essay ideation. You may feel overwhelmed by the essay prompts, or feel like they’re mysterious in terms of what they’re asking. Together we’ll break down the details of what programs are reading for when they pick up your essays, and you’ll craft your story in a compelling and authentic way. We’ll also make sure that any supplemental questions on the application are squared away. This phase involves a lot of back and forth between you and your consultant, and the finished product should feel like an extension of you.

Mock Interviews

Putting your best foot forward in an interview is a skill that very few have automatically, but we can help make you shine. Interviews are a natural extension from the storytelling you started in writing your personal statements, and we’ll get into the details of showcasing your talent and experience in a way that is true to who you are and makes a winning impression on the admissions committees. We’ll talk about program expectations and how to meet and exceed them, and run through mock interviews with feedback sessions until you’re confident and ready to wow!

Launch Time

Let’s tie up all the loose ends and make sure everything is in order! We’ll finalize your applications together and you’ll hit submit. Phew!
And after you submit those applications, we’re here for next steps. Life can change quickly and there are all manner of twists to navigate: waitlists, deferrals, job offers. JEM has you covered for whatever path you’re on, and we can’t wait to see what comes next!

Everything is tailored to you

Goals

Organization

Strategy

Essays

CVs

Test Prep

Interviews

References

Confidence

PRICING

Graduate Admissions Packages

Set yourself up for success by partnering with an admissions guide!

Graduate Packages

1 School 

2 Schools

3 Schools

4 Schools

5 Schools

More schools available upon request.

Hourly Consulting

Strategic Planning

2 Hours

CV Revision

2 Hours

Personal Statement

3 Hours

Mock Interview

3 Hours

À la Carte

2+ Hours

$275 per hour — 2 hour minimum

Meet the Experts

Joa

Emily

We (Joa and Emily) met while working for Big Test Prep companies and knew there was a better, more personalized way to provide digital test prep and admissions consulting services. Thus, JEM Achievement was born: tailored and flexible support available online, no matter where you are. JEM empowers students in pursuit of advanced education through curated courses, private tutoring, and strategic coaching. We strive to have a hand in developing future leaders within their communities, instilling a solid set of values to be carried forward.

We have worked with hundreds of clients preparing their admissions packets, from test prep all the way through to submission, over the course of our 10+ year careers in private education. We know how stressful the process can be and how it can erode confidence. Plus, with busy jobs and families, it can be difficult to add in professional and educational goals. We’re here to help you with a strategic, step-by-step guided process, and we hope to empower you from start to finish.

Both of us have compatible styles with sometimes different perspectives and strengths, which is why we make such a great team! When you work with one of us, you can be sure that you’re still getting the other because we are in constant communication behind the scenes, strategizing ways to bring out the best in your abilities. We have worked with students from all over the world from a variety of backgrounds and with a range of goals. You can be sure with us that you’ll receive honest advice and work with people who care about you as an individual. We know what achievement can do for self-confidence, and we want you to find success!

FAQs

I’m just starting my grad school journey… is this service a good fit for me?

This service is perfect for you if you: 

  • don’t know how the process works or which schools to select, and you need guidance
  • know how things work BUT you need to polish your presentation and tone
  • are struggling to finish the process and need a helping hand to keep you accountable

This service is most likely NOT a good fit if you have a 320+ GRE score (or are in an above-average range for your target school), have already networked at the school a ton, and feel confident that you have a solid grasp on the essays.

Of course, if you’re unsure, just reach out to us and we’ll advise you on what makes the most sense (even if that means telling you that you’re good to go!).

Can’t I find this information online?
Yes, you’ll be able to find a plethora of information online. However, the information may not always be consistent across resources and will not take your unique profile into consideration. We always encourage clients to dig around, do research, and see what is out there. It’s very useful because it can help you ask better questions and get even more out of your sessions with us because there are great sources of inspiration out there. We find that the clients who value our guidance are typically very busy and simply don’t have the time (or energy) to do tons of digging online and/or simply need someone to help them develop a clear, personalized strategy.
What if I'm not 100% sure that I want to apply this year?
We’d still be happy to meet with you for a free consultation so that you can get a clear idea of your deadlines and timelines. We’ve had students who are 1 year out from their deadlines and feel that they have plenty of time, only to back-burner the process until the last minute and feel rushed. Our best advice is to be proactive: during the consultation you can learn what to plan for over the next year, and then we can reconnect when you’re ready to go all in! We want you to be set up for success!
Where do my Admissions sessions take place and how do we track files/updates?
We are happy to meet you via WebEx, Adobe Connect, or Zoom. None of these platforms will cost anything for you! All you need is a bit of time to get set up to understand how the platform works, and then you’re ready to rock!

As for sharing documents and info, we use email, Dropbox, and Google Drive.
How does scheduling work?
During our initial consultation with you, we’ll discuss a general outline of availability to make sure scheduling is a smooth process. Then you and your admissions consultant will schedule directly with each other, deciding when and how often you’ll meet. Once sessions are confirmed, you’ll receive a Google Calendar Invite via email with information about the focus of the session and any other relevant links.
PRICING

Graduate Admissions Packages

Set yourself up for success by partnering with an admissions guide!

Graduate Packages

1 School 

2 Schools

3 Schools

4 Schools

5 Schools

More schools available upon request.

Hourly Consulting

Strategic Planning

2 Hours

CV Revision

2 Hours

Personal Statement

3 Hours

Mock Interview

3 Hours

À la Carte

2+ Hours

$275 per hour — 2 hour minimum

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