Poonam Tandon


Poonam is a master storyteller with three decades of experience in helping people craft compelling stories for B-school applications as well as applications for undergraduate and other specialized Master's programs. Her storytelling skills have earned her students tremendous success (refer to the Testimonials section) and have made her one of the 5 top-rated consultants on the GMAT Club.

The fact that Poonam is the only admission consultant who does not possess an MBA highlights the extent to which her storytelling prowess has helped B-School applicants stand out. It helps that she has a Ph.D. in English and has a thorough knowledge of the definition, structure, and strategies associated with different types of essays including narrative, process analysis, comparison, contrast, etc. In addition, she works personally with every student, giving her unwavering attention till the best stories come out.

Overall, Poonam has reviewed over 11,000 essays written by both native and non-native English speakers and has helped many students get admitted to top schools with fellowships.


With three decades of experience behind her, Poonam launched myEssayReview (MER) in 2011 to provide highly personalized and dedicated consulting services to Business School applicants. Since then, she has helped hundreds of students get accepted into their dream schools in the US (Harvard, Stanford, Kellogg, Booth, Darden, UCLA Wharton, Haas, Duke, Kelley, Emory, Tuck, Yale, Rice, etc), in Europe (LBS, HEC, INSEAD, IESE, Oxford, Cambridge, IE, Imperial) and in Asia (ISB, HKUS, NUS, etc).  She has successfully worked with students for full-time as well as part-time and executive MBA programs. In addition, she has helped students get accepted into undergraduate programs, specialized Master's programs as well as Ph.D. programs.

Poonam is one of the certified admission consultants of AIGAC (Association of International Graduate Admission Consultants). She is an active participant in AIGAC conferences and has been invited to and visited many Business Schools including London Business School, Cambridge, INSEAD, HEC Paris, MIT, Harvard, HKS, Tuck, Babson, Kellogg, Booth, and Ross, etc.


More Personal & Committed:

Poonam strives for excellence and demonstrates her extraordinary ability and patience to ensure that her students settle for nothing less than the best. Every student works directly on a one-on-one basis with Poonam, the founder, and CEO of myEssayReview, and not with any part-time or junior consultants. A full-time consultant, Poonam is passionate about her work and is highly committed to each of her students.

She takes immense interest in her students’ personal and professional stories to ensure that their best stories are selected and showcased to the Admissions Committee effectively and persuasively. Working with her will remind you of your favorite teacher/tutor who was genuinely interested in your success and mentored you throughout the process to ensure your success.


Poonam believes that every customer is unique so he/she deserves the best. Hence, she doesn’t follow a cookie-cutter approach or slots you in any template or a particular profile but provides in-depth and highly personalized support that is unique to your needs. Poonam sets up an initial call to understand your personal and professional background and career goals, and then works via e-mails. She asks pointed questions to uncover the ‘hidden gems’ for appropriate positioning in essays.

Unlike some of the other companies, she does not segment the packages into Silver, Gold, and Platinum. She offers single packages (1 essay, 3 essays, 1–school, 3-school, and 5-school package) that include everything. You will get the same level of service regardless of whether you purchase a single essay or a 3-school package.

High Value

At $1,499 for one school and $2,799 for three schools, MER offers unbeatable value, any way you look at it. MER prices are nearly 70% lower than its direct competitors. The contrast becomes more prominent when you consider that it offers better service than the expensive Gold packages offered by some companies. This has been made possible by minimizing technology and personnel overhead.

High Success Rate and Fellowships

In the past six years, Poonam has achieved excellent success with her students, and 90% of them have been accepted into not one but the majority of their target schools. MER students have received admits with scholarships (30 % to 100%) from prestigious schools from all over the world: Ross, Booth, Kellogg, UCLA, Darden, Yale, Duke, Kelley, CMU, Emory, Cornell, Ivy Richards, Rice, UNC, Foster, Georgia Tech, Wisconsin, LBS, HEC, INSEAD, IESE, Oxford, Cambridge, IE, Imperial, ISB, NUS, and HKS, etc. See the complete listing here.

Admits with low GMAT Score

Poonam has helped many students get into ISB, Manchester, Kellogg, Booth, Duke, Wisconsin, and Cornell with GMAT scores between 600 and 680. Because of her personalized and dedicated approach, proven results, and affordable pricing, she is one of the top five highest-rated consultants (4.9/5) on the GMAT Club.

Success with Re-Applicants

Poonam has successfully worked with re-applicants to top schools including Kellogg, Booth, Columbia, Rice, Maryland, and ISB.

Rush Service without Extra Charges

Poonam has helped people get accepted into their dream schools despite the fact that they approached her only a couple of days before the application deadline. The best part is she doesn’t charge extra for rush service.

Poonam is absolutely global now. She has had the privilege of working with applicants from all over the world e.g. India, China, Japan, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, South Korea, Russia, USA, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Chile, and various countries of Europe.


Poonam says the best form of relaxation is the time she spends with her grandkids. Also, she is an avid short-story writer and revels in drawing her themes from day-to-day life events.  An enthusiastic world traveler, Poonam has a penchant for documenting her travel experiences. From 2011 to 2016, Poonam contributed her travel pieces to 'Valley India Times', Arizona’s leading newspaper for Indian communities and businesses. Her favorite authors are Jane Austen, Ernest Hemingway, Amy Tan, R.K. Narayan, Ruskin Bond, Robin Sharma, and Dale Carnegie.

She currently lives in Chandler, Arizona.