"Got accepted to all the three schools I applied to - Duke, CMU, and Cornell. Thanks, Poonam for your guidance"
I don’t consider my ability to write essays as a personal strength. I wanted someone with extensive knowledge and experience with the MBA process to be able to help guide and trim down my essays. I stumbled upon MER while searching for a Consultant. After reading the reviews, I decided to go with Poonam of MER.
I thought the 1- hour skype session was really informative. I liked that Poonam had reviewed two of my essays prior to the skype session, so she already had an idea of where I wanted to go with the stories prior to us having our conversation. I also liked how she walked me through her thought process as she reviewed essays during the conversation. Poonam had a pretty thorough understanding of my profile and really helped me position my leadership experience from the military throughout my essays. She was aware of pretty much everything I had put on the questionnaire and was able to guide me during our skype session.
Flow was one of the main reasons I wanted to use her services. As she edited my essays, I definitely believed the story became clearer. I struggled with flow in essays, and I believe each final essay draft told a great story. Poonam did a great job of pruning down the word count without sacrificing the main pieces of the story that I wanted to convey. No problem with the sentence structure, grammar, or punctuation used. Zero issues with the final copies I received. Hats off to her!!! I could not have asked for anything better. She answered all my queries within 24 hours and adhered to 48-hour turnaround time on every edit. I appreciated her quick response and turnaround time.
I really enjoyed going through this process with Poonam. I liked how she made suggestions regarding content that she felt might be beneficial but never pushed me to make the changes. At the end of the day, the essays and content remained mine. I would definitely recommend her services.
Thank you, Poonam. I got accepted to all the three schools you assisted me with- Duke, CMU, and Cornell! I’m extremely excited to pick between the three.
I don’t consider my ability to write essays as a personal strength. I wanted someone with extensive knowledge and experience with the MBA process to be able to help guide and trim down my essays. I stumbled upon MER while......-Ben- 2018 military candidate -accepted into CMU, Duke, and Cornell
"I got accepted SAID Oxford!!! Thanks, Poonam for all your help!"
The main reason to sign up for MER services was to get personalized advice from an experienced professional. MER being a one-person company, all the clients are handled by Poonam and Poonam alone. The 1-hour skype session was very productive and helpful in finalizing essays’ content. After a 1-hour skype session, Poonam had a very good understanding of where my strengths and weaknesses are. I feel, after editing, my essays were totally revamped- better in organization and coherent in communicating the main idea.
She has excellent editing skills, especially reducing words without omitting critical information from the essays. Also, I found her very proactive in replying to my queries, as I had many since I was applying for the first time. She is a stickler of timelines and always responded within the agreed timeline/ deadline.
I had a very pleasant experience working with her.
I have been admitted to Said Oxford. Thank you so much for your diligent support and guidance along the way. I really appreciate the efforts you put into making my candidacy stronger for Said Business School. I shall most definitely recommend Poonam services to other prospective applicants.
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The main reason to sign up for MER services was to get personalized advice from an experienced professional. MER being a one-person company, all the clients are handled by Poonam and Poonam alone. The 1-hour skype session was very productive......Rishi – 2018 applicant – accepted into Oxford SAID
“Admitted to Haas EWMBA”
My wife came across myEssayReview on gmatclub. After reading Poonam's reviews and after comparing the package with the ones offered elsewhere, I signed up for her services.
You typically get a one-on-one session with Poonam that was extremely valuable for me and it set up the direction for my MBA application.
Poonam understood my personal story well and she could point out the key selling points in my essays.
An added bonus is her knowledge of the Haas's program. For me, it was the key to a successful Haas application.
I was initially doubtful of the quick turnaround time promised on the website. But the entire process was well organized with extremely fast turnaround times, usually within 1-2 days.
My wife came across myEssayReview on gmatclub. After reading Poonam's reviews and after comparing the package with the ones offered elsewhere, I signed up for her services. You typically get a one-on-one session with Poonam that was extremely valuable for......Shray- 2017 applicant, admitted to EWMBA program at Haas
“I applied to Imperial, UK and Mannheim for MBA program and received interview call from both”
I signed up for myEssayReview after trying a professional advice from another consultant that failed to bring interview call from Oxford.
The journey started with 1-hour brainstorming session based on the material I had prepared. During this hour, I could see alarming gaps in the story I had prepared. Based on her experience, she could isolate the problem areas in my long-experienced profile. Along with problems, she also provided valuable advice on forming a relevant and comprehensive account of my story.
The process from thereon was well defined and we took one document at a time, starting with resume, moving on to one essay after another. She has time-tested methodology for conducting material review that makes most of her and the client’s time. It was remarkable to see such professionalism without losing the sight of the goal and gradually moving towards that. She also helped with video pitch and ensured there is no duplication across any material. As a result, I could use the word limit to maximum advantage.
The best part with her is that she takes most of the pressure out of you so that you can think in a direction and eventually reach that near perfect application that will ensure a call from the college. In order to prepare for interview, Poonam provided valuable suggestions, deep insights on interviewer expectations and also directed to her successful students’ interview experiences.
I applied to Imperial, UK and Mannheim for MBA program, received interview call from both. Thanks to Poonam for giving necessary guidance for putting together the coherent picture of my longer work experience.
Wish you good luck and great success with MBA applicants.
I signed up for myEssayReview after trying a professional advice from another consultant that failed to bring interview call from Oxford. The journey started with 1-hour brainstorming session based on the material I had prepared. During this hour, I could......Prashant – 2017 applicant, applied to Imperial, UK and Mannheim for MBA program and received interview calls from both
“Good service. It was great working with Poonam”
I had little confidence in writing essays and overall things that might be required in the MBA application, including resume and short questions, so I needed a second hand. I requested Poonam of myEssayReview for a free consultation. I was able to understand her style of working and felt connected to coordinate with her easily.
After initial reviews, we had one-hour brainstorming session wherein I got feedback for improvements and an overall picture of approaching an essay. Poonam’s suggestions helped me understand what story can make sense and what can be omitted. Somewhat I had expected more to gain from that meeting, but it was still helpful. I used these suggestions and my stories improved. Poonam’s suggestions improved the way I structured essay. For instance, she introduced me to STAR framework which beautified the essays. Also, I was amazed by her ability to bring down the word limit in the essays to present the same content in an even better and concise way.
Although my final essay that I submitted for the 1 school package, Kellogg, was a lot different than what was finalized with Poonam, due to a lot of suggestions that I got from the current students, it was great working with, Poonam. The only thing I feel is the services were overpriced.
I had little confidence in writing essays and overall things that might be required in the MBA application, including resume and short questions, so I needed a second hand. I requested Poonam of myEssayReview for a free consultation. I was......Prateek- 2016 applicant- interviewed by Kellogg
“I was interviewed at 5 school I applied to. Accepted into UNC. Thanks to Poonam, a brilliant coach.”
I cannot say more/enough of good things Poonam did to my application process. She absolutely was the brilliant person to have by my side throughout the entire daunting application process as easy as it could possibly be! When I applied, I felt like I did my best and had an application that was significantly stronger/better than it would otherwise have been without Poonam.
In July 2017, I had a free consultation with Poonam and intuitively understood that she was the right consultant who would take my challenge as personal, and thus I decided to work with her. From that moment I started working with Poonam, and she was there to answer my questions and guide me through the process. I signed up for 3 essay package with MER (myEssayReview). I was so impressed with her thorough, precise, and valuable suggestions and recommendations and editing that I decided to continue working with her and requested her to upgrade me to 14 essays package for 6 other universities. Though she doesn’t have more than 6 essay package on her website, she created a customized 14 essays discounted package for me.
Poonam has an uncanny ability to feel like your friend while providing directions at the same time. Before I started the process, my biggest concern was my age (I was 38 years old at the time of matriculation) and was keen to get into business school this year. I was obviously under tremendous stress. Though I had signed up for an essay package, not school package, I often asked her questions about my school choices and chances of admission that were not part of the package. But she always gave me honest advice on the schools I had better chances at.
Throughout the brainstorming process, Poonam was easy to speak to and guided me to think about what I wanted the admissions committee to know about me and how I could make that into a great story. Additionally, I never felt like Poonam was “telling” me what I had to write about. Rather, Poonam helped me to see some critical gaps in my stories I was sharing with her, fill those gaps, and craft those into thoughtful essays.
When I was writing my essays, Poonam’s feedback always pushed me to give that one extra detail that I believe showcased more about who I am and made me a stronger applicant. Poonam would ask questions like “Can you think of another 2 examples when you did X?” or “Don’t you think this would have been a perfect beginning for XXXX essay?” or “Tell me more about Y. Why did you do it? How?” Her comments were thoughtful but also encouraged me to be more self-aware about the candidate that I was presenting to the admissions committees.
Poonam, it was a great journey of knowledge that you have shared with me. I have learned a tremendous amount of techniques starting from how to write different parts and types of essays, how to outline, and how to draft different types of essays. I am deeply grateful for your assistance in many ways - from giving free advice regarding my school choices, editing my essays. You did an ABSOLUTELY great and amazing job. You are truly a unique person with vast experience in the MBA application process. I wish I could meet you earlier so that I could have had enough time for a more thorough process of analyzing MBA programs. And thank you for being patient and listening to my concerns over my application to all my MBA programs. You definitely have met many people in your life and I would say that you are a psychologist knowing what the candidate is all about. That’s why I trusted you and shared with you all my concerns.
I would say without hesitation that Poonam would make a huge impact on my professional development in the future. She has made my dream of getting my MBA degree from top business school realistic now. The results of her work speak for themselves.
Above all, Poonam was my biggest support throughout the process. I applied to nine schools (admitted to 1, waitlisted at 2) I did not sign up for interview prep service, but when I started to prepare for interviews, Poonam gave me honest, candid advice while encouraging me to think positively. Choosing Poonam was the right decision and best choice I have ever made in my application process – WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BRILLIANT LADY!
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I cannot say more/enough of good things Poonam did to my application process. She absolutely was the brilliant person to have by my side throughout the entire daunting application process as easy as it could possibly be! When I applied,......Sherzod- 2017 applicant, I was interviewed at 5 schools I applied to. Accepted into UNC. Thanks to Poonam, a brilliants coach.
I received interview call from each university I applied to!
As a candidate from an over represented pool (Indian, software engineer, male, low GPA, almost nil community service experience - you name it!) of MBA aspirants, I knew that my chances were pretty slim. The competition is intense and, considering a demanding job with 14 straight working hours for six days a week and very less time in hand (I started considering applying to B-schools late November), I soon realized that I would need someone who could guide me in the essays. I got to know about Poonam's service through e-GMAT and decided to give it a shot. First I purchased a three-essay package, and was so impressed with her service that further purchased a three-school package.
And I think that that was the best decision I took during my application process!
Poonam was everything I could ask for - genuinely interested in helping me get into the school of my dreams yet demanding in her guidance and feedback. She helped me through every step of the process - pushing me to stay on schedule, rigorously reviewing all of my written materials, and pepping me up whenever I used to get overwhelmed. She showed me how a minute update/ placement/ replacement of word could change the entire message in the essay (yes, in one essay just moving one 'though' from one part to another part added an extra 'zing' to that essay). She helped me to find my own words and craft a message that I truly felt was my own.
Moreover, Poonam was there every step of the way. For two essays I was running behind the schedule due to heavy workload at office and discovered that I was just few hours from the deadlines. I was amazed to find that she spent whole day working with me. I would like to quote her "I will work with you until you are all set to submit your application with a smile on your face." This was extremely appreciated, especially since she sacrificed much of her time over the holidays. I received interview call from each university, except one reject (Harvard. and I solely believe that it is because I could not get the essays reviewed by her due to time constraint), I applied to: UCLA, DARDEN, BOOTH, TUCK. I am accepted by Darden on 50% scholarship and waitlisted by UCLA. I cannot ask for anything more! And I owe everything to her!!
Thank you Poonam. Without your help, I cannot imagine how I would have handled my job and stressful applications all at once. Anyone who is serious about applying to graduate business school should consider using Poonam's service. Trust me: you'll thank yourself for your decision.
As a candidate from an over represented pool (Indian, software engineer, male, low GPA, almost nil community service experience - you name it!) of MBA aspirants, I knew that my chances were pretty slim. The competition is intense and, considering......Abhishek Samanta - 2012 R-2 applicant - Interviewed with Booth, Darden, and UCLA, accepted into Darden with 50% scholarship
I was interviewed by 3 out of 5 schools I applied to! I am going to Tippie.
Poonam has provided extensive reviews on my essays, recommendations and resume. When I compared final version with the first draft of my essay, I was really surprised to see the sheer change in the story building. I liked her approach of review and suggestions. When I finished first college essays, looking at the quality of the final versions, I extended my contract for other 4 colleges as well. I got interview calls from Tippie, Mays, and Kelley and am accepted by Kelley on 70% scholarship, but this is all Poonam's effort that made me think through about my past experiences and cultural backgrounds and to work hard to meet the deadlines of schools. Her turnaround time is the most outstanding part of the application package. Many a times, I forgot to send the drafts of the essays, but she always reminded me for the deadlines and sent feedback to me on or before the time.
Poonam has always provided the feedback to make the content story like. She always emphasized to bridge the gaps on the story and helped me think through my past experiences and cultural background. Her review comments on the recommendations were to the points and compelled my recommenders to think more about my work experience.
She always emphasized to make flow in the chronological order of the events and to build the essays story like. She always asked me to put the content relevant to the questions asked. Many a times, when I deviated from the main question, she asked me to focus on the specific details questions asked and provide relevant details after cutting fluff in the essay. Also, she helped me analyze my past experience and even the goals in the career, something that I never thought about seriously before and that is very important before applying to any B school. It was an excellent experience; she always asked me to put full story first without worrying about the word limit. Then she helped in trimming the essays and put only relevant and structured sentences in the essays. This really helped me building an efficient story in the end.
She always emphasized on precise sentences and made sure that story is not becoming monotonous. I generally use normal vocabulary in my writing; she made my stories great by adding good and more meaningful vocabulary in the story. She always made sure that my essays are grammatically correct and that there were no disconnected elements in the story.
Thanks Poonam for all your support in my applications! I would strongly recommend your application services to other applicants. I am sure that had I not availed your services, I would not have been able to apply to so many colleges in such a less time.
Poonam has provided extensive reviews on my essays, recommendations and resume. When I compared final version with the first draft of my essay, I was really surprised to see the sheer change in the story building. I liked her approach......Rajeev Kumar- 2013 applicant, interviewed by Tippie, Mays & Kelley, and accepted by Tippie with 70% scholarship
I worked with Poonam on 4 colleges and every single one of them invited me ($70K+ Scholarships)
First of all, Poonam is a wonderful coach. She started by putting a lot of effort into digging out my best stories in order to get a good selection for typical themes (leadership, setback, goals, etc.). The editing process is pretty structured: she uses the first couple of edits to get the right content (without concerning with word count) and the last couple of edits to make the essays comply with the word count limits
The one-hour initial call was really helpful in identifying my best stories and reasons for applying to MBA. After that, the sample essays were essential to get me into the right “mood” (especially on Emory’s cultural shock essay). Although my recommenders kept making the same mistakes over and over, you kept reviewing the LORs to get them as best as possible. The concrete suggestions (e.g. sense of humor in Kellogg’s LORs) were essential to guide my recommenders.
I can’t thank you enough for all the effort you put in editing my essays. When everything seemed lost (such as a word count twice of the limit), your edits kept me focused in what was essential and what was fluff. You’ve operated some miracles in word count trimming.
Sometimes you’ve made some changes in the sentence order in paragraphs that enhanced the “readability” a lot. It’s my understanding that most of your word count miracles were due to changes in word choice to keep the meaning while reducing word counts (and it worked!). Well, I don’t know how I got a V41 in GMAT with my punctuation skills, but you certainly helped me with punctuation. Part of my application strategy was to get my essays perfect in grammar (due to low AWA score) and I feel that your edits helped me in achieving that.
Regarding timelines, you were more professional than I expected on following deadlines. This helped a lot, especially in crafting Emory’s essays in a couple of days. During the whole process you kept me very motivated, especially when I needed some wake-up calls.
Yes, Poonam, thank you (again) for all the support during this process. I couldn’t get there without your help. I feel that words aren't enough to thank you for all your support. I can’t wait to join Cornell in fall, 2014.
First of all, Poonam is a wonderful coach. She started by putting a lot of effort into digging out my best stories in order to get a good selection for typical themes (leadership, setback, goals, etc.). The editing process is pretty......Carlos Jose- 2014 applicant accepted by Emory, Ivy Richards and Cornell. (Adding to more than US$70k in scholarships); interviewed by Kellogg
High quality consulting service with unbelievably quick turnaround time
My main reasons for asking for help were the lack of native English reviewers and my doubts in quality of my essays at that time. I signed up for myessayreview services only a couple of days before the application deadlines of 3 UK schools: LBS, Cambridge, and Oxford. I am thrilled to say that I have received admits from all of three of them. I will be attending Cambridge that has also offered me scholarship. I couldn't be happier.
To begin with, Poonam's recommendations, guidelines and sample essays helped me to understand the missing elements in my essays and rephrase unclear parts. She recommended removing some unnecessary details of my draft essays and adding other relevant details which helped me organize and structure my essays effectively. Throughout the one week process, she satisfactorily addressed all of my questions and doubts. I must say her help with trimming down my essays was invaluable. She able to shorten 750 word essay by a third which is incredible. Her excellent knowledge of English language has immensely helped me in writing, proofreading, and finalizing my essays.
The turnaround time was unbelievably quick. We managed to complete five essays and a resume in just one week. Understanding the tight deadlines, she prioritized my application and managed to edit the essays and resume several times per day including weekend. I am very grateful for such effort and am sure it would have been hard to come by if I had worked with other consultants.
Poonam, I just want to say thank you so much for all your help and incredible pace of your work. It was a pleasure working with you. I am sure your other clients will be as happy with your services as I am!
My main reasons for asking for help were the lack of native English reviewers and my doubts in quality of my essays at that time. I signed up for myessayreview services only a couple of days before the application deadlines......Andrew- 2014 applicant, accepted by Oxford, LBS & Cambridge (with scholarship), chose Cambridge