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     By rbrown599 6 10
This review is for: myEssayReview Essay Review | Consultant: Poonam Tandon

I felt pretty confident in my overall ability as an MBA applicant, so I was not necessarily looking for a complete MBA consultant package. Instead, I searched mainly for a consultant that would help me ‘tell my story’ through my essays. Telling a story can be difficult, and it becomes incredibly more challenging when you only have 300 words to do so. After researching many other MBA consulting groups and their “a la carte” services, I decided to sign up for the free evaluation session with myEssayReview. Based on the research I had done, the evaluation session, and the reviews on GMAT Club, I knew that myEssayReview would be the resource I would need to succinctly tell my stories in as much detail as possible.

The 1-hour initial meeting that we had after Poonam did the first review of my resume and essays was VERY helpful. The questions that were asked about each essay helped me come up with a plan on how to tackle the first rewrite of each piece. When it would come time to work on the next essay, I would simply pull out the notes I had taken from our initial review and use them as guidelines to rebuild the essay. The initial review gave me the toolset and understanding I needed so that I never felt unprepared when I was doing my personal edits.

From Poonam’s feedback, I could understand how a reader (knowing nothing of the story I was trying to tell) would interpret the details and what questions they would ask. Those questions helped me eliminate unnecessary explanations while bolstering the areas in my story that not only drew the most attention, but also helped most to support the final conclusion. The guidelines she provided for the structure of my essays were very logical and, once followed, made my stories flow so much more clearly. I felt that my initial essays told a story adequately, but were difficult to follow and left readers asking a lot of questions. By reading through each detail carefully and showing me how it all pieced together, she was able to design a framework for each story that flowed naturally and was simply easier to read and understand.

Moreover, Poonam’s ability to trim my word count was very effective. In fact, I was very impressed at times when I would receive an edited draft back from her and see she had cut large groupings of words with no negative impact to the story! It’s amazing to me to see how many unnecessary words I would write simply because I thought that they were required, when in fact the entire idea could be replaced with 3-4 words and retain the overall impact of the detail.

I was very happy with Poonam’s stylistic design and word choice. I felt that the improvements she suggested made the story flow much more clearly, while showing the necessary writing finesse. Once completed, my essays demonstrated a solid mastery of intellectual writing that is necessary at the MBA education level. Also, turn-around was fantastic! I could always count on her timeliness, and I never felt rushed or worried that we wouldn’t have time to complete all of my essays. In fact, Poonam even notified me of her personal vacation scheduled close to Emory’s deadline and worked diligently to help me finish my application two weeks early! To the highest degree, she always gave me excellent feedback and helped me submit the absolute best work I could have submitted, which is exactly what I was looking for in our partnership.

Poonam was a pleasure to work with, and I loved discussing my stories with her! I didn’t feel like she was simply there to help me do my work and then move on. Rather, she took an interest in my stories and asked genuine questions about me and my life, which, in turn, helped me write even better and in more detail. I would GLADLY recommend Poonam to friends and colleagues, as well as anyone who is looking for the perfect resource to help them get the most out of their MBA essays. In fact, I’ve already passed on her contact information to someone I met at a networking event.

Poonam helped me turn my ideas into wonderful short stories that obviously appealed to the Ad Com immensely. I am admitted to Emory for both the 1-year and 2-year programs with generous merit-based scholarship: $45,000 if I choose the 1-year program and $60,000 if I choose the 2-year program. My main choice is the 1-year program as my background and post-MBA goals fit well into that program's rigor and accelerated curriculum, and I believe getting back into the workforce quicker is most ideal.

Poonam was an incredible resource, and I am so thankful for her personal hard work and dedication to my MBA dreams.

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     By Anonymous 0 0
This review is for: myEssayReview Essay Review | Consultant: Poonam Tandon

I had gone through some of the sample essays on MER website which appealed to me, and hence I decided to seek her help. I shared my first drafts of essays with her; she reviewed them and scheduled a meeting for discussion. That one hour session was excellent, and I gained useful tips from the interaction. Throughout the process, her guidelines and suggestions were very appropriate and relevant that helped me reedit the essays in a more presentable way. The modifications made by her corrected my errors in the framing of the sentences and other minor grammatical errors. Reducing the essays to the allowed word limit was an area where her help was incredible since you she was able to contain the essay within the limit without changing or omitting the contents of my essay. The turn-around time was excellent and helped me keep up the time frame for submitting my applications since I did not have enough time before the deadline.
I received an admit offer from EDHEC for their MBA program. Thank you, Poonam for all the help rendered by you.

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     By mitya 0 0
This review is for: myEssayReview Essay Review | Consultant: Poonam Tandon

I signed up for myEssayReview services for my INSEAD application last year after reading good feedback from her students at gmatclub.com the GMAT Club. Also, I found her fee reasonable. The initial one hour session by Poonam was very productive and it helped me organize my thoughts. Poonam helped me to choose right stories to tell as this choice sometimes played really curtail role in showing my candidacy in the best manner. In several essays I used recommendation made by Poonam. The structure of my essays was my weak spot, and I am really glad that Poonam took care of it. She helped me to rearrange different pieces of my essays making them more readable. Several important times Poonam helped me to choose right words making my essays look better. Punctuation and grammar were perfect after we ended our editing process. Timing was perfect and sometimes edits were made so quickly that I wasn’t ready to digest so quick turnaround. Throughout the process she satisfactorily addresses all of your queries/concerns.


Last year I was admitted to the INSEAD MBA programme, but unfortunately I had to withdraw my application because of personal circumstances. This year I took a decision to reapply for the INSEAD MBA programme as I continue to look forward becoming a part of INSEAD MBA programme. Now I need to write reapplication essay, and I want to continue to work with her.

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This review is for: myEssayReview Essay Review | Consultant: Poonam Tandon

I was looking for a consultant to help me organize my thought process and provide me a constructive feedback on my ‘story’ to make my essays the strongest part of the application.

I was impressed with Great reviews of myEssayReview services by GMAT club members, so I signed up for my application for MiF program of the LBS.

After Poonam reviewed first drafts of my essays, she claimed that my story already sounded impressive. But she suggested several very important spins and additions to the existing content, allowing for more clear vision of my long-term goals.

Poonam effectively helped me to highlight key points of the story and colorfully illustrate my strongest areas. My essays’ structure significantly improved following Poonam’s recommendations and reviews. Poonam trimmed them down the word count by c. 20% beyond my expectations without compromising on key statements.

The turnaround was extremely effective – average turn-around time was even lower than 24 hour as stipulated on the website.

I have got an offer from LBS, my dream school, and I will be joining the program in August! Thank you so much for your help; it was truly amazing.

I would recommend Poonam’s services to anyone who is targeting to make the most out of the essay part of the application. Amazing experience worth its money.

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Thank you so much Poonam!! April 17 | 2015
     By Anonymous 0 0
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This review is for: myEssayReview Essay Review | Consultant: Poonam Tandon

I wanted to make sure that I have a good essay with logical structure , story , and correct grammar. The online reviews of myEssayReview were appealing which made me choose myEssayReview services over others.

First, Poonam’s suggestions helped me to think about content, which I would have otherwise ignored to include in the essay. Second, her guidelines were helpful because I could customize my story in a proper format. She suggested proper framework and structure to build the essay. She always indicated if the structure didn’t appear logical or if the events were not listed in chronological order. Initially, I had signed up for one essay only but I felt so confident while working on first essay that I signed up for the second essay as well. When Poonam reviewed my resume, she found that there were many areas of concern that needed to be addressed. Poonam highly recommended that I write an optional essay to explain all these events in my personal and professional life.All her guidelines/ suggestions made the content of my essays strong.


After getting all details of the story down, Poonam effectively trimmed down the essays to the allowed word-limit. She used the right words to prune the essay to the word limit. Her turnarounds were always timely as indicated on her website (24-48 hours). Throughout the process, she satisfactorily addressed my queries/concerns.

It was a pleasure working with you, Poonam. Thank you so much for your help.

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This review is for: myEssayReview Essay Review | Consultant: Poonam Tandon

I first read about myEssayReview when I was looking for tips on ISB essays and found the essay analysis by Poonam to be very helpful and clear. As a re-applicant to ISB, I felt confident in myEssayReview services .So I approached Poonam and signed up for 1 school package.

When I first submitted the essays they were all over the place. Poonam’s suggestions made me realize that most of the time I was missing the link in my stories; she was able to spot the missing links and get out the relevant content from me. She asked valid questions and simplified language so that it becomes clear what I wanted to say in my essays. Thus, she helped me in generating ideas for each essay question and create a sensible story that will impress the Ad Com. The word limit specifications of ISB were very stringent, but Poonam was very effective in trimming down the essays to the specified word limit while keeping all the content and not changing the meaning. She used simple and clear language that is easily comprehensible.

Poonam was very flexible with the turnaround times, sometimes coming back within 12 hours in crunch times. She never missed a deadline! She was aware of the deadlines and concerned as well and made sure that the essays/LORs were complete by the deadline. Throughout the process, she satisfactorily addressed all my concerns and queries.

I must say, working with Poonam was a great experience. Thank you Poonam for your support. It wouldn’t have been possible without the splendid job you did with my essays :) 

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Very effective! February 09 | 2015
     By Anonymous 3 0
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This review is for: myEssayReview Essay Review | Consultant: Poonam Tandon

As my writing skills and my GMAT score are not competitive and I have difficulties in putting my thoughts on the paper I knew that I had to come up with a good letter of motivation, so I signed up for one essay package of myEssayReview to help me. I chose the stories and the content for my letter, but Poonam told me which I should skip and which I should broaden. Furthermore, she told me which parts of the question I did not address and guided me how to address them in the best way. If there was not her, I would not have addressed all the questions in my motivation letter as I found them meaningless. She recommended me to write my essay in a chronological way, so the letter became more coherent. She also suggested how I should discuss my goals to make the essay more persuasive. My knowledge of English grammar is weak, but I could tell that my sentences which she restructured sounded much better. She was also punctual in getting back to me with her critiques/ edits within 24 to 48 hours, as stipulated on her website, sometimes even within 24 hours.

Poonam, working with you, I felt that I was not a no-name customer, because you really devoted your time to help me. Throughout the process, you addressed all of my queries/concerns. You even gave me feedback on my CV, although I did not take that service. On my request, you also summarized ‘Why RSM’ response for me in 1000 characters so I could fill it in the application form.

I am also thinking of applying to Vienna University, and I will get back to you again for another compelling motivation letter. Thank you!!

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     By Harryboy 0 0
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I read your blog on one of the Essay Review sites (I think it was GMAT club) and read reviews of some of the candidates who had availed your services in the past. I decided to give this a try and after exchange of few introductory emails and a phone call, I decided to give it a try.

I was a bit nervous when I started the process. But your debrief session and essay pointers email was an excellent starting point. I appreciate your effort in guiding me and directing my thoughts to formulate my own stories and write them on a piece of paper for you to have a look. I must appreciate your guidance, patience and hard work as you took a lot of effort in understanding my unique position and then bringing my own stories to light. Your edits on my essays transformed my thoughts into a stellar story. Ask me about the turnarounds!!! A turnaround time of 12/18 hours at the beginning was shortened to few minutes by the time we reached the deadline to submit the application. I must say that throughout the process you satisfactorily addressed all of my queries/concerns. A big thank you for all your support.

Poonam – your critique/edits to my essays, helped me got accepted to Chicago Booth EMBA and LBS EMBA Dubai. I’m very happy, and I still can’t believe it! Thank you so much for all your help through the application process. Thank you for your involvement, for challenging me and pushing my thinking and for all the prompt replies during late nights, weekends and thanksgiving holiday. We applied to 2 universities in 10 days and I got admitted in both– WOW that’s amazing.

Your support is highly appreciated, and I will always be willing to recommend people in my circle to avail your services.

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     By Anonymous 0 0
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My main reasons for asking for help was 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 seemed to be a better fit for my goals and 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!

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I chose myEssayReview because I was impressed with the reviews given in GMAT Club and the testimonials on the website. Also, the service is affordable; I found the other services very expensive. Besides providing valuable suggestions and modifications on the two essays for MSIS program that I had signed up for, Poonam reviewed my resume and strongly recommended making use of optional essay to explain my career gap when I had no idea to explain it. This made my application complete without which I could have spoiled my prospects myself by letting the Ad Com to imagine the worst about my career gap. Her suggestions about sentence structure resulted in more clarity which is the first and most critical aspect Ad Com would look for while evaluating the essays.

The best thing was I never had to take tension about word-limits because Poonam asked me to come up with story/content without worrying about word-limit. It was she who took care about trimming the essays without compromising on the story. Her modifications and suggestions had totally changed the look and style of my essays. She made them look so professional. Also, I would like to mention here that Poonam used to accommodate my requests regarding word choice even after drafting final copies of essays. She was always there to suggest words, if at all I was not satisfied with the selection of my words. Grammar correction was the primary reason for submitting my essays for review. And I am absolutely happy with the grammar of essays after review. Poonam was very particular about turn-around time for essay edits. I used to get edited drafts in less than 24 hours for all of my essays. Because of her strict timelines, I was able to submit my application before the deadline.

It was pleasure working with you Poonam jee. You made me feel as if I was interacting with a friend, rather than a consultant, throughout the process. I received admission in the school of my choice.

I am very happy & thank Poonam jee for the guidance and support.

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