Poonam Tandon
Admission Consultant

    
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Company: myEssayReview
Packages: myEssayReview Resume Services   myEssayReview Multipe School Package   myEssayReview Essay Review  

Poonam is a master storyteller. A Ph.D. in English Literature, Poonam has three decades of international experience (USA and India) in teaching business writing, essay writing, American and British Literature, and story writing. By virtue of her vast teaching experience in India and the US, she has an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the writing styles of both native and non-native speakers. She believes that most people have compelling stories which they can translate into winning essays if they introspect and evaluate their achievements. In her teaching career, she reviewed over 5,000 essays written by both native and non-native English speakers and helped many students get admitted to top schools with fellowships.

In 2011, Poonam founded her admission consulting company myEssayReview. Since then she has been working as a full time consultant and has worked with 130 students from all over the world on their admission essays for MBA, Ph.D., and other Masters programs. In the past four years, 90% of Poonam’s students have been accepted into top schools such as LBS, Kellogg, Booth, IESE, Wharton, Darden, Wisconsin, Cornell, CMU, Oxford, Cambridge, etc. Some of her students have secured admission into Kellogg, Booth, ISB, CMU, Manchester, Purdue, and Wisconsin with GMAT scores of 610 to 680. The secret of her success is her vast experience and her dedicated and personalized service. Working with her will remind you of your experience of working with your most favorite teacher who had genuine interest in ensuring your success.

Poonam is an avid short story writer and revels in drawing her themes from day- today life-events . An enthusiastic world traveler, Poonam has a penchant for documenting her travel experiences. She regularly contributes her travel pieces and other articles to Valley India Times, Arizona’s leading newspaper for Indian communities and businesses.

Poonam is one of the few certified admission consultants of AIGAC (Association of International Graduate Admission Consultants). She currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona.


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

I got accepted into USC's Leventhal MAcc program. I believe my essay played a significant role in getting my foot in the door.

GMATclub has been one of the major sources that I used to prepare for the GMAT. Since GMATclub seemed credible to me, I decided to rely on their ratings and reviews for myEssayReview.

Once I paid for my essay review package, I was given a 1-hour skype session where Poonam would go over my essay and ask questions. This session allowed her to get to know me. She also suggested what to include and not to include in the essay in terms of content.

From what I saw and experienced, Poonam knows how to create a compelling story. She knows how to arrange the details in my draft in a way that would enliven the story and flow nicely.

The grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure are all covered. She would find the best alternative to cut down excessive words to meet the page limit or word count while still maintaining the story's essence.

Overall, I would recommend anyone applying for a grad school check her out at http://myessayreview.com/
The price is reasonable and the turnaround time is 48 hours (she expects you to do the same).
She also tries to answer all your inquiries to the best of her abilities through email.

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     By SFeMBA 1 0
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I decided to sign up with myessayreview after reading the great reviews on gmatclub. I needed someone to work with me on an aggressive schedule (I needed 6 essays in about 2weeks) and shape my stories. I setup a quick chat to understand how she worked and was impressed with her diligence and attention to detail. She took the time to understand my profile and the programs I was applying to. She also did not overcommit to work on all 6 essays and emphasized on providing the time needed for each essay and my commitment on the turnaround. Given the timeline I decided to take up the 3essay package.

Poonam had reviewed my resume and essays before the 1hr Skype call and we had a great discussion on my profile and what aspects of the applications needed to be highlighted. We setup a framework for the essays and setup a timeline for the draft reviews. Although I wasn't signed up for a resume review, Poonam provided some valuable edits to it as well.

Poonam helped me work on the structure and the messaging in each of the essays and had valuable inputs on them. I was also impressed with her turnaround time with her feedback. Her language skill are exemplary and she managed to magically fit every essay exactly into the word limit without compromising any content or impact. I was thrilled with how the final versions of the essays turned out and was happy I chose to work with her. I would recommend Poonam to anyone looking to get the best versions of their applications out there..

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Consultant: Poonam Tandon

I first signed up only for Poonam’s resume review, but after working with her on my resume, I knew I could trust her with working on my three essays. I liked how I could choose individual services, and the pricing was very reasonable and the plans were flexible. I read all the others’ testimonials
and their experiences working with Poonam, and I got a good feeling that I could make a convincing essay that told my story well. With a low GMAT score, I knew I had to give my application an edge.

Poonam greatly cared about me as a person and an applicant, and was able to extract the points that were effective in my essays. At times when my content was insufficient, she pushed me to think harder in my past and get the material out on text. It was precisely this kind of help that made my
essays have a differentiating factor and a coherent story. Not only did her advice make the writing better, it also crystalized what I wanted to convey in the first place.

In addition to understanding me and my strengths, Poonam nicely picked up points in my story that I didn't think were so significant. She arranged them and crafted them elegantly without losing my original intent. I was truly satisfied with the final essays.

Although the deadlines for the schools that I was applying to were approaching fast, Poonam’s response time was SUPER fast and never late - I don’t know how she does it, but it was truly magical and assuring to have feedback on time when I was racing against the clock.

My overall experience of working with Poonam was GOLD STAR EXCELLENT. After her consultation and essay reviews, I got accepted from Aalto University with 100% full tuition scholarship, Illinois Institute of Technology with $45K scholarship, and also Central St. Martins. I chose to attend Aalto
University. I would definitely recommend her services to anybody who needs and wants a consultant who puts in the time and care into your applications.

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     By arjunbardhan 18 19
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Hi,

I would like to share my experience of working with Poonam Tandon (My Essay Review) as a part of my admission process. After I gave my GMAT, I opted for the 1 hour free consultation with Poonam. I was surprised to see how much knowledge I gained during my interaction with her during that one hour. She was very thorough explaining the admission process, my chances of getting into various schools after evaluating my profile and in-depth discussion on the essays, LOR and resume.
I decided to choose the Essay Review for 2 essays for Oxford Said. The payment was pretty simple and I did through the website. She informed me promptly that she received the payment. She had already mentioned to me during the 1 hour consultation that she needs a draft version of my essays before she can start working on them. After I gave her a few options on the essay topics, she helped me to finalize a couple. So, I basically wrote two versions for each essay and she was kind enough to review them and gave me a feedback on which version works better. In her first review, she had indicated which portions of the essays need modifications. I made the changes accordingly and we were done after her second review. The whole process took less than 2 weeks. She had been extremely professional and every time I submitted a response I heard back from her in less than 3 days. She never wrote my essays, but she empowered me to right better. I strongly recommend her.

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     By mansi20081990 7 28
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I gave my GMAT in end June 2017 and started the application process in early July. The next step was choosing an admissions consultant and this was not an easy process. I talked to some 5-6 consultants and was really disheartened when they didn't believe in my passion and dream of getting into HBS. They asked me to apply to more "safe" schools. When I had an introductory talk with Poonam, she sounded really encouraging and yet practical. And I knew that I found my companion for this journey.

The next few months were not easy and I worked extremely hard to achieve my aim. At all times, Poonam worked equally hard right from reviewing my essays in time and putting extra time and effort whenever I got demanding.

I was keen on applying to HBS in Round 1 but Poonam suggested me to keep HBS for round 2 and give enough time to my dream school. Now when I look back, I feel that this was most valuable advice she gave me. It gave me enough time to work on my essays and be confident about my application.

Poonam's USP is that she is a convincing story teller and with her, I learnt this art. Not only this, but also she gave me valuable advice for all parts of my application process, such as bringing more clarity on my goals, getting my recommendations inline with my qualities, identifying my failures etc.

I will strongly recommend MER to all those who are struggling to find an encouraging consultant and are really passionate about their dream school!

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April 04 | 2018
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     By SherzodM 32 1
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Consultant: Poonam Tandon

Following Poonam’s suggestion, I also signed up for résumé package later. She also acceded to my request of creating customized package for LORS for various schools, and I am indeed grateful for her generosity. I worked with her on 9 schools - Cornell, Booth, Darden, UNC, McCombs, Kelley, Yale, Tuck, and Duke, and found her guidelines/suggestions extremely comprehensive and precise. Her feedback on content, structure, and flow was excellent. Often she edited my essays and reduced the word count and in my next draft, I would again increase it by 200 words, making her job harder. However, she never complained and again pruned it to the allowed word limit.

I would strongly recommend Poonam as one of the best Admission consultants.

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     By SherzodM 32 1
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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, 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 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 essay package, not school package, I often asked her questions about my school choices and chances of admission that was not part of the package. But she always gave me an 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 learnt a tremendous amount of techniques starting from how to write different parts and types of the 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 advices regarding my school choices, editing my essays. You did ABSOLUTELY great and amazing job. You are truly a unique person with vast experience in MBA application process. I wish I could meet you earlier so that I could have had enough time for 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 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 huge impact on my professional development in future. She has made my dream of getting my MBA degree from top business school realistic now. 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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     By strongerbetter 0 0
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I want to start by mentioning that I was not an MBA applicant and I worked with Poonam for help with my essays for applying for an MHA ( the admission says business school but I didn't apply for their MBA). I always thought of myself as a good writer because I usually write a lot, however, I was glad that I had Poonam's services to guide me and edit my work because the essays that I had written on my own before working with Poonam were not even close to as well structured and written as the essays Poonam helped me on. I want to mention that I got the two essay package and Poonam helped edit my statement and scholarship essay for my main program. I was admitted to the program that I wanted and I'm sure the essays were a big factor in determining my admission. Overall, I enjoyed working with her and she was very understanding and more flexible than it says on her website. I was kind of late a few times getting my essays to her but she was always very helpful and on time. She was refreshing and honest compared to many of the other companies that I talked with and not mention affordable. With her help, I wrote an essay with a story that stood out and definitely got into a much better program than I thought I could. I had slightly over a 3.2 but my essays and extracurriculars definitely helped a lot.

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     By vchikyala 0
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When I decided to apply to EMBA programs, only two programs stood out to me: Kellogg EMBA in Evanston and Wharton EMBA in Philadelphia. It was early December and I was hoping to send my application to Wharton and meet their Round 1 deadline , which was at the end of that month. I was obviously in a hurry to make the deadline. Although my academic and professional credentials were decent, my application package was a mess and needed help to create a competitive application.

I reached out to Poonam at MER over a weekend and asked her whether she would be willing to help me with my application. She responded within a day and gave me information on MER's services. I chose the package with 3 essays and resume review. Poonam setup a 1 hr call with me to go over my profile and walked me through the timing constraints and made clear how quickly and efficiently we needed to work to make the deadline.

I sent her my essays, which had good content but lacked an overall narrative and good structure. Poonam reviewed and sent me edits on the first essay within a day. We repeated this with other essays. Overall, it took us 2-3 rounds of drafting and editing to arrive at excellent essays. When it came to my resume, I believed that I had written an excellent resume until Poonam pointed out that the resume appeared to be geared towards a technical job application instead of a business school application. She gave me a list of items that can be found in a good resume and explained which items to highlight. Her feedback helped me create a resume that will serve as a template for any of my applications, school or job, in the future.

With Poonam’s help, I was able to submit my application a week in advance of the Round 1 deadline at Wharton. Her guidance and feedback helped me get the offer of admission from Wharton EMBA program. The essays and resume I developed with her help proved invaluable in my application to Kellogg EMBA.

Poonam’s dedication to her clients and her emphasis on creating an excellent final product are what struck me as the factors that separate her from some of the other consultants. Her prompt responses and her punctuality is something I believe helped me meet my timeline. Overall, I was very pleased with Poonam’s services and would recommend MER to anyone who wants to create a great application to some of the best business schools in the world.

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     By Vardan95 65 52
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A couple of months ago, I applied to the Master’s in Business Analytics program in the top-15 business schools in the USA. Although I had a relatively high GMAT-score, my work experience and low Grade Point Average were huge obstacles to accomplishing my goal. To foreshadow those minuses and emphasize my strengths, I decided to use the service of admission consultants to create the highest quality application. I was lucky to meet Poonam Tandon of myEssayReview , the person who has helped me get admitted to the University of my Dream and get 16% merit-based scholarship.

What I liked the most about her approach is the fact that she didn’t write anything for me. Instead, I prepared the draft, sent it to her and she edited it and provided her feedback, which included questions she asked to fill the missing links in my story, suggestions/ recommendations she made about adding, and the ideas she wanted me to take into consideration. Using this approach, she not only taught me how to connect the dots in my story but also helped me clearly articulate my goals and highlight my strengths. I was glad that my essays were in my individual voice and my unique writing style.

I also want to mention the professionalism and devotion of Poonam. Every single edit and feedback she gave to me had the highest quality. In addition, after we agreed on the timeline of the draft/edit, she diligently stuck to that timeline and reverted within 24-48 hours. She not only gave me excellent guidance on my essays, but she also asked me about the feedback on her work.

It has been a pleasure for me to work with such a professional and kindhearted person. I am accepted into my dream school with 10 000$ merit scholarship. I am very grateful to have Poonam as my consultant. I will recommend her to all my friends.

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