Ms.Higgins’ tutoring sessions were more than just English tutoring. She never taught in an easy way (read essay, correct it, I get a straight A, and everyone is happy ever after). Instead, she dived into my problems in writing essays, provided me thorough comments on each essay and allowed me to finish the correction. She even scrutinized essays I wrote back in China to find out where my problems come from. My English skills have been significantly improved and I have overcome great academic obstacles.
Besides being a good teacher, Ms.Higgins is also a good friend and supporter. We sometimes discussions that would inspire me to create better work. Ms.Higgins also provided me with another perspective to think about different questions. More importantly, when I faced hardship and frustration from life, Ms.Higgins gave me precious encouragement and support when I felt lost.
It was a pleasure to work with Ms.Higgins. With her guidance, I found more confidence and courage, and become involved into the country and culture that was new to me.
Andy Zhu, Berkeley 2025
Rhetorical precision is very important for academic writing, and it is especially challenging for international students and professionals. Deirdre was incredibly patient and efficient with my revisions. She helped not only with my Personal Statements but also with my short stories since I was applying for an MFA degree in film directing. She tweaked my wording and explained the culture to me to make my stories flow authentically to the readers. With her effective revisions of my application materials, I was successfully enrolled at my dream institute, AFI Conservatory.
Qiyu Zhou, AFI (American Film Institute) 2020
As a final year student from Germany I traveled to California to do research for my master thesis. For my qualitative interviews Deirdre Higgins helped me with English vocabulary, grammatical structure and a good strategy to use for interview questions. Furthermore, she gave me feedback on my resume since I was applying for an internship in the U.S. She also gave me helpful tips for writing business e-mails. Deirdre Higgins is a personable teacher who has lots of patience. I appreciate her advice. Highly recommend her.
Ulrich Martens, University of Munich
Deirdre is a fantastic writing tutor for my 11th grader. She is able to expertly guide the creative process of writing AP essays. At the same time she's incredibly diligent about teaching and reinforcing grammar rules. She instills confidence and lifelong writing skills. My daughter loves working with Deirdre and has improved tremendously in high school English under her tutelage.
Katerina D., Harvard Westlake Parent
I liked working with Deirdre because she was patient and supportive while brainstorming with me to choose topics for my college application essays, and made sound recommendations that helped me develop clear essays that brought out the best in me... Quite an exciting outcome – I was accepted ED to one of the top research universities in the country!
Liza P., Vanderbilt University class of 2023
I am an ophthalmologist, from Egypt. I worked with Deirdre Higgins in 2018 while I was writing a newsletter in English for my medical students. With Deirdre, I was able to make my writing more clear and precise. I learned many useful grammar and writing tips from her. Also, she helped me a lot in editing my writing. Last but not least, I am very glad to become a client at writewell so I can continue to improve my writing.
Ghada Zein El-Abedin Rajab Menoufia University Hospital Pediatric and strabismus fellow, Stein Eye Institute
Deirdre is wonderful! I could not recommend her more highly. She has worked with my kids on high school papers and college application essays. She is a kind and smart mentor for young people who are looking to convey their unique thoughts on their applications for college or graduate school and she is a mom of teens. Plus, she is a skilled writer herself.
Darby B., parent of Maeve
University of Michigan, class of 2022
Deirdre has been wonderful helping me with my grad school application essays. She is very patient and returns comments on the essays in a very timely manner. She really helped me out with restructuring my essay and with grammar checking. I felt much more confident with submitting my application. I have gotten into my dream school. I truly believe Deirdre is one of the main reasons I stood out as an applicant.
Nan Jian, USC
Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
My experience with Deirdre was like no other. She supported me through the entire writing process for my Common Application essay and then for my SOP for grad school. By pinpointing the exact components of my essay that were lacking, she helped me make strides towards crafting a cohesive narrative. She was able to help me strengthen the message of my essay and find my unique writing voice. I highly recommend her to anyone seeking guidance on their application essays!
Ethan S., University of California, Berkeley, MBA class of 2023
I’d been working on my book for over a dozen years, and I thought I knew it as well as it could be known. Then I gave it to Deirdre Higgins. She understood its themes and narrative progression in a way only a true writer and editor could. And she found errors in the text that no one else had spotted, even though it had been proofread by numerous other professional readers. I recommend her unreservedly: for help writing, editing or even conceptualizing any kind of project. Her warmth and wit make the process a pleasure. Her eagle eye and gifts of perspective and scale make it a success. —Jessica Teich, author of The Future Tense of Joy
I used WriteWell when I was working on my Statement of Purpose Essay for Grad School. Deirdre Higgins was helpful in brainstorming with me because I wasn’t sure what the most effective way to express my thoughts. My SOP turned out beautifully, rich with details; it fully expressed who I am.
Leslie H., Columbia University School of Social Work, 2019