Consulting Services: Frequently Asked Questions

Why are you offering consulting services?

The most popular questions I get from readers of this blog deal with students reaching out for advice on what career paths they should take and whether grad school is the best option for them. To address these questions properly, I need a genuine understanding of each student’s background, short- and intermediate-term goals, and long-term plans. This can be achieved in an one-on-one discussion, allowing me to provide personalized guidance that fits your particular situation.

Who can benefit from this service?

Anyone interested in pursuing grad school can benefit from this service. My clients study sciences, social sciences, engineering, medicine, the humanities, or fine arts.

If you are in your first or second year of your undergraduate program, we can go over some things you can do between now and the time you are eventually applying to graduate school to greatly improve your chances of getting in. If you are further along in your undergrad program and have less time to prepare before your graduate school applications, there are different strategies and tactics you can employ to make up for lost time. Masters students pursuing a Ph.D can also benefit from a consulting session. Need help with your personal statement? I can also help with that. Even if you are unsure whether grad school is right for you, we can figure out together what your options are and make a plan for the upcoming months.

I am applying to a program in the U.S. Can you help me? 

Yes, I can.

How about programs in Canada?

Yes, absolutely.

What means of communication do you use for your services?

I prefer to use Skype or phone. If you register for a consultation session, you will be asked to provide a phone number or Skype address, which will be used to contact you.

How do I know it will help?

I have many years experience advising students just like you. Take a look at this link for some testimonials from other students that have used this service or that I have met with to discuss their career objectives.

How much does it cost?

A 30-minute appointment costs 45 USD (US Dollars).

What method of payment can I use?

A detailed PayPal invoice will be emailed to you. Payment must be made 24 hours prior to the scheduled appointment and be paid via PayPal.

How many appointments will I need?  

In our experience, a 30-minute appointment is often enough. A preliminary profile will have been created to obtain basic information from you prior to the appointment.

How do I arrange an appointment?

Send us an email at or fill out our pre-consult form using the following password: consult2017#mgs and my blog administrator- Sarah Brown Tesolin – will contact you to schedule an appointment within 48 hours.

When are you available?

I am in the process of keeping certain times of day and evenings on specific days of the week and weekends open for consulting appointments. I will do my best to accommodate your schedule.

Do students at Concordia University have access to this service?

For students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at Concordia University (Montreal), I do not charge any fee for academic advising and consulting services. Please make an appointment by email at (this is only available to students currently enrolled at Concordia University).