Abigail Hillman: Writing Coach, Academic Tutor, College Essay Advisor

Abigail Hillman: Writing Coach, Academic Tutor, College Essay Advisor

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Best of 2022
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24 years in business

About this tutor

Abigail has worked with hundreds of students to help them become confident, self-sufficient, passionate writers. She has an easy rapport with young people and excels at guiding them through writing papers and researching essays. She also provides test prep as well as organizational and academic support and is able to bring history to life and make Shakespeare exciting, even to the most jaded students.

Abigail also possesses a singular talent for helping students identify a unique memory or event to help them express their distinctive qualities in compelling, convincing college essays. Her students have had tremendously high acceptance rates at colleges and universities that were deemed “reaches.” She also helps young people and adults craft targeted and impactful resumes and cover letters. 

She works primarily with high school and college students, but has experience with middle schoolers and adults as well. She provides ongoing tutoring sessions or single sessions depending on the needs of the client. Many students find weekly sessions are ideal, while others meet on an ad hoc basis before a test or when they have a writing assignment. 


  • Yale University, BA History  Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Brown University, MAT History
  • Certified Grades 9-12 by Rhode Island and Massachusetts
  • More than ten years classroom teaching experience
  • Tutoring exclusively since 2004

I firmly believe that writing is a skill that can be effectively taught. Most students who think that they have trouble with writing may simply have trouble organizing their thoughts. I always tell a parent that—if I can only meet with a student once—I would rather work with a student to develop a strong outline than try to untangle a disorganized draft. Often a student is having trouble with writing because he or she simply does not understand the material. Writing is hard work, but it is a critical, teachable skill. I have had countless former students email me from college to tell me that I taught them to write. 

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3 Reviews


  • Courtney

    I am so grateful for Abigail’s encouraging, insightful work with my niece, Alexa, on her college application essays. She guided Alexa in crafting candid, evocative work that genuinely reflected who Alexa is. That was our goal, and we were thrilled with the outcome. But, almost more important was what happened next: Alexa's choice of schools. Working with Abigail to tell her story on paper, Alexa clarified her identity and her values. I realized only later that the coaching and writing environment Abigail created helped Alexa choose among several strong colleges and universities the ideal setting in which she could thrive and flourish. Working with Abigail was not just about completing the task of college essays, but about using that process to move holistically from being a high school student to a college undergraduate with distinctive strengths, weaknesses, interests, challenges, and possibilities. One final note, directly from my niece: "I was sort of nervous before my first call with Abigail, but she made it really fun."

  • Sandy Casciato

    Abigail is awesome! Over the past year she has been a tremendous help with my son, helping him with his essays and research papers for school. Now that it is time for college essay writing and applications, I immediately had my son go back to Abigail. She is great with kids and really knows how to help them cultivate a great college essay. Abigail makes the whole college application process easy and less stressful. I highly recommend her.

  • Anna davidoff

    I wouldn’t have made it through high school without Abigail’s help! Writing has always been hard for me—I had an IEP plan in during my high school years due to my poor writing/reading skills. She really helped me improve upon my writing skills without writing the material for me, which is something I had experienced with previous teachers. She took the time to teach me how to create a proper outline which in time taught me how to write a great essay. She worked with me on my 10 page junior thesis on which I received an A! Abigail also helped me write my college essay, which I am so grateful for. I even had one school send my acceptance letter with a personal note mentioning how touching my college essay was. I couldn’t say greater things about Abigail. I was truly able to succeed in college due to the work I did with Abigail.


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