Application Essay Counseling

With a decade of experience helping students gain admissions to top schools, our essay counselors will help make your college and boarding school essays unforgettable!

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Application Essay Guidance

Drawing from a team of expert essay counselors, we help students every step of the way from start to finish in crafting successful admissions essays. We will do comprehensive and in-depth brainstorming to help students identify their unique personal narrative, then assist them in the complex process of outlining, drafting, and proofing their perfect essay. Our counselors all have proven success in the Common App, Coalition, UC, and UCAS essays, as well as those for Japanese schools and school-specific supplements.

Our Expertise

US Universities

UK Universities

Boarding Schools

Graduate School

What we do


No essay is solid without a solid foundation. We brainstorm extensively to build such a foundation and help students craft a unique and creative narrative of their own that stands out from the rest of the applicant pool.


All good writing is rewriting. We assist students in restructuring, refining, and revising the first draft again and again until the narrative is smooth, original, and compelling.


This is the final flourish where we help students not just fix grammar but improve word choice, sentence flow, and other mechanics of the prose.

Meet our essay counselors

Hear from our students

Find out why students and families trust Tokyo Academics to help them reach their goals!

My counselor brought out the most creative parts of me when we workshopped pieces together. Unafraid to be myself, I presented my most genuine voice in my writing while getting insight into the artistry that goes into great writing. Taka is a wealth of knowledge, with so many crazy suggestions and ideas. It was a true honor working with him—I have come out of the experience with an improved capacity to write with a unique voice and think critically and creatively. I definitely finished the experience as a better person, owed to the incredible person my counselor is. Despite the stresses of this time of year, I would certainly do this all again for the opportunity to work with him again.

by Marina (Stanford)

I highly recommend TA’s essay counseling! College essays are often overwhelming, but this counseling definitely reduces the stress and helps you to write what exactly you are trying to tell. Additionally, throughout the counseling, I was able to figure out what I really want from a college education, and I’m grateful that I chose TA!

by Momoka (Sophia FLA)

I learned and gained a lot out of the essay counseling process at Tokyo Academics. My counselor helped me decide on an essay topic and narrow in on themes and ideas that I wanted to highlight, which is what I think made my essays stand out. By the end of the process, my essays were genuine, well-written, and concise, and would not have been as focused or polished without the help of TA. Not to mention, My counselor was very fun to work with and always makes essay-counseling student-centered; it’s obvious that he wants what’s best for his students and wants to make the essay-writing process as enjoyable and engaging as possible.

by Bianca (Yale)

I’ve had the privilege to know Taka for around five years now, and he helped me get into both boarding school and college. I especially enjoyed working with Taka during my college process because he made lessons worthwhile. Every lesson was both productive and fun; we would get more than enough work done while leaving room to catch up every time we met. Most importantly, these essays got me into my first choice college early!

by Sara (Wake Forest)

Taka Okubo

TA Essay Counseling Director

Meet with the Director

In our free diagnostic session, we will:

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