Lindsay Zafir

Essay Specialist/Tutor


  • Application Essays
  • English
  • History- US
  • History- World
  • Mock Interviews
  • Resumes
  • Writing



  • Bethesda, MD
  • McLean, VA
  • Remote (Skype, Google Hangout, FaceTime, etc.)
  • Tenleytown, DC


Lindsay has worked with students of all backgrounds and all ages, from pre-school to graduate school. While attending New York University, she volunteered as an SAT preparation tutor and college admissions advisor for low-income high school students in Brooklyn. In addition, she worked as an elementary school math and reading tutor across the city with the organization, America Reads and Counts. After graduating from NYU with a degree in History and Gender and Sexuality Studies, Lindsay took a detour to work for the New York City Mayor’s Office. There, she did a two-year stint as a writer in the Mayor’s Correspondence Unit, where she learned to break the lifelong habit of procrastinating on writing projects by churning out dozens of letters and proclamations every day. She also spent two years working for the Mayor’s Chief Policy Advisor, where she helped to launch a multi-agency initiative to address chronic absenteeism in public schools.

But Lindsay soon found that she missed studying history and eventually decided to pursue her passion for history full-time by enrolling in a PhD program at Yale University. At Yale, Lindsay has had the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant for a variety of lecture classes—including one on the history of extraterrestrial life! Her favorite part about being a TA is helping her students take an idea or interest and turn it into a fully formed research paper. During graduate school, Lindsay has tutored adult test-takers, a number of whom were battling test anxiety, and she enjoyed the experience of helping students work through severe stress and other obstacles to success.

A native Californian, Lindsay is always on the hunt for great tacos and nachos. She also loves theater, hiking, and a good beach read. But these days, she happily spends most of her free time following behind her one-year-old daughter, Sadie.


The college admissions process is one of the most stressful times of a young person’s life. I aim to take as much stress and pressure out of the writing process as possible so that students can explore the ideas, stories, and passions that will comprise the core of their admissions essay. Once students have figured out the theme of their essay, we will work together to create a tightly structured and polished final draft through which their individual voice will shine.

My biggest piece of advice to students is to just start writing! So many students get frozen before they’ve even begun. I encourage students to start writing at the beginning of the brainstorming process through free writing and journaling exercises, and from there, I work with them to create multiple drafts to refine their argument, voice, and style.