Barbara Shore graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and holds a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from New College of California.

Barbara began her career as an education writer and researcher, working with many high-profile companies and organizations to shape their educational policies and communications.  Turning her attention to individual students, she launched a tutoring practice that focused on bolstering students’ writing, critical-thinking and test-taking skills.  After many requests to help students with college essays, Barbara spent several years researching and studying the college admissions process, and expanded her practice to include college admissions consulting. For the past 10 years, Barbara has successfully combined every facet of her background–state-of-the-art educational knowledge, expertise as a professional writer/researcher and graduate-level training in counseling–to help students navigate the college admissions process and launch satisfying and successful college careers.

In addition to working with individual students, Barbara leads college admissions and college essay workshops and is available to speak to parent and school groups on a range of related topics.

Testimonials

Barbara was instrumental in helping our daughter navigate the college application process. Together, they created a thorough and practical plan for completing her college applications. More …

Rachel HoneyPetaluma, California

“College essay writing is truly an art. Barbara Shore’s “Art of the College Essay” tutoring provided our son, Jake, with the guidance he needed to produce succinct, imaginative, meaningful essays that captured his unique personality and translated his accomplishments into one-of-a-kind works of art!  More …

R. BrinkseleNicasio, California

“Having a private college counselor for our high school senior proved to be the best investment and experience we could hope for. Barbara Shore really got to know our son and his particular needs in regards to finding a small learning environment for college.  More …

Mark and Robin HubbardPetaluma, California

“As a mother of four children who have all needed tutoring at one time or another, I look for a tutor who can provide not just tools for learning but a deeper connection to my child in order to provide motivation and encouragement. Barbara has a heart of gold and a mind like a steel trap. More …

R. BrownNovato, California

“Barbara Shore provided language arts tutoring for our daughter, McCall Barbara is such an important part of our girls’ education. She has worked with their individual strengths and weaknesses to help them develop into stronger, more confident readers and writers. The improvement has been tremendous and we are so thankful for the caring support she provides.”

The BarrysPetaluma, California

She also knew that Barbara was on her team because Barbara even offered to be available by phone or to skype with McCall if she needed it. The proof of Barbara’s methodology was apparent when McCall arrived home at the semester break grinning from ear-to-ear and announcing, “I got an A in English—thanks to Barbara!”   More …

R. BrinskeleNicasio, California