As you can see, Edswell does an impressive job of not only making it simple for counselors and students to easily identify essay requirements across a wide-range of institutions, but they also improve the editing process by allowing students to track their changes over multiple drafts and share their essays with anyone they want. On top of that, the counselor dashboard allows counselors to quickly see exactly where their students are at in the overall essay writing process.
It's a great system that makes a complicated process much more streamlined. But, before we get any further, let's cover the pricing. Edswell is not a free service, but they do offer a variety of price points, depending on your need. And they have an unlimited option as well, for larger schools and districts.
With all the basics out of the way, let's take a look at the system in action. If you're a counselor, when you first log in you'll be presented with your dashboard. From here, you can get a quick update on where all your students are at, the number of essays they've completed, and what is still left to be done.
As you can see, my sample student is applying to four schools, she has 9 required essays to write, but has only finished one of them. Time to step it up! If you click on an individual student you'll be able to see a break down of what schools they are applying to and the number of essays needed for each.
From there, you can click on a specific school to get the details and requirements for the essays needed. You can also click on any of the essays the student has already begun writing to see not only their current version, but all the drafts they have been working on.
And, as the video mentioned, it's incredibly easy to add new schools for students, and send out reminders on what work they should be focusing on for the time.
As for the student side of the site, when you log in, things look very similar. You'll still see your different schools and the essays required for them. The main difference is that you can write and edit your essays! Plus, as mentioned before, you can send your essays out to teachers, friends, and family members to get feedback and advice.
Edswell also makes it very easy to see exactly what you've changed over the course of your essays, using the "view changes" feature. From here, you can quickly see what has been modified over the courses of your drafts, or revert to old drafts of your essay if you would like to.
Finally, Edswell has an excellent feature called the "Essay Map" which is available on the student dashboard. By clicking this button, students will be able to download a PDF that provides a summary of all the application requirements for the schools on their list. It's an awesome way to get a quick snapshot of everything the student will need.
And that, is Edswell! It's an incredibly simple service, but I think that's a good thing. The site doesn't have anything that isn't needed to clutter up the interface, but it succeeds in making what can be an incredibly complicated and overwhelming process much, much easier. Not only is the service great for counselors, especially those with large caseloads and limited time, but also for students who are trying to manage the college application process. In short, Edswell is an excellent resource that is absolutely worth considering.
The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
I was not compensated for reviewing this application.