FSOT Coaching?

To FSOT Applicants,

I’d like to know how many of you would be interested in coaching?  I was thinking about offering six lessons — one per week — in the month in half before the next Foreign Service Exam.  We’d connect by telephone or by Skype.  I’d recommend books and go over concepts that you’re unsure about, provide time management skills, and give you writing topics and one-on-one reviews of your work.

This is something brand new, and I’m curious if anyone would be interested.

Please let me know.

Best regards,


Bill Fitzgerald




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Karl Marx (1818-1883) on 100 Mark 1975 Banknote from East Germany. German philosopher, political economist, historian, political theorist, sociologist, and communist revolutionary, whose ideas played a significant role in the development of modern communism and socialism.

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