Recruiting for the Prospective Student-Athlete

January 22, 2015

Playing sports at the college level can be very rewarding, but being recognized and recruited can be a difficult process. The majority of college sports are governed by the NCAA, The National Collegiate Athletic Association. If you are interested in competing at the collegiate level you will need to determine what level of competition is […]

Putting Your Personality on Paper

January 20, 2015

One of the most common themes at ThinkTank’s Bay Area seminars is the Three Circle Philosophy. The idea is that there are three distinct areas for evaluation that college admissions officers take into account as they make their way through stacks of thousands of applicants: Academics, Test Scores, and Extracurricular Activities. The first two (Academics […]

Are You Prepared to Pay $132,000 for College?

January 16, 2015

College tuition fees are at an all-time high. In fact the estimated total cost of attendance for a California resident living on campus at various UC’s is approximately $33,000 a year! That’s a total of $132,000 after a standard 4-year college degree program. Although this may be an alarming number, the UC system does offer […]

Why New Research May Have Us Returning to Old-Fashioned Books

December 17, 2014

“The Reports of My Death Are Greatly Exaggerated” – Mark Twain I love books! I love the way they look, smell, and the sometimes smooth, sometimes rough texture of front covers. I love feeling the weight of them in my bag; and the way they pop and crackle when you open one with a stiff […]

Planning Extracurricular Activities as a Middle Schooler

December 10, 2014

Extracurricular Activities(EA) are important for every student because they allow you to develop a singularly unique profile. This becomes an even more pressing issue when you consider that students at top colleges are routinely top academic performers, which creates an even more heightened emphasis on quality activities outside of the classroom. Each student is going […]

You Want HOTS: Develop Higher Order Thinking Skills

November 12, 2014

You Want HOTS: Develop Higher Order Thinking Skills I. Overview When I say to my students “You want HOTS, not just LOTS,” I encourage them to acquire higher order thinking skills which are grounded in lower order thinking skills. Below are six levels of thinking skills from the lowest to the highest: • LOTS (lower […]

5 Tips to De-Stress

November 6, 2014

Many of my high school students are under pressure and stress during this time of the year. They are force to maintain a competitive GPA, study for ACT or SAT I and SAT II, keep up with school projects, quizzes, and tests, commit to their community service programs, and work on college applications simultaneously. It […]