Misunderstanding Liberal Arts

November 2, 2018

By Tobias Joel The biggest misunderstanding about the “Liberal Arts”—topics like history, language, and philosophy—is that they are outdated. When compared to STEM, liberal arts subjects are viewed as lacking both rigor and any relevance for today’s jobs. But in fact, neither could be further from the truth. Forgotten is the liberal arts’ core contribution […]

Why study SAC/ACT vocabulary?

October 26, 2018

By Tobias Joel Studying vocabulary on the SAT/ACT is the most economical way to raise your overall score: time invested in vocabulary study promises the highest yields vis-à-vis test performance. Still, vocabulary does not receive much attention because it is more mechanical than conceptual—it boils down to raw memorization of words. And students have to […]

The UCs, and The Makings of Success

October 19, 2018

By David Phillips Every year, the nine undergraduate campuses of the University of California release their admissions decisions during throughout the month of March. This year, heralding another great admissions cycle for my students, I heard from the UCs in mid February when one of my top students received an invitation to interview for the Regents’ […]

Reasons to Play a Sport in High School

October 12, 2018

By Darian Brooks A question I always receive as a consultant is regarding whether or not to play a sport through high school. The answer is not always simple since every student’s situation is different. Therefore I will layout some reasons why students should or should not choose to participate in a sport during those […]

Tips to setting yourself up to receive the best letter of recommendation possible

October 3, 2018

by Tobias Joel A good lawyer selects her witnesses carefully: she needs their testimony to confirm parts of her case. The same strategic thinking should be behind student choices for letters of recommendation. As in court, effective recommendations are critical because these are the only parts of an application not directly created by students. If letters […]

College Application Essays

September 28, 2018

By Susan Packer Davis I have been editing college application essays for nearly forty years.  I was previously the Director of a small, college-preparatory high school for which I personally did all the college counseling, including application preparation and essay review, to assure the success of the school and to provide the highest level of […]

A PCAP Success Story

September 21, 2018

By Susan Packer Davis I had a student last year – a kind, sweet-natured young man, who came to ThinkTank Learning for help with his college applications.  He was in 11th grade, and had an uneven academic record. His standardized test scores, too, were not stellar. A computer science devotee, he dreamed of attending a […]