How to Choose Extracurricular Activities

April 27, 2018

By Susan Packer Davis How should a student go about finding the right extracurricular activities? My answer is simple: A student should do what s/he loves to do – and then expand that passion into a meaningful and significant activity or project that will be about more than him or her, something for the greater […]

Writing: How to Make It Better

April 20, 2018

By Susan Packer Davis At the start of each and every school year, my mother, Sonya Packer, a professor in the Speech Department at UCLA for thirty years, would receive a note in her box from the Chancellor, imploring all the professors at UCLA to do whatever they could to raise the level of writing […]

An overview and strategy to completing college admissions

April 12, 2018

By Darian Brooks College application season can be a pretty stressful time for students and their families with all of the different deadlines, application materials, and testing necessary. Some programs and majors also have supplemental materials adding to the long list of requirements necessary for students completing the application process. For example, those students looking […]

Ways To Be Creative and Independent This Summer

April 6, 2018

By Lia Tanti Summertime usually conjures up images of lounging by the poolside, drinking iced tea, and taking it easy. After all the hard work you put in during the school year, you certainly deserve (and need!) the physical and mental break that summer offers. However, summer isn’t just about having more time to relax; […]

Accepted! Now What? Choosing Which College to Attend After Being Accepted to Multiple Institutions

March 30, 2018

By Calla Buttke Congratulations! You’ve received multiple acceptance letters. Which college should you choose? It’s that time of year when colleges are sending out thousands of envelopes, both thick and thin. Fortunately for you, you’ve received multiple thick envelopes bearing offers of admission. However, now you have a problem (albeit a good one): Which offer […]

Time Management: Kanban Technique

March 23, 2018

By Tobias Joel Students at all levels, whether high-school or college, struggle to keep up with assignments and tests, activities and commitments. Time management is a recurring issue that ThinkTank Consultants help students address. Consultants begin by helping students identify that time management is made up of three components: (1) motivation planning; (2) energy planning; […]

How to Approach College Application Essays

March 16, 2018

By Andrew Henrotin Andrew Henrotin is a lifelong educator who has specialized in college preparation and college counseling over the last two decades. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master’s degree in Education Curriculum from … [Read More About the Author] As college admissions become more competitive (Stanford and Harvard […]

What do ACT/SAT scores mean? Story of two students who overcame their standardized testing hardships (Part Three)

March 9, 2018

By Jeff Lee What ACT/SAT Scores Mean Now, there is still the question of what these test scores actually represent. What are these tests designed to measure and predict? ACT and CollegeBoard claim that their tests predict a student’s potential for academic success, which is quantified through test scores and grades. ACT and SAT test […]