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 […]

PCAP Success Story

September 14, 2018

By Henry Wang Shy, humble, but determined, she is my student who is going to Caltech this fall. I have worked with her for almost two years on her high school academics, standardized tests, extracurricular activities, summer programs, and ultimately college applications. Besides leading student clubs and taking additional classes outside the school, like most […]

Major Profile: Applied Mathematics

September 7, 2018

by Tobias Joel In high school mathematics, the focus is finding answers. The goal is to extract an answer from a prepared question. In Applied Mathematics, the process is reversed: the focus is finding questions. The goal is to extract a question that opens analysis of the world around us. To put it simply, typical math […]

Top Reasons to Study Abroad

August 31, 2018

by Calla Buttke Whether you’re interested in studying abroad for a short period of time or for your entire high school and/or college career, the experiences you have while studying outside of your home country can significantly broaden your horizons, open your mind, and enhance your career prospects. For me personally, studying in both China […]

Factfulness and Student Purpose

August 24, 2018

By Tobias Joel “Factfulness” means approaching ideas with an unclouded lense, a viewpoint based on observations rather than assumptions. Author Ola Rosling first coined “Factfulness” when researching historical trends in global poverty. As he began presenting his findings, Rosling noticed widespread misunderstanding regarding the nature of poverty. The gap between general opinion and Rosling’s data-based conclusions […]