I’ve been amazed at how personable, hard-working, and passionate Nick Soper has been, and I am in awe of how he essentially transformed a stressful process into an enjoyable one. That’s right—enjoyable!
Nick helped me compose a well-balanced list of “reach,” “target,” and “safety” schools, spent hours meticulously editing all my writing supplements, and was there whenever I had any questions or concerns. I was never worried about missing a single deadline because together, we had crafted an efficient, week-by-week calendar of everything I needed to have completed by a set list of dates. In fact, I met most of those deadlines early, because Nick actually made the process fun and exciting—I was constantly eager to move on to the next step.
I was accepted into 4 of my 5 top schools, and I was overwhelmed with excitement knowing I had options. I have chosen to attend Tulane University in the fall, and it’s truly all thanks to Nick Soper that I have made this enormous decision with confidence and optimism for my future. I cannot express strongly enough how much I recommend Nick Soper as a personal college counselor.
College as an institution is changing. But Nick tackles the changes with such innovation, it is truly astounding.
The first thing Nick does is to get to know you as a person. Answering a personal survey he provides, Nick gets a feel for your work habits as a student as well as the type of individual you are in terms of socializing. Paired with his knowledge of school atmospheres nationwide, Nick helps you narrow down what colleges/ universities he sees you fitting into well, and you find yourself rarely disagreeing with him. Nick has you describe your views on the world around you, family life, personal experiences, etc., while he takes notes. When you begin brainstorming your personal essays, his notes are the best foundation to work from. Nick treats every idea you have he with the utmost care and respect.
I cannot thank him enough. I appreciate him immensely as a counselor and as a person for the time and effort he spent helping me.
We had started working with a traditional college counselor that used a cookie cutter approach to the college process. She didn't seem to want to get to know my daughter and think about what might work for her talents, interests and abilities. We felt like we were wasting our time and money.
Then we heard Nick speak at a Santa Monica High School event and decided to set up a meeting. Immediately my daughter connected with him. He wanted to build a plan around her, not around a competitive, often mysterious and frustrating process.
After the first session, Nick helped her organize her thoughts, and they began to work together directly on the various assignments he was giving her. They came up with a list of schools and began to prepare for the application process. Nick was able to turn a potentially stressful situation into something that was actually fun for my daughter. She was researching and brainstorming and planning campus visits with enthusiasm. And the results speak for themselves. Ella's lists of schools were spot on. She was accepted at 11 of the 16 schools she applied to and will matriculate at Tulane in August. We couldn't be happier.
Attending a seminar that Nick presented at LACHSA was the best decision I made in helping my son navigate the college application process with a talent based emphasis. Having successfully ushered my 2 older children into college and graduate school, one with the use of an educational consultant and one without, I approached Nick's seminar somewhat skeptically. After one hour, my skepticism was cast aside and my enthusiasm mounted as I realized Nick had something very special to offer: credibility and competence!
Nick’s services are comprehensive but you can also choose an a la carte approach, which worked fabulously well for us. His writing expertise and background were of particular interest to me especially knowing that Brendan would have to write more than 15 essays during the process.
Nick proved to be the most valuable asset. Nick is calm, rational, professional, caring, supportive and extremely good at what he does. My best advice is to give yourself and your child the gift of working with Nick. I've worked with other consultants and Nick far surpassed them in every way.
I started working with Nick via Skype sessions the summer before my senior year, and he has helped me with everything from college research to essay writing. Prior to our meetings, researching colleges was overwhelming and boring, but he helped me navigate the college websites so I could easily rule out colleges I wasn't interested in and quickly discover colleges that seemed like the perfect fit. While working on my personal statement and supplemental essays, he asked me precise questions that pinpointed exactly what I was trying to say, and as I sat back to answer, he typed up everything word for word so that next thing I knew I had my entire outline set and ready to go! Nick is very flexible with meeting times, and he puts 100% of his effort into all of his clients even at the end of a full day. If I had felt overwhelmed and stressed just hours before, a meeting with Nick would make me feel prepared and excited to continue my college process.
Nick helped me most on science by teaching me how to dissect the passage and highlight key information, which made the questions so much easier. He tailored our sessions perfectly for me to focus on my weaknesses (like science) and not waste time on the stuff I was doing well on. After just a few sessions, I went from a 32 to 35 overall and from a 28 to 35 on science! Thank you, Nick
I was applying to technical programs in science and engineering, and so my writing and speaking style tend to be very analytical. When I started my original draft of my personal statement, I focused mainly on my achievements as a student. I avoided writing anything too emotional or heartfelt. Working with Nick pushed me out of my comfort zone so that I could tell stories that would help admissions offices understand who I am as a person. As a result, my essay-writing and interview skills improved, and I was accepted to Rice University, my top choice!
I'd worked with another tutor before Nick and my ACT scores weren't quite where I wanted them to be. Nick taught me a completely different way of approaching the test, and after just a few sessions, I got a 34 on my next exam! My scores went up in virtually every section. I am thrilled and certainly attribute the improvement to our sessions. I'd say I'm most proud of my 35 in reading.
I knew I had a great story to tell to colleges, but I was having trouble figuring out what parts I should and shouldn’t include. Nick helped me start writing and encouraged me to share as much as possible. Soon I was feeling overwhelmed because we had a LOT of material, but Nick knew exactly how to help me choose the parts that were most important to me. I can’t recommend him highly enough!
My daughter, Sydney wanted a 100-point SAT score increase to strengthen her applications to highly selective colleges. This is a high bar when your school was recognized for having the 6th highest SAT scores in a 2012-14 national study. Nick Soper was recommended by an expert as "one of the very best" SAT Tutors in Los Angeles. After working with Nick, Sydney's strong score increased by another 120 points! Nick's expertise got the job done. I will definitely use Nick's services again. Sydney is excited about being admitted to Duke during the Early Decision process!
I met Nick Soper when I first came to Malibu High School. It didn't take long to realize that Nick would soon become a valuable asset to our school. As the only College Counselor for the entire high school, I rely on trusted counselors to volunteer their time and assist my students in workshops and evening presentations. Nick has provided everything from small workshops to leading a large group parent information session. He is constantly looking of ways to improve access to information for students and families and always reaching out to make impactful connections. I am grateful for his work and it is clear the students and parents are as well.
Nick has been an extraordinary asset to our students. He has a concrete approach and clear strategies for tackling the ACT Science—which are hard to come by in the test prep world—and since he began teaching the ACT Science Booster at school in 2012, we've seen significant improvement in our girls' scores. Beyond that, Nick has been instrumental in his one-on-one work with students, helping bring up scores across all areas of the SAT and ACT, and move students through writer's block when it comes to college essays. Ultimately, he is our go-to guy for all things test prep because he never disappoints. To both families and colleagues, Nick comes highly recommended!
I met Nick in 2009, and he immediately impressed me with his passion for helping students. He takes time to understand the big picture, and his counseling methods reflect this. When he makes recommendations to students, he always explains why his particular recommendations make sense. This allows students to take ownership of their work because there is meaning behind their actions. Nick is constantly growing professionally. With his background in creative outlets and his desire and practice to constantly learn, I feel at complete ease when he works with any of my students, no matter what schools or programs they are pursuing.
"Working with Nick has been absolutely wonderful. Each time I met with him, we focused on specific goals for writing my personal essays and I could see the incredible headway I was making with each draft. When I first started writing my college essays, I had a good idea of what to write about. Our work helped me pick up on a very important aspect of my life. My essays flowed from there and Nick's help furthered my personal essays to reach their full potential and truly express the meaning and significance of my story. Also, Nick is very easy to talk to and his gregariousness made the experience all the better. There were times when I was stretched for time and I needed Nick's help. He made time for me and is willing to make sacrifices for his clients. Overall, I am pleased with working with Creative College Prep. I recommend them to anyone who is going through the college process. If you want your applications to truly express who you are, then you should strongly consider working with Creative College Prep. I made it into the Viterbi School of Engineering at USC and couldn't be happier!"
"Counselors, parents, websites, books –- we all the resources laid out a months-long plan for applying to college. But somehow my kid knew better –- he'd always been able to wait until the last minute and be successful. We were struggling, trying to convince him procrastinating was not the right strategy here. When the moment came that he saw the light, he wouldn't have had much hope of pulling it all together at that late point without Nick's presentations at LACHSA, breaking things down into manageable steps, and Nick's one-onone attention, pulling drafts out of Nathan and finding key information about colleges. With Nick's help, much of the scaffolding was there and Nathan only had to engage with it. One key piece of advice Nick gave was to have contact with the schools, and it was at a college information session where my son finally found his motivation. Teen/parent relationships are complicated, applying to college is complicated. Working with Nick was really straightforward, and made working with my son a lot easier."
"I was connected with Nick through a mutual friend. I didn't know what to expect but I had heard outstanding things about him. He tutored me for the ACTs from the beginning of my Junior year until I took the test in December and when I received my scores, I couldn't be any happier. After ACTs, Nick started prepping me for college applications and met with me frequently, via Skype, to brainstorm for my personal essay. To be honest, I'm not the best writer and I had plenty of ideas floating around but working with Nick helped me narrow my ideas and also put me ahead of all of my classmates in terms of college applications. Not only was I clueless on the college application process but I was also a busy student with a bunch of extracurricular activities to do, and without his generous help and his flexibility, I wouldn't be where I am today. Nick isn't just a mentor -- he is a friend."
"Nick has a special talent for connecting with teens and understanding both what they need and how to make it happen. I worked with him to develop my thoughts for an application essay because I felt like I had good ideas but could not express them adequately. After a couple sessions of brainstorming together, and learning to work through a few different drafts, I was relieved of yet another pressure early in my senior year when I finished my application essay. Nick has a creative ability unlike many others, and he stimulated my thinking and writing process -- enabling me to write and submit an essay that best represented who I am in an original and beautiful manner. I'm taking a gap year and then will attend Harvard College the following fall."
"Nick was there for me every step of the way. He helped me find schools that I had never heard of but that were great options for someone like me. I was not excited for the college search and working through all the applications, but Nick made it feel manageable. It was fun and relaxed at his home office. He always felt like a friend. I don't think I could have made it through the entire process without his help!"