College Prep for the Creative, Arts-Minded
Students Who Do Lots of Things
But Don't Know What They Want to Do
College Prep for the Creative, Arts-Minded
Students Who Do Lots of Things
But Don't Know What They Want to Do
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First as my SAT tutor, then as my college counselor, Nick has been part of my life for about two years now. From start to end was always there to answer any and all questions about the college application process. He kept me on top of my deadlines and proofread all my drafts for all the written parts of my application. Nick really took the time to get to know me as a person, not just as a student, and when I wanted to take an unconventional route for my personal statement, he encouraged me to trust in my own ideas and believed in my conviction.
Thanks to Nick's help and guidance, I will be attending Yale University, my top choice school, in Fall 2017!
I cannot thank Nick enough for the work we did together this fall! It took off an immense amount of pressure to have someone guiding me that was mellow, creative and could talk to me on my level. Nick was much more hands-on than the school counselor (who was extremely busy and couldn’t offer as much time or attention as Nick). I can't imagine how that would have worked without Nick.
As a creative type, it was so important to me to find someone who could balance the academics components with creative ones. Nick finds that balance.
We were always able to get things done without getting stressed out. We worked together flexibly, and even when I wasn't able to get something done, we'd just talk through it. I was really comfortable talking to him; it was therapeutic, even if what we were discussing was not directly going into the essay.
Most important of all, Nick always made sure the story I was telling was true to me, and he ensured that I was writing to tell my story rather than give them an answer I thought they would want to hear.
Nick was way more personable and easy to talk with, to work through my ideas with, than other tutors and mentors I've had. He always asks the right questions to get me to think about things that wouldn't have occurred to me otherwise. I also really like the setting at his home office because it was comfortable and relaxed. This really helped to relieve the stress that otherwise can come with the hard work of college preparation.
Nick was especially helpful with ACT prep. He really helped me break down what I was doing and showed me how I could get a better score the next time.
Nick is great for people who have a certain degree of independence and a sense of time management—he gives just the right amount of space to allow us to take the initiative. I'm so grateful to have someone with me on this path to the colleges I really love.
From the moment I met Nick, I knew he'd make the college application process a breeze. He tries really hard to get to know you and what your strengths and weaknesses are so he can brainstorm colleges that relate specifically to what you want.
At every meeting, Nick takes notes so by the time you have to write your essays, everything is right there for you in your own words. He also takes his time to help you edit your work and make sure it's the best it can be. Nick made me feel confident about my application rather than nervous.
The best thing about Nick is that he helped take away the stress that applying to colleges can cause. He made sure that I turned in all my applications way before the deadlines.
I'm so glad I decided to work with Nick because he helped me apply to all my schools with ease.
About a month before my early decision application was due, I came to Nick with my personal statement and a feeling of impending doom. At the very beginning of our time together, Nick told me to completely disregard any and all essay prompts— and suddenly that feeling vanished.
My first meeting with Nick was a simple “get to know you”: he asked me questions about myself and assigned me basic freewrites, where I would sit down and write about anything I wanted for twenty minutes. This process of getting out ideas was essential for me, because then the actual writing came naturally. Over the course of a few meetings, my personal statement formed on its own, my ideas and values weaving together beautifully to create a piece of writing that truly felt like an accurate representation of myself.
Nick’s approach to this process was incredibly flexible, liberating, and safe. I knew I would finish my personal statement and my supplements and meet my deadlines because of Nick. This feeling of security and assurance is crucial in a process with so much uncertainty. And I’m so proud to say that I will be attending my top choice, Smith College, in the fall.
The college application process for me was one of the most daunting aspects of my youth. But over the course of a few months, Nick helped me work through my anxiety about the sheer size of the task and my fear of writing about myself. Coming out of the college application experience, I am a much better writer, learner, and efficient worker. I will be attending Sarah Lawrence College in the fall, and I highly recommend Nick for his college application and writing support!
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!