Prior to the first meeting, I was always stressed about the daunting college application process. However, after our first meeting at the beginning of summer, I walked out of Nick’s office confident and ready to take on the process! We created a solid plan with attainable goals. He has helped me through every step of the way, from keeping me on top of deadlines to helping me cultivate all of my essays — especially my personal statement — and taking them to the next level. Nick's insightful advice and experience really pushed me as both a student and person.
I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to work with Nick. Thanks to his guidance, I will be attending my dream school, Columbia University next fall, and I couldn't have done it without him!
I wouldn't just call Nick a college counselor, I'd call him a mentor. Whether it was with college applications or just my life in general, Nick was always there to talk to me. I'm most certainly not the type of guy that opens up to everyone, but something about the setting I was in and the person I was facing made it really easy. He was so talented at helping me translate everything I was saying into writing, which in return made all my essays feel so personal and authentic. Overall, Nick made my application process a breeze and as less stressful as possible. Thank you, Nick!
Working with Nick the second half of high school took a big burden off me. Whether in the form of essay help, ACT tutoring, or just someone to ask simple questions to, his help made me feel a lot more confident throughout the college application process. Starting with him in my junior year meant that he helped to craft a list of potentially interesting schools for me, plan trips for tours, narrow down the list, and actually work on the individual applications.
His relaxed demeanor made the whole process just a bit less stressful and helped to make me feel as if I was making progress towards a more tangible goal. With his help I was accepted into Tufts University for early decision, where I will be attending next fall.
Applying to college can be a stressful time; I’d had constant writer's block and really struggled to write an essay that would represent who I am while also fitting a prompt. Nick told me to completely disregard the prompts and helped me brainstorm ideas by asking me basic questions that you'd ask a new friend, just to get a sense of who I am. He then helped me organize my thoughts and guided me on how to develop my essays from there. Nick was very comforting to talk to and helped me calm down whenever I was anxious about college.
Ultimately, he helped me create essays that really represent my voice, who I am as a person, and what I believe in. I am so proud of everything I have written, and I would not be as confident about my applications if it wasn't for his help!
Nick is a college wizard, creative writer, and, oddly, a therapist. Not an awkward, obviously paid "yes-man" type of therapist, but one that you open up to and discover inner truths about yourself—making for wonderful essays. But Nick doesn't hold your hand; he makes sure you write it yourself first to capture your own creative flair, and then coaches you through restructuring and making the piece as coherent and interesting as possible. I can't thank Nick enough for helping me get into my top school, but ultimately, he taught me a skill even more valuable, that I'll use for the rest of my life: how to properly write about myself.
Nick's SAT and ACT tutoring services have been excellent for both of our daughters. In 2016, Nick's expertise helped our daughter, Sydney, raise her already strong score by 120 points! During the Early Decision process, Sydney was admitted to Duke University where she is now a sophomore in Spring 2018. In 2017, we returned to Nick to tutor our daughter, Kendall, for the ACT, and he helped her achieve a score above 30, which was her goal. Kendall was admitted to Cornell University during the Early Decision process and will be a Freshman in the Fall 2018. Nick Soper is one of the very best SAT and ACT tutors in Los Angeles. Thank you, Nick!
I am so grateful for how much Nick helped me through the college process. I came in with a good ACT score and good essay topics, but he help make them both outstanding. By our second meeting, it felt as though Nick had known me for my entire life. His calm and cool personality made him approachable and fun to work with.
For my essays, Nick was spectacular at helping me get my personality and message across to the reader. His extensive knowledge about different applications and admissions processes made him extremely adept at helping me write to my different audiences.
Without Nick's help I do not think I would have gotten into all my top choice colleges that I applied to. I always felt enthusiastic to go meet with Nick, and I wanted to stay past my allotted appointment time just to talk. I can't thank Nick enough for making the college process go so smoothly and for helping me get accepted to my dream school.
My college application process would have been extremely difficult without Nick. Whether for ACT prep or college applications, he prepared me for everything that could be thrown at me during junior and senior year. He kept timelines throughout the process and helped me choose deadlines that would keep my stress under control. To lessen the pressure during senior year, he also made sure that I stayed on pace to turn in applications way before their deadlines, so that I could relax over break. In addition to working with me as a student, Nick really took interest in my life and found out who I was as a person. Then, in our work together, he helped me to develop 'my story' and portray that in the applications. My college application journey was smooth and fun, rather than a daunting experience! I am so grateful that I was able to work with Nick!
I recently received the news that I was accepted to UC Berkeley after working with Nick through my college application process. I am an extremely shy person, but somehow Nick made me feel very comfortable and in addition to his fantastic advice, he gave me the confidence I needed to share my story. His experience, knowledge, and humanity made the college application process much less stressful and I learned a lot more about myself through his guidance.
When I came to Nick, I was starting the first semester of my senior year. Prior to this, I thought I had everything under control, until I began writing my personal statement. I had essays drafted, but I was not confident that they conveyed all of my ideas the way I wanted. Nick helped me put into words everything that I was struggling to do on my own. He knows exactly how to synthesize the writing, without judgment. His process of brainstorming and drafting makes the whole college process bearable and actually exciting. Nick coaches writing in a way that enables the student to take the lead, while he helps to refine ideas and the language to express them. I learned a lot about myself in the process. As the student, if you put in the work, you will definitely see the results. I strongly recommend Nick as a writing coach.