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Forge ahead on your educational journey, whether you're just starting out...

...or applying for an advanced degree.


Explore potential major & career fits, design a mini college list & resume, and create an action plan for the future


Receive comprehensive 1:1 strategy and support while crafting your college list, essays, & applications

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Hi, I'm Mindi!

I empower college-bound students to navigate their desired futures with intention, clarity, and confidence.

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The college application process can be a long and overwhelming journey. I can't think of a better tour guide to help inform, question, and share in the experience. Mindi created the safe space for our daughter to express herself in a meaningful and authentic way.

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Tracy Huebner | Executive Director - Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd (Parent)

Beyond Academic Success





A 6-month plan designed to see the prospective student through from start to finish, the Collegiate Essay Writing & Planning program includes brainstorming, outlining, and organizing a Personal Statement, multiple draft reviews, supplemental essay and short response drafts, and Common App submission oversight. Students also have the option of adding a Scholarship Essay review.


  • Authenticity of student voice in all essays

  • Knowledge of reality vs. myth surrounding what is acceptable for college essay approach and subject matter

  • Developed process by which to self-prepare future scholarship or personal essays and job-seeking materials after college

  • Completed essays and/or applications for all universities on student's personal list


Designed for students entering graduate school, law school, or business programs, this program is customized based on the needs of the prospective student and his/her experience level and proficiency with writing. Clients will have an initial session to discuss the requirements and create a plan which will include statements, draft revisions, direction, and any application assistance needed. 


  • Authenticity of client voice in all essays

  • Understanding of strategic approach for subject matter

  • Developed process by which to self-prepare future professional or personal essays and job-seeking materials after program

  • Completed essays and/or applications for all programs on client's personal list


Based on an academic semester commitment, students needing assistance with essay writing for English Language Arts and/or Humanities can have consistent support in drafting, reviewing, and proofreading academic essays. Sessions recommended per essay are typically based on essay length requirements.


  • Authenticity of student voice in all essays

  • Developed process by which to self-prepare future analytical essays, book reports, and research papers

  • Understanding of importance of essay planning and draft process for academic and future professional success



Academic mentoring is only one aspect of a successful academic experience.


BRAINOLOGY® GROWTH MINDSET DEVELOPMENT is a fun, interactive program that shows students how their brains - like their muscles - become stronger with effort and that their intelligence and abilities are not fixed assets, but ones that can grow.

This is a 12-week program which includes a Performance Mind Assessment and goals assessment, attention and concentration building, thinking and resilience training, repetitive connection and intelligence building, and memory and study skills boosting. The program finishes with reassessments to track growth.


  • Acceptance that the brain becomes stronger with effort and that one's intelligence and abilities are not "fixed"

  • Understanding of how expandable intelligence can improve academic performance

  • Increased sense of how individualized, science-based learning strategies can improve personal efficacy

  • Empowerment from improvement and/or achievement of one or more SMART goals related to personal academics

SMILING MIND® MINDFULNESS DEVELOPMENT is a secular program designed to teach students how to use meditation and breathing tools to pay attention in a particular way - on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally - leading to reduced stress and anxiety inside the classroom and beyond.


This is a 12-week program which includes a Performance Mind Assessment and goals assessment and the exploration of concepts including breath and surroundings, thoughts and self-compassion, mindful vs mindless trains of thought, stress and grounding, growth mindset and gratitude, studying and sleep, and building positive relationships. The program concludes with a self-compassion meditation and final assessments.


  • Understanding of how meditation and breathing techniques can reduce stress and anxiety both in and out of the classroom

  • Take-home and integrative activities related to meditation

  • Experience and knowledge of how to use guided meditation to regulate stress and promote well-being

  • Empowerment from improvement and/or achievement of one or more SMART goals related to personal academics



(including AP & IB)

ACADEMIC SUBJECT SUPPORT in FRENCH, ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS/HUMANITIES, and/or MATH (through Trigonometry / Pre-Calc) requires a semester commitment and includes a review of the course syllabus and teacher expectations, creation of SMART goals for class performance/grade with regular check-ins, academic coaching based on the student's needs, review of past quizzes and tests, and forward-looking previews of the course textbook. Students meet for 1-3 sessions per week based on need as determined and agreed upon before beginning.


  • Learned communication of academic needs

  • Developed process by wish to create effective SMART goals in the future

  • Increased organization and confidence in subject matter

**Students choosing an Academic Subject Support program will also choose an accompanying Brainology or Smiling Mind curriculum.**

SAT SUBJECT TEST PREP in FRENCH and/or LITERATURE requires an 8-week commitment, one session per week to work toward SAT subject preparation. Students will engage in a combination of mindful test performance tools, practice tests with error reviews, and guided concept strategy, and performance practice coaching. The final session will include a SMART goal assessment and a guided mindset exercise for optimal performance.


  • Increases sense of preparedness for specific SAT subject test components and command of general standardized test strategies

  • Developed process by which to self-prepare future academic and standardized tests

  • Improved confidence in tools to self-regulate stress and anxiety during SAT subject test and beyond

  • Empowerment from improvement and/or achievement of one or more SMART goals related to the exam


I had never been great at taking tests, however working with Mindi completely turned my academic career around. Not only did I learn the correct strategies but also the discipline and patience that comes with learning. I am now studying Anthropology at NYU which I never thought was possible, and I owe a lot of that to Mindi’s tutoring. I highly recommend her to anyone struggling with academia - she really knows what she’s doing!”


Madigan W. | Student



About Mindi

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Mindi has been involved in tutoring and mentorship since she herself was in grade school: a peer mentor to younger students in elementary and high school, a youth mentor for the East Bay College Fund, and peer advisor to students within her major program at UC Berkeley.  While preparing for post-graduate studies, she sought part-time employment with a start-up company in the standardized test prep industry. She quickly joined the top ranks of their professional tutoring faculty by demonstrating a unique ability to achieve both dynamic rapport and results with students worldwide via most interactive online meeting technology. She soon began mentoring new faculty, traveling abroad to work with international students eager to attend American colleges, and assisting as an academic advisor and trainer for the company’s staff and tutors nationwide.


While she relished watching her students succeed, Mindi was realizing that there were hidden opportunities during this standardized testing “rite of passage” that were getting overlooked—opportunities for students to discover themselves and what truly matters to them.  She began integrating growth mindset and mindfulness work into her sessions, and upon seeing their ability to transform an otherwise stressful process into one of passionate inquiry and discovery, set out to customize her signature academic mentoring system. By working this way, Mindi empowers students to not only unlock their ability to achieve immediate academic goals, but also confidently explore the futures they desire and deserve. 


More than just tutoring to gain admission to top colleges, Mindi encourages her students to find powerful connections between their schoolwork and their personal lives that not only positively affect their collegiate paths but their future professional careers as well.  


Mindi feels that the college essay writing process is the best vehicle for sparking these types of insights.  In fact, one of her students had her essay featured on Johns Hopkins University’s website as a Class of 2018 “Essay That Worked”—a stellar example of a hero story for future undergraduate applicants.  


When students are able to unlock and articulate their individual essence, the essays become more than just an administrative hoop through which to jump—they become meaningful reflections at a pivotal moment in students’ lives that can pay off in myriad ways.  In 2015, a former student from Florida leveraged her essays to receive a four-year $42,000 annual scholarship to an out-of-state university, which was one of eight to which she was accepted.

I am grateful for Mindi being my tutor - she was always patient with me and she kept tutoring fun and engaging. I was also very fortunate to have her assistance with writing my personal statements and supplemental essays for my college applications.


She taught me many useful strategies for test-taking, and I was able to apply those strategies to tests beyond the SAT. Also thanks to her help, I learned how to properly study for important tests and I maintained high grades for my remaining years of high school and my first year of college. She also provided me with resources that made aspects of college less daunting. 


When I first took the SAT, my score was 1190. After working with Mindi, I was able to boost my score to 1350 and I was accepted to four universities. I am currently a UC Riverside student as a Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Biology major, and I am thankful that Mindi was able to get me there.  

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Breeann N. | Student

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