We collaborate closely to provide a comprehensive, seamless experience for each of our students. Laura meets with students to focus on her areas of expertise, which include English, Reading, Science, and Writing for the ACT and/or Reading, Writing and Language, and Essay for the SAT. Lorie meets with students to focus on Math for both tests.
My goal is to empower students to realize their full potential and achieve acceptance to their ideal colleges, and I have been pursuing this passion for over 10 years. My ability to connect with young adults and my first-hand knowledge of the parameters by which schools evaluate applicants make me ideally suited to partner with students as they navigate their college application journeys.
My services include taking a student from day one of ACT or SAT test prep through to submitting polished, introspective college application essays that will resonate with admissions officers. I truly get to know students so that I can customize the entire test prep and essay development process for them. The ability for students to bond with one trusted individual who can guide them through this process is invaluable. By partnering with me to reach their full potential on the ACT or SAT and craft the most genuine, revealing application essays, students can be confident that I have helped position them in the best possible manner on their college applications.
I graduated from Duke University cum laude and with distinction with a B.A. in psychology, and I later earned an MBA with a concentration in marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. I served as a member of the Admissions Committee during my two years as a full-time student at Kellogg and read and reviewed hundreds of applications throughout my tenure.
I am, therefore, very well informed about the qualities colleges are seeking in top candidates and highly skilled in advising students on how to craft excellent essays and develop solid applications. I have found that the college application process fundamentally aligns with the MBA process, and thus I have successfully transferred these insights to my college admissions clients.
I am an experienced writer with professional training, and I have a background in copywriting, marketing, brand management, and advertising. My psychology studies and career as a brand/marketing manager enable me to relate well with students and help them develop their own unique “brand” as they craft their college essays and complete other application materials.
In addition, I have received professional training as an ACT/SAT tutor. I taught group prep courses in a high school in the Northern Chicago suburbs prior to moving to an individual-based tutoring model over 10 years ago.
I am also honored to be the mother of four incredibly wonderful boys, and I cherish this role every day. I draw from my experiences as a parent to build rapport with students and help them identify and articulate their unique stories as I guide them through the admissions process.
Lorie Blickhan draws from her nearly 20 years of experience as a high school math teacher and her background in developing ACT-aligned curriculum to provide students with an unparalleled level of expertise as they prepare for ACT and/or SAT math. Lorie also equips students with an excellent working knowledge of the various functions and apps on their calculators that can both save time on the math sections of standardized tests and enable students to solve challenging problems with greater ease. Her goal is to help students build their self-confidence and achieve their best. Lorie holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Benedictine University and an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Olivet Nazarene University. She has also completed a C.A.S. in Educational Leadership through National Louis University.