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CollegeBoard Cancels SAT Subject Tests: An Opportunity for Students

CollegeBoard Cancels SAT Subject Tests: An Opportunity for Students 1000 675 Charlene Chiu

By Natasha Zhou, translated by Charlene Chiu Last month, CollegeBoard announced that they would be discontinuing the SAT Subject Tests and the…

Craft Your Best Pitch II: Guided Examples

Craft Your Best Pitch II: Guided Examples 840 840 Charlene Chiu

We previously explained how to craft a pitch. In this blog post, we’ll show you two example pitches and explain what works and what doesn’t.

Craft Your Best Pitch I: Where to Start

Craft Your Best Pitch I: Where to Start 1000 1000 Charlene Chiu

Got a great idea for a product or project? Not sure how to pitch it to potential users? Here’s a guide on how to start!

December 2020 Recommended Readings

December 2020 Recommended Readings 1280 672 Xueying Chen

In our work as coaches to high school superstars, we come across important stories on youth innovation and college admissions. Every month,…

New Senior Advisors Join Us in Hong Kong

New Senior Advisors Join Us in Hong Kong 1280 640 Xueying Chen

In December 2020, King Sze Yip (left) and Jane Griffiths (right) joined The Spike Lab team in Hong Kong as Senior Advisors.  In this post, they talk about their shared history and what drew them to The Spike Lab’s work.

Learning to Rest

Learning to Rest 1280 384 Larry Liu

It’s a hard lesson, but sometimes you need to slow down in order to go faster, and sometimes you need to lay down in order to run.

Coach Profiles: Introducing Daniel Chiu

Coach Profiles: Introducing Daniel Chiu 1000 1000 Xueying Chen

In this post, you’ll meet Daniel Chiu, a software entrepreneur and technology consultant helping teenagers become entrepreneurs themselves.

Finding Purpose: A Four Step Process for Teens

Finding Purpose: A Four Step Process for Teens 1000 1000 Lloyd Nimetz

The best process for developing purpose is through action, a purpose project that we call a Spike. This process is more an art than a science, but we liken it to a very simple 4-step framework that our students follow.

Beyond TSL: Monica’s College Journey

Beyond TSL: Monica’s College Journey 940 788 Xueying Chen

Several weeks ago, our featured student and TSL alum Monica spoke with us about how her Spike project experience has opened opportunities for her in college.

Coach Profiles: Introducing Alex Owens

Coach Profiles: Introducing Alex Owens 1000 1000 Xueying Chen

In this post, you’ll meet Alex Owens, a former classroom teacher with a decade of experience helping students launch ambitious community-oriented projects.

A student looks out of her window, gazing at the moon, which represent family connection.

Healing The Whole Family (NYTimes)

Healing The Whole Family (NYTimes) 1280 853 Guest

Illustration from “Healing The Whole Family” by Jon Han for The New York Times This New York Times article is reposted with…

September 2020 Recommended Readings

September 2020 Recommended Readings 1280 672 Theo Wolf

In our work as coaches to high school superstars, we come across important stories on youth innovation and college admissions. Every month, we share our round-up of the most important ones. This month highlights the importance of social-emotional wellness during COVID and lessons on learning entrepreneurship. We hope you enjoy them!