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ar headerA perfect score on college entrance exam testing?  meet Joyee Lin.

Hello, Students and Parents! My name's Joyee, Born and raised in California, graduate of Northwestern University. I love the theatre, and took as many chances as I could to act in shows at Northwestern. I'm a test preparation expert and personal guide for students in high school pushing hard to achieve their goals - and setting them up for success in their next stage in life. As a college counselor, test-prep guru, and educational cheerleader, I don't just dole out sagely wisdom and send students home to study; I sit with them, open the book, and talk them through the task, whatever it is. I'm the expert who's in your corner.


If you're anything like me, you want to know what makes your counselor/coach the expert he says he is. Let me tell you about some of the great things I've done since graduating from Northwestern:

College Admissions Expertise

I'm a former application reader for Claremont McKenna College (Claremont, CA). I organize and facilitate the annual College Admissions Workshop at Soka University, connectireal admissions officers with Orange County students.

I'm a member of the college counseling organizations IECA, NACAC, and WACAC.

I visit, on average, 20 college campuses per year, nationally and internationally.

I communicate regularly with admissions representatives from colleges around the country and get you in touch, too.

"Perfect Score" Test Prep Tutor

I took the tests myself -- recently, not fifteen years ago -- and I thought I did okay! o 1600 SAT o 36 ACT o 800 SAT Math 2 o 800 SAT Literature o 800 SAT Spanish Worked for Kaplan, Revolution Prep, and many other countries that offer test preparation classes My students average a 150-point increase (SAT) or a 5-point increase (ACT) after completing the Comprehensive Test Prep program

Academic Coach - Your All-Around Tutor

I've been doing this for a while! See the list of Thinque Subjects here. Ask me about your individual subject of interest, and I'll tell you why I'm the right person to help.

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mindJohn Teasdale is a contemporary psychologist and the co-founder of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. A co-developer of MBCT, he has co-authored Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression and The Mindful Way through Depression. He worked at the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit of the University of Oxford, Cambridge, and also as a research scientist at the Department of Psychiatry at Oxford. He dedicated his focus to understanding the cognition behind depression. He has researched the psychological processes behind emotional problems, specifically depression. His treatment and prevention research has focused on cognitive therapies and mindfulness.

In 1991, alongside Phil Barnard, Teasdale developed a theory of the mind he called interacting cognitive subsystems. This model argues that the mind can operate in multiple modes, each of which is responsible for processing new information on both an intellectual and cognitive level. From this theory mindfulness-based cognitive therapy grew. Developed by John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, and Mark Williams, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is based on the mindfulness-based stress reduction program designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Teasdale studied cognitive therapies for years and developed MBCT as a viable and effective form of treatment for the prevention of depression relapse. MBCT combines traditional cognitive behavioral therapy with mindfulness and other contemplative approaches.

Like meditation, MBCT helps a person learn to accept emotions and thoughts in a nonjudgmental way, in order to identify them more clearly. By gaining awareness of and control over one's thoughts, a person struggling with depression can work to counteract automatic negative thoughts. MBCT also strives to help participants avoid ruminating on negative emotions rather than simply ignoring unpleasant feelings. The therapy places a strong emphasis on not judging oneself or one's thoughts.

Conducted in a group setting over the course of eight weekly sessions, MBCT has a strong focus on practice. Every course lasts two hours, and after five weeks, participants attend a day-long course. Participants also do homework such as guided meditations, thought logs, and other tools designed to promote mindfulness.

Some therapists have begun using this approach with other disorders, such as schizophrenia, but there has not been much clinical research on MBCT's effectiveness with other mental health issues, outside of depression. For the treatment of depression, MBCT is an empirically validated approach.

Teasdale has been recognized by the American Psychological Association with their prestigious Distinguished Scientist Award. He has also been elected a Fellow at the Academy of Medical Sciences and the British Academy. He has practiced insight meditation since 1993, and taught mindfulness internationally. Teasdale is retired, though he still teaches mindfulness and meditation privately.

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