Quality over quantity.
ThinquePrep belongs to the preparatory industry known for its unscalable business model.  Families can't simply walk into "retail" tutoring agencies and expect quality advising. Most of the renowned tutors and trusted counselors in the county have chosen independent routes to understandably maximize their earning potential.
At ThinquePrep, we hand select only the premium in experienced and accredited tutors.  We divide specialization to ensure your student is paired with the most qualified mentor.  It's not about scaling the business; it's about scaling the trust. 
Thinque Tips

- Seek tutors with proven, public results & extensive references


- Pros are often booked weeks in advance; be careful approaching someone with a blank schedule 

- Pick a full timer; you want someone who lives, breathes, and dreams what your student is prepping for 


Accredited "Smart People"

Joyee Lin

Head Counselor/Academic Coach 

Hello, Students and Parents! My name's Joyee. (Pronounced "Joey" like the baby kangaroo). 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.

Former application reader for

Claremont McKenna College

Member of college counseling organizations: IECA, NACAC, WACAC

"Perfect Score Tutor"

1600 SAT; 36 ACT; 800 SAT Math 2; 800 SAT Literature; 800 SAT Spanish

Nina Calabretta

Academic Coach 

Hi, Internet people! My name is Nina. I'm a professor of English at Fullerton College and a test preparation instructor and essay coach here at Thinque Prep. I enjoy medieval history, long hikes in the woods, and catching up on The Bachelor with my cat, Betsy. A longtime tutor in a variety of subjects, I'm passionate about helping students of all ages meet and exceed their academic goals (even if it requires doing coordinate geometry every now and again).

Double B.A. in English Literature & Creative Writing

M.A. in English

College English instructor

8 years of experience as a tutor

Proofreader and copywriter for several professional publications

Michael Funaro

Academic Coach 

Hello! My educational background and research primarily involves applying chemistry and engineering principles to solving problems in medical technologies.  Over the course of my career, I've been working closely with students seeking help with math, science, and SAT/ACT prep.  In doing so, I've become extremely passionate about teaching and have transitioned from the biotechnology industry into teaching and extracurricular course development.

B.S. in Bioengineering

M.S. in Biomedical Engineering 

Former High School math instructor and STEM curriculum developer

Test prep tutor and instructor for over 7 years

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