Let's light up your path to college.


 Planning Your Journey to College   

I'm Robert, your college counselor at College Torch.

Learn more about me here.

Private College Counseling

The best time to start is 10th or early 11th grade.

I guide students 1-on-1 through every step of their college applications and essays, giving clear direction and listening carefully to their needs. I'm right there for that exciting moment when it's time to press submit.
DIY Courses
Check out our DIY course for writing PIQs, the tough essays for the UC Application. In 22 lessons over 6 modules, I teach students everything they need in order to craft compelling essays -- with no busy work involved. 

Want one-on-one support and essay feedback from me as you complete the course? Check out the "DIY Plus" option.


Our family is very thankful for Robert's patient, expert guidance for our son in his college journey. Robert helped our son find direction both with his intended major and in colleges that would fit his personality, interests and major.


Robert also helped our son through the challenges of essay writing and the process of completing and submitting all the applications. He guided us through to the very end, even discussing our son's top choices and helping us make the right decision. We were so impressed with Robert and his team that our daughter is in the process with Robert now and we are excited to see where she'll go to college in the fall of 2022.

Dayna in Sierra Madre, CA

Robert was fantastic from day one! He has a well-thought out plan that helps students get through the entire process of finding colleges that fit, writing essays, managing timelines, applying for financial aid, and making a final college selection. Robert is knowledgeable about the entire process and is available for questions throughout. His service is not just a support to the student, but to the parents as well.


Having Robert manage our son’s progress and keep him on track, meant far less tension for our family. This was our first time going through the college application process and we would never have been able to navigate our way through it without Robert’s assistance. His services are worth every penny! We are so happy we made the choice to work with College Torch and we are guaranteed to be repeat customers when our second son applies to college.

Kristin in Pasadena, CA

 Tutoring and Test Prep 

We're committed to the heart of learning. 

Lark Yan is the College Torch Writing Specialist.

She supports students with virtual tutoring in English, writing, and social sciences.

Click here to book a

one-hour online session with Lark!

Lark Yan, Writing Specialist

Oomi Pammit is the College Torch STEM Specialist.

She supports students with virtual tutoring in math, physics, biology, chemistry, and computer science.

Click here to book a

one-hour online session with Oomi!

Oomi Pammit, STEM Specialist


Esther Lee, Test Prep Specialist

Our test prep track is a 10-week one-to-one program where every session is completely individualized for each student. Feel confident about your testing plan with support from College Torch!

Esther Lee is the College Torch test prep specialist.

She supports students in individualized SAT and ACT preparation.

Click here to book a free thirty-minute consultation

session with Esther!




A thorough list of every resource you can use in your college research.

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A comprehensive spreadsheet that you can duplicate to make your own.

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 The Blog 

We write about the application journey and share college advice. 


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Join for college application advice, higher education updates, and other resources for middle and high schoolers.


Call/Text: (323) 487-9747

Email: robert@collegetorch.com

College Torch Office

38 W Sierra Madre Blvd, Suite L

Sierra Madre, CA 91024