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Alex C

test prep tutor
academic tutor

Education Earned a B.A.in British and American Literature from New York University; studied International Affairs with a concentration in Middle Eastern Affairs at George Washington University
Hobbies Cooking, baking, exercising, reading (especially sci-fi!), watching television, creative writing, traveling
Test Prep ACT, SAT Subject Tests (Literature, US History, Math I and II)
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, American Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, Journalism, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition
General Strengths Elementary education, Speed reading skills, Reading comprehension, Literary analysis, Academic writing, Creative writing, Students with learning differences, Organizational skills, Study Skills, Standardized test advisement, Test-taking psychology, Managing test anxiety, College-level coursework, ESL
Related Experience Middle and high school tutor/mentor; participant in America Reads program; CELTA certification from iHouse London, ESL instructor in Turkey; professional content writer


Alex T

college counselor

Education Earned a B.A. in Sociology from Northwestern University with a minor in French Language; earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Los Angeles
Hobbies Cycling, cooking, beach volleyball, tennis, loving the New England Patriots, road-tripping, and finding the best food trucks (still looking)
General Strengths Fluency in French language, Academic writing, Creative writing, Technical writing, Study Skills, College-level coursework, course selection for undergraduate programs, application review, public health programs, medical school applications, social science Masters and Ph.D. programs, humanities Masters and Ph.D. programs, interview skills
Related Experience Member of the Northwestern Alumni Admissions Council, application reader in Evanston; alumni admissions interviewer in Los Angeles


Ali K

test prep tutor
academic tutor

Education Earned a B.F.A. in Acting from Brigham Young University
Hobbies Traveling, hiking, writing, comedy, movies, and browsing used bookstores
Test Prep SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests (Literature, US History, World History)
Academic Subjects American Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, Journalism, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, World Civilizations/World History, European History, AP European History, US History, AP US History, AP World History
General Strengths Elementary education, Reading comprehension, Literary analysis, Academic writing, Creative writing, Organizational skills, Study Skills, Managing test anxiety
Related Experience Test prep and academic tutor, specializing in AP tests; teaching assistant to students with learning differences and test anxiety; tutored one-on-one in the theatre department at BYU, volunteer tutor at the Boys and Girls Club and for the Utah public school system.


Amanda R

study skills counselor

Education Earned a B.A. in Speech from Northwestern University; earned a CPCC title (Certified Professional Coactive Coach) from CTI (Coaches Training Institute); earned a SEP certification (Somatic Experiencing Practitioner) from the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute
Hobbies Creative writing, documentaries, trapeze, hiking, comedy
General Strengths Personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, college audition preparation for performance tracks, interview skills
Related Experience Academic life coach, study skills counselor, and life skills counselor; creator of the first self-esteem program implemented in California Public Schools; enrichment teacher at The Gooden School; published author and public speaker; successful learning workshop leader for high school and middle school students in Southern California


Amy C

academic tutor

Education Earned a a B.S. in Food Science from University of Massachusetts Amherst - Commonwealth Honors College; studied abroad at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia; earned a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certification from Hampshire College; Certified in International Baccalaureate (IB)
Hobbies Learning new cultures through international travels, cooking and creating new recipes, doing outdoor activities in nature
Test Prep SAT Subject Tests (Chinese with Listening)
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Precalculus, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Chinese (any), Food & Nutrition
General Strengths Elementary education, Reading comprehension, Academic writing, Creative writing, Students with learning differences, Organizational skills, Study Skills, Standardized test advisement, Test-taking psychology, Managing test anxiety, College-level coursework, ESL
Related Experience Worked at a Beijing international school as the English program coordinator and primary school English teacher, taught interactive online English lessons internationally in China and Taiwan, led and taught a group of 200 international students about American cultures and ESL lessons at a summer immersion program, volunteered as English circle facilitator at public libraries


Anna V

test prep tutor
academic tutor
test proctor

Education Earned a B.A. in International Studies and Music from Northwestern University
Hobbies Violin, movies, cooking, hiking
Test Prep SAT, ACT, ISEE, HSPT, SAT Subject Tests (Literature, US History, World History, Math I and II)
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Statistics, American Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, US History & Government, World Civilizations/World History, European History, AP European History, US History, AP US History, AP US Government/Politics, AP World History, Macroeconomics, International Relations, Film Studies/Film Integration/Media, Music Theory, AP Music Theory
General Strengths Elementary education, Reading comprehension, Literary analysis, Academic writing, Creative writing, Technical writing, Organizational skills, Study Skills, Standardized test advisement, College-level coursework, arts & music programs
Related Experience Essay and creative writing editor; screenplay reader/editor for film production companies; math tutor; violin and piano instructor


Anne B

test prep tutor
academic tutor

Education Earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of Alaska Southeast with a minor in Professional Communication; earned an M.S. in Environmental Science from Alaska Pacific University and currently pursuing a Master of Science in Analytics at Georgia Tech
Hobbies Scuba diving, knitting, cooking, hiking
Test Prep SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests (Math I and II, Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, AP Statistics, AP Biology, Genetics & Biotechnology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, Marine Biology, Oceanography and Marine Biology, AP Environmental Science
General Strengths Specialize in concept accessibility; breaking down complex concepts for full comprehension, Academic writing, Technical writing, Organizational skills, Study Skills
Related Experience STEM tutor, collegiate teaching assistant, peer leader for team learning, scuba diver for California Science Center, conducted environmental education seminars at the Reef Environmental Education Foundation


Annie E

academic tutor

Education Earned a B.A. in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Johns Hopkins University
Hobbies Clarinet, swimming, hiking
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Statistics, AP Statistics, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, Biology, AP Biology, Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Physics, AP Physics, Spanish I, Spanish II, Psychology, AP Psychology
General Strengths Elementary education, Reading comprehension, Literary analysis, Academic writing, Organizational skills, Study Skills, College-level coursework
Related Experience Elementary education instructor; reading comprehension, literary analysis, academic writing, organizational skills, and study skills tutor; college-level coursework tutor


Annie M

Founder's Circle
test prep tutor
academic tutor

Education Earned a B.A. in East Asian Languages and Civilization from University of Chicago with a focus on Japanese media, graduated with honors; earned an M.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of Southern California; earned a Ph.D. in Critical Film Studies at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts
Hobbies Cooking, exploring historic Los Angeles, movies and television, entertaining, and exercise
Test Prep SAT, ACT, ISEE, HSPT, TOEFL
Academic Subjects Creative Writing, European History, US History
General Strengths Research papers, Reading comprehension, Literary analysis, Academic writing, Creative writing, Students with learning differences, Standardized test advisement, Test-taking psychology, Managing test anxiety, College-level coursework, ESL
Related Experience Have tutored for 15+ years, specializing in English language skills, academic writing, and standardized testing; served as teaching assistant and writing tutor for undergraduates in the Critical Studies Department at University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and taught Introduction to Japanese Film at Sophia University in Tokyo as a Fulbright-Hays scholar


Antoinette B

academic tutor
test proctor

Education Earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Southern California with a minor in Education and Society; currently pursuing a Teaching Credential at California State University, Long Beach
Hobbies Reading, calligraphy, photography, finding new coffee shops, and binge-watching TV shows with a bowl of popcorn
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Precalculus, Statistics, AP Statistics, US History & Government, World Civilizations/World History, European History, AP European History, US History, AP US History, AP US Government/Politics, AP Comparative Government/Politics, AP World History, Microeconomics, AP Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, AP Macroeconomics
General Strengths Elementary education, Reading comprehension, Organizational skills, Study Skills, Managing test anxiety, College-level coursework
Related Experience Test prep academic tutor with CollegeSpring at the University of Southern California; mentoring high school students in SAT/ACT prop with Upward Bound; team leader with Jumpstart USC; planning and delivering lessons in expository, literary and argumentative writing as a teaching assistant.


Bianca C

college counselor

Education Earned a B.S. in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, graduated with honors; earned an M.Ed. in Children's Media from Harvard University; earned an M.B.A. from a dual program from Columbia University and UC Berkeley
Hobbies Traveling, family time, knitting, snorkeling, watching and attending college sporting events (especially March Madness)
General Strengths Standardized test advisement, transcript analysis, course selection for high school, course selection for undergraduate programs, personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, journalism programs, financial aid (need-based aid)
Related Experience Alumni admissions interviewer for Harvard University and Northwestern University


Caroline M

academic tutor
test proctor

Education Earned a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University; earned an M.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University
Hobbies Hiking, exploring LA, going to comedy clubs, watching the Patriots
Academic Subjects American Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, Journalism, US History & Government, International Relations, Psychology
General Strengths Literary analysis, Academic writing, Creative writing, Organizational skills, Study Skills, Managing test anxiety, College-level coursework
Related Experience Graduate assistant and writing tutor to graduate students; research writing editor; presenting scientific research; social skills coach for adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder


Chelese B

Founder's Circle
test prep tutor
academic tutor
college counselor

Education Earned a B.A. in History from UC Berkeley with honors; earned an M.F.A. in Theatre from The Actors Studio Drama School
Hobbies Photography, hiking, yoga, baking/cooking, watching/making movies, traveling, writing
Test Prep SAT Subject Tests (Literature, US History)
Academic Subjects American Literature, British Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, AP US History
General Strengths Academic writing, Creative writing, Students with learning differences, Organizational skills, Study Skills, Standardized test advisement, College-level coursework, transfer student application process, non-traditional student application process, summer enrichment planning, pre-college summer programs, college research and advisement, college list building, extracurricular/resume development, major advisement/selection, course selection for high school, course selection for undergraduate programs, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, college audition preparation for performance tracks, film programs, arts & music programs, social science programs, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, medical school applications, scholarship search (merit-based aid), UC specialization, Cal State specialization, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, interview skills
Related Experience Have tutored and worked as a college essay consultant/counselor for 15+ years; present to high school students around Los Angeles on the college application process; tutored in Oakland/Berkeley after-school programs, taught SAT prep classes; volunteer with the Young Storytellers to bring creative writing and arts to underserved youth in Los Angeles


Denisse M

academic tutor

Education Earned a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from Brigham Young University with a minor in Philosophy
Hobbies Skiing, salsa and bachata dancing, racquetball, playing the piano, opera singing
Test Prep SAT Subject Tests (Spanish)
Academic Subjects Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, Spanish IV, Spanish V, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Spanish Literature and Culture, Philosophy
General Strengths Academic writing, Technical writing, Organizational skills, Study Skills, Managing test anxiety, College-level coursework, ESL
Related Experience Spanish tutor within Brigham Young University’s Department of Spanish, assisting students in written compositions and developing their writing and grammar skills; conversational Spanish tutor; native Spanish speaker


Emelia R

academic tutor

Education Earned a B.A. in English from Simpson University with a minor in Theology; earned an M.A. in education from UC Davis
Hobbies Writing, passport filling, backpacking, yoga, running, boxing, rooting for the Sacramento Kings and cheering against all LA teams (sorry, Northern California born and bred!)
Academic Subjects American Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, AP English Language & Composition
General Strengths mindfulness skills, rhetorical analysis, grammar, proofreading and editing, presenting skills, Reading comprehension, Academic writing, Creative writing, Study Skills, ESL
Related Experience Clear Credentialed Secondary school English teacher; AP and IB classroom teacher; tutor in college writing center; freelance cover letter and essay editor


Emily A

college counselor

Education Graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College with a B.A. in English and Theater; received a M.F.A. in Acting from Harvard University's American Repertory Theater
Hobbies Playwriting, sketch writing, and the Green Bay Packers
General Strengths Creative writing, international student application process, college list building, extracurricular/resume development, course selection for high school, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, interview skills


Gabby M

test prep tutor
academic tutor
test proctor
operations

Education Earned a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.A. in English from Muhlenberg College
Hobbies Traveling, hiking, writing, cooking, baking
Test Prep SAT, ACT, ISEE, HSPT, SAT Subject Tests (Literature, US History, Math I and II, Biology)
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, Statistics, AP Statistics, American Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, Biology, AP Biology, Physics, AP Physics, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism, Environmental Science, AP Environmental Science, US History & Government, European History, AP European History, US History, AP US History, AP US Government/Politics, AP Psychology
General Strengths Elementary education, Speed reading skills, Reading comprehension, Literary analysis, Academic writing, Creative writing, Technical writing, Students with learning differences, Organizational skills, Study Skills, Managing test anxiety, College-level coursework
Related Experience Lead tutor at Muhlenberg College Writing Center; embedded peer tutor in courses teaching collegiate writing to first-year college students; drop-in center peer tutor; Cognitive rehabilitation assistant for individuals recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) with therapies specializing in memory recall skills and language re-acquisition


Heather S

college counselor

Education Earned a B.A. in Theatre cum laude from Northwestern University’s School of Communication with a minor in Business Institutions
Hobbies Fantasy football, theatre/film/tv, traveling, and crosswords
General Strengths Organizational skills, pre-college summer programs, college research and advisement, college list building, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, college audition preparation for performance tracks, interview skills, resume review/evaluation
Related Experience Admissions Counselor and Tour Guide at Northwestern University; conducted alumni interviews as a member of Northwestern University's Alumni Admissions Council; worked for Aristotle Tutors as a peer tutor


Horatiu S

career counselor

Education Earned a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Swarthmore College; earned an M.B.A. in Management, Strategy, and Entrepreneurship from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
Hobbies Collecting contemporary art, getting lost in new cities, reading spy fiction, visiting galleries and museums, skimming magazines, and yoga
General Strengths Professional development, career planning, personal branding, job search strategy, interview preparation, and networking
Related Experience Alumni ambassador, career coach, and interviewer at Swarthmore College and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management; management consultant for Fortune 500 multinationals and Silicon Valley startups


Jeannie S

test prep tutor
academic tutor
test proctor

Education Earned a B.A. in Philosophy from UC Los Angeles; earned a Masters in Public Health from University of Southern California
Hobbies Playing violin, watching movies, hiking, swimming, traveling
Test Prep ACT, SAT Subject Tests (Math I and II, Chemistry, Physics)
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Physics, AP Physics
General Strengths Organizational skills, Study Skills, Managing test anxiety, College-level coursework, ESL
Related Experience Test prep and academic tutor specializing in math and science; experience tutoring middle school, high school and college students; continued education through UCLA Extension; English teacher for ESL program


Jen K

Founder's Circle
test prep tutor
college counselor
career counselor

Education Earned a B.A. in English (concentration in Creative Writing) and European History from Northwestern University
Hobbies Writing, traveling, cooking, golfing, hiking, crying about the Bears, cheering on the Cubs, and finding the best macaroni and cheese in existence
Test Prep SAT, ACT, ISEE, HSPT, SAT Subject Tests (Literature, US History)
General Strengths English, European History, US History, grammar, reading comprehension, creative writing, academic writing, counseling, transcript evaluation, course selection, test advisement, college research, college essays, application review, interview preparation, organizational skills
Related Experience Head of the Writing Center at Northwestern University, worked with undergraduates on graduate school applications and with graduate students and professors on preparing papers for publication; liaison between the university and local high school applicants; member of Northwestern University Leadership Circle Board; member of NACAC


Jenn Y

test prep tutor
academic tutor

Education Earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences and Music from Northwestern University; matriculated at Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
Hobbies Hiking with my dog, eating out with friends, playing violin, watching TV shows
Test Prep ACT
Academic Subjects Biology, AP Biology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Psychology
General Strengths Elementary education, reading comprehension, organizational skills, study skills, ESL (Korean)
Related Experience Elementary school tutor at the McGraw YMCA; high school teaching assistant; high school biology and chemistry tutor


Josh S

test prep tutor
academic tutor

Education Earned a B.S. in Film and Philosophy from Boston University; matriculated at The University of Chicago's M.A. program in Humanities
Hobbies Reading, running, listening to music, watching soccer and playing tennis
Test Prep SAT, ACT
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, American Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, Journalism, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, Biology, Physics, Astronomy, Environmental Science, US History & Government, World Civilizations/World History, European History, AP European History, US History, AP US History, AP US Government/Politics, AP Comparative Government/Politics, AP World History, Microeconomics, Western Philosophy, Eastern Philosophy, Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, Spanish IV, Middle East Studies, Psychology, Ethics, Philosophy, Film Studies/Film Integration/Media
General Strengths Reading, writing, grammar, composition, and story-structure


Justine G

college counselor

Education Earned a B.A. in English from UC San Diego; earned an M.A. in English from Stanford University; earned a College Counseling Certificate from UC Los Angeles Extension
Hobbies Spending time with family and friends, traveling, dinner parties, reading
General Strengths Academic writing, college research and advisement, college list building, extracurricular/resume development, personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, UC specialization, Cal State specialization, resume review/evaluation
Related Experience Professional member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association), track record of coaching successful applicants to University of California; College Path LA volunteer, UC High School Counselor Conference participant, facilitating college essay brainstorming


Katie C

college counselor
athletic recruitment counselor

Education Earned a B.A. triple major in Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Science, and Economics from Juniata College
Hobbies Volleyball, beach volleyball, traveling, reading, watching sports, and spending time with family and friends
General Strengths international student application process, transfer student application process, non-traditional student application process, high school selection, transcript analysis, summer enrichment planning, pre-college summer programs, college research and advisement, college list building, extracurricular/resume development, major advisement/selection, course selection for high school, course selection for undergraduate programs, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, film programs, arts & music programs, humanities programs, public health programs, business programs, social science programs, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, scholarship search (merit-based aid), financial aid (need-based aid), highly selective colleges/universities specialization, liberal arts school specialization, interview skills, athletic recruitment process
Related Experience College Counselor specializing in high academic colleges; counsels students that need additional learning resources; collegiate volleyball player, competitor in four Elite Eights, three Final Fours, and National Championship winner in 2004; collegiate basketball player; collegiate coach both Men’s and Women’s volleyball for over ten years at Division I, Division II, and Division III schools


Kelsey B

operations
admin / HR

Education Earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Concordia University
Hobbies Spending time with family, going to hockey games, baking, crafting, listening to music, and going to the beach
General Strengths Multi-task oriented, organizational skills, and attention-to-detail
Related Experience Account manager for a health insurance brokerage; assistant to CEO at health insurance brokerage; Real Estate Professional in Orange County


Lorraine P

operations

Education Earned a B.A. in Communication from Loyola Marymount University with a minor in Business Administration
Hobbies Cooking/baking, traveling, photography, hiking, running, shopping, pinning on Pinterest, Instagramming, and learning to sew
General Strengths Resume and cover letter writing, interview coaching and preparation, career counseling and planning, job search strategies, networking, salary negotiation, public speaking, organizational skills
Related Experience Assistant in the Undergraduate Admissions Office at Loyola Marymount University; campus tour guide and orientation leader for incoming students; Human Resources recruiter and trainer, public relations coordinator, sales & marketing consultant, and operations manager


Luke L

college counselor

Education Earned a B.S. in Sport and Event Management from Elon University; earned a Certificate in College Counseling from UC Los Angeles Extension
Hobbies Body surfing, surfing, swimming, going to concerts and hanging out with friends
General Strengths Students with learning differences, college research and advisement, college list building, extracurricular/resume development, major advisement/selection, personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, film programs, athletic recruitment process
Related Experience Admissions reader at Pitzer College; college counseling intern at Venice High School; volunteer with the College Bound program at the Boys and Girls Club Club of Santa Monica


Makeda E

college counselor

Education Earned a with a B.S. in Science, Technology and International Affairs from Georgetown University; graduate coursework in Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin
Hobbies Dancing, choreographing, reading obscure magazines, blogging, and searching the city for instagram-able spots
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Composition, Creative Writing, Journalism, AP English Language & Composition, Spanish I, Spanish II
General Strengths Reading comprehension, Literary analysis, Academic writing, Creative writing, Technical writing, Organizational skills, Study Skills, personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, journalism programs
Related Experience Middle and high school tutor and counselor, ESL and standardized state testing prep advisor; science and technical writer at a university supercomputing center; grant writer at a nonprofit; journalist covering breaking news, business, entertainment, and technology


Marie L

academic tutor

Education Earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Baylor University with a minor in Statistics; earned an M.S. in Biostatistics from Columbia University
Hobbies Traveling, cycling, thrift shopping, basketball (obsessed - yes, I have League Pass), and ordering from GrubHub too often
Test Prep SAT Subject Tests (Math I and II)
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Trigonometry, Precalculus, AP Calculus AB, Statistics, AP Statistics
General Strengths Students with learning differences, Organizational skills, Study Skills, College-level coursework
Related Experience Middle and high school tutor; collegiate student-athlete tutor throughout college; college student and graduate student tutor


Matan K

academic tutor

Education Earned B.A. in Neuroscience & Behavior from Wesleyan University (Phi Beta Kappa)
Hobbies Music, Surfing, Graphic Design
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Statistics, AP Statistics, American Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, Journalism, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, Biology, AP Biology, Molecular Biology, Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Physics, AP Physics, AP Physics C: Mechanics, US History & Government, European History, AP European History, US History, AP US History, Psychology, AP Psychology, Philosophy, Graphic Design and Photoshop
General Strengths Elementary education, Reading comprehension, Literary analysis, Academic writing, Creative writing, Technical writing, Students with learning differences, Organizational skills, Study Skills, Standardized test advisement, Managing test anxiety, College-level coursework
Related Experience Academic and music teacher for students of all ages; instructor at both the Altadena Academy of Music and the Middletown Green Street Learning & Arts Center; Test prep and academic tutor


Meghan D

Founder's Circle
test prep tutor
academic tutor
college counselor

Education Earned a B.A. in English from Stanford University; studied abroad at Oxford University; earned an M.A. from St. John's College; earned a Ph.D. in English from University of Southern California with a specialty in Renaissance poetry
Hobbies Cooking, jogging, assembling IKEA furniture, and buying books faster than I can read them
Test Prep SAT, ACT, GRE, SAT Subject Tests (Literature)
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, American Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, Western Philosophy, Philosophy
General Strengths Home-school curricula, Elementary education, Reading comprehension, Academic writing, Creative writing, Technical writing, Students with learning differences, Study Skills, Standardized test advisement, Test-taking psychology, Managing test anxiety, College-level coursework, transfer student application process, non-traditional student application process, foreign college/university application process, summer enrichment planning, pre-college summer programs, college research and advisement, college list building, extracurricular/resume development, major advisement/selection, course selection for high school, course selection for undergraduate programs, course selection for Masters and Ph.D. programs, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, film programs, arts & music programs, humanities programs, public health programs, business programs, social science programs, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, law school applications, social science Masters and Ph.D. programs, STEM Masters and Ph.D. programs, humanities Masters and Ph.D. programs, arts & music Masters and Ph.D. programs, scholarship search (merit-based aid), financial aid (need-based aid), highly selective colleges/universities specialization, interview skills
Related Experience Lecturer for Honors and Writing Programs at USC; SAT, ACT, and GRE instructor; winner of UCLA’s bi-annual Allegra Johnson Prize for creative nonfiction (a literary genre closely related to college application essays); Guest Lecturer of Renaissance Literature at USC; Italian language instructor at Arts High School; writing instructor to gifted elementary and middle-school students; violin teacher and high school orchestra coach; tutor and student mentor


Melissa J

academic tutor
test proctor

Education Earned a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Art with a concentration in Photography from Yale University; earned an M.A. in Creative Writing from Full Sail University with a concentration in Screenwriting; earned an M.A. in Film and Media Production from New York Film Academy
Hobbies Kickboxing, tennis, ballet, photography, painting, singing, writing
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, American Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, AP English Language & Composition, Biology, Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Physics, AP Physics, US History & Government, World Civilizations/World History, US History, AP US History, AP US Government/Politics, AP Comparative Government/Politics, AP World History, French I, French II, Italian (any), Psychology, AP Psychology, Graphic Design and Photoshop, Film Studies/Film Integration/Media, Studio Art
General Strengths Elementary education, Reading comprehension, Literary analysis, Academic writing, Creative writing, College-level coursework
Related Experience Tutor with Yale's work-study program at New Haven Reads; academic and test prep tutor with various private companies; peer tutor throughout grade school


Michelle W

academic tutor

Education Earned a B.A. in Psychology from UC Irvine with a B.A. with a minor in French
Hobbies Traveling, hiking, camping, reading, video games, baseball, general nerdiness
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, American Literature, British Literature, World Literature, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, US History & Government, World Civilizations/World History, European History, US History, AP US History, AP World History, Human Geography, Spanish I, Spanish II, French I, French II, French III, French IV, French V, AP French Language and Culture, French Literature Arts, Chinese (any), Psychology, AP Psychology
General Strengths Speed reading skills, Reading comprehension, Literary analysis, Academic writing, Creative writing, Students with learning differences, Organizational skills, Study Skills, Standardized test advisement, Test-taking psychology, Managing test anxiety, College-level coursework, ESL
Related Experience High school teacher in China; elementary school teacher in Ecuador; high school French teacher; class instructor and tutor for ACT, SAT, TOEFL


Mitch K

college counselor

Education Earned a B.A. in History from New York University
Hobbies Enjoying live music, sporting events, reading, writing, yoga, and playing a variety of sports and activities
General Strengths Reading comprehension, Literary analysis, Standardized test advisement, College-level coursework, transfer student application process, college research and advisement, college list building, major advisement/selection, course selection for high school, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, athletic recruitment process
Related Experience Collegiate volleyball coach for 15 years at both private and public universities throughout the country; independent counselor helping students from a variety of backgrounds manage the college application process


Nick N

academic tutor
test proctor

Education Earned a B.S. in Biology from California State University of Long Beach; earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Oregon State University with honors
Hobbies Volleyball, running, hiking, traveling, playing the piano and ukulele
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Statistics, AP Statistics, Computer Science, AP Computer Science, Biology, AP Biology, Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Marine Biology, Web Design/HTML
General Strengths Organizational skills, study skills, test taking skills, reading comprehension, college-level coursework
Related Experience STEM and Robotics tutor at Central Juvenile Hall in Los Angeles, Algebra and Biology tutor for high school students, software engineer at local genetics company, web developer proficient in HTML, CSS, C++, and Javascript


Nicole P

college counselor

Education Earned a B.F.A. in Drama and English magna cum laude from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts
Hobbies Writing, singing, yoga, dance, consuming far too much french toast, and hanging out with my two cats, Eva and Boo, and my dog, Dobby
General Strengths Elementary education, Reading comprehension, Literary analysis, Academic writing, Creative writing, Technical writing, Organizational skills, Study Skills, Managing test anxiety, College-level coursework, transfer student application process, non-traditional student application process, high school selection, transcript analysis, summer enrichment planning, pre-college summer programs, college research and advisement, college list building, extracurricular/resume development, major advisement/selection, course selection for high school, course selection for undergraduate programs, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, college audition preparation for performance tracks, film programs, arts & music programs, humanities programs, social science programs, arts & music Masters and Ph.D. programs, scholarship search (merit-based aid), financial aid (need-based aid), UC specialization, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, liberal arts school specialization, interview skills, resume review/evaluation
Related Experience Academic tutor in both New York and Los Angeles; Language Arts tutor and summer school English teacher at NYC charter schools, private college counselor with a specialization in Performing Arts candidates and LGBTQ+ students, plus a track record of successfully assisting applicants to UCs, East Coast colleges, and liberal arts schools


Parviz N

academic tutor

Education Earned a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Washington; earned an M.S. in Finance from University of Southern California
Hobbies Playing squash, culinary arts, traveling, and film
Test Prep GRE (Quantitative), SAT Subject Tests (Math I and II)
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Precalculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Multivariable Calculus, Statistics, Microeconomics, AP Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, AP Macroeconomics, Business
General Strengths Students with learning differences, Organizational skills, College-level coursework
Related Experience Math tutor for high school, college, and graduate-level students


Roberta L

college counselor
study skills counselor

Education Earned a B.A. in Sociology from UC Los Angeles; earned a College Counseling Certificate with Distinction from UC Los Angeles Extension
Hobbies Milk chocolate, short stories, mid-century modern architecture, disco, Sudoku, dog and cat adoration, writing poetry, seeing movies in movie theaters, making stupid puns, and hanging with friends and family
General Strengths College visit preparation, student/parent stress reduction, Academic writing, Creative writing, Organizational skills, Study Skills, transfer student application process, summer enrichment planning, college research and advisement, college list building, extracurricular/resume development, major advisement/selection, course selection for high school, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, scholarship search (merit-based aid), financial aid (need-based aid), interview skills
Related Experience Independent college admissions consultant; pro bono college counselor at charter high school; career coach; instructor at UCLA Extension teaching 21st-century workforce skills; parent of an actual high school student; member of WACAC


Rosanne T

operations

Education Earned a B.S. in Finance and Real Estate from Florida State University; earned a Master of Business degree with a concentration in Sport Management from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia
Hobbies Traveling around the world, analyzing stock chart patterns, watching and playing sports, attempting crossword puzzles, spending time with family
Related Experience Operations and Assistant General Manager of professional baseball team overseas, helped young players and their parents navigate their way from grassroots to high-performance baseball


Ryan S

test prep tutor
academic tutor
test proctor

Education Earned an A.B. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University with a minor in Music
Hobbies Cello, guitar, singing, bass, long distance running, hiking, watching TV, movies, going to concerts, writing
Test Prep SAT Subject Tests (Math I and II)
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Multivariable Calculus, Statistics, AP Statistics, Computer Science, AP Computer Science, Biology, AP Biology, Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Physics, AP Physics, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism, Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, Spanish IV, Psychology, AP Psychology, Music Theory, AP Music Theory
General Strengths Organizational skills, College-level coursework
Related Experience National Honor Society tutor during high school; cello teacher throughout high school and college; organic chemistry tutor during undergraduate; designer and teacher of a music curriculum for summer camps in Boston for children aged 5 to 16


Salvador D

test proctor

Education Earned a B.A. in Sociology from UC San Diego
Hobbies Running, playing basketball, watching sports, listening to music, eating pizza, finding new places to eat pizza
Academic Subjects American Literature, Criminal Law/Pre-Law
General Strengths Reading comprehension, Academic writing, Study Skills, Managing test anxiety


Vivia C

test prep tutor
academic tutor

Education Earned a B.A. in Music Management & Psychology from Northwestern University
Hobbies Fitness, exercise (lifting heavy weights!), cooking, reading, NFL Mondays/Thursdays/Sundays
Test Prep SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests (Chinese with Listening)
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Trigonometry
General Strengths Chinese (Mandarin), test prep, organization, college prep, first generation students, ESL, Elementary education, Speed reading skills, Reading comprehension, Literary analysis, Academic writing, Creative writing, Students with learning differences, Organizational skills, Study Skills
Related Experience Northwestern University admissions counselor; youth mentor; study skills counselor; elementary, middle, and high school tutor


VP W

test proctor

Education Earned B.A. in Political Science from University of South Florida with honors; earned a J.D. from University of Michigan Law School; studied abroad at University of London and University of Western Sydney
Hobbies Theater, traveling, hanging out with my dog Rodney Rickles, comedy, screenwriting, finding the best ice cream in LA
General Strengths Elementary education, Reading comprehension, Literary analysis, Academic writing, Creative writing, Organizational skills, Study Skills, Standardized test advisement, Test-taking psychology, Managing test anxiety, College-level coursework
Related Experience Tutor; admissions assistant for University of South Florida Undergraduate Admissions and for University of Michigan Law School; editor and writer for screen, academics, and professional journals


Wesley Y

test prep tutor
academic tutor
study skills counselor

Education Earned a B.A. in American Studies from Yale; currently enrolled in University of Southern California's Writing for Screen and Television M.F.A. Program
Hobbies Reading, writing, watching movies/television, and exploring LA
Test Prep SAT, ACT, ISEE, HSPT, SAT Subject Tests (Literature, US History, Biology, Spanish)
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, American Literature, Creative Writing, Journalism, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, Biology, AP Biology, US History & Government, US History, AP US History, AP US Government/Politics, Spanish I, Spanish II, Film Studies/Film Integration/Media
General Strengths Elementary education, Reading comprehension, Literary analysis, Academic writing, Creative writing, Organizational skills, Study Skills, Standardized test advisement, Test-taking psychology, Managing test anxiety, College-level coursework
Related Experience Writing and math coach at the University of Alaska, Southeast - Sitka Campus; high school and college-level tutor


Whitney E

Founder's Circle
college counselor

Education Earned B.A. in African American Studies/Ethnic Studies from California State University Fullerton; Dean’s List and awarded merit scholarships; earned an M.S./M.B.A. in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business with relevant coursework from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education in Educational Counseling
Hobbies Traveling (22 countries and counting!), cooking, baking, listening to podcasts, watching random documentaries, hiking, and snorkeling
General Strengths Academic writing, Creative writing, Technical writing, Students with learning differences, Organizational skills, Study Skills, Standardized test advisement, College-level coursework, international student application process, transfer student application process, non-traditional student application process, high school selection, transcript analysis, summer enrichment planning, pre-college summer programs, college research and advisement, college list building, extracurricular/resume development, major advisement/selection, course selection for high school, course selection for undergraduate programs, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, journalism programs, film programs, arts & music programs, humanities programs, public health programs, business programs, social science programs, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, business school applications, scholarship search (merit-based aid), financial aid (need-based aid), UC specialization, Cal State specialization, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, liberal arts school specialization, interview skills, resume review/evaluation
Related Experience Former Assistant Director for University of Southern California (USC) Office of Undergraduate Admission and USC Marshall School of Business (Undergraduate Admission); staff advisor for alternative spring break and study abroad trips; graduate assistant for USC Center for Academic Support; guest speaker and presenter at Servite High School and Saint John Bosco High School on college essays/personal statements; former mentor to first-generation college-bound students at Downtown Magnets High School; presenter at NACAC on strategies for students to communicate their unique value and stories in the college admissions process; current professional member of the IECA


Yesim E

college counselor

Education Earned a B.A. in International Relations from Michigan State University with honors and a minor in Economics; earned an M.B.A. in Marketing from Michigan State University with a minor in International Business; studied abroad at Cambridge University
Hobbies World traveling, foreign affairs, running, yoga and reading
General Strengths Organizational skills, international student application process, transfer student application process, transcript analysis, summer enrichment planning, pre-college summer programs, college research and advisement, college list building, extracurricular/resume development, major advisement/selection, course selection for high school, course selection for undergraduate programs, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, humanities programs, business programs, social science programs, scholarship search (merit-based aid), financial aid (need-based aid), highly selective colleges/universities specialization, resume review/evaluation
Related Experience Independent educational counselor with both US and international students; volunteer for Scholar Match; UC Los Angeles College Counseling Certificate Candidate; management experience working with global conglomerates and clean technology startups in marketing communications and public relations; background in developing and guiding synergistic, high-performing teams.


Yolanda W

college counselor

Education Earned a B.A. in Psychology from the UC Berkeley; earned an M.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University
Hobbies Traveling, movies (Sci-Fi in particular), poetry, spending time with family and friends
General Strengths 4 year high school planning, extracurricular and summer enrichment planning, resume building, major and career pathways counseling, organizational skills, college tour and fly-in program coordination, Managing test anxiety, transfer student application process, non-traditional student application process, high school selection, transcript analysis, summer enrichment planning, pre-college summer programs, college research and advisement, college list building, extracurricular/resume development, major advisement/selection, course selection for high school, course selection for undergraduate programs, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, college audition preparation for performance tracks, journalism programs, film programs, arts & music programs, humanities programs, public health programs, business programs, social science programs, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, business school applications, scholarship search (merit-based aid), financial aid (need-based aid), UC specialization, Cal State specialization, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, liberal arts school specialization, interview skills, resume review/evaluation, athletic recruitment process
Related Experience Director of a college access program at UC Los Angeles; developer of student support programs to improve student retention and success; high school college counselor; professional member of NACAC


Yoona C

test prep tutor
academic tutor
college counselor

Education Earned a B.A. in English Literature (with a specialization in Creative Writing) from UC Los Angeles with a minor in German
Hobbies Eating, drinking, making merry, then exercising and eating broccoli to balance things out
Test Prep ACT, SAT Subject Tests (Literature)
Academic Subjects American Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, Journalism, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition
General Strengths Reading comprehension, Literary analysis, Academic writing, Creative writing, Students with learning differences, Standardized test advisement, Test-taking psychology, Managing test anxiety, College-level coursework, international student application process, transcript analysis, college research and advisement, college list building, extracurricular/resume development, major advisement/selection, course selection for high school, course selection for undergraduate programs, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, arts & music programs, humanities programs, UC specialization, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, interview skills, resume review/evaluation
Related Experience Test prep and academic tutor (all levels), writing/composition and grammar instructor at Santa Monica College; former UCLA peer tutor, former member of UCLA Campus Events Staff; college counselor with track record of coaching successful applicants to UC system; understanding of individual UC schools, experience with UC Regents scholarship program; received fellowship for a workshop in conjunction with LACMA, received fellowship for an advanced course at the UCLA Special Collections Library; continued education through UCLA Extension


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