Great Expectations only hires a mere 1-2% of its applicants — our staff is made up of the most experienced, educated, friendly, and charismatic education experts out there.

Abby T

ClassicAcademic TutorTest Prep TutorCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Neuroscience and a double minor in Acting and Music from UC Berkeley
HobbiesActing, piano, running, yoga, reading, watching movies, traveling
Test PrepSAT (Reading and Writing, Math), ACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing), ISEE
Academic SubjectsCreative Writing, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & CompositionBiology, Molecular BiologyFrench I, French II
General Strengthselementary education, organizational skills, speed reading skills, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, literary analysis, college-level courseworksummer enrichment planning, editing and proofreading college essays, resume review/evaluation, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, college audition preparation for performance tracks, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, UC specialization, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, college list building, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, high school selection, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, personal statement brainstorming and composition, scholarship search (merit-based aid), interview skills, art portfolio building and review, performing arts programs, musical theatre programs, classical performance and composition music programs, acting programs
Related ExperienceExtensive tutoring experience across various academic subjects, worked with students through their college admissions process, created and taught original theatre curriculum to middle school aged students, worked in a metalingual development lab at UC Berkeley with children, UGSI for Chemistry at UC Berkeley in Chemistry 1A; experience with individual coaching and planning for acting, vocal and technical theatre concentrations

Ali K

ClassicAcademic TutorTest Prep Tutor
EducationEarned a B.F.A. in Acting from Brigham Young University
HobbiesTraveling, hiking, writing, comedy, movies, and browsing used bookstores
Test PrepSAT (Reading and Writing, Math), ACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing), ISEE
Academic SubjectsAmerican Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, Journalism, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & CompositionWorld Civilizations/World History, European History, AP European History, US History, AP US History, AP World History
General Strengthselementary education, academic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, literary analysis
Related ExperienceTest prep and academic tutoring experience, specializing in AP tests; served as teaching assistant to students with learning differences and test anxiety; tutored in the theatre department at BYU; volunteered as a tutor at the Boys and Girls Club and for the Utah public school system

Ali S

ClassicAcademic TutorTest Prep Tutor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Education Sciences with a minor in Psychological Science from UC Irvine
HobbiesHiking, glamping, binge watching tv shows, cooking and thus eating, playing video games, consuming coffee at any hour, creating digital content, online shopping, and hanging out with my bratty cat
Test PrepACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing)
Academic SubjectsPre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, GeometryComposition, AP English Language & CompositionAP US History, AP World HistoryPsychology, AP Psychology
General Strengthselementary education, academic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, speed reading skills, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, ESL, literary analysis, students with learning differences, test-taking psychology, college-level coursework
Related Experience9+ years of tutoring experience; served as an AVID teaching assistant in high school; volunteered as a teacher's aide at a non-profit organization during undergraduate years; specialized in early childhood development and currently teaching elementary education to various age groups

Annie M

Founder's CircleAcademic TutorTest Prep Tutor
EducationEarned 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
HobbiesCooking, exploring historic Los Angeles, movies and television, entertaining, and exercise
Test PrepSAT (Reading and Writing, Math), ACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing), TOEFL, ISEE, HSPT
Academic SubjectsCreative WritingEuropean History, US History
General StrengthsResearch papersacademic writing, managing test anxiety, creative writing, reading comprehension, standardized test advisement, ESL, literary analysis, students with learning differences, test-taking psychology, college-level coursework
Related Experience15+ years tutoring experience, 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 USC's School of Cinematic Arts; taught Introduction to Japanese Film at Sophia University in Tokyo as a Fulbright-Hays Scholar

Ara N

ClassicAcademic TutorCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in English from the University of Southern California and an M.F.A. in Writing from Otis College of Art & Design
HobbiesMusic and video production, reading, screenwriting, travel and cooking
Test Prep
Academic SubjectsAmerican Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, JournalismUS History & Government, World Civilizations/World History
General Strengthsacademic writing, creative writing, reading comprehension, literary analysis, students with learning differences, students with ASDinternational student application process, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, transfer student application process, course selection for high school, UC specialization, athletic recruitment process, non-traditional student application process, college research and advisement, humanities programs, Cal State specialization, foreign college/university application process, college list building, film programs, arts & music Masters and Ph.D. programs, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, arts & music programs, liberal arts school specialization, homeschool student application process, art portfolio building and review, classical performance and composition music programs, contemporary music programs, music industry programs, film, television, and digital media
Related ExperienceExtensive experience in many areas of education, including college admissions, administration, and teaching; served as post-secondary counselor at a private high school for over 10 years; member of the American School Counselor Association; familiar with traditional and non-traditional post-secondary paths; well versed in all the current trends affecting both private and state school admissions; believes that mentorship is an integral component of the college counseling process and is passionate about helping students realize their hidden potential; multi-instrumentalist, specializing in guitar, drums, bass, and piano; very familiar with both conservatory and modern music programs, along with music production and studio recording

Ashwini G

ClassicAcademic TutorTest Prep Tutor
EducationEarned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.S. in Engineering Management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
HobbiesWatching movies, trying new foods (especially desserts!), beach walks, and playing with my niece
Test PrepACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing)
Academic SubjectsAlgebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BCPsychology, AP Psychology
General Strengthsacademic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, creative writing, study skills, standardized test advisement, literary analysis, test-taking psychology, college-level coursework
Related ExperienceWorked as an engineering tutor at the Cal Poly Writing and Learning Center; one year of experience working in technology consulting; worked as a resident assistant for first year students; led a group of first-year students in a community service leadership program; hosted a community event to encourage girls' involvement in STEM

Bea VF

ClassicCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.B.A. from Emory University with a concentration in Finance and Management
HobbiesTraveling the world, visiting historical sites & museums, languages and culture, reading, cooking, tennis, hiking; following Premier League and La Liga Soccer as well as Formula 1
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General Strengthsorganizational skillsediting and proofreading college essays, social science programs, financial aid (need-based aid), resume review/evaluation, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, foreign college/university application process, college list building, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, extracurricular/resume development, personal statement brainstorming and composition, business programs, scholarship search (merit-based aid), liberal arts school specialization, interview skills
Related ExperienceExtensive college counseling experience, specializing in crafting college essays and putting together winning applications; strong focus on perfect college fit; strengths in developing mentoring relationships and encouraging students during every step of the process; guided hundreds of students through the college application process as a high school counselor and as an independent educational consultant; helped secure significant scholarship funding in the past 5 years; high acceptance rate for students to Ivy League; specializes in working with students interested in pre-med, nursing, computer science, and health sciences; expertise in Northeastern, Southeastern, and Midwestern universities; active member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC)

Carlynn W

ClassicCollege CounselorTest Proctor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Plan II (Honors Liberal Arts) and Italian from the University of Texas at Austin with minors in Classics and Religious Studies; earned a M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School; earned a B.F.A. in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design
HobbiesCooking/baking/eating, hiking, reading, visiting galleries and museums, experimental animation
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General Strengthsorganizational skills, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, technical writing, literary analysis, college-level courseworksummer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, resume review/evaluation, course selection for high school, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, humanities programs, college list building, arts & music Masters and Ph.D. programs, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, arts & music programs, liberal arts school specialization, art portfolio building and review, visual arts programs, BFA programs, studio art programs
Related ExperienceExtensive personal experience applying and gaining acceptance to extremely competitive academic programs; 2+ years developing workshop and arts enrichment curriculum for underserved children in South Boston; 5+ years teaching art and design in a variety of contexts to both children and adults; 5+ years writing professionally in a variety of formats and contexts; 15+ years as an award-winning freelance illustrator with a specialization in children’s books and editorial work; significant exhibition record in galleries and group shows; animations selected for screening in film festivals and showcases; working artist with a studio practice in Los Angeles; vast experience both conducting and receiving professional portfolio reviews, especially in a peer-to-peer context

Caryn R

ClassicCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Communication from the University of Southern California; earned an M.S. in Counseling and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential from California State University, Long Beach
HobbiesCamping with my husband and two little kids, exploring new places, getting crafty with my Cricut, drinking iced coffee and watching USC football!
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General Strengthsstudents with learning differencesinternational student application process, summer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, financial aid (need-based aid), resume review/evaluation, transfer student application process, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, UC specialization, non-traditional student application process, college research and advisement, Cal State specialization, college list building, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, scholarship search (merit-based aid), interview skills
Related ExperienceNearly 15 years of admissions and college counseling experience; currently a College and Career Counselor at a high performing high school in the Los Angeles area, meeting with students and parents regarding course selection, college lists, timelines, etc.; counsel students with a wide range of academic profiles and goals; former Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission at USC involved in student recruitment, admission interviews, and admission decisions; broad knowledge of highly selective application process, in addition to UC and CSU campuses; member of Western Association for College Admission Counseling

Chelese B

Founder's CircleAcademic TutorCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in History from UC Berkeley with honors; earned an M.F.A. in Theatre from The Actors Studio Drama School
HobbiesPhotography, hiking, yoga, baking/cooking, watching/making movies, traveling, writing
Test Prep
Academic SubjectsAmerican Literature, British Literature, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & CompositionUS History, AP US History
General Strengthsorganizational skills, study skills, literary analysis, students with learning differences, college-level coursework, students with ASDinternational student application process, summer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, social science programs, resume review/evaluation, transfer student application process, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, UC specialization, non-traditional student application process, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, humanities programs, business school applications, social science Masters and Ph.D. programs, Cal State specialization, foreign college/university application process, college list building, film programs, public health programs, STEM Masters and Ph.D. programs, arts & music Masters and Ph.D. programs, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, high school selection, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, arts & music programs, business programs, medical school applications, humanities Masters and Ph.D. programs, scholarship search (merit-based aid), liberal arts school specialization, interview skills, art portfolio building and review, dance programs, visual arts programs, BFA programs, performing arts programs, classical performance and composition music programs, contemporary music programs, film, television, and digital media, acting programs, studio art programs
Related Experience15+ years counseling experience & tutoring experience; conducted presentations to Los Angeles high school students about the college application process; volunteered with the Young Storytellers to bring creative writing and arts to underserved youth in Los Angeles; tutored in Oakland/Berkeley after-school programs and taught SAT prep classes; filmmaker (10 years), actress (15 years), former competitive dancer (20 years)

David G

ClassicAcademic TutorTest Prep TutorTest Proctor
EducationEarned an A.B. in Physics from Harvard University with a minor in Philosophy; currently working towards an M.S. in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Southern California
HobbiesPiano, music production, reading, hiking, biking, going to concerts
Test PrepACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing)
Academic SubjectsPre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Multivariable CalculusAP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & CompositionPhysics, AP Physics, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism, AstronomyWorld Civilizations/World History, AP US History, Western Philosophy, Eastern PhilosophyPhilosophy
General Strengthsacademic writing, study skills, technical writing, standardized test advisement, ESL, test-taking psychology, college-level coursework
Related ExperienceServed as a National Honor Society tutor during high school; volunteer ESL instructor during high school and college; tutored math, physics, and ACT/SAT prep during undergraduate; worked as a college admissions counselor with AmeriCorps

Elizabeth C

ClassicCollege CounselorTest Proctor
EducationEarned a B.S. in Political Science with minors in American Studies and Psychology from James Madison University; earned a M.Ed. from Vanderbilt University
HobbiesAuthor of a historical fiction novel about a World War II Naval aviator, tennis and Roger Federer, avid reader of classics, volunteer advocate for gifted learners, enjoys real estate open houses, ice cream and hot chocolate connoisseur
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General StrengthsNew England and Mid-Atlantic colleges, single-gender high schools and colleges, boarding and day school selectionacademic writing, organizational skills, speed reading skills, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, literary analysissummer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, financial aid (need-based aid), resume review/evaluation, transfer student application process, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, non-traditional student application process, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, humanities programs, college list building, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, high school selection, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, liberal arts school specialization, interview skills, career assessment tools
Related ExperienceOver ten years experience in Admission and Financial Aid, served as Associate Director of Admission and Financial Aid at nationally top-ranked liberal arts college, Associate Director of Admissions at nationally top-ranked all-girls boarding/day school, President of association advocating for gifted students and their families

Elyse D

ClassicAcademic TutorTest Prep TutorCollege CounselorTest Proctor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Psychology (pre-med) with a minor in Global Health from Northwestern University
HobbiesImprov, dance (Bollywood, salsa, jazz), cooking, writing funny songs, making silly videos for my nieces, non-dairy gelato, co-op board games, Survivor, watching League of Legends with my husband and being shocked that I actually understand what’s happening, and obviously...DA BEARS!
Test PrepACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing)
Academic SubjectsPre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2American Literature, British Literature, World LiteratureBiology, AP Biology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, PhysicsFrench I, French II, French III, French IVPsychology, AP Psychology, World Religions, Parenting & Child Development
General StrengthsBreaking down complex scientific concepts, grammar rules, essay writing, breaking through creative blocks, design thinking, public speaking, story analysis, storytelling, making academic work fun elementary education, academic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, speed reading skills, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, technical writing, standardized test advisement, literary analysis, students with learning differences, test-taking psychology, college-level coursework, students with ASDsummer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, social science programs, resume review/evaluation, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, college audition preparation for performance tracks, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, college list building, film programs, public health programs, STEM Masters and Ph.D. programs, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, medical school applications, interview skills
Related ExperienceWorked as a “standardized patient” - helping medical students prepare for high stress clinical exams; served as a teaching artist in Chicago Public Schools - teaching math and literacy with dance; worked with gifted students as a teaching assistant at Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development; was a peer-tutor for Biology students in undergrad; studied the role of Performance in Public Health in Uganda; received the America India Foundation’s Clinton Fellowship to do research on the effects of domestic violence on public health in South India; wrote, edited, and hosted a show for NDTV-HINDU; assisted in new play development workshops at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis; served as a primary French translator for three weeks en Provence; individual coaching experience; career track switches

Gabby M

Founder's CircleAcademic TutorTest Prep TutorOperations
EducationEarned a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.A. in English from Muhlenberg College; currently working towards a M.P.H. at the University of Southern California
HobbiesTraveling, hiking, writing, cooking, baking
Test PrepSAT (Reading and Writing, Math), ACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing), ISEE, HSPT
Academic SubjectsPre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, Statistics, AP StatisticsAmerican Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & CompositionBiology, AP Biology, Physics, Environmental Science, AP Environmental ScienceUS History & Government, World Civilizations/World History, European History, AP European History, US History, AP US History, AP US Government/Politics, AP World HistoryPsychology, AP Psychology, World Religions, Ethics, Gender Studies, Philosophy, Film Studies/Film Integration/Media
General Strengthselementary education, academic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, speed reading skills, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, technical writing, literary analysis, students with learning differences, college-level coursework, students with ASD
Related ExperienceServed as lead tutor at Muhlenberg College Writing Center, embedded peer tutor in courses teaching collegiate writing to first-year college students, and drop-in center peer tutor; served as cognitive rehabilitation assistant for individuals recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) with therapies specializing in memory recall skills and language re-acquisition

Galen D

ClassicCollege CounselorAthletic Recruitment Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Anthropology from UC Los Angeles; earned an M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Lewis University
HobbiesTraveling, cooking, trying new restaurants, working out, spending time with friends and family, hiking, staying active
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General Strengthsorganizational skillssummer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, social science programs, resume review/evaluation, transfer student application process, course selection for high school, UC specialization, athletic recruitment process, non-traditional student application process, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, humanities programs, business school applications, college list building, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, business programs, liberal arts school specialization, interview skills
Related Experience8+ years working in collegiate athletics at the Division I and II levels; coached men’s volleyball at the Division I level for four years; led a team to a conference championship and NCAA Semifinal appearance; served as an Admissions Counselor for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Jason A

ClassicAcademic Tutor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Spanish from Brigham Young University with a Business Minor; earned a M.Ed. in T.E.S.O.L. (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Grand Canyon University; currently finalizing exams for a M.A. in Spanish Linguistics from New Mexico State University
HobbiesRunning, coaching cross-country, spending time with my wife and 5 boys, doing home improvement projects, cheering on the Brazilian National Soccer Team, and watching adventure movies
Test Prep
Academic SubjectsSpanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, Spanish IV, Spanish V, AP Spanish Language and Culture
General Strengthsacademic writing, organizational skills, reading comprehension, ESL, students with learning differences, college-level coursework
Related Experience20 years experience teaching Spanish (Levels 1-5) at the secondary level; 10+ years as adjunct faculty for Spanish/ESL; seasoned teacher of AP Spanish Language and Culture exam

Jen K

FounderFounder's CircleTest Prep TutorCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in English (concentration in Creative Writing) and European History from Northwestern University
HobbiesWriting, traveling, cooking, golfing, hiking, crying about the Bears, cheering on the Cubs, and finding the best macaroni and cheese in existence
Test PrepSAT (Reading and Writing, Math), ACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing), ISEE, HSPT
Academic Subjects
General StrengthsEnglish, 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 skillsacademic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, speed reading skills, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, standardized test advisement, literary analysis, students with learning differences, test-taking psychology, college-level courseworksummer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, social science programs, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, journalism programs, humanities programs, college list building, public health programs, high school selection, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, business programs
Related Experience15+ years tutoring and college essay/counseling experience; served as 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; served as liaison between the university and local high school applicants; member of Northwestern University Leadership Circle Board and NACAC

Jenna B

College CounselorHR/Admin
EducationEarned a B. S. in Public, Policy, and Management from the University of Southern California. Fight on!
HobbiesMy two young children definitely keep me busy but I also enjoy time spent outside, hiking, being with friends and family, and college football
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General StrengthsOverall professional developmentresume review/evaluation, extracurricular/resume development, interview skills
Related ExperienceServed as a Campus Recruiting Manager for a large accounting firm hiring new interns and associates across multiple offices; worked as an Associate Director in graduate admissions at USC, led professional development, resume writing, and interviewing workshops, assisted Career Placement office and achieved overall 97% job placement for graduating students

Jenny L

ClassicAcademic TutorCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in English/Creative Writing with a concentration in Computer Science from Amherst College
HobbiesReading, writing, dancing, traveling, food blogging
Test Prep
Academic SubjectsComputer ScienceAmerican Literature, Composition, Creative WritingInteractive Media
General Strengthsinternational student application process, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, resume review/evaluation, transfer student application process, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, UC specialization, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, humanities programs, college list building, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, business programs, liberal arts school specialization, interview skills
Related Experience5+ years of college counseling experience; specialize in East Coast universities, West Coast universities, liberal arts colleges, and UCs; advise students on the university application process in the U.K., Canada, and Hong Kong; served as U.S. college counselor at a top British independent school for 1 year; worked as a Creative Writing & Computer Science teacher to middle and high schoolers for 2 years; cofounded the Amherst Asian Alumni Network and lead the mentorship program between Amherst alumni and students

Joyce S

ClassicCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Art History from Connecticut College; earned a Ed.M. from Harvard School of Education; earned a College Counseling Certificate from UC San Diego
HobbiesKnitting, cooking, pickleball, walking my dogs, and swimming
Test Prep
Academic SubjectsComposition, Creative Writing
General Strengthscreative writingsummer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, social science programs, financial aid (need-based aid), resume review/evaluation, transfer student application process, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, UC specialization, athletic recruitment process, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, journalism programs, humanities programs, Cal State specialization, college list building, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, high school selection, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, business programs, liberal arts school specialization, interview skills
Related Experience20+ experience in college counseling and mentoring, including developing college application workshop for parents; broad knowledge of the financial aid application process; skilled in uncovering the uniqueness in every student; extensive knowledge of the New England and Mid-Atlantic small, liberal arts colleges, in addition to UC and CSU campuses; worked 10+ years with college access non-profits to counsel young girls who were the first in their family to go to college; former television producer in New York and Boston

Julianne L

ClassicAcademic TutorCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Communications and Theatre from Northwestern University
HobbiesBackpacking, Hiking, Camping, Swimming, Acting, Stand Up Comedy
Test Prep
Academic SubjectsAP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & CompositionAP US Government/Politics, AP Comparative Government/PoliticsSpanish I
General Strengthselementary education, academic writing, organizational skills, creative writing, reading comprehensionsummer enrichment planning, editing and proofreading college essays, financial aid (need-based aid), resume review/evaluation, pre-college summer programs, college audition preparation for performance tracks, UC specialization, college research and advisement, college list building, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, scholarship search (merit-based aid), interview skills
Related ExperienceHas served as an admissions consultant for several years; advises students through the college application process and helps brainstorm and craft college essays; teaches on faculty for Northwestern's National High School Institute Theatre Arts program, a pre-college preparatory summer intensive; experience with individual coaching for acting and musical theatre concentrations

Kanish AS

ClassicAcademic TutorTest Prep Tutor
EducationB.A. in Film Studies and a minor in South Asian Studies from UC Berkeley
HobbiesWorking out, playing video games, cooking, watching movies, dancing
Test PrepACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing)
Academic SubjectsPre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, PrecalculusAmerican Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & CompositionSpanish I, Spanish II, Spanish IIILeadership, World Religions, Ethics, Film Studies/Film Integration/Media
General Strengthselementary education, academic writing, managing test anxiety, speed reading skills, creative writing, reading comprehension, technical writing, standardized test advisement, literary analysis, test-taking psychologyfilm, television, and digital media
Related Experience3 year professional experience tutoring the ACT and SAT; led pro-bono college prep sessions during undergrad for high school students in the Berkeley and Oakland area; volunteered with nonprofit organization Sunday Friends for underserved elementary schools in San Jose

Katherine D

ClassicCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Mass Communication with double minors in Journalism and Women's Studies from University of Delaware; earned an M.A. and Ed.M. in Psychological Counseling & School Counseling from Columbia University Teachers College
HobbiesBeach days, yoga, reading, travel, wellness, hiking, discovering new music and artists
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General Strengthsorganizational skills, study skills, standardized test advisementsummer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, social science programs, resume review/evaluation, course selection for high school, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, UC specialization, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, college list building, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, business programs, liberal arts school specialization, interview skills, career assessment tools
Related ExperienceServed as college counselor at high-performing high schools in New York and Los Angeles for 7 years; certified School Counselor in New York, New Jersey, and California; completed Columbia University's College Advising Program; attend campus tours and professional admission conferences throughout the US; worked as a student admission ambassador while in undergrad; currently works as a college counselor at a high school in West Los Angeles and leads individual college meetings with students and families, advising regarding course selection and test preparation, and helping build college lists and individualized timelines for students with a variety of interests, preferences, and academic profiles

Kathleen Q

Founder's CircleAcademic TutorTest Prep Tutor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Chemistry and Psychology from the University of Chicago; earned an M.F.A. in Costume Design from the Academy of Art University
HobbiesSewing, reading, writing, gardening, laser cutting, jewelry making, petting my cat
Test PrepSAT (Reading and Writing, Math), ACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing)
Academic SubjectsPre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Multivariable CalculusAmerican Literature, Creative Writing, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & CompositionBiology, AP Biology, Chemistry, AP Chemistry, PhysicsUS History & Government, World Civilizations/World History, US History, AP US History, AP US Government/Politics, AP World HistorySpanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, Chinese (any)Psychology, AP Psychology
General Strengthsacademic writing, organizational skills, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, literary analysis, test-taking psychology
Related ExperienceAcademic and test prep teaching experience, specializing in math and science for middle and high school students; taught group classes on essay writing and interviewing, particularly for college admissions; worked as an admissions interviewer for the University of Chicago

Katie C

ClassicCollege CounselorAthletic Recruitment Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. triple major in Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Science, and Economics from Juniata College
HobbiesVolleyball, beach volleyball, traveling, reading, watching sports, and spending time with family and friends
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General Strengthsinternational student application process, summer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, social science programs, financial aid (need-based aid), transfer student application process, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, athletic recruitment process, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, humanities programs, college list building, film programs, public health programs, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, high school selection, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, personal statement brainstorming and composition, arts & music programs, business programs, scholarship search (merit-based aid), liberal arts school specialization, interview skills
Related ExperienceCollege counseling experience specializing in high academic colleges; counsel students who need additional learning resources; played collegiate basketball; played collegiate volleyball, competing in four Elite Eights, three Final Fours, won National Championship in 2004; served as collegiate coach for both Men’s and Women’s volleyball for over 10 years at Division I, Division II, and Division III schools

Krystal G

ClassicAcademic TutorTest Prep TutorTest Proctor
EducationEarned a B.S. in Biology with a pre-med focus from the University of Houston, Academic Excellence Scholarship recipient
HobbiesYoga, reading, writing poetry, oil painting, cooking, hiking, family time, watching films, going for walks in the park with my pup, Moby
Test PrepACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing)
Academic SubjectsPre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, TrigonometryCreative WritingBiology, AP Biology, Environmental Science, AP Environmental ScienceAP US Government/Politics
General Strengthselementary education, academic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, speed reading skills, study skills, reading comprehension, technical writing, standardized test advisement, students with learning differences, test-taking psychology
Related ExperienceExtensive test prep and academic tutoring experience specializing in math and science; served as peer-tutor throughout high school and university; spent two years as a PALS mentor

Lindsay J

ClassicAcademic TutorCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.S.B.A. in Marketing and International Business from Georgetown University; earned an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business with concentrations in Marketing and Strategy
HobbiesSwimming, cooking, reading, creative writing, hiking, discovering new TV shows and podcasts
Test Prep
Academic SubjectsAmerican Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, Journalism, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & CompositionEnvironmental ScienceUS History & Government, World Civilizations/World History, European History, MacroeconomicsSpanish I, Spanish II, Spanish IIIPsychology, Ethics, Gender Studies, Business, Philosophy, Film Studies/Film Integration/Media
General StrengthsEast Coast schoolsacademic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, creative writing, reading comprehension, literary analysis, college-level courseworksummer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, resume review/evaluation, transfer student application process, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, journalism programs, business school applications, college list building, film programs, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, extracurricular/resume development, personal statement brainstorming and composition, business programs, liberal arts school specialization, interview skills, film, television, and digital media
Related ExperienceServes as an alumni interviewer for Georgetown University (undergraduate); serves as an admissions ambassador for the University of Virginia (Darden School of Business); served on the alumni board of high school alma mater, Sidwell Friends School (Washington, DC); served as a peer tutor in English Language & Literature, creative writing, and business writing while at Georgetown; worked as a branding consultant and freelance essay editor for MBA applicants; spent 8 years pre-MBA working full-time as a television writer/producer and journalist, most recently at NBC News

Luke L

ClassicCollege CounselorTest Proctor
EducationEarned a B.S. in Sport and Event Management from Elon University; earned a Certificate in College Counseling from UC Los Angeles Extension; earned a M.S.W. from Simmons University
HobbiesBody surfing, surfing, swimming, going to concerts, writing stand up comedy, and hanging out with friends
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General Strengthsart programsstudents with learning differences, students with ASDmajor advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, transfer student application process, athletic recruitment process, college research and advisement, film programs, extracurricular/resume development, personal statement brainstorming and composition
Related ExperienceServed as admissions reader at Pitzer College and college counseling intern at Venice High School; volunteer with the College Bound program at the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica; experience working with young adults with autism spectrum disorder and other learning differences; experience with Canadian college admissions

Lynelle K

ClassicCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in English and Communications from the University of Pennsylvania
HobbiesExploring different types of creative expression (writing, tap dancing, cross-stitching, design, and more); community involvement; swimming; online word games; consuming way too much licorice; crushing the competition in charades
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General Strengthsorganizational skills, creative writing, study skills, literary analysissummer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, resume review/evaluation, course selection for high school, UC specialization, college research and advisement, humanities programs, college list building, film programs, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, scholarship search (merit-based aid), liberal arts school specialization, interview skills
Related ExperienceExpertise in creative marketing and writing to help students define their interests and differentiate themselves authentically in the college application process; 6 years of college counseling for a non-profit company as well as private clients; 10+ years as a senior creative director/marketing executive at film studios; alumni interviewer for the University of Pennsylvania, children's book author; marketing copywriter; personal biographer; creative writing instructor; Vanderbilt parent

Maia K

ClassicAcademic TutorCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in English from Stanford University with honors; earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from UC Irvine; earned a Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA Extension
HobbiesReading, traveling, going to Disneyland, playing D&D, discovering new K-pop and electropop music, social media manager for a cat convention, working on a graphic novel
Test Prep
Academic SubjectsAmerican Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition
General Strengthsacademic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, creative writing, study skills, standardized test advisement, literary analysis, test-taking psychologyinternational student application process, summer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, social science programs, resume review/evaluation, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, UC specialization, college research and advisement, humanities programs, Cal State specialization, foreign college/university application process, college list building, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, business programs, humanities Masters and Ph.D. programs, liberal arts school specialization, interview skills, visual arts programs
Related Experience5+ years of experience counseling students applying to colleges throughout the US and Canada; 10+ years of tutoring experience including English, writing, and college essay development and editing; UC application reader; taught freshman composition and introductory English courses on drama, poetry, and the novel at UC Irvine; taught writing for the Johns Hopkins CTY program; studied at the Advanced Oral History Summer Institute at UC Berkeley; studied abroad at the Stanford in Oxford program; recipient of the Huntington-Linacre Exchange Fellowship for Study in Great Britain; writing consultant for PBS Digital Studios; research fellow at the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University

Maxine D

ClassicCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A in Education & Social Transformation from UC Los Angeles
HobbiesExperimenting with Nespresso recipes, trying new restaurants & cafes in LA, staying involved in my sorority, reading, listening to poetry & podcasts, going to R&B concerts
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General Strengthsacademic writing, organizational skillssummer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, social science programs, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, UC specialization, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, humanities programs, college list building, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition
Related ExperienceCurrently serves as a college coach for first-year undergraduate students in various higher education institutions across the country; volunteer with Search to Involve Pilipino Americans' high school/youth mental health program; active member & former new member educator of Kappa Psi Epsilon Sorority, Inc., Delta Chapter; formerly a counselor for undergraduate students at UCLA; former representative on UCLA's Committee on Undergraduate Admissions & Relations with Schools; former chairperson of UCLA's committee of college access & outreach programs; volunteer peer advisor for Carson High School's Academy of Medical Arts; former teaching assistant for UC Berkeley's Early Academic Outreach Program; extensive experience with Bay Area/NorCal applicants

Molly H

ClassicCollege CounselorAthletic Recruitment Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Feminist Studies with a minor in Applied Psychology toward Counseling from UC Santa Barbara; earned an M.A. in School Counseling with a PPS Credential from Saint Mary's College of California; earned Certificate in College Counseling through UC Los Angeles Extension
HobbiesBeach days, stand-up-paddleboarding, body surfing, hiking, camping, travel, photography, watching sports (Go Warriors!), exploring LA, and spending time with family, friends, and my golden retriever, Rio!
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General StrengthsTime management, managing/supporting general anxiety, HBCU universitiesacademic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, creative writing, study skills, technical writing, students with learning differencesediting and proofreading college essays, social science programs, resume review/evaluation, course selection for high school, UC specialization, athletic recruitment process, college research and advisement, humanities programs, Cal State specialization, college list building, transcript analysis, interview skills
Related ExperienceCurrently a full time counselor at a high school in West Los Angeles; served two prior years as a counselor at a public high school in Alameda, CA; certified school counselor with pupil personnel services credential; former NCAA Division I water polo intercollegiate student athlete; competed in the Big West division; former Student Athlete Association Board Team Representative; experienced in UC Education Abroad Programs; member of the American School Counselor Association; member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling; currently holds Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor certificate; experience working with a wide range of students with different backgrounds; familiar with 504 accommodations and IEPs

Nevada R

ClassicAcademic TutorTest Prep Tutor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Communication from UC Santa Barbara and an M.A. in Criticism and Publishing from The New School
HobbiesAvid surfer, published author in various literary and academic magazines, podcast series host addressing the intersection of education, inequality, and labor
Test PrepACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing)
Academic SubjectsPre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, TrigonometryAmerican Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, Journalism, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & CompositionUS History & Government, AP US Government/Politics, Microeconomics, Western PhilosophyPsychology
General Strengthselementary education, academic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, speed reading skills, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, standardized test advisement, literary analysis, test-taking psychology, college-level coursework
Related ExperienceAssistant professor at the college level, teaching courses in social history, literature, writing composition, English grammar; experience with writing test prep and academic curriculum; background in tutor management and training

Nicole P

ClassicCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.F.A. in Drama and English magna cum laude from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts
HobbiesWriting, singing, yoga, dance, consuming far too much french toast, and hanging out with my two cats, Eva and Boo, and my dog, Dobby
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General Strengthselementary education, academic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, creative writing, reading comprehension, technical writing, literary analysis, college-level courseworksummer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, social science programs, financial aid (need-based aid), resume review/evaluation, transfer student application process, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, college audition preparation for performance tracks, UC specialization, non-traditional student application process, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, humanities programs, college list building, film programs, arts & music Masters and Ph.D. programs, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, arts & music programs, scholarship search (merit-based aid), interview skills, art portfolio building and review
Related ExperienceServe as academic tutor and college counselor in Los Angeles with a specialization in Performing Arts candidates and LGBTQ+ students; served as academic tutor in New York, tutored Language Arts and summer school English at NYC charter schools; experience with students from therapeutic boarding schools; track record of successfully assisting applicants to UCs, East Coast schools, and liberal arts schools

Olivia H

ClassicAcademic Tutor
EducationEarned a B.F.A. in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music with a concentration in Playwriting
HobbiesHiking, reading, playing guitar, attending concerts and comedy shows, skateboarding, picnicking at the beach!
Test Prep
Academic SubjectsAmerican Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, AP English Language & CompositionUS History & Government, World Civilizations/World History, US HistoryMusic Theory
General Strengthselementary education, academic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, ESL, literary analysis, test-taking psychologydance programs, BFA programs, performing arts programs, musical theatre programs, film, television, and digital media, acting programs
Related ExperienceExtensive tutoring background with an emphasis in elementary education; experience teaching ESL and remote learning; served as a volunteer tutor in local elementary schools while in high school; several years of experience teaching dance (jazz and ballet) and guitar; comfortable curating a curriculum and developing lesson plans for students

Ross L

ClassicCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in English Literature from UC Berkeley
HobbiesScreenwriting (sold two movie features), tennis, Premier League Soccer, hiking, swimming, watching movies
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General StrengthsScreenwriting programselementary education, academic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, literary analysissummer enrichment planning, editing and proofreading college essays, resume review/evaluation, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, college list building, film programs, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, high school selection, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, personal statement brainstorming and composition, scholarship search (merit-based aid), interview skills
Related Experience3+ years tutoring experience across various academic subjects, including working with students through their college admissions process; created and taught original curriculum to elementary and middle school aged students; familiar with traditional and non-traditional post-secondary paths; well versed in all the current trends affecting both private and state school admissions; extensive personal experience applying and gaining acceptance to extremely competitive academic programs; taught screenwriting and creative writing to kids of all ages; tutored disadvantaged youths in the Berkeley area; professional screenwriter who has sold numerous projects

Royce C

ClassicAcademic TutorTest Prep Tutor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Environmental Biology with a concentration in Computer Science from Columbia University
HobbiesTabletop and board games, exercise and weightlifting, and reading
Test PrepACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing)
Academic SubjectsAlgebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Statistics, AP Statistics, Computer Science, AP Computer ScienceBiology, AP Biology, Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Physics, AP Physics, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism, Environmental Science, AP Environmental Science
General Strengthsmanaging test anxiety, reading comprehension, standardized test advisement, literary analysis, test-taking psychology
Related ExperienceOver six years of experience tutoring AP subjects, standardized tests, competitive math, and more; competitor and coach for American Mathematics Contest (AMC) 8, 10, and 12, and qualifier for American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME); researched microbiology at UCSD over 2 years, culminating in a senior research thesis

Rylee CW

ClassicAcademic Tutor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Comparative Literature with departmental honors from Columbia University; earned a M.A. in Historical Studies with graduate minors in Capitalism Studies and Critical Perspectives on Democratic Anticolonialism and the Outstanding Master’s Student in Historical Studies Award from the New School for Social Research; current History Ph.D. student and recipient of the Roland Marchand Fellowship at UC Davis
HobbiesRoller Derby, Bouldering, Ballet, Snowboarding, Filmmaking, Theater Lighting and Sound Design
Test Prep
Academic SubjectsPre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, TrigonometryAmerican Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Composition, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & CompositionUS History & Government, World Civilizations/World History, US History, AP US History, AP World History, Human Geography, AP Human Geography, Western PhilosophySpanish IMiddle East Studies, Ethics, Gender Studies, Philosophy
General Strengthselementary education, academic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, speed reading skills, study skills, reading comprehension, standardized test advisement, literary analysis, students with learning differences, test-taking psychology, college-level coursework
Related Experience4+ years of experience as a test prep tutor; 7+ years of experience as general academic tutor; teaching artist at Literacy Connects in Tucson; interested in finding studying practices that work best for each individual student and invested in their success and confidence; passionate about pedagogy and the importance of equal access to education; loves learning and hopes to instill the same love and joy for learning in others

Sajel O

ClassicAcademic TutorCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.F.A. in Drama from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts
HobbiesActing, classical singing and musical theater, songwriting, guitar, hiking/yoga, Cinespia movie nights, Bollywood dancing
Test Prep
Academic SubjectsComposition, Creative Writing, Journalism, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & CompositionBiology, AP Biology, Human Anatomy and PhysiologyUS History & Government, World Civilizations/World History, US History, AP US History, AP World History, Eastern PhilosophySpanish ILeadership, World Religions, Food & Nutrition, Film Studies/Film Integration/Media
General Strengthselementary education, academic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, technical writing, literary analysissummer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, financial aid (need-based aid), resume review/evaluation, pre-college summer programs, college audition preparation for performance tracks, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, UC specialization, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, humanities programs, college list building, public health programs, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, medical school applications, scholarship search (merit-based aid), liberal arts school specialization, interview skills
Related ExperienceExtensive experience with college counseling, test prep for SAT/ACT, and tutoring a wide variety of academic subjects (5+ years); involved in peer-tutoring programs during high school; worked as SAT test prep instructor in a group/private setting; specialization in college application essay composition with extensive editing experience; AP and subject specific tutoring; unique experience with supplemental arts applications for musical theater and drama; graduated top of class at an arts magnet high school with acceptance to 20+ top tier schools; actress/classical and musical theater singer (12 years); competitive Bollywood dancer (6 years)

Samarah B

ClassicCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Washington; earned a Master of Public Policy and a Ph.D. in Education from UC Los Angeles
HobbiesDecorating my house (or any room that I can get my hands on!), swimming, hiking, attending football and basketball games, concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, and binge watching K-dramas on Netflix
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General Strengthscollege-level courseworksummer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, social science programs, financial aid (need-based aid), resume review/evaluation, transfer student application process, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, UC specialization, non-traditional student application process, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, humanities programs, social science Masters and Ph.D. programs, Cal State specialization, college list building, course selection for Masters and Ph.D. programs, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, interview skills
Related ExperienceMore than 15-years of experience as a college preparation, admission, retention, and success educator at the high school and college levels; worked with university pre-college outreach programs and non-profit organizations to support students in all aspects of the college preparation process; 10-years of experience teaching college courses and managing university programs at UCLA and UC Riverside, focused on student success and graduation while in college; extensive experience working with a wide range of students from different backgrounds; expertise and knowledge with HBCUs, out-of-state college options, and highly selective public universities; strong passion for artfully engaging students in a creative and empowering admission essay writing process, providing support with compassion and understanding for both the student and their families

Sarah R

ClassicCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Communications Studies and a minor in Philosophy from UC Los Angeles; Earned a College Counseling Certification from UC San Diego
HobbiesWriting poetry, thrifting, fashion styling, exploring LA, attending concerts, spending time with my friends, 3 sisters, and 2 cats, binging too much Netflix, listening to the same songs on repeat
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General StrengthsDeadline managementacademic writing, organizational skills, creative writing, reading comprehension, literary analysis, students with learning differences, students with ASDmajor advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, social science programs, resume review/evaluation, transfer student application process, course selection for high school, UC specialization, International Baccalaureate (IB), college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, humanities programs, Cal State specialization, college list building, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, interview skills
Related ExperienceEight years of experience in independent college counseling, specializing in application essays

Sofia T

ClassicAcademic Tutor
EducationEarned a B.A. in French and a minor in Anthropology; M.A. in French Literature and a TESL Certificate from University of Florida
HobbiesYoga, hiking, surfing, cycling, acoustic guitar, traveling, sailing, watching live comedy shows, and watching movies
Test Prep
Academic SubjectsSpanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, Spanish IV, Spanish V, AP Spanish Language and Culture, French I, French II, French III, French IV, French V, AP French Language and Culture, French Literature & Arts
General Strengthsacademic writing, organizational skills, speed reading skills, study skills, reading comprehension, ESL, college-level coursework
Related ExperienceExtensive experience in tutoring French, ESL and Spanish to children and adults; attained experience as a teaching assistant for French I and French II at University of Florida for two years; worked in Sydney, Australia at two institutions teaching ESL and helped students prepare for English exams to include the IELTS for one year; worked and lived in central Europe (Luxembourg) for almost 4 years, and tutored Spanish and worked in a francophone office environment at a top American financial investment banking firm

Stephanie R

ClassicCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Humanities from Yale University; earned an M.F.A. from NYU's Tisch School of The Arts with a concentration in writing and directing
HobbiesWriting young adult fiction, reading, traveling, languages, watching TV and movies of all kinds, watching Premier League, hanging out with my family and the world's best dog, and finding the best Thai food in Los Angeles
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General Strengthselementary education, organizational skills, creative writingsummer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, resume review/evaluation, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, college research and advisement, humanities programs, film programs, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, high school selection, extracurricular/resume development, personal statement brainstorming and composition, liberal arts school specialization, interview skills
Related Experience5+ years of tutoring experience including creative writing, essay writing, and English; story and writing specialist; extensive experience with story - created and wrote over 20 hours of produced network television; unique experience with application to competitive film and theater programs; deep understanding of private elementary and secondary schools, understanding of current trends affecting both private and state school admissions; extensive experience applying to and gaining acceptance to competitive academic programs; true passion for helping students feel empowered and supported during the admission process; strong ability to help students harness their creativity and tap into their unique qualities during the essay writing process

Vivia C

Founder's CircleAcademic TutorTest Prep Tutor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Music Management & Psychology from Northwestern University
HobbiesWellness, reading, painting, sports, and taking care of plants.
Test PrepSAT (Reading and Writing, Math), ACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing)
Academic SubjectsPre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Trigonometry
General Strengthselementary education, academic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, speed reading skills, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, standardized test advisement, ESL, literary analysis, students with learning differences, test-taking psychologyediting and proofreading college essays, resume review/evaluation, pre-college summer programs, college audition preparation for performance tracks, International Baccalaureate (IB), college research and advisement, college list building, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, arts & music programs, interview skills, performing arts programs, musical theatre programs, classical performance and composition music programs, music industry programs, design and media arts programs, film, television, and digital media
Related ExperienceServed as Northwestern University admissions counselor; currently serve as tutor for elementary, middle, and high school students

Wesley Y

ClassicAcademic TutorTest Prep Tutor
EducationEarned 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
HobbiesReading, writing, watching movies/television, and exploring LA
Test PrepSAT (Reading and Writing, Math), ACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing), ISEE, HSPT
Academic SubjectsPre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, TrigonometryAmerican Literature, Creative Writing, Journalism, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & CompositionBiologyUS History & Government, US History, AP US Government/PoliticsSpanish I, Spanish IIFilm Studies/Film Integration/Media
General Strengthselementary education, academic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, standardized test advisement, literary analysis, test-taking psychology
Related ExperienceServed as writing and math coach at the University of Alaska, Southeast - Sitka Campus; currently serve as high school and college-level tutor

Yazmeen M

ClassicAcademic TutorCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B. A. in Communication Studies and a minor in Film, TV, and Digital Media from UC Los Angeles with honors
HobbiesHiking, yoga, going to museums and galleries, making art and music, filmmaking, traveling, and reading
Test Prep
Academic SubjectsPre-Algebra, Algebra 1American Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, Journalism, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & CompositionBiology, AP Biology, Physiology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, AP ChemistryUS History & Government, World Civilizations/World History, European History, AP European History, US History, AP US History, Western Philosophy, Eastern PhilosophyGerman (any)Leadership, Psychology, AP Psychology, World Religions, Interactive Media, Ethics, Gender Studies, Philosophy, Parenting & Child Development, Food & Nutrition, Film Studies/Film Integration/Media
General StrengthsMiddle school selection, elementary school selection, health/science programs, pre-medelementary education, academic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, standardized test advisement, ESL, literary analysis, students with learning differences, test-taking psychology, college-level coursework, students with ASDsummer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, social science programs, financial aid (need-based aid), resume review/evaluation, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, UC specialization, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, humanities programs, Cal State specialization, college list building, film programs, public health programs, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, high school selection, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, scholarship search (merit-based aid), liberal arts school specialization, interview skills, film, television, and digital media
Related ExperienceOver ten years of experience as an educator, including college applications counseling, academic and test prep tutoring, curriculum development, executive function coaching, mentorship, confidence building, and more; well-versed in the UC system, the Top 100 schools, and the Ivies; served as the lead chemistry teaching assistant in high school and worked as a student assistant for the El Dorado County Office of Education; responsible for after-school academic development, homework/study hall, and enrichment programs for grades K-5

Yolanda W

ClassicCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Psychology from the UC Berkeley; earned an M.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University
HobbiesTraveling, movies (Sci-Fi in particular), poetry, spending time with family and friends
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General Strengths4 year high school planning, career pathways counseling, college tour and fly-in program coordinationorganizational skills, managing test anxiety, students with learning differencessummer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, social science programs, financial aid (need-based aid), resume review/evaluation, transfer student application process, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, college audition preparation for performance tracks, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, UC specialization, athletic recruitment process, non-traditional student application process, college research and advisement, journalism programs, humanities programs, business school applications, Cal State specialization, college list building, film programs, public health programs, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, high school selection, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, application review, arts & music programs, business programs, medical school applications, scholarship search (merit-based aid), liberal arts school specialization, art portfolio building and review, dance programs, BFA programs
Related ExperienceServed as Director of a college access program at UCLA and developed student support programs to improve student retention and success; served as high school college counselor for LAUSD; experience working with Dreamers and underrepresented students; professional member of NACAC

Yoona C

Founder's CircleAcademic TutorTest Prep TutorCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in English Literature (with a specialization in Creative Writing) from UC Los Angeles with a minor in German
HobbiesEating, drinking, making merry, then exercising and eating broccoli to balance things out
Test PrepSAT (Reading and Writing, Math), ACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing), ISEE
Academic SubjectsAmerican Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, Journalism, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition
General Strengthsacademic writing, managing test anxiety, creative writing, reading comprehension, standardized test advisement, literary analysis, students with learning differences, test-taking psychology, college-level courseworkinternational student application process, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, resume review/evaluation, course selection for high school, UC specialization, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, humanities programs, business school applications, college list building, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, arts & music programs, business programs, interview skills
Related ExperienceTest prep and academic tutoring experience at all levels; serve as writing/composition and grammar instructor at Santa Monica College; served as peer tutor at UCLA and member of UCLA Campus Events Staff; college counseling experience with understanding of individual UC schools, UC Regents scholarship program, and track record of coaching successful applicants to UC system; received fellowship for a workshop in conjunction with LACMA; received fellowship for an advanced course at the UCLA Special Collections Library