January 4, 2023
My personal experience with Kathryn was very positive. She helped me with math especially, but the strategies she recommended also really helped. I legitimately enjoyed the session. It felt much faster than it actually was. 45 minutes felt like 10. Thank you.
~Paul S. (ISEE Student)
[Paul is on the Wall of Fame for his Verbal Reasoning and Reading Comprehension scores]
January 3, 2023
Thank you Kathryn for influencing a super positive experience during the journey of applying to colleges and ACT prep for Zoey! She has come out the other end today more confident and empowered as a person and a high school senior moving forward with college. We are excited to see what other acceptances come down the pike!
We will definitely continue to refer you to friends!
~Patty P. (ACT and College Applications Parent)
November 17, 2022
I will come back to Ms. Kathryn when I’m getting ready for college as she helped me a lot in Verbal Reasoning and also taught me new ways to learn vocabulary words. She also introduced me to Algebra in the Mathematics Achievement section.
~Morgan M. (ISEE Student)
November 15, 2022
Ms. Kathryn helped me with the strategies and my scores went up.
~Miles M. (ISEE Student)
October 31, 2022
Kathryn made my application process a very exciting environment, turning my stress into positivity and motivation for the future. She used her expertise in editing my application essays to make my ideas come to life.
~Jack L. (College Applications Student)
October 11, 2022
Kathryn’s encouragement and guidance while writing my college applications was invaluable. She gave me the tools to successfully set up my application and narrow down my school choice. Kathryn created a positive environment that was helpful and welcoming and enabled me to work well with her. Her insight was very helpful and made me the best writer and applicant I could be.
~Iksha K. (College Applications Student)
[Iksha is on the ACT Wall of Fame for her English, Reading, Science, and Overall scores]
September 9, 2022
I worked with Kathryn when studying for the ISEE and improved my scores from average to near perfect. I came back and she did the same for my ACT scores. Kathryn’s teaching methods are unique and highly memorable. I have highly enjoyed my time with her as her lessons were engaging, efficient, and at times, humorous. Under her tutelage, I am far more confident in conquering the ACT.
~Nathan Y. (ACT Student)
[Nathan is on the Wall of Fame for his Most Improved, Overall, Reading, and perfect English and Science scores]
September 7, 2022
Kathryn’s tutoring methods were very effective in raising my score due to the review of missed questions on every test. She offered very helpful personal insight into test-taking strategies and problem-solving techniques. Her personal experience and humor enriched the experience.
~Hrisheek M. (ACT Student)
September 6, 2022
I really enjoyed working with Kathryn because she is an extremely helpful tutor. The strategies that she taught me are not only useful for the ACT but also for my classes at school. I was never afraid to ask questions even though I usually don’t like asking my teachers questions.
It was very helpful to review the questions I got wrong with her and recognize which strategies to use in the future. Also, the strategies are much easier to use because Kathryn breaks them into simple steps to make the questions become much less intimidating and a lot easier to answer. Kathryn’s tutoring made ACT prep efficient and fun.
~Sophia C. (ACT Student)
[Sophia is on the Wall of Fame for her Overall score and her perfect English score]
August 22, 2022
I believe the biggest thing that contributed to my score improvement is how Kathryn—with a calm and steady workload and environment—helped me to become progressively more comfortable with the test and questions.
~Seth P. (SAT Student)
July 27, 2022
Our daughter’s score went up by 7 points! Kathryn worked with her online [since we live in Boston, MA] and made a HUGE impact. Thank you so much for helping with test-taking skills as well as alleviating the nerves.
~Jo R. (ACT Parent)
[Her daughter is on the Wall of Fame for her English, Reading, Overall, and Most Improved scores]
April 9, 2022
Kathryn was amazing! Most of all because she instilled confidence in our daughter. It was even more fantastic that it didn’t seem like a chore. She was learning and enjoying, which is invaluable. Thank you so much!
~Jo R. (ACT Parent)
February 13, 2022
Kathryn was a great fit for my daughter. She was able to keep her on track with college apps and essays while adding humor and empathy. The college app process can be very stressful, but Kathryn eased the stress with her organized process. Let’s hope someone wants a Girl Scout!!!!
~Jodi L. (College Applications Parent)
February 10, 2022
I loved working with Kathryn and having her as my tutor. She felt not only like a teacher, but also a friend who I always looked forward to seeing. I could tell she seemed to also be having fun and would always somehow cheer me up and get me excited to practice for the ACT.
Kathryn never made me feel bad about getting questions wrong, and instead used everything as a learning experience, so I would not make the same mistakes again. I never felt judged, which also made me comfortable asking any questions I had without feeling embarrassed or nervous.
~Livia C. (ACT Student)
February 10, 2022
What most contributed to my success was going over all the answers I missed. Learning the 6 classic grammar errors so I know what to look for before selecting “no change” was really helpful. Kathryn and I would talk about all sorts of things, but she was always able to turn what I thought was just fun conversation into something valuable that will definitely help me.
The first time I did a practice test for English, I missed 35 questions and scored a 17. Instead of making me feel bad, she showed me that it was just 3 classic mistakes that I made about 10 times each. Two tests later, I only missed 3 questions and scored a 35.
I loved working with Kathryn and she helped me a lot! We aren’t working on college applications yet, but during our “study breaks” she gave me many ideas on what to write about.
~Emma G. (ACT Student)
January 26, 2022
I would definitely recommend Kathryn! She is an amazing tutor. She was so helpful to me with the Quantitative Reasoning section. I had a great time with her and I definitely am prepared. I would DEFINITELY recommend her to other people.
~Ethan P. (ISEE Student)
January 21, 2022
Kathryn helped me understand the best way to do the reading comprehension section. My program was a little different since we had only less than a month to study. She was very helpful when I needed it. I had to use most of my time doing practice tests when I was with her, but it was great to go over the questions I missed right away.
~Jonah I. (ISEE Student)
[Jonah is on the Wall of Fame for all four sections of the ISEE!]
January 21, 2022
Kathryn was very nice and helped me fill in the gaps I had in my strategies and in different subjects. This helped me improve my score drastically.
Kathryn’s division rules, reading the whole question, and answering what was asked all contributed to my scores going up.
~Henry K. (ISEE Student)
[Henry is on the Wall of Fame for all four sections of the ISEE and didn’t miss a single question on the Mathematics Achievement section!]
January 13, 2022
Kathryn did a great job attending to my every need. She was caring and made my time there super fun. I would definitely recommend her. :-)
~Graham S. (SSAT Student)
December 30, 2021
Overall it was an extremely good experience, and I feel much better about my college applications and my chances of getting in. The homework assigned was a bit ambitious for me personally, but it all worked out and it was great to do that work with you in person.
~Cooper D. (College Applications Student)
December 12, 2021
I love that it is more than just a tutor-and-student relationship and that we are friends and I can enjoy going to ACT tutoring! I felt super prepared for my test!
~Ava L. (ACT Student)
[Ava is on the Wall of Fame for her Reading score]
November 3, 2021
Great experience for Zoey. We have yet to get test results, but she felt calm and prepared while we drove to the test, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed! (She said Math was hard!!)
Zoey enjoyed her time with you immensely, Kathryn. You made it fun and became a friend to her, not just her tutor and mentor, and she found that very motivating. She looked forward to her sessions with you.
~Bob P. (ACT Parent)
October 19, 2021
Kathryn made studying for my ACT fun. I always looked forward to our weekly sessions and she gave me great strategies for test taking that I use all the time. I’ve found them incredibly useful in my school work too! Kathryn’s strategies, especially with Reading and Science, really helped my scores.
~Zoey P. (ACT Student)
[Zoey is on the Wall of Fame for her Overall, English, Reading, and Science scores]
September 12, 2021
Kathryn is very fun and a great teacher. After she taught me how to do the test properly and well, going over practice tests with Kathryn contributed most to my score improvement.
~Nico M. (ACT Student)
September 10, 2021
Kathryn was amazing from the moment we made contact with her. She definitely knows her stuff and is incredibly motivating for the students. There is no way that Chris could have done this on his own and Kathryn really understood what his strengths and weaknesses were. She was able to connect with him in a special way that gave him confidence.
I feel that Kathryn's attitude and commitment are what made a difference [in Chris’s score improvement/success]. She made him feel like he could tackle the exam without a problem which gave him the desire to put effort into the process.
~Stacey M. (ACT Parent)
September 9, 2021
Kathryn created a good environment to learn in through encouragement and positivity. She gave the right amount of homework to keep me well paced but not overwhelmed with my work. The work pace and environment both helped get the high scores that I wanted. Kathryn made preparing for the ACT more enjoyable.
~Iksha K. (ACT Student)
[Iksha is on the Wall of Fame for her English, Reading, Science, and Overall scores]
September 9, 2021
Kathryn was super helpful when it came to studying for the ACT. She made it a lot more interesting and fun as we always took some time to drink coffee together and talk about how our lives are going. The new strategies that I learned for the ACT helped me a lot!
~Chris E. (ACT student)
September 8, 2021
I think the tips and strategies helped my score improve a ton (especially on English). Kathryn lists and explains the steps that aren’t super well-known, guaranteeing a broader knowledge about the ACT exam. She also makes the lessons fun and incorporates fun and memorable stories to help illustrate key ideas and then refers to them again later.
After teaching all the skills and concepts we need to know, Kathryn also reviews the practice exams with her students to ensure there’s a deeper and better understanding of their work. In all, there are a ton of reflection opportunities incorporated in the lessons, making these sessions super helpful and great for ACT prep.
~Julia K. (ACT Student)
September 8, 2021
Kathryn was giving a good amount of homework for my daughter, a lot of practicing for the different sections. Plenty of strategies and tips on how to speed up the completion of the Reading section and improvement of overall performance.
~Ellie K. (ACT Parent)
June 9, 2021
Kathryn is very outgoing and energetic; she made learning more about the test fun and enjoyable. Practice was key. Also, being able to see Kathryn’s thought process as she worked through the questions, and applying what she taught me, was helpful because I was able to see how and why an answer was correct (and recognize classic wrong answer choices) without reading the passage as in-depth as I thought I needed to.
~Jake H. (ACT Student)
June 7, 2021
Kathryn has been so helpful in helping me prepare for the ACT! Her tips, tricks, and knowledge of the test makes studying so much easier. She is so willing to work through the tough questions in a way that simplifies them and leaves me with a strong grasp on what to do next time. Kathryn's positivity makes her sessions so much fun and never fails to have a hilarious story to help me remember what we went over. She has been such a pleasure to work with and has given me so much confidence in all areas of the test.
~Casady S. (ACT Student)
[Casady is on the Wall of Fame for her Reading score]
December 3, 2020
I think that you are a great person and I loved being able to work with you. I loved talking to you and I think that getting to know you was also very fun. [I like that you use]... different learning styles because the stories were helpful, but also just seeing a formula or strategy is what helps my brain the most. (But everyone’s different!) :-)
I think practicing the hand motion stuff [to remember the common errors on the English section] and applying the strategies and going into depth about what I missed on practice tests really helped. (I think that even if you wanted to include in the follow-up emails short YouTube lessons on stuff like commas or grammar or math stuff, that would be helpful.)
~Kailey F. (ACT Student)
November 16, 2020
My tutor is very smart and gets her points across clearly. Kathryn’s strategies and the way she taught them helped me improve the most.
~Beckett H. (ISEE Student)
[Beckett is on the Wall of Fame for his Verbal Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Math Achievement scores]
September 21, 2020
Kathryn was very helpful with the test and was fun to talk to. I give her a 5 out of 5. Her tips and tricks helped me increase my score.
~Paige W. (ISEE Student)
September 14, 2020
Kathryn is an absolute pleasure to work with! Incredibly well organized and always consistent with follow up. She took the time to get to know our daughter’s personality and tailored her approach to accommodate her needs. Each session was thoughtfully planned, fueled my daughter’s confidence & boosted her skills. She is kind, fun and so wise. Highly recommend for all of her college prep offerings.
~Lisa P. (ACT and College Applications Parent)
February 4, 2020
I thought Kathryn was great! The strategies she taught and greater familiarity with the test helped me improve my scores.
~Abby P. (ACT and Collge Applications Student)
[Abby is on the Wall of Fame for her English score]
January 23, 2020
From a grateful mom:
Kathryn makes a painful process as enjoyable and as fun as possible. She sits with your child and makes test taking a game, competing with them on different aspects of the tests. Instead of viewing it as a chore (which it totally is), Kathryn makes it a competition! Being in the trenches with them gives her “street cred” and helps them really listen to her coaching. She then gathers information from their test taking to individualize a personal plan for your child and their specific challenges.
Whatever the outcome, your son/daughter will feel well prepared, practiced, and ready. She kept all of us on track with her very thorough and clear summaries. And most importantly (to me anyway), she truly cares about your child—encouraging them all the way—and always following up. I cannot thank her enough for the work that she did with my son. She was worth every cent.
~Kelly W. (ACT Parent)
December 9, 2019
Kathryn made studying for the ACT an experience in which I was motivated to work hard and do better for each session and practice test. My scores improved most when I went back over the practice sections and re-read the lessons. I also took notes during sessions that I referred back to, as well as the notes in the emails Kathryn sent after each session.
~Tess M. (ACT Student)
[Tess is on the Wall of Fame for her Overall, English, and Reading scores]
December 8, 2019
Kathryn has helped me establish a clear thought-process for each question type while also making the tutoring experience engaging and rewarding. She is 100% worth a recommendation; I owe my motivation and success to her. Not only for her tips, but also her kind heart and lively personality made the preparation experience stress-free.
Practice and repetition has allowed me to improve my score so much so that on my last practice test, I earned a 35. I am going into this test with full confidence with a myriad of tips and tricks to tackle any problem I may encounter.
~Kameron G. (ACT Student)
[Kam is on the Wall of Fame for his Overall, Reading, and Most-Improved ACT scores]
November 26, 2019
Kathryn has been immensely helpful in helping me prepare a CV (Curriculum Vitae) and my personal statements for my graduate school applications. She is great at helping me to concisely and convincingly get my ideas across to the admissions committee.
Kathryn's eloquent and convincing wording and her way of helping me "toot my own horn" to maximize my potential and increase my chances of acceptance has been incredibly helpful.
~Jessica K. (GRE and Grad School Applications Student)
November 6, 2019
Kathryn, I had the best experience working with you!! I felt like I learned so much working with you on my ACT prep and working on all my college applications. I feel like most kids find the college app process very stressful, but I had so much fun with you and looked forward to each of our sessions.
Throughout the ACT prep, you taught me a lot of very helpful things that I feel improved my test-taking abilities. While working with you on college apps, I felt like I learned so much about myself and many writing skills.
~Sofia K. (ACT and College Applications Student)
[Sofia is on the Wall of Fame for her Most-Improved ACT score and has been offered over $20,000/year in merit-based scholarships]
October 31, 2019
After preparing with her for the ACT, I worked with Kathryn on my college applications. She was super helpful in both helping me choose colleges that were a good fit for me, as well as filling out my applications and writing my essays. Kathryn is very supportive and helped me if I was ever stuck. She helped me to improve my essays a lot!
~Aaron L. (ACT and College Applications Student)
[Aaron is on the Wall of Fame for his English and Most-Improved ACT scores]
October 30, 2019
Kathryn was very informed on the subject matter and very friendly. She helps a lot with essays.
For the ACT, reviewing practice tests helped the most. For college applications, her knowledge of the Comon App, UC application, and Cal State application was very helpful.
~Maddie F. (ACT and College Applications Student)
[By submitting an Early Action application, Maddie has already been accepted to one of the top 10 schools in her major!]
October 22, 2019
Kathryn made learning boring things not boring at all. She made me feel not stressed about the test because I am prepared. Kathryn taught me helpful math and grammar rules and we did lots of practice and reviewing. I now hear her voice in my head when I'm taking the practice tests.
~Kelsey H. (ACT Student)
[Kelsey is on the Wall of Fame for her Overall, Reading, Science, and Most-Improved scores]
October 14, 2019
Kathryn did a great job motivating my daughter and she actually looked forward to their sessions.
~Joni J. (ACT Parent)
October 3, 2019
Kathryn is so kind and sweet. I have never been taught such quick and simple strategies for math problems before seeing her and she really helped me to grasp these concepts with confidence. I also appreciate the motivation and support I received from her, which made studying for such a nerve-wracking exam easier and less stressful.
My scores improved because of the strategies she taught that helped me to easily understand math concepts and do the problems more quickly. She also provided in-depth and constructive feedback that helped me to learn from mistakes.
~Jessica K. (GRE Student)
October 1, 2019
Kathryn was able to teach material in ways that weren’t overly complicated and confusing: straight to the point. Her tricks on how to approach certain types of questions to avoid wasting time helped the most.
~Arli L. (SAT and SAT Subject Tests Student)
September 12, 2019
You are the best ACT tutor ever! You made the lessons very clear and I am positive I will do well on the ACT. Learning time management and eliminating careless mistakes improved my scores a lot!
~Lily E. (ACT Student)
September 12, 2019
Kathryn is good at tutoring. Doing lots of practice and going over my mistakes helped me improve my scores.
~Jack W. (ACT Student)
[Jack is on the Wall of Fame for his Most-Improved, Overall, English, Math, and Science scores]
September 10, 2019
SHE’S DOPE. Kathryn’s very comfortable to be around and talk to.
The strategies she taught me helped me improve my scores.
~Adam B. (ACT Student)
September 9, 2019
Kathryn is an amazing tutor. I’ve always felt welcome and accepted during our time together. She helped me develop many strengths and kept me motivated throughout all of the sessions.
~Zaylin T. (ACT Student)
[Zaylin is on the Wall of Fame for her Most-Improved and English scores]
September 9, 2019
Kathryn was an amazing tutor. I was extremely nervous coming into my first session, but she made it so fun and with every meeting, I got less and less nervous about the test and felt increasingly more prepared. Her strategies for the test day are super helpful and she made me feel a lot more confident in my skills. I had a great time while still learning a lot.
The things that helped most were going over every question I missed every meeting and learning strategies on how to get through questions quickly. I would recommend her to any person in need of a tutor!
~Carolina C. (ACT Student)
[Carolina is on the Wall of Fame for her Overall, English, Math, Reading, and Science scores!]
August 19, 2019
Kathryn is great. Our daughter is well prepared for the LSAT as a result of her work with Kathryn this summer. Her scores improved because she worked hard this summer on practice tests and in her meetings with Kathryn.
~Ted P. (LSAT Parent)
August 17, 2019
Kathryn demonstrates time and time again that she is not only an expert at preparing her students for testing, but also for life. What truly sets Kathryn apart from other test-prep companies is that she takes pride in creating personal relationships with her students to ensure they reach their goals. I was always able to communicate issues with Kathryn, both with the test and in my personal life that were keeping me stuck.
I was able to see my scores improve and find success because Kathryn helps explain and demonstrate the strategies presented in the prep books and practice tests, so that I could understand how to use the methods myself, rather than staring blankly at the explanations presented in the book, not fully absorbing the concepts. It was also a great help to have Kathryn work out problems with me, so that I could fully comprehend and utilize the strategies she taught me.
~Sophia P. (LSAT Student)
August 15, 2019
Kathryn was a phenomenal tutor who always gave helpful feedback and terrific advice. She made SAT prep interesting, less stressful, and almost even fun! She found a great balance between fun and work to keep me engaged. What helped me improve my score was her ability to adapt to my needs, her incredible (easy to remember) tricks, and the fact that she provided a safe space for me to make mistakes in, ultimately benefiting my success in the long run. Overall, it was a wonderful experience with life-long lessons. I would recommend her to anyone who wants a significantly-improved score.
~Arden L. (SAT Student)
August 15, 2019
Kathryn was very helpful. She helped make my scores increase very quickly. I recommend her so much that on a scale of 1-10, I give her a 111. Practicing using the strategies she taught me contributed most to my score improvement.
~Tristan L. (SAT Student)
June 6, 2019
From the first session I felt so comfortable around Kathryn. She provides the perfect amount of fun and learning to make every session great. Kathryn is so smart, and knows exactly what she is doing, so learning from her was great.
I think the fact that we would go over every question I got wrong together, and would talk about what I did wrong, and what I can do better next time helped me improve my scores. Another thing that helped was doing official practice tests to get a feel of what it’s gonna be like.
~Kate C. (ACT Student)
[Kate is on the Wall of Fame for her Most-Improved Overall score!]
June 5, 2019
Kathryn is an amazing tutor. She was always very patient, caring, and funny, but most importantly, she always made sure I understood the material so I can achieve my desired score on test day. Certain strategies that Kathryn taught me greatly contributed to my score improvement. Strategies such as always checking the shortest answer in the English section, managing time, and choosing D or J were most effective.
~Lily R. (ACT Student)
June 4, 2019
Kathryn helped me improve my score in a big way. She taught me a lot and helped me understand what I needed to know for the test. What helped me the most was the little tricks Kathryn taught me for the test; I knew a lot more than I did going into the last test.
~Nicole W. (ACT Student)
June 4, 2019
Kathryn is a very sweet person who focuses on your needs. She cares a lot about you and is a second mom. She is a great tutor and will answer any questions that you have. The strategies and tips she taught me helped me the most.
~Sarah S. (ACT Student)
April 11, 2019
Kathryn was very engaging and efficient in our sessions. She used positive reinforcement and took good care of the mental aspect of test taking. She also seemed well versed with the test material.
Kathryn’s list of strategies were the most useful because they taught me how to work quickly and efficiently. She kept repeating the same strategies with me which allowed me to recall them while I did practice tests.
~Mishaal I. (ACT Student)
[Mishaal is on the Wall of Fame for her English score]
March 7, 2019
Kathryn answered all my questions and was very flexible. Reviewing my wrong answers on the practice tests with her helped me improve my scores.
~Annie I. (SAT Student)
February 5, 2019
Kathryn was a really good tutor and taught me a lot. She helped me on how to back check and get to my answers in a faster time. Learning the strategies of test taking and going over the sections helped me the most.
~Lucas C. (ACT Student)
January 24, 2019
Kathryn taught me that you can’t look at a score and evaluate yourself. You have to learn from your mistakes. She is very nice and always helpful.
[When I have to randomly guess,] D is always the answer!!!! :-) That got me a lot better grade. :-)
~Ford N. (ISEE Student)
January 23, 2019
Kathryn was very nice, helpful, and funny. I also LOVE Bailey. The question banks, tutoring, emails, and the tips from the emails (prime numbers, input/output tables) all helped me become better.
~Kayla P. (ISEE Student)
January 1, 2019
Kathryn was excellent. By outlining the process, she was able to guide Reese and motivate her. Last minute study tips and calming tips were particularly beneficial. [What contributed the most to my daughter's score improvement?] Motivation to study.
~Dana G. (ACT Parent)
January 1, 2019
I have been very happy with my tutor. Sessions were engaging and incredibly motivating. I felt a little rushed through the math section, but otherwise Kathryn took the time to answer all of my questions. Being motivated to take the practice tests and then discussing the questions that I had gotten wrong was essential to my improvement.
~Reese G. (ACT Student)
December 15, 2018
Kathryn’s straightforward approach to teaching tips and tricks to master the ACT took away a lot of the anxiety associated with taking this test. She was equal parts warmly encouraging and honest and frank about what Miles would need to do to be successful. I’m so glad I found Kathryn!
Private tutoring was the key to his success. If Miles had had to sit in a classroom this past summer for hours at a time, he would have hated studying even more hours for the ACT. Instead, ten two-hour sessions spread over a two-month period made the material digestible and he even had fun taking practice tests, trying to top his last score. It became a competition against himself in an entertaining, productive way.
~Judith B. (ACT Parent)