Testimonials, 2019-Present

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 Student)

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)

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 English, Math, Reading, and Science!]

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)