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Test Prep Tutors

Dr. Lauren

Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, Ph D
Indiana/Purdue University, MS, MT
Pacifica Graduate University, MA
University of Hawaii, BA

Lauren Rubin Ph D has taught SAT/ACT and ISEE prep for over 25 years.  She has had exceptional and consistent success increasing student scores, and personalizes her instruction for each student's strength and weaknesses.  She was a Master tutor for a national company before owning her own test prep company in Oregon.  Dr. Lauren has two Masters degrees and a PhD from one of the top 35 schools in the world. Last fall, 2 of Dr. Lauren's students received perfect scores on the ISEE.


University of California at Los Angeles, MA
Yale University, BA

Puja has over a decade of tutoring and teaching experience. She has worked with students of all ages and abilities, and has taught courses in English, Writing, Math, and Science at the university level. Not only is Puja one of the most accomplished test prep tutors, she is also an exceptional one-on-one tutor for any high school subjects. What she loves most about tutoring is seeing students become more self-reliant, confident, and excited about learning.  Puja has tutored with Academic Achievers from the beginning.

Rachel L.

Antioch University, MS
Salisbury University, BA, summa cum laude

Rachel was a manager and academic coach for a South Bay tutoring company for over 4 years. She supervised and trained staff and specialized in all ISEE levels and all areas: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, reading comprehension and math achievement. Rachel is equally adept at tutoring subjects in math and science as well as verbal and writing.  She also tutors algebra I and II, biology, chemistry, English, French, Spanish, SAT and ACT. Rachel is also one of Academic Achievers Academy's top homeschool teachers and creates customized science curriculum for students in grades 1-6.


Loyola Marymount University - Medical Post Baccalaureate
University of San Diego -BA, English
University of San Diego -BS, Business

Will is an award winning tutor having been awarded the Outstanding Tutor Service Award YALLA by California Senator Joel Anderson. He joins Academic Achievers with stellar recommendations and has worked with students of all abilities and various academic backgrounds.  Equally adept at verbal and math, Will tutors all sections of the SAT, ACT and ISEE.  He is currently applying to medical school.


Queens College, MA, Statistics
SUNY Oneonta, BS, Anthropology

Michelle is a talented test prep professional who has helped students excel in New York, San Diego and Los Angeles.  She has also been an an Adjunct Professor at Queens College. Michelle has helped students gain confidence in themselves and raise their test scores. She has worked as an academic tutor, educational therapist, and learning specialist. As well as SAT, ACT, and ISEE, Michelle also tutors English, Analytical Essay Writing, and Psychology. She has taught college math and advanced statistics. Michelle is currently applying to PhD programs in Clinical Psychology.


University of Southern California, BS
California Teaching Credential

Jennifer was a high school teacher who also focused on designing SAT/ACT curriculum for various schools and several top tutoring companies. She has found a passion in creating positive learning environments and mentoring students during their educational career. Jennifer also has extensive experience tutoring SAT, ACT, and ISEE, teaching students crucial content knowledge and effective test-taking strategies. She believes in individualizing teaching for each student to provide the necessary support and guidance for academic and lifelong success. Before USC, Jennifer graduated from Flintridge Prep in Pasadena. She is conversational in Mandarin and Spanish.


University of Southern California, M Ed.
Rutgers University School of Law, JD
Rutgers College, BA

After completing his JD, Matt realized his passion was not in the law but in education and returned to school to receive a Masters in Mathematics Education.  Matt was awarded a Math for America Teaching Fellowship and taught high school in Los Angeles for 5 years. He shares his enthusiasm for teaching with his students with creativity and humor. Matt's patience, compassion, and ability to make complex subjects understandable makes him a popular tutor for all math subjects as well as ISEE, SAT, ACT, writing, chemistry, and AP physics.


University of Edinburgh, MS, MD
Oxford University, MS
Harvard University, BA

Prior to medical school, Greta worked as the head of the literacy program at a well-established westside tutoring company. She has served as an academic dean at the Johns Hopkins summer CTY program and worked as an assistant teacher at Canyon Charter Elementary School.  Greta loves teaching and especially enjoys helping students achieve their academic potential and feel confident in their test-taking abilities. She specializes in all levels of the ISEE. Last year, almost all of Greta's ISEE students were admitted into their first choice schools. She is also preparing for her medical residencies in the US.


University of Washington, MS, Organic Chemistry
University of Massachusetts, BS, Chemistry, magna cum laude

Richard has worked with a wide variety of students, including gifted students and those with learning differences, on a wide array of subjects from 7th grade algebra to graduate level organic chemistry. His mastery of all science and math topics is only rivaled by his talent for conveying difficult concepts into easy-to-understand language using highly customized techniques and patience. Richard has tutored dozens of students for the ACT and SAT with exceptional results.


Harvard College, BA, English

Gabriel is an exceptional SAT, ACT and ISEE tutor who takes great pride in guiding his students to understanding both the content and the strategies.  He particularly empathizes with students who struggle with test anxiety and he enjoys helping them develop strategies to overcome it.   Gabriel's test prep students have placed in the top schools in LA and the country. He is a senior tutor and has received the highest recommendations from our parents and students. Gabe is a published playwright and his plays are performed in small theaters all over the country.


Princeton University, BA English, cum laude

Scott went to Princeton with an almost perfect SAT score and has been tutoring students to do the same ever since.  He has been working directly with students across multiple disciplines, including Korean-American high school students, for almost 10 years.  In addition to being a highly experienced and highly requested SAT and ACT test prep tutor, he can also help his students with their application essays. Scott also tutors writing composition and grammar, reading analysis, study skills, time management, and ISEE.  Scott has an excellent track record of improving student scores and his students typically place in the top schools in the country.


USC Keck School of Medicine, MD (in progress)
Loyola Marymount, Medical Post Baccalaureate
University of Southern California, BA, Neuroscience
University of Southern California, BA, Philosophy

Daniel scored in the upper 99th percentile in the SAT as well as the MCAT and guides his students with exceptional test-taking skills .  He helps students to think critically and independently. Daniel develops individual learning plans based on individual and specific needs.  He has worked with high school students for writing and math and has assisted in the development of SAT course curriculum and materials.  Daniel tutors honors and AP biology, math, chemistry and physics. Daniel is an excellent test prep and subject coach and receives rave reviews from all his students.


Harvard University, BA

Immediately after graduating from Harvard, Adrienne went to teach for an elite private program in Seoul, South Korea, preparing students for admission into top English speaking boarding schools and universities. After traveling the world, Adrienne returned to the US and to work with students preparing for the ISEE and SSAT.  Warm, enthusiastic, and playful, she loves to make test prep fun for her students based on their unique needs and learning styles. Adrienne has been tutoring ISEE test prep for 7 years.


New York University, BFA

Katarina specializes in tutoring all levels of the ISEE. She has been helping students succeed for almost 7 years in Los Angeles, New York, and Ecuador. Katarina's other areas of expertise are the SAT, math, and essay writing. She enjoys adapting to each student's learning style in order to make the test more accessable to them.  Katarina also teaches a class at Central City Value High School. She is a volunteer tutor and works with homeless youth for a great organization called School on Wheels.


Boston College, BA, magna cum laude

Katie comes to us with a great deal of experience in test prep from some of the most prestigious tutoring agencies in New York.  She has tutored for ten years for the GRE, Advanced Placement, SAT, PSAT, ACT, and all levels of the ISEE.  Katie is also an accomplished subject tutor in math, as well as writing and reading analysis.  She has also taught for the Fordham Preparatory School in New York.


Harvard College, BA

For the past three years, Nathan has helped dozens of student's achieve their goals, from boosted grades to acceptance at a dream school.  His unique approach to test prep--as a structured game with rules anyone can learn--earned him a near perfect score on the SAT, and has helped his students gain admission to top universities around the country.  In addition to test prep, in-depth one-on-one application counseling and strategy, Nathan also teaches various high school subjects.  He particularly enjoys working with students in his passionate areas of writing, history, languages and the performing arts.


Harvard, BA, English

Matthew is a top tutor who has been teaching test prep for over 10 years. In addition to his excellent tutoring skills for SAT and ACT, he has developed and taught curriculums for both home-schoolers and learning service companies.  Matt has also worked as a college advisor for high school students applying to college.  Since 2010, Matthew has tutored hundreds of students from Mar Vista to Alhambra.  He has taught in a preparatory academy and a prestigious Santa Monica high school.  Matthew has worked with every level of student, including those with learning disabilities as varied as dyscalculia, ADD, and dyspraxia. 


Brown University, BS, neuroscience

Sidhi is an enthusiastic and experienced tutor who specializes in the ISEE, SAT, and ACT. As a Master tutor she has helped students succeed in test prep for almost 8 years. Sidhi customizes each lesson to her student's individual needs and has a high track record of improving their scores.  Sidhi teaches French, Latin and math as well as test prep. She is an accomplished pianist and figure skater and volunteers at a local dog rescue group.


USC Marshall School of Business, MBA (in progress)
Harvard College, BA, cum laude

Sam is an SAT/ACT tutor with Academic Achievers. He graduated from Harvard College with high honors after studying economics, political science, and history. In 2013, he served as a research fellow at King's College, University of Cambridge. Sam has taught a variety of subjects, including seminars on geopolitics at Yale University's Ivy Scholars summer program for promising high schoolers. A native of Los Angeles, where he attended Harvard-Westlake School, Sam is currently in the MBA program at USC. He scored in the 99th percentile in the SAT, GRE, and GMAT, and he tutors test prep.


Harvard College, BA

Camilla graduated from Harvard with an honors degree in English.  She has been tutoring the SAT and ACT as well as high school subjects (with a specialty in math and essay-writing) for over five years. Camilla received an almost perfect SAT score and a perfect ACT score and has been coaching her students using the same techniques. Camilla also took over 13 AP tests and received scores of 4 or 5 on all of them. She loves sharing her enthusiasm for learning with her students and seeing them improve. When Carmilla isn't teaching, she is making documentaries or doing photography.


University of Miami, BS, Psychology, magna cum laude
University of Miami, BA, Computer Science, magna cum laude

Rachel has been tutoring the SAT, ACT, ISEE and practically all levels of math since early 2009. She prides herself on tailoring her approach and curriculum to a student's temperament, learning style, and individual needs. She guides students through not only content but also test-taking strategies, bringing to the job a unique energy and patience that makes even the most reluctant students enthusiastic about their test prep.


University of California at Berkeley, BA
Lindamood-Bell Certification

Atusa is a highly experienced ISEE tutor and has tutored lower level, middle level, and upper level for private school placement in the Los Angeles area. She is particularly adept at preparing students who have mild learning differences and various developmental backgrounds to become successful standardized test-takers. Atusa is a qualified math teacher from arithmetic through trigonometry and has an extensive background in reading comprehension through her training at Lindamood-Bell.

Ilijaz (Irvine)

University of California at Irvine, PhD
San Francisco State University, MA
Santa Clara University, BA

Ilijaz is a philosophy teacher at UC Irvine and an experienced test prep and essay writing tutor. He has managed a team of 6 mentors as he oversaw over 60 SAT students.  Ilijaz also work with student in college counseling, application essay writing, study skill, time management and organization. He tutors ISEE, ACT, and SAT as well as geometry, algebra, and AP English.

Andrew (Redondo Beach)

USC, MA, Writing
Dartmouth, BA, English

Andrew is a Master Test Prep Tutor and previously the Head of Instruction for San Marino Academy.  He has taught all aspects of the SAT and ACT for over ten years.  As one of the most respected and successful test prep tutors in Los Angeles, Andrew also tutors SAT via Skype to students who live outside the LA area.  Andrew currently teaches other teachers to become skilled and effective test prep tutors, but will still accept private students as schedule permits.

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