“I started working with Tony immediately after I moved to Fremont from China. It is fair to say that my entire high school career would not have been the same and as successful and fulfilling if I hadn’t worked with IvyBoost. In my freshman year, I was all but conscious of what I wanted to do in college and beyond, or even what direction I would like to pursue in high school at all. Tony encouraged me to explore and find my own unique path, because IvyBoost’s principal is to provide each student with customized counseling and guidance without expecting them to adopt a one-size-fits-all counseling plan. As I gradually discovered my passion through boldly experimenting with the extra-curricula’s my high school has to offer and progressed through my studies, Tony provided me with a clear sense of the timeline of when I should be taking what step and what tests at what time in my specific case. Whenever I indicate I need help in any area, may it be school work or test prep, IvyBoost has always been able to provide me with one-on-one academic tutoring that targets specifically my weaker spots. In conclusion, the greatest advantage of IvyBoost compared to other larger chain tutoring and counseling centers is that all service provided by IvyBoost is customizable and personalized, and it pinpoints the areas the student needs the most help in order to maximize the efficiency the efforts of both the student and the counselor. As a result of this intimate and high-efficiency environment of IvyBoost, I was able to see tremendous growth in myself not only academically but also as a person over the past 4 years.” – Camilla H.
“Around this time last year, we were the worried parents of a confused and scared 16 year old. We were unsure about our child’s future, had no idea how to wade through the college applications…actually we didn’t even know where to start. As for Kajal, I’m sure she was nervous and apprehensive too, her biggest fear being ‘Will I get into a good college?’ Lindsay, ever since she started her sessions with you, we could see her confidence in herself growing. You guided her (and us) through all the application hurdles, gave us your time, answering our numerous questions and allaying our fears. When Kajal’s acceptances started coming in, our joy literally knew no bounds. Today, she has these great opportunities ahead of her, and we thank you for your guidance. I guess, I can say, my biggest reward was when a near stranger stopped me at a store and asked me which school Kajal had picked…she knew of all her choices only because she had attended IvyBoost’s seminar & had seen Kajal portrayed as one of your success stories! So thank you, once again!” – Divya
“The SAT classes were constructive and yet fun as well to keep our focus/attention. The tutors made sure to meet our individual needs which are rare to come by.” – Sam W.
“Joe was very knowledgeable and has told me many good tips about the SAT and how to approach it. He also pushed me to do my very best. Good place to be at, nice environment to do things in because it is pretty quiet.” – Alex C.
“I was accepted to UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego, Brown University and Cornell University. I am happy about the result and thanks for IvyBoost’s great help on my college application, especially to the help of Tony, Karen and Michelle.” – Luke Z.
“Tony was very organized at every meeting and knows what he is doing. The IvyBoost staff is very helpful and supportive. It is nice to walk in and be greeted by name.“ – Simren K.
“The counselor was very organized, flexible, and active in application process. He was there when I needed and was with me every step of the way.“ – Winny C.
“Prior to my classes at IvyBoost, my SAT score was being brought down by my lackluster SAT Writing score. With the help of Karen’s in-depth SAT writing classes, in one month, I was able to bring up my Writing score from a mediocre 660 to a perfect 800. Her perfect teaching method combined with a lot of her practice tests allowed me to reach my target score!” –Karthik K.
“Mr. McNally has been a great tutor since I began coming to IvyBoost. He teaches in a way that is both entertaining and helpful in the subject.” –Michael N.
“It is an unforgettable life time experience to work with IvyBoost and my mentor Tony. As first generation immigrants, my parents and I really do not know about college and financial aid applications. My mentor Tony has been very patient and well prepared to guide me on the applications step by step. His response is always immediate whenever I have questions. The more touching part is that he consulted like an old-time friend or a family member with the most sincere and practical advices. He has been always supportive and continues to help me even after the contracted service is done. IvyBoost’s counseling is just like a lighthouse to guide me to the right port – I get in my favorite UC with $21000 grant and $10000 loans.” –Brenda W.
“My mentor at IvyBoost really gave me the guidance, structure, and confidence I needed to succeed with my college application. Self-help books help, but they don’t provide the type of advice and guidance a mentor can. Trust me, I now know myself: Erica sectioned my college application process into manageable chunks with to-do lists and deadlines, helped provide information and inspiration for my essay topics, and most importantly, gave me tangible and applicable feedback and advice for my essays. Erica had me focused on the task and kept the entire process endurable-and really, that’s mostly what you need when you’re applying.” – Henry L.
“Joe and Rebecca are all very smart tutors. I definitely made progress from them. I learned a lot from IvyBoost because they provide a good education to me.” – Christina Q.
“I thought the counseling was very useful in terms of creating strict deadlines for the due dates, as well as for finding the right colleges to apply to. I found the information given about the colleges as probably the most helpful part because it allowed me to gain a lot of knowledge about various colleges, and which ones that interested me the most. I enjoyed the essay help, in depth edits such as specific information and trying to make the essay stand out more have been helpful in the process, the broad ideas were edited well too. The mentoring for the other parts of the applications were good as well and ran decently smoothly for reaching deadlines. Overall I am very appreciative of the help that I was provided.” –Brandon M.
“I have been accepted to: UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, UC San Diego, UCLA, UC Berkeley, USC, Occidental, Pomona, Boston College, Northeastern, Santa Clara, and Georgetown. I’m super happy and thanks Melanie and IvyBoost so much for helping me because I’m sure you played a large part in me being accepted to so many great colleges. ” –Sharon H.
“I was accepted to UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine and USC for public health or nursing program. I am happy about the result and thanks for IvyBoost’s great help on my college application.” – Cherry L.
“I liked the way Rebecca made learning useful and fun. The learning environment and tutors fit the tutoring subject.” –Jennifer G.
“Joe taught me many ways of solving one problem and made sure that I know how to do each problem. I learned a lot from the summer course because there was only several students each class and improved greatly on my math.” – Courtney W.