Lorelie from Colorado Springs, CO on 3/9/13
Dr Walli not only effectively worked with our children to maximize their ACT and SAT scores she established an environment for advanced learning. This advanced learning not only encompassed test preparation and enhancing their public school studies it also was a catalyst to a new excitement in learning. Beyond just teaching to meet some set criteria Dr Walli’s approach established foundations which will be leveraged well into their college studies. Further, Dr Walli readily shared her expansive knowledge of universities, their entrance requirements and academic foci, and helped us effectively winnow down our college search to a much more manageable list which was focused on our children’s career endeavors. Dr Walli took the time initially to learn our children to a depth which facilitated them learning in a way best suited to each of their personalities. Her knowledge of them was instrumental in engendering a new excitement in learning. Our children often said they learned and gained more in three hours with Dr Walli than days at school. One other major tremendously significant accomplishment was both children learning how to debate controversial subject manner in respectful, educated, and informed ways without the all-too-common personal attacks and weakly-based arguments. A tremendously positive experience.
"Only encourages college."
Stefanie from Colorado Springs, CO on 8/7/13
I am having a hard time writing a negative review. However, after meeting with Dr Walli I was very disappointed. We went to discuss a tutor, a tutor for the ASVAB. My son's dream is to serve in the military. She told all these un-truths about military (I later verified with an Air Force General). And how the military is for people with no other options. During the initial meeting I was getting so angry I had tears in my eyes. She later sent an e-mail to him saying I was crying because I knew he couldn't obtain his goal. I believe in my son and if wants to do something I will support him. College is not for everyone and we weren't there to get life coaching. The new tutor is his cheerleader, very supportive of goals and cares for him as a person. All at half the cost.
Dr Walli replied on 8/8/2013:
I have never commented on the review member before but this one is absolutely without merit and I must address the issue raised.
I meet regularly with area military recruiters to insure my clients receive accurate and up to date information. Never have I said the military was "for those without other options;" in fact I encourage many young adults to consider the option of military service through enlistment, ROTC, Green to Gold Programs and the service academies. In accord with the recommendations of all 5 Service branches I advise most of my high school students planing to enlist to use every available opportunity during high school to earn college credit and then, if needed, to earn 30 semester hours of credit in the one to two semesters after high school while they are waiting to go to MEPS. This solid plan is achievable by virtually any man or woman who also has the requisite capacity to serve in the military and it accomplishes two goals. First, it allows them to enlist at a higher rank. But it does something else too. It allows a young person to find out whether they have the capacity to enter ROTC; and earn a college scholarship. It is amazing how many very poor high school students, with professional academic coaching and their own maturity can become excellent students in the college environment. For those who do the pathway to a career as a military Officer is then an option but even if they then choose to enlist they are doing so fully ready to take advantage of the military college programs for the completion of their degrees during enlistment.
Competition for positions in the military has never been high than it is today and so is the post-service job market that awaits those who enlist. It would be negligent to take money from a client to coach them along a trajectory they were incapable of achieving or to allow them to coast along pretending they were going to achieve something that requires a great deal of diligent work when they were exhibiting no commitment to the realization of their stated goal.
Sometimes my role is to point out the obvious.
This young man said he dreamed of being a Naval Seal and when I asked "why" he said it was because of programs on TV. Special Force Officers and Enlisted Staff comprise a good portion of my client roster and I encouraged him to meet with one or more of them to get a feel for the reality of their work instead of the tv version, that is largely fantasy. Additionally, I offered to arrange a training partnership, as I do for all of my military aspiring clients. This gave him the chance to be matched them with others preparing to enter as enlistees or as officers and to train with them several times a week without cost. In addition, I laid out a academically solid plan for ASVAB content mastery that would optimize his results while also preparing him for the challenging learning opportunities everyone entering the military encounters during training assignments.
Although, theoretically he wanted to prepare for the Seals he expressed that he "was not at all sure he was ready to work as hard as he would need to work" given the delta between where he was today and where he's need to be to be a competitive candidate. He expressed that it felt good to know that the choice was his and his alone; decide to change many things in his life and become Seal-worthy or decide to take a different route, still work more effectively and begin to train, but do so with another, perhaps more attainable goal in mind.
I presented he and his mom my assessment that obtaining a sufficient ASVAB score, given his academic deficits would require 3-2 hr sessions per week for 16 weeks and recommended that he work with me for the first month and then, at a lower cost, that he continue his work with one of my graduate students, who can serve students through WyzAnt and I also told the mother that her continuing willingness to commit family resources to coaching for him should be, and if they used me as the Coach, it must be contingent on his own proven commitment to a rigorous study and training schedule.
During the session the son was happy, energized and fully engaged. He seemed to genuinely appreciate being on a "real road" towards a yet undecided but none the less genuine goal.
His mom spent the entire session in tears.
Whose dream was it that he become a Seal?
The son ended his session by taking an extra moment to back up to the door to thank me. He said he was anxious to get started!
The mom never scheduled his next session.
Whatever your dream is it takes action to make it real. Get your eye on the prize and your foot in the game.
"Left our session feeling wonderful!"
Tony from Castle Rock, CO on 7/12/13
Stats is a subject that strikes fear in my heart! Dr. Walli made me feel less terrified and more confident to move forward. I'm excited to have this experience!!! Bring on the journey!
"Knowledgeable but did not cover material"
Lizzy from Colorado Springs, CO on 2/18/13
Dr. Walli was very knowledgeable about many topics. Unfortunately I felt we spent the entire session preparing for a standardized test and not the actual math class I had the next week. For the two hour session we went over multiplication and fractions, which I did need help with, but I never even opened my book to go over the material I was going to be tested on. I left feeling less prepared for my exam due to the fact I spent two hours learning basic math as opposed to studying for my actual test. I came prepared with all of my notes, homework, book and questions I had marked and needed assistance with and she never asked what I needed to cover during the session.
Dr Walli replied on 2/21/2013:
I really appreciate Lizzy taking the time to write and especially to offer constructive criticism. That's not always easy to do.
Many students in college find themselves, as she did, up against a test the next day and needing to remedy years of gaps in math education in a two-hour session. That's not possible...
What is possible? Adding significant points to a test score by learning how to manage the basic math that's making it impossible to demonstrate how much of the higher level math you know. Lizzy mastered fractions and decimals, and conversions between these units, exponent operations, FOILING, distribution and work with functions....and I gave her an extra half hour of time, off the clock, to insure she was as ready as possible for the next day's test.
Lesson learned? Don't wait until you're in deep water to ask for help with your swimming strokes!
My best wishes for Lizzy's continued math success.
Sherry from Colorado Springs, CO on 1/1/13
Dr. Walli had my 6 year old smiling and loving learning during our first session! So glad that we found her and look forward to working with her!
Brendon from Colorado Springs, CO on 12/18/12
Dr. Walli C is the best tutor anyone could ask for. She really does care about her students and knows all the material that she teaches extremely well. When you go into a session with her it doesn't feel like 2 hours has just gone by. It feels more like a bunch of light bulbs that go off in your head and gives you that "aww I understand now" factor. Not only does she teach in such a way that light bulbs illuminate your brain but she makes it so you really do understand it and don't walk out forgetting anything you learned. She is the best tutor anyone could ask for.
"A true teacher and advocate for my child."
Lisa from Colorado Springs, CO on 12/12/12
I have used tutors 4 times before before for my daughter throughout the years. Each time the work was able to be finished but there was no real resolution for the underlying problem. Dr. Walli provided the tools my daughter needs to move forward on her own with her work. My daughter is more confident in her writing and her ability to finish a large project successfully. She looks forward to each session with anticipation. Dr. Walli also provided some very solid "life advice" for my daughter and helped set her on a path we believe will be very successful. If you are looking for a tutor that could quite possibly make a difference in your child's future, Dr. Walli is the one.
"My Great Life Coach"
Rick from Colorado Springs, CO on 8/19/12
Before I met Dr. Walli I had many weaknesses; I was weak in almost every subject, now I can say that learning will not be a problem for me. My mathematical abilities have increased immensely along with my reading, grammar and arithmetic capabilities. I am grateful to have met Dr. Walli and I am proud to say the she is the most important and best teacher I've ever had. She didn't just teach me academically but has given me the confidence to pursue my career. I highly recommend her.
Jodie from Castle Rock, CO on 5/15/12
With just 2 weeks to get our sons 'Accuplacer' results up to the College level acceptance minimum, Dr. Walli did it, and he actually surpassed the minimums. Thank you, I know you juggled your schedule to get us in for this 'cram' session, but it all worked out great, and he'll be off to College in the Fall. Thanks!
"One of the best!"
Pedro from Converse, TX on 3/1/12
Thank you very much! She has the nurse scientist qualification and she tutored me at my cognitive level so I can understand what I need to know. She is a blessing !!! Can't thank you enough!!
"Dr. Coronza "
Saundra from Colorado Springs, CO on 2/27/12
Dr. Walli has shown me key math and English components to help me prepare for the ASVAB. Her teaching style is straight forward, practical and very helpful.
"Impressive Background / Great Communication"
Ryan from Colorado Springs, CO on 1/27/12
I was very impressed with Dr. Walli C.'s academic background and depth of knowledge not only with SAT prep but with all matters of teaching and college. This is opening my son's eyes to see his abilities to excel in academics and knowledge beyond this test. Very impressive!
Dr. Walli C. has done an excellent job with my son. Originally, it was SAT prep, but it turned into much more , and it has raised his appreciation for education for the balance of his senior year in HS and his upcoming college years. She has a wonderful combination of academic qualifications (i.e. a professor) and down to earth communication.skills. I think my son related to her very well. I would recommend her to anyone.
"Truly cares about her students. Has a big heart and makes a big difference in the student's life. Excellent tutor. Very knowledgable. "
Therese from Colorado Springs, CO on 1/6/12
Dr. Walli truly cares about her students. She has a big heart and makes a big difference in the student's life. Not only is she very knowledgable and an excellent tutor, but she goes above and beyond all expectations. She is a great source of information about where to find more information. And she doesn't hesitate to provide referrals if she knows someone who can be of assistance. For example: My foreign student is a soccer player, and Dr. Walli provided the name of another soccer player to meet. Also, my foreign student needs to practice his English, so Dr. Walli provided contact information of others who can help him practice his English. My foreign student had one day to prepare for an entrance exam and Dr. Walli cleared her schedule to help him prepare for the exam. This made a huge difference in his life. His performance on the test after one session with Dr. Walli was high enough to put him into advanced classes instead of intermediate or beginner classes. I highly recommend Dr. Walli. She will make a big difference in your life too.
"Total Value Added - Awesome"
Paul from Colorado Springs, CO on 10/14/11
Dr. Walli gets it in every regard. She knows how to connect, is completely competent, and really cares. My children, nor could not have asked for a better person. She has helped give them what they needed now and have shown them (practically) how they can reach their dreams. Paul