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Brooke H.

Los Angeles, CA


Perfect Scoring Tutor! SAT 2400! ACT 36! College Essay, SSAT and more!

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Stanford University
University of Southern California


Stanford University

University of Southern California (Master's)

About Brooke


I'm Brooke. I'm a Stanford graduate with 12+ years experience tutoring and have scored perfectly on the recent ACT (36!) and recent SAT (2400!) and scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT test (out of 1600) in high school. I've also coached a student to a perfect ACT composite score (36) and have coached several students within 30 points of a perfect score on the SAT.

I've been teaching and tutoring for over a decade and have over 15,000 hours experience tutoring children, teens, and adults.

Not only have I taught the tests working for or contracting with 10 different education companies, I have also been a curriculum writer, writing SAT prep curriculum, as well as debate and literature curriculum, for three different established education companies. I have also worked as a mentor and teaching assistant at the University of Southern California. I'm currently in the process of writing my own ACT prep book series and SAT prep book series for the new SAT.

In addition to test prep -- I also specialize in essay writing and college essay and application consulting. I've helped many students, and even adults looking for a career reboot or admission to grad school, craft a personal statement. I can also work with younger students to form a "high school game plan" to maximize their portfolio of personal achievement for college admissions. I also have extensive experience teaching ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT (NYC schools), HSPT, AP language & comp, AP literature & comp, AP US history, algebra I, geometry, algebra II, precalculus, SAT Subject Tests (literature, math I & IIC, US history), GRE, LSAT reading section, MCAT verbal section, and essay writing. I am a grammar expert and have several students with whom I focus entirely on writing.

I also have experience teaching ESL to students ages 8-48, and can also help with pronunciation and accent elimination.

I do not specialize in upper-level science subjects (physics, chemistry, biology) or calculus, but can provide light homework help on occasion to students I have in other subjects.

For the last two years, I've been one of the top 100 WyzAnt tutors nationwide. I graduated with honors in American Studies from Stanford University in 2002 and completed an MFA in cinematic arts from USC in 2008. Though my academic background weighs heavily toward writing and verbal, I naturally excel in mathematics and am comfortable teaching that as well (fun fact: I have received a perfect score on the SAT, ACT, PSAT, and GRE math sections!). I've also tutored several students to a perfect score on the SAT and ACT math sections! I've helped students pass out of Algebra and Geometry over the course of a summer -- and taught the entire course of both subjects via tutoring sessions from the ground up. I've also taught Math Olympiad and contest math -- I was on the state championship math team in high school, and have helped tutor students aiming to score well on AMC 8 / AMC 10 / AMC 12 and the AIME.

I am a seasoned professional with test prep-- I've seen how several companies teach, I've worked with many of the different prep books available, and I know what works best and how to get results. My students describe me as energetic and funny. As a test prep expert and college essay consultant, I've worked with many levels of students from 99th+ percentile scorers and National Merit Scholars -- to those with learning disabilities. I've had former students attend Harvard, MIT, and Princeton, but have also worked with students just surviving high school.

With most standardized testing students, I start by having a student take a diagnostic test. Using the results from this test, I can create targeted lessons to cover everything the student needs to know-- without wasting time covering areas he or she has already mastered.

To ensure students have a quiet environment in which to work with me, I have an office in Westwood where I regularly tutor. I am also happy to travel to students homes, a library, or a cafe (within 8 miles of 90024) if preferred.

If you live outside my travel radius, do feel free to contact me. I tutor students farther away, schedule permitting, for a higher hourly rate. I also have worked extensively with students online-- from Illinois and Colorado to Sweden and Singapore!

Hope to hear from you soon!

I'm Brooke. I'm a Stanford graduate with 12+ years experience tutoring and have scored perfectly on the recent ACT (36!) and recent SAT (2400!) and scored in the 99th percentile on the Read more

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"The best tutor our son ever had"

- Bill, Arcadia, CA on 3/28/13

"Knowledgable and patient tutor"

- Sue , Sherman Oaks, CA on 11/18/15

"Brooke is awesome!"

- Suzie, Encino, CA on 9/24/15

"An Incredible Person"

- Shayna, Valley Village, CA on 9/2/15

"Brooke ranks among the very best!"

- Barry, Los Gatos, CA on 8/23/15

"Brooke is organized, patient and very intuitive to the needs of her student."

- Brie, Sunland, CA on 7/24/14

"A fabulous tutor who really connects with my daughter."

- Andrea, San Marino, CA on 1/6/14


- Charlotte, Clare, IL on 9/27/13

"Great Tutor"

- Babak, Granada Hills, CA on 9/23/13

"Great College Counselor and Writer!"

- William, Los Angeles, CA on 2/16/13

"Great job!"

- Caiyun, Staten Island, NY on 1/7/13

"Enthusiastic toward my daughter. Happy to help her learn "

- Michelle, La Crescenta, CA on 8/7/12
ACT Math,
Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Elementary Math, Geometry,
Linear Algebra,
Prealgebra, Precalculus,
SAT Math,
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
ACT Science,
Anthropology, Physical Science
Macintosh, Photography, Video Production
German, TOEFL
American History,
Anthropology, Government & Politics, Political Science,
Social Studies
Art History, Art Theory , Film,
Photography, Video Production
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL,
Prealgebra, Precalculus,
Reading, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
Study Skills, Writing
Corporate Training:
College Counseling,
German, GMAT, Grammar, Proofreading

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ACT English

The ACT English section tests students on many rules of grammar--most of which are very teachable. Likewise the structure of the test presents many "pitfalls" that students sometimes struggle with. I point these out to students and help then guard against these types of inadvertent errors.

I have scored perfectly on an official administration of the ACT on this section and have also coached several students to a perfect 36 on this section.

ACT Math

The ACT math section often comes down to content-- when students miss questions it's often either that they don't know how to do them, or they don't know how to do them efficiently. I'm currently writing a book on the ACT math section, and have parsed through over 20 actual ACT exams to find the toughest questions, and have created drills from these which I use with students. I have had several students score a perfect 36 on this section.

ACT Reading

I've scored perfectly on an official administration of the ACT reading section, and have coached students who have scored perfectly on this section as well. Much of succeeding on this section is tactical approach. Students engage in a sort of evidence scavenger hunt, but must balance precision with time constraints. I help students learn to pace themselves and learn how to approach each question in a way so that they can clearly see the right answer.

ACT Science

The ACT science section is an exercise in data interpretation, synthesis, and management. I've coached students to scores of 35-36 in this section. To succeed, students need a lot of practice, time management skills, and an understanding of how this unique test section works. It's different from SAT sections and even school science-- so it's important students understand the test for what it is, as it's something most haven't been exposed to as much.

Algebra 2

I've coached many students in Algebra II. It's one of my favorite math courses! In high school, I was on the state championship math team, and I teach some of the skills I learned then to my students now.

American History

At Stanford, I majored in American Studies, so have a strong foundation in American History, as well as interdisciplinary work that deals in part with American History. I've helped multiple students with their course work in American History, including teaching effective techniques for developing research papers and preparing for the AP exam.

College Counseling

I've worked with multiple education companies over the last 8 years as a college essay and admissions consultant and lead instructor, guiding students to write essays that give them an edge in the admissions process. One example of a success story: I've had a student in the mid 1500's on her SAT who got into UCLA -- in part, I believe, because she wrote one of the most compelling admissions essays I've ever read (note students in this range or below make up less than 16% of admitted students to UCLA). I've also served as a Stanford admissions volunteer, working info sessions and college fairs, so understand the process from an admissions perspective as well. I have a strong background in writing (BA in American Studies from Stanford).

College Consulting services include:
-helping students develop a list of colleges they wish to apply to
-organizing a student's college application "to do" list
-helping students tailor their application to make the best impression possible to each school
-planning student application essays, discussing what makes a memorable essay and individually consulting students about what topics would best fulfill essay requirements
-discussing which teachers to request recommendation letters from
-editing and one on one revision of student's application essay


Along with teaching the SSAT and ISEE, I have helped several students applying to Catholic high schools with the HSPT exam. Like the ISEE and SSAT, the HSPT exam tests students' knowledge of both math and reading. Overall, it is typically an "easier" test than the ISEE or SSAT, but students can still use problem solving techniques that I teach for standardized tests in general, and I can also target and address individual student weaknesses. With over 10 years teaching standardized tests, I have helped students reach their goals and gain admission to private Catholic schools.


I've worked with children and adults who speak English as a foreign language, from beginners, to advanced students. I've also worked with several students using workbooks and targeted practice to reduce accents--focusing on proper vowel pronunciation--the primary source of accents (even in different regional dialects of American English). I've also taught grammar and sentence construction, whether basic grammar, idiomatic use of prepositions, or phrasal verbs (another very pesky subject for ESL students). Additionally, I have helped students preparing for the TOEFL.


As a graduate of USC School of Cinema Television's MFA program, I'm qualified to teach all aspects of independent film making, including producing, editing (Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects), directing, and digital cinematography. I can also review screenplays and write coverage (former script reader for Lakeshore Entertainment).


Geometry is awesome! I've taught summer geometry camp to middle school students in which we covered the ENTIRE course in a matter of months. I've also helped students who are struggling in school or just want an extra edge.


My greatest experience with the GRE is with teaching the math section. Oftentimes adult students haven't seen a right triangle in ten years, and may need a brush up on basic math skills. I use drills and worksheets to help students regain their prior proficiency in these basic skills, as well as learn a few new ones necessary for this particular test. I also have experience teaching the verbal (as well as writing) section, though now that the test has been revised, there are unfortunately fewer typical multiple choice tricks one can use (namely-- process of elimination). However, I can guide students in general principles of reading comprehension and vocabulary to help them grapple with the test, regardless of the fact that the new format is more challenging than the prior iteration of the test. A couple of successes: I've had one student improve her math score by 20 points (from ~20th percentile to 89th!), and another score within a few points of perfect overall on the exam for admission to a top 10 program in her field.


I've worked for three different education companies in Los Angeles teaching ISEE (at every level!) to students. I've helped students reach their score goals and gain admission to schools such as Marlborough and Harvard Westlake. ISEE is the 2nd most popular subject I've tutored in the past year (behind SAT prep and just ahead of ACT prep.) As I have extensive experience teaching middle school math, and have scored perfectly on the SAT (recent test 2400), I also can apply my standardized test knowledge to the ISEE test.

The ISEE is a standardized test used for admission to private school. The test comes in three levels -- lower, middle and upper. It tests math achievement, reading comprehension, verbal skills (vocabulary), and quantitative reasoning, and also includes an essay which is not scored, but sent to prospective schools. In my experience many students struggle on the ISEE because it is a multi-level test, meaning that 6th graders are confronting a test that includes topics they have never even seen in math class, or words they haven't learned! In the competitive private school admissions world, even though the test makers may claim that these younger students are not expected to know the upper level material, students who have private tutoring and can learn these skills despite their grade level carry a distinct advantage. Teaching students math and vocabulary beyond their grade level is usually a critical component of ISEE prep-- particularly for 4th, 6th, and 8th grade test takers.

Of course, ISEE scores are only one component of private school admissions-- students are also judged according to their grades, interview, essays, and other factors. In any case, I have always seen students I've worked with improve their scores.

Linear Algebra

Linear Algebra is an extension of many upper level Algebra topics students confront in Algebra II, including matrices, determinants, vectors, vector spaces, transformations, and eigenvectors/values. I have previous experience tutoring students in college level Algebra and Linear Algebra, and feel comfortable tutoring college students taking an introductory Linear Algebra course.


I've helped several students better understand logic materials for their school subjects, from a student taking logic for her community college math requirement, to writing logical reasoning elements into the curriculum for an entire Southern California junior debate league (with over 500 students enrolled). I have experience teaching the basics of symbolic logic and propositional logic (conditional statements / if -- then / truth tables / atomic symbols), basic logic "language" (^ in / & out etc.), as well as more applied logic (LSAT logical reasoning multiple choice, the use of logical fallacy information on GRE essay questions, Logic Puzzles). I do not have a degree in Philosophy or Computer Science, so do not consider Logic my primary tutoring subject or expertise, but can help students who are struggling with the topic. I ask that Logic students send me a copy of their syllabus or assignment before we begin to ensure that it is not beyond the scope of my Logic experience.


Please note I ONLY tutor the VERBAL section of the MCAT.

I began tutoring this section after a student approached me because of my GRE, LSAT and SAT background, even though I did not at the time have MCAT on my resume as a subject I teach. After a couple months of lessons, he improved his verbal score by several points-- and subsequently I have gone on to work with several other students over the past several years who have wanted to improve their MCAT verbal scores. Teaching MCAT verbal is one of my favorite subjects, because the questions present a unique challenge!

From my 10+ years of tutoring, I'm something of a reading comprehension expert.

I've scored perfectly on the SAT and ACT reading sections, and have performed very well on the LSAT reading sections as well (I usually miss 0-1 per section-- and usually only miss questions when pressed for time). I've also had a GRE student I coached score in the 98+ percentile on the new GRE (168/170).

Political Science

As an honors American Studies major at Stanford University, I took several political science courses. From my experience in examining the political systems of the US and comparative studies with foreign countries, I feel confident in tutoring Political Science students. I've written papers and studied courses ranging from American Political Theory to the intersection of Race, Ethnicity and Political Action. Whether you have a paper on Capitalism and the American Dream, Communism and the Marx revolution, or the rise of Democracy, I can help!


Pre-calculus is a subject I've taught to several students (both high school and college) -- a lot of it is learning to use the right formulas, postulate, and elements (the unit circle!) in order to succeed. I have helped students get A's in this class, and also taught them on the side when they were also working on test prep for the SAT IIc math.


If you're looking to get ready for the PSAT look no further! I've been studying the latest releases of the newly revised test, and am working on developing curriculum books for the new exam.

SAT Math

I've gotten a perfect score on the SAT Math section twice! Once in high school on the old format test, and again as an adult on the revised SAT.

The problem a lot of students have with SAT math is that they look at a problem and they don't know where to begin. Rather than ask questions in a straight forward manner, the test is constantly asking students to dive in and use what they know -- and figure out the problem as they go. I help teach this problem solving method to students who are more used to math from school-- which requires them to look at and example problem and then do more problems exactly like the example. The SAT is different-- but that doesn't mean it can't be taught! It can! I break down strategies and "go to" ways of dealing with problems that may look impossible-- but actually use skills that many students already have.

I also collate types of problems and drill skills in math-- so that students can conquer types of problems they may not have learned at school (probability, statistics, and sequencing -- or other areas that typically get neglected in schools that haven't gotten through the whole book by the end of the year).

SAT Reading

I've been teaching SAT reading for 8 years.

SAT Writing

The SAT Writing section is the most teachable portion of the SAT -- I've coached several students to a perfect score in this section, and several more to scores of 700+.

This section is straightforward in the sense that you either know the rule or you don't-- with the exception of the essay and idiomatic usage questions. I help teach students these rules and generally see good results-- and occasionally, dramatic score increases.

For the tougher idiomatic questions-- I have idiom lists and techniques students can use to increase their chances of doing well on these tough questions. I also have specific strategies that I teach for students to maximize their essay score depending on their individual writing strengths and weaknesses.

Social Studies

I have a BA in American Studies from Stanford University, and thus have a rich interdisciplinary background in the social sciences and humanities. American Studies goes beyond a simple historical perspective, looking at the politics, policy, economics, history, society, literature, though, and visual and material culture of the United States. I've taught AP US History prep at several prep companies in Los Angeles, and also helped students as an in home private tutor in US History and general Social Studies. Typically students who struggle with Social Studies often lack key study skills necessary for effective memorization or synthesis of ideas.


I've helped students gain admission to schools such as Exeter and Deerfield by scoring well on the SSAT. I've been teaching this test (and the ISEE) for over 10 years!

Video Production

I have an MFA from USC's School of Cinematic Arts and have TA's for hundreds of graduate and undergraduate film students. I've also professionally produced content for Yahoo! Screen, PBS, and Stand Up to Cancer, and my work as a director has aired on MTV Europe and KCBS in Los Angeles. I know pre-production, production, and post production aspects of the field. I'm familiar with Final Cut Pro, AVID and After Effects.

Stanford University
University of Southern California


Stanford University

University of Southern California (Master's)

The best tutor our son ever had — Brooke has an amazing talent and worked with our high school student via skype and the results are just amazing. She helped him with pre calculus and next she is going to help him with AP history as well as college entrance essay preparation. I don't often say something is a sure thing but Brooke is a sure thing if you want results. ...

— Bill, Arcadia, CA on 3/28/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $210.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

2 hr lesson minimum, exceptions for online tutoring or those who come to my office. Cancellation Policy: <12 hours notice = full charge. 12-24 hours notice= 50% charge.

Travel policy

Brooke will travel within 8 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90024.

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