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Hannah T.

Palo Alto, CA


Stanford & Castilleja Alum; ISEE & Admissions App Strategist

Background check passed as of 11/27/15
5.0 average from 26 ratings

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Stanford University
American Studies


Stanford University (American Studies)

About Hannah


I recently earned a B.A. in American studies with a concentration in law, government, and political policy in American society, June 2011 from Stanford University. I am a happy alum of Castilleja School, having attended from 6th through 12th grade. I tutor professionally, adore working with children and adolescents, recruit for start-ups as a freelancer, and aspire to get my J.D. or build a life-sciences or biotech start-up someday.

After graduation, I have had four years of experience tutoring for K-12 and college students in the ISEE, SSAT, SAT, PSAT, ACT, AP English Language and Composition; ESL English; mathematics (pre-algebra, algebra 1), AP U.S. and AP European History, study skills and organization, science (all levels until 10th grade), and conversational and written Chinese for high-schoolers. With admissions consulting, I coach ISEE/SSAT prep, shadow day and interview questions, and student and parent application essay writing. Elementary, middle, and high school applications can seem intimidating, but I help families navigate the process, using my experience applying to Castilleja (1998) and Stanford and the UC's (100% acceptance, 2005). As a pre-law graduate, I love obsessing over semantics, critiquing and proofreading meticulously, and perfecting each aspect of writing. My objective is to help students discover their voice and articulate their aspirations and ideas.

I was a National Merit Scholar and received perfect scores (5) on the AP European History, AP Calculus, and AP U.S. History exams. My SAT Verbal was an 800. Testimonials from clients, many of whom are tech C-level executives, investors and venture capitalists, and Stanford professors, are available. They rave about my role in their child's achievement of an average of 1-2 letter grade improvements and rejuvenated intellectual excitement. Most students improve rapidly in the first one to two months of tutoring, relishing their fun sessions.

I enjoy honing study skills, time management, and to-do lists using spreadsheets, Asana, and Remind app messages. I coach students on how to overcome procrastination and performance anxiety, and execute a schedule for admissions application essays, papers, and projects through deadlines in tutoring, Gmail calendar integration of Schoology or the course's specific due-dates, and monitoring of progress via Google docs.

I am bilingual in Chinese, having grown up in a first-generation family, assisted on Mandarin interpretation at Stanford Law School's Immigrants' Rights Clinic, taught ESL students from China, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan, taught Chinese to non-native speakers, and communicated through WeChat. I've served as a bilingual life coach and admissions consultant for clients emigrating from Asia and acculturating to educational demands of Palo Alto, Woodside, and Atherton institutions. I am comfortable with speaking 100% in Chinese with families, as well as explicating and translating ISEE/SSAT/PSAT/ACT/SAT vocabulary using Pleco Software, Baidu, and Google Translate. I create Quizlet flashcards in simplified and traditional Chinese to facilitate the acquisition of vocabulary. My specialty is coaching test prep in English and Chinese using affixes and roots obtained from my Castilleja Latin curriculum. As the foundation of English, Latin roots are crucial for mastering test prep and improving one's repository of vocabulary and English fluency for years after the particular test. Other educational resources include IXL, Mathletics, Khan, Quia, and Quizlets.
I love coaching intensive test prep, particularly the ISEE at all levels. During crunch time prior to an exam, I will spend time creating meticulous hourly, daily, and weekly outlines in Google spreadsheets, which are shared collaboratively with the parents, the other tutors involved, and the student, and follow-up with parent-student conferences and with strategy pivots based on progress. Students improve rapidly, learn in greater depth, and perform better if they take ownership of their test prep and complete mini-assignments to internalize tutoring material, reading comprehension, and vocabulary. Education takes a village but this precious investment pays off in the long term!

My students have hailed from Palo Alto, Woodside, Atherton, Portola Valley, Los Altos Hills, and Menlo Park. The following list is comprised of private and public schools, categorized by level.

Middle and High School:
Castilleja School, Palo Alto High School, Gunn, Sacred Heart Prep, Pinewood, Jordan, JLS Middle School, Los Altos High, Notre Dame, Saint Francis High
Phillips Brooks School, Walter Hayes Elementary, Woodside Elementary, Keys School, The Nueva School, Challenger
Bing Nursery School

I maintain congenial relationships with my undergraduate and law professors, faculty, founders, and colleagues at Stanford, Castilleja, and Slice, a mobile startup backed by Eric Schmidt's Innovation Endeavors VC firm and acquired by Rakuten.

During Stanford, I have had experience assisting classmates across subjects, coordinating study groups and review sessions, organizing exam outlines for eclectic subjects, as well as conducting research for professors. Studying for finals *can* be fun! At Castilleja, I enjoyed assisting in the humanities, history, math, and science. I love helping classmates and friends achieve a mastery of a subject and bolster their intellect, passion for studying, and test scores.

My goal is to inspire the student to love learning and to empower them with confidence. I was fortunate to have passionate instructors who inspired me by causing me to fall in love with their subjects, and I hope to do the same for your child! I'd love to discuss my pedagogical strategy, my experience, and my goals for your child in the most formative year and admissions. Feel free to schedule a complimentary initial consultation on the phone or in person! :)

I recently earned a B.A. in American studies with a concentration in law, government, and political policy in American society, June 2011 from Stanford University. I am a happy alum of Castilleja School, having attended from 6th through 12th grade. I tutor professionally, adore
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Special pricing for lesson packages with WyzAnt's 5% to 15% packages. Phone consultation is complimentary, as well as lesson recordings and feedback.

Travel Radius
Travels within 4 miles of Palo Alto, CA 94306
Background Check: Passed
Algebra 1, Elementary Math, Prealgebra, SAT Math
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, IELTS, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows,
Microsoft Word
American History, Criminal Justice,
European History, Government & Politics, Political Science,
Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Hard Of Hearing, Special Needs
Career Development,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Algebra 1, Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL, Handwriting, Piano,
Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Career Development,
College Counseling, IELTS, ISEE, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
Career Development,
College Counseling, Criminal Justice,
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Career Development

I work as a technical recruiter for startups, including Slice Technologies, founded by Stanford Graduate School of Business professors. As such, I deal with a volume of resumes and am well equipped to translate my skills into helping counsel people doing their job search. I also am extremely well connected in the tech world, due to my Stanford engineering connections, as well as my friendship with the Stanford Career Services office. As such, I feel I would be an excellent career development tutor.


I grew up in a First generation Chinese-speaking household and have taught Mandarin Chinese to high school juniors through my previous tutoring agency. Recently, I have been assisting my friend translate her film into Mandarin Chinese with subtitles for improved public access.

I still speak Chinese with my parents and relatives and have retained fluency of the language and love its melodic tones. I find great joy in teaching Chinese.

Criminal Justice

I took 5 Stanford undergraduate courses in law including the Death Penalty and the law, as well as Policy and the Law. I wrote my final papers on wrongful convictions and DNA exonerations, and am extremely passionate about criminal justice.

I also performed legal research for Professor Lawrence Marshall at Stanford Mills' Clinic. He was one of the earliest wrongful conviction/innocence project founders and proponents. I would be excited to tutor this based on experience, research, and passion for the subject!

Elementary (K-6th)

I attended a rigorous elementary school, Challenger School before Castilleja School in Palo Alto. During Challenger, we underwent daily morning drills in math, spelling, grammar, language arts, social studies, and science. Challenger successfully imparted foundational skills that led to my success in junior high.

At my previous agency, I have had two years of experience working with K-6th graders in the Palo Alto, Woodside, Los Altos, and Portola Valley districts. I have expertise in diverse subjects including math, English, science, and social studies, and my goal is to inspire the child to embrace learning, achieve a solid foundation in subjects including spelling and math, and solidify their organizational and study skills.

I love children and cultivate the most fun, supportive learning environment as possible. I use visual, audio, and kinesthetic teaching techniques, and employ flash cards, such as Quizlet, and mnemonics to help the students learn basic vocabulary and mathematics, as well as grammar.
It would be a pleasure to teach K-6th and impart to them all the knowledge and study habits I acquired from my K-6th experience.

Microsoft Windows

As an American Studies major, I frequently use Microsoft Windows applications - Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word. I also worked for two startups in 2012 and 2013 so am very fluent with technology. I also worked for Stanford Law school Office of Career Services, and so used Excel and Word extensively when collating all the admissions packet information for aspiring clerkships applicants.

I feel I could tutor this subject very confidently due to experience from college and startup /Law School work.


I played the piano competitively for 14 years at one of the top Bay Area studios and performed at the Junior Bach Festival, US Open Piano Competition, San Francisco Young Pianist Competition, among other venues. I also took piano classes at Stanford as an undergrad.

Political Science

I took political science as a freshman and sophomore at Stanford, as part of the university requirements for my American Studies program. My individually designed concentration was "Government, policy, and the law," which included many higher-division political science courses. I was a political science major for one and a half years before changing to American Studies.

Study Skills

I enjoy tutoring kids in study skills, including time management, prioritization, todo lists, deadlines, procrastination, and planning a strategy for completing essays and long-term projects.

As a pre-law student at Stanford university, I have had experience tutoring classmates across different subjects, lead study groups and review sessions, and coordinated study materials and exam outlines for a diverse array of subjects.

In high school, I enjoyed assisting friends in humanities and math/science subjects. I love helping my classmates and friends achieve a solid grasp of a particular subject and gaining greater confidence in their study, test-taking, and general academic abilities.

I am skilled at note-taking, brainstorming, proofreading, and writing papers. I love advising students with online resources, stressing the importance of starting work early, and breaking long papers into chunks. My favorite motto is "divide and conquer."

Stanford University
American Studies


Stanford University (American Studies)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $285.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

Special pricing for lesson packages with WyzAnt's 5% to 15% packages. Phone consultation is complimentary, as well as lesson recordings and feedback.

Travel policy

Hannah will travel within 4 miles of Palo Alto, CA 94306.

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