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Hannah T.

Palo Alto, CA

$365/hour

Stanford; Castilleja; ISEE; College Portfolios; Admissions

Background check passed as of 11/28/15
5.0 average from 44 ratings
A passionate, intelligent admission consultant
— Li, Saratoga, CA on 3/25/16

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Stanford University
American Studies

Education

Stanford University (American Studies)

About Hannah

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

I have had five years of experience tutoring for K-12 and college students in the ISEE, SSAT, SAT, PSAT, AP English; math (pre-algebra, algebra), AP U.S. and AP European History, study skills and strategy, science, Chinese, and math placement tests at private schools. I am adept at constructing college portfolios and resumes.

With admissions, I coach ISEE/SSAT prep, shadow day and interview best practices, and student and parent application writing. Applications can seem intimidating, but I help families navigate the process, drawing from my experience applying to Castilleja (1998) and Stanford and the UC's (100% acceptance, 2005). 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 love witnessing their transformation and empowerment.

I was a National Merit Scholar and received perfect scores (5) on the AP European History, AP Calculus, AP U.S. History exams, and SAT Verbal. Clients have ranged from Silicon Valley executives, venture capitalists, founders, entrepreneurs, to Stanford professors. They praise my role in their child's achievement of an average of 1-2 letter grade improvements and rejuvenated intellectual excitement.

I enjoy honing study skills, time management, and to-do lists and help organize their assignments and projects. I coach them on how to overcome procrastination and performance anxiety and execute a schedule for admissions essays and academic papers through strict deadlines, G+ Calendar integration of due-dates, and monitoring of progress via G+ 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 am proficient in WeChat. I've served as a bilingual life coach and admissions consultant for clients emigrating from Asia and acculturating to the 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 using Pleco, Baidu, and Google Translate. I create Quizlet flashcards in simplified and traditional Chinese to facilitate the acquisition of vocabulary. I coach 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 after the standardized test. Other resources include IXL, Freerice, Mathletics, Quia, Quizlets, Alcumus (AOPS), and Newsela. I love technology and enjoy engaging students through a variety of platforms and strategies!

I love coaching test prep, particularly the ISEE. To prepare my students, I will spend time creating meticulous hourly, daily, and weekly outlines in Google spreadsheets, then shared collaboratively with the parents, the team of tutors and stakeholders involved, and the student, and follow-up with parent-student conferences and with strategy pivots based on individual progress. Students improve rapidly, learn in greater depth, and perform better if they take ownership of their test prep and assignments to internalize the math concepts, reading comprehension, and vocabulary. Education (and raising a child) truly takes a village but this investment pays off!

At 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 assisted in the humanities, history, math, and science. I love helping classmates master a subject and bolster their intellect and passion for studying.

My goal is to inspire the student to enjoy learning and to empower them with confidence. I was fortunate to have passionate instructors who caused me to fall in love with their courses, and I hope to do the same for your children! I'd love to discuss my pedagogical strategy, my experience, and my goals for inspiring your children. Feel free to schedule a 30 minute complimentary consultation!
I earned a B.A. in American studies with a concentration in law, government, and political policy in American society in June 2011 from Stanford University. I am a grateful alum of Castilleja, having attended from 6th through 12th grade. I adore working with children and adolescents, recruit for Read more

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36 hours notice required

Phone consultation (first 30 minutes in the beginning) is complimentary, as well as lesson recordings.

Travel Radius
Travels within 3 miles of Palo Alto, CA 94306
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"A passionate, intelligent admission consultant"

- Li, Saratoga, CA on 3/25/16
Math:
Algebra 1, Elementary Math, Prealgebra, SAT Math
Science:
Microbiology
Music:
Piano
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, IELTS, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Career Development,
College Counseling, IELTS, ISEE,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TOEFL
Computer:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows,
Microsoft Word
Language:
Chinese,
ESL/ESOL, IELTS, Speech, TOEFL
History:
American History, Criminal Justice,
European History, Government & Politics, Political Science,
Social Studies
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Hard Of Hearing, Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Career Development,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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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.

Chinese

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.

ISEE

I am a highly experienced ISEE instructor who has raised students' percentile scores approximately 20-30% from practice test to the official exam.

Client testimonials available.

My biggest achievement was raising a student's percentile from approximately 30% across quantitative reasoning and mathematics achievement to an 8 and 9 on exam day!!

I also have thousands of customized Quizlet flashcards, Google docs filled with resources, math and verbal Quiz games, a comprehensive test prep strategy for 10, 20, and 30 week schedules, as well as testing concentration coaching.

I love the ISEE!

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.

Piano

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

Education

Stanford University (American Studies)

A passionate, intelligent admission consultant — We hired Hannah as a consultant for private school admission. She helped us nevigating through the application process. She is very familar with the process and she is very good at discover the best thing out of our kid and make our kid standing out among strong competition. She is a perfectionist and get the job done perfectly. 200% recommended!! ...

— Li, Saratoga, CA on 3/25/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $365.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

Phone consultation (first 30 minutes in the beginning) is complimentary, as well as lesson recordings.

Travel policy

Hannah will travel within 3 miles of Palo Alto, CA 94306.