Test Prep Tutors


Standardized tests like the ACT, SAT, and the ISEE can present a major obstacle—or a major opportunity—on your child’s academic journey. To begin our test prep program, Academic Achievers will administer a diagnostic assessment to identify areas of proficiency and areas in need of improvement. We create a customized prep curriculum and pair your student with a one-on-one Master tutor. Students may choose to be tutored at home or here in our Santa Monica facility. Our tutors demystify the tests, transforming them from impending disasters to surmountable tasks. One-on-one, our tutors will help your student bring their best self to the test.

And receive their very best scores.


Meet Our Staff


University of California at Los Angeles, MFA
Yale University, BA

Puja has over a decade of tutoring and teaching experience. She has worked with students of all ages and abilities, and has taught courses in English, Writing, Math, and Science at the university level. Not only is Puja one of the most accomplished test prep tutors, she is also an exceptional one-on-one tutor for any high school subjects. What she loves most about tutoring is seeing students become more self-reliant, confident, and excited about learning. Puja has tutored test prep with Academic Achievers for seven years and consistently receives excellent reviews. She has recently returned from a writing fellowship in India.


Queens College, MA
SUNY Oneonta, BS

Michelle is a talented test prep professional who has helped students excel in New York, San Diego and Los Angeles. She has also been an Adjunct Professor at Queens College. Michelle has helped students gain confidence in themselves and raise their test scores. She has worked as an academic tutor, educational therapist, and learning specialist. As well as SAT, ACT, and ISEE, Michelle also tutors English, Analytical Essay Writing, and Psychology. She has taught college math and advanced statistics. Michelle is currently applying to PhD programs in Clinical Psychology.

Daniel C.

USC Keck School of Medicine, MD (in progress)
Loyola Marymount, Medical Post Baccalaureate
University of Southern California, BA, Neuroscience
University of Southern California, BA, Philosophy

Daniel scored in the upper 99th percentile in the SAT as well as the MCAT and guides his students with exceptional test-taking skills. He helps students to think critically and independently. Daniel develops individual learning plans based on individual and specific needs. He has worked with high school students for writing and math and has assisted in the development of SAT course curriculum and materials. Daniel also tutors honors and AP biology, math, chemistry and physics. Currently working on a medical fellowship project, Daniel is one of our top SAT/ACT tutors.


University of Southern California, M Ed.
Rutgers University School of Law, JD
Rutgers College, BA

After completing his JD, Matt realized his passion was not in the law but in education, and he returned to school to receive a Masters in Mathematics Education. He was awarded a Math for America Teaching Fellowship and taught high school and middle school mathematics in Los Angeles. Matt's patience, compassion, and ability to make complex subjects understandable makes him a popular tutor for math subjects, as well as for chemistry, physics, computer science, and writing. Additionally, Matt has many years of experience as a test preparation tutor and has helped students maximize their scores on tests such as the SAT, ACT, ISEE, HSPT, GRE, and the GMAT.


University of California at Los Angeles, BS

Ilya is a medical school applicant who has been tutoring grade level to college level for over 5 years. He specializes in teaching biology, chemistry, mathematics and English. He is also an experienced and skilled ISEE, HSPT, SAT & ACT test prep tutor. Ilya has a calm demeanor as he focuses on the student's areas in need of improvement and helps build confidence in the young test taker. Ilya also helps the student build fundamental groundings around proper study habits that work to increase understanding and subject confidence. Ilya is an Academic Achievers Academy teacher.

Michelle X

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS

Michelle is an aspiring architect with over five years of tutoring and mentoring experience with high school students. She helps students build confidence in their writing, encouraging generous but critical dialogue with texts. In addition to English and academic writing, Michelle also tutors math, ISEE, SSAT, SAT, and ACT. She creates individualized study plans and strategies to help every student reach their full potential. Michelle’s patient and warm style supports students’ natural curiosity and sparks a greater passion for learning.


Boston College, BA, magna cum laude

Katie comes to us with a great deal of experience in test prep from some of the most prestigious tutoring agencies in New York. She has tutored for ten years for the GRE, Advanced Placement, SAT, PSAT, ACT, and all levels of the ISEE. Katie is also an accomplished subject tutor in math, as well as writing and reading analysis. She has also taught for the Fordham Preparatory School in New York.


Loyola Marymount, M Ed
Northwestern University, BA

Gabe has been teaching English and test prep in private schools for over 10 years. He has developed SAT and ACT curriculum for the Chadwick School in Pasadena focusing on language arts and the essay portions of the exam. Gabe has published and presented at several educational institutions and conferences. He received the Neda Loop Award at Loyola Marymount for outstanding analytical thesis. Besides his extensive work with ACT, SAT and ISEE prep, Gabe tutors AP Literature and Language.


Georgia State University, MA Ed
Central Michigan University, BS Ed

Daniel has been a teacher and tutor for over 22 years. He holds his Bachelors in Elementary Education from Central Michigan University and his Masters in Education with an emphasis in Reading, Language, and Literacy from Georgia State University. Daniel has worked extensively with students at the kindergarten and early elementary level as a lead classroom teacher and educational tutor. He has worked with students from a wide range of abilities and uses engaging and effective teaching techniques to enhance student learning. Daniel believes in lifelong learning has been successful at instilling in his students a passion and joy for learning. Daniel is also an experienced and accomplished ISEE tutor.


Antioch University, MS
Salisbury University, BA, summa cum laude

Before joining the Academic Achievers team, Rachel was the manager and academic coach for a South Bay tutoring company for 5 years. She supervised and trained staff and specialized in all ISEE levels and all areas: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, reading comprehension and math achievement. Rachel is equally adept at tutoring subjects in math and science as well as verbal and writing. Rachel has been with Academic Achievers for 3 years and has an excellent track record of student improvement.


Emory University, BS

Nalini has tutored high school students for over 9 years. Her areas of expertise and passion are ISEE, HSPT, ACT, SAT, Biology, and Literature. Her teaching career began as a Teaching Assistant in Advanced Biology courses at Emory University. Nalini has worked with students of all ages K-12 and at various levels of the learning curve. From learning challenged to highly competitive and gifted students, Nalini is excellent at zoning in on the specific learning process of her student, developing their weaknesses and strengths, achieving goals, and creating passion and confidence along the way.


University of Texas, PhD (in progress)
Texas A&M, BS

Tracy has been a professional tutor for 15 years. She has also been an academic manager for students in some of the most competitive schools in LA. Tracy has prepared students for the important entrance exams the SAT, ACT, ISEE and the SSAT and her track record of student success is excellent. She is aware of the stress these exams cause some students and works to create a comforting and inspiring atmosphere where students can excel and enter the into the testing process feeling confident, prepared and ready to succeed. Tracy has been a member of the Academic Achievers tutoring team for 7 years.


University of California at Los Angeles, current
University of Pennsylvania, post baccalaureate
Drexel University, BA

Julia has studied at Drexel University and UPenn, and is currently continuing her medical research studies at UCLA. She has tutored students from elementary school through high school in reading comprehension, math, and writing. A native Russian speaker from Ukraine, she is also fluent in Spanish and has studied at the Universidad de Latina and Clinica Biblica. Julia tutors algebra 1 and 2, geometry, physics, chemistry, and biology, as well as English. She is also a top test prep tutor and prepares students for the ISEE, SAT, and ACT.


New York University, BFA

Katarina specializes in tutoring all levels of the ISEE. She has been helping students succeed for almost 9 years in Los Angeles, New York, and Ecuador. Katarina's other areas of expertise are the SAT, math, and essay writing. She enjoys adapting to each student's learning style in order to make the test more accessible to them. Katarina also teaches a class at Central City Value High School. She is a volunteer tutor and works with homeless youth for a great organization called School on Wheels.