Beau is a Connecticut Yankee and professional musician currently living in Washington State. During his senior year in high school Beau enrolled in an SAT prep course and improved his SAT score by over 300 points. He was immediately hired as an instructor and taught for over 10 years. Beau has experienced first hand what a great SAT teacher can do for a motivated student, and he has a true passion for teaching students how to smack down the SAT. While at Yale, Beau played drums and sang in various funk bands, majored in Latin and Greek Literature, ran the New York Times distribution service for the Yale campus, taught the SAT, and rowed on the Yale Crew - winning the 1992 National Championship and traveling to England to row in the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta . When he is not teaching the SAT, Beau can usually be found playing music or floating down a river with fly rod, in search of the mythical Troutzilla.
Real reviewsBeau was amazing
Beau was amazing, not only always paying attention and never distracted, but he cared a lot about his students.
Thank you Beau!
My instructor made the lesson both interesting and engaging. Thank you Beau!
I feel very prepared thanks to him.
Beau was the best instructor I could ask for. He is funny but so helpful. I feel very prepared thanks to him.
With a passion for travel and studying foreign languages, Lalita had the privilege of living on three different continents in 2009, having spent over a month each in Asia, Europe, and North America. Growing up bilingual as a Thai-American in Los Angeles, she learned early on to experiment with the rules, boundaries, and interplay of mixing different languages. At Cleveland Humanities Magnet High School, her lifelong love affair with philosophy, the humanities, and intellectual exploration was piqued. While earning her Bachelor’s Degree at UCLA in American Literature and Culture (with minors in Asian American Studies and Comparative Literature), Lalita also took Intermediate Thai, which afforded her the opportunity to participate in the Advanced Study of Thai summer program at Chiang Mai University in Thailand. During her undergrad years, she also spent a summer studying “Multiculturalism in Hawai’i” (through UCLA’s Asian American Studies Department) at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She then got to fulfill her lifelong dream of living in New York City when she was accepted to the prestigious English and Comparative Literature program at Columbia University, in which she earned her MA while being enthralled by the ideas of Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault. Since that time, Lalita has gone on to earn certificates from Le Cours de Langue et Civilisation de la Sorbonne and TEFL Paris.
Teaching has been a longtime passion and talent for Lalita, as she has over a decade of experience tutoring and teaching various academic subjects, including: test prep, Thai language, ESL, Asian American Studies, and University Writing. Most recently, she has spent two years as a Thai Town foodie tour guide, four years as a lecturer at Cal State University, Northridge, and three years as a Literacy Program volunteer for the Los Angeles Public Library.
She looks forward to demystifying the SAT for her students and (hopefully) even making it fun!
Real reviewsI was very glad to be one of her students.
Lalita was an excellent teacher, she personally helped out throughout the course and even through emails during the week. I was very glad to be one of her students.
I give her a 10!
Lalita was very helpful and motivational. I could understand her in every way. She was very helpful when I asked questions. On the scale of 1-10, I give her a 10!
Would love to have a class with her again.
Excellent teacher. Would love to have a class with her again. I will definitely recommend this course to my friends. She helped us out a lot, was caring and was always prepared for class. Very happy with this course!!
My instructor Lalita was amazing!
My instructor Lalita was amazing! She helped me so much! In class and out of class she was very helpful giving me great feedback on the essays I sent her.
BS, UC Berkeley
A Texas native raised in California, Courtney attends the University of California at Berkeley on a full scholarship studying Political Economy and Rhetoric. In high school, she was named a National Merit Finalist and National AP Scholar, represented her district two years in a row in Public Forum Debate at the National Forensics League National Tournament, and was active in local politics, speaking against budget cuts in and closings of Oakland Public Libraries. Her love of teaching was born in volunteer work: assisting her piano teacher, reading English and Spanish books to children at her local library, and offering academic tutoring at her high school. That interest soon evolved into privately teaching classical piano, and spending a summer in an English-Chinese language immersion program in China, where she taught English and music courses. She looks forward to working with the extraordinary people at Veritas and bringing her love of teaching to the online classroom.
Outside school and teaching, Courtney has earned music diplomas from the American College of Musicians and a brown belt in Bok-Fu, and composes music for the Linden Street Dance Company. When not balancing (and re-balancing) her schedule, Courtney enjoys ballroom dancing, Japanese food, playing guitar and alto saxophone, reading Calvin and Hobbes comics and the New York Times, and attending poetry slams.
Real reviewsAble to explain complex concepts in the most simplest ways.
Courtney was very personable and able to explain complex concepts in the most simplest ways. She taught different techniques to use for difficult sections such as the vocabulary and reading section that made taking the test a lot easier.
She is the best tutor/teacher I've ever had.
Courtney was caring, patient, and understanding. She worked with us (the class) incredibly well, and no one was left out. She kept everyone in tuned with the topic, and truly gave an effort to improve us. I felt like her sole duty was to improve my SAT taking skills, and that's it. During the sessions, she was dedicated and got through all the curriculum. She even did more work than needed in order to improve our weak spots. She is the best tutor/teacher I've ever had.
I would recommend her to anyone
She was a great instructor. Before taking this class, my score on practice SAT tests had been below my expectations. However, once Ms. Courtney Tran taught me all of the 2400 strategies, my SAT score on practice tests increased by more than 250 points. With her help, I am now meeting my own expectations. I would recommend her to anyone who seriously needs help on a section of the SAT. She will go through the strategies step by step and make sure that you understand it. If I get a really good score on my SAT when I take it, a huge part of my success will be attributed to her. Because of her, I understand reading passages better and am able to connect them with the questions to make my reading struggles much easier than before.