Hear from MalikaMalika was born in San Diego, California but later lived in Austin, San Juan, and now Cambridge. In high school, she was your stereotypical math nerd: Captain of the math team, winner of various math competitions, and a perfect SAT math score by 16. She was also a National Merit Scholarship Finalist, a Presidential Scholar Semi-Finalist, and got into MIT a year early. Besides math, Malika’s other life-long passion is teaching. She began in high school by teaching English as a Second Language to underprivileged elementary school students in Puerto Rico and by tutoring peers for the SAT Math Subject exams. Most recently, her passion for teaching took her to rural Nicaragua, where she taught financial literacy and basic math. Malika is thrilled to be continuing her teaching adventures with Veritas Prep. At MIT, Malika is majoring in Economics with minors in Management and Public Policy. She is an active member of the Undergraduate Economics Association, Smart Women Securities (an all female stock and investment education program), Sigma Kappa Sorority, and works part time as a research assistant for a Professor in MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Malika also loves running, yoga, pilates, and traveling.
Hear from LalitaWith 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.
Hear from CambrianCambrian is a Deerfield, Massachusetts native living in Los Angeles. He recent graduated cum laude from Yale, with distinction in the Theater Studies major. Cambrian is an actor, writer, and playwright. He also loves speaking Italian, large dogs, cooking with unhealthy levels of spice, and watching movies by the Cohen Brothers. Cambrian grew up inspired by two excellent teachers- his father, who teaches English at Deerfield Academy, and his mother, who teaches first grade- and therefore is happy to be able to continue this heritage by helping students tackle the SAT.