BA, Swarthmore College
Hear from MitchellMitchell Slapik grew up in Austin, Texas, where he played saxophone and piano and initially dreamt of becoming a musician. Then he changed his mind and went down an academic track, graduating high honors at Swarthmore College with a degree in philosophy and also spending a semester abroad at University of Oxford. Mitchell ultimately wants to become a teacher, and believes in making material fun and unintimidating. He also continues to keep up with his music by writing songs and learning how to sing.
University of Pennsylvania
Hear from ZeeshanZeeshan was born and raised in the Silicon Valley, and although he currently resides in Philly, he will forever be loyal to the Bay (and especially In-n-Out). Named both a National Merit Finalist and National AP Scholar in High School, Zeeshan also spent a lot of time in extracurricular activities such as debate and campus ministry. Aside from winning the 2014 California High School Tournament in Policy Debate as a senior, Zeeshan spent extensive time tutoring and teaching through Breakthrough Silicon Valley. There, he taught highly-motivated but underprivileged students in a variety of subjects ranging from English to Calculus to History, even helping students with high school admissions. Due to his experience with Breakthrough, Zeeshan is currently studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Penn, a degree that he hopes will help him enter into educational policy in the future. A member of the oldest all-male collegiate sketch comedy group, Penn's Mask and Wig, Zeeshan also loves Calvin and Hobbes, the NBA, and helping his students succeed.
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 DanielBorn and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Daniel is now a student at the University of California at Berkeley studying Computer Science and Physics. Throughout high school he provided free tutoring services through the National Honor Society, volunteered at city animal shelters, interned at an Oncology laboratory, and played Ultimate Frisbee. Daniel loves experiencing new cultures by eating ethnic food with friends and spends much of his time pursuing entrepreneurial ventures. Daniel's other leisure consists of long distance cycling, and falling off his surf board! He finds pleasure in not only passing on information, but giving students the tools to succeed. The proverb "give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime," is the way he approaches tutoring.
Real reviewsDaniel is patient!
Daniel was extremely patient in answering all of my questions and explaining concepts in a clear and relevant manner.
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 EricEric Fischer graduated cum laude from the University of California Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a 3.93 GPA. As UCLA has an exceptional analytic philosophy program, one that emphasizes formal logic and an analysis of language to refine arguments, Eric focused his studies primarily on the philosophy of language and logic. During this time, he also became avidly involved in tutoring the SAT, ACT, ISEE, and subjects such as mathematics, physics, logic, and Spanish. As a private tutor and an instructor for 4 years for various top-notch education companies in Los Angeles, Eric advanced his teaching abilities and especially his knowledge of the SAT and ACT. For the better part of one academic year, he also studied at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid as part of an Education Abroad Program. In Spain, he became fluent in written and spoken Spanish and moreover realized the tremendous value of living in a foreign country. With a keen interest for language, culture, and exposing oneself to new experiences, Eric considers traveling an intellectual journey. On that note, he loves visiting beach cities and other places with natural attractions.
Real reviewsIntelligent, amazing, and funny instructor!
I would recommend Eric! He was such an intelligent, amazing, and funny instructor! My experience woun't be the same without him. Thank you Veritas Prep!
Excellent instructor went above and beyond what was expected... I never got distracted. An amazing teacher overall.
The best SAT instructor...
Mr. Eric Fischer is the best SAT instructor. I can actually understand how each question works because of him!
Eric was an outstanding instructor. He was very engaging and I really enjoyed class. He was very good at explaining the material and helping us work through the more difficult problems.
Hear from JakeJake was born and raised in the Los Angeles, enjoying the sunny skies so much that he stayed put for college. He currently attends the University of Southern California, studying both Accounting and Law, History, and Culture. Jake is a Mork Family Scholar at USC and enjoys writing for the school paper as well as participating in various clubs. In his free time, he enjoys reading and writing as well as playing, watching, and coaching basketball and football. He has been tutoring privately since the age of 15 and is incredibly excited to help students succeed on the SAT. Jake enjoyed taking the test and wants to help others experience a similar feeling with the SAT.
Real reviewsGreat teaching style.
Awesome dude with an energetic teaching style!
Made SAT prep a whole lot more fun.
Jake was very helpful and gave me tips for my personal improvement.
BA, Bowdoin College
Hear from HannahReilly received her Bachelor’s degree with honors in Africana Studies and History from Bowdoin College in 2013. As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow she spent the summer of 2012 conducting independent research on racial identity formation in Lima and Cuzco, Peru. That same summer she also traveled to Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa to research prison literature during apartheid in South Africa. Her honors thesis, completed Spring 2013, ultimately looked specifically at prison literature produced through a program of higher education within San Quentin State Prison. Her goal was to define the conventions of the New Prison Literature produced within the past two decades, and the contemporary “incarcerated experience” as a subject position that intersects with race, class, gender, and sexuality. In addition to her written thesis Reilly also produced and performed in a live show that integrated the original poetry of incarcerated people, dance, and live music. Reilly is currently pursuing a career in the performance arts.
Real reviewsKeeps us focused and happy!
Would strongly recommend her for her special ability to keep the class focused and happy.
She made each lesson enjoyable and understandable.
Reilly was really helpful and taught me a lot. Not only that - she made each lesson enjoyable and understandable.
Reilly was awesome.
Reilly was awesome, she was younger, very personable and relateable. Which made me feel very comfortable and gave me hope that I could also do well on the SAT.
UC San Diego
Hear from AkilaBorn and brought up in California, Akila is a California native who will never leave! Currently, Akila is a student at the University of California, San Diego pursuing a degree in Cognitive Science with an emphasis in neuroscience/computing and a minor in marine science. She loves getting involved with a variety of service organizations in college, loves to garden, and most of all, loves teaching! Akila has worked with kids from a variety of different ages, and loves to share her strategies to do well on the SAT with other students.
BA, University of California, San Diego
Hear from Sung-MinBorn in Delaware and having spent most of his years in California, Terry Kim is a recent graduate from University of California, San Diego of bioengineering major. A former SAT instructor at Elite Educational Institute of San Diego branch, he has focused most of his college years involved in various research. Currently, as a lead author in two papers focusing on various muscle diseases waiting to be published in prestigious journals, namely, New England Journal of Medicine and Nature, he specializes in studies of skeletal muscle and their major myopathies. Speaker and presenter at various noteworthy conferences such as Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference: 2012, he has extensive research experience working in labs across America, abroad in Seoul National University of Science and Technology, and in biotech companies such as Biological Dynamics. With vast experience as a TA for numerous classes including molbio, biochemistry, and robot designing during his college years, he is loves teaching at Veritas Prep as he pursues his Ph.D. of biomedical engineering.
Real reviewsGreat instructor
Very good teacher, and he really cared about his students.
Breaks down concepts
Terry helped me understand concepts in a better way.
Makes learning fun
He is funny, intelligent and made learning FUN.
BS, UC Berkeley
Hear from CourtneyA 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.
BA, UNC Chapel Hill
Hear from DavidDavid Greenslade hails from the great state of North Carolina where the tea is sweet, and the people are sweeter, and is excited to be involved with a group of educators as dedicated to excellence as those at Veritas Prep. David's interest in teaching began while tutoring underrepresented populations during his time at the University of North Carolina. It was here where he fell in love with teaching and realized the transformative impact of caring and knowledgeable guidance for those who want to achieve at the highest level. David continued working with diverse groups of people when he traveled to Spain during his senior year and was part of an organization that facilitated language exchange classes between foreign and native Spanish students. After receiving a degree in Biology, David's continued desire to learn and teach in new and exciting contexts was rewarded with a fellowship through Princeton in Asia to teach English and study Mandarin at the Dalian University of Technology in Dong Bei, China.
When David is not translating signs in Chinatown for his own amusement, he is involved with Improv comedy and acting for the stage which has taken him all over the country as a performer and a teacher. David has won numerous honors for his regional work in North Carolina and was featured in the DSI Comedy Festival, the Del Close Marathon, the Implosion Comedy festival and is currently the three on three champion at the UCB theater's Friday Night Improv Challenge. David loves his family as well as dogs, and if you put them together, he is in heaven.
Real reviewsDavid knows the SAT.
I like the live interaction between us and the teacher. I could ask a question and he could answer right away.
Very interactive and knowledgeable.
Nice guy... tries his best to help us understand things.
BA, Brown University
Hear from DeannaDeanna Saunders, a Brown University graduate with a degree in Psychology, has always been passionate about education. In college, she was a Head Writing Fellow, tutoring Brown graduates and undergraduates in essay writing. She also facilitated creative workshops in a Rhode Island prison. After graduating, Deanna taught high school math as a Miami Teach For America corps member. She's been involved with education in Miami ever since; these days, she's "so Miami" she gets cold when the temperature drops below 75 degrees! Deanna loves breaking down difficult concepts and making them easy. She believes that any student can master the SAT, and approaches tutoring with enthusiasm, dedication, and kindness.
Real reviewsDeanna made me enjoy class!
Deanna approached every lesson in a kind and insightful way, which engaged us and made us enjoy class.
Deanna was very helpful every step of the way.
Hear from LukeLuke Verlinsky was born in Fort Stewart, Georgia, but was raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, where he graduated valedictorian at his high school with over a 4.0 GPA. He won the National Merit Scholarship Competition, competed on his high school’s national championship winning robotics team, and was captain of the varsity volleyball team. He matriculated at UCLA as a Regent Scholar, where he studies Biochemistry, plays Ultimate Frisbee, and pursues his passion in art on his spare time, describing himself in his blog as “a strict black and white fundamentalist who dabbles in color.” He has been teaching mathematics and the sciences since early high school, and found a sharp interest in tutoring. He fulfills this love for teaching by helping students earn higher scores on their SATs and allowing them to attend a university where they will belong as well.
Real reviewsLuke is a tenactious tutor
Luke is an attentive, tenacious tutor who has tremendously helped me improve my overall understanding of calculus, as well as improve my ability to be creative while solving calculus problems. He's supportive, assertive, and I highly recommend him to anyone else looking for a math tutor.
Hear from HaileyHailey is originally from the Detroit-Metro area, but attended high school in Cocoa Beach, Florida in the International Baccalaureate Program. She attended Princeton University, majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She currently resides in Cleveland where she is working on an independent project designing small dollar credit loans to improve the financial standing of low-income families. In her free time, she enjoys reading, kayaking, snowboarding and volunteering in animal rescue work.
Real reviewsI highly recommend her to others
Hailey was FANTASTIC! She emailed me constantly about the course and anything new that she found that might be helpful, and she even sent me a very nice personal email about how excited she was about my score improvements. I highly recommend her to others and she made the course a very great experience...
She was genuinely concerned about each of her student's personal improvement.
She goes the extra step.
She would take extra time with each student if they needed help.
Hear from Cambrian
Cambrian 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 Coen 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.
BS, UT Austin
BA, UT Austin
MA, UT Austin
Hear from BenBen was born in Austin, TX, and apart from short stints in Spain and upstate New York, has lived there all his life. Ben graduated from the University of Texas with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Government. He is currently in graduate school for political science at UT. Ben felt a vocational calling to teach after spending a summer working at a math and science camp for middle school-aged students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. He has tutored the SAT for three years. In his free time, Ben enjoys playing recreational tennis, following professional tennis, learning new things, and communing with the architects of modern liberal democracy.
Real reviewsBenjamin Hardee was a great instructor.
Benjamin Hardee was a great instructor. He was able to properly explain the material and answer any questions our group had. He was very patient and helped me better understand the strategies that the Veritas Prep course outlines. I strongly recommend Mr. Hardee to others.
Ben is very patient and willing to teach. Great instructor. Always looks to help on any question we have to make us understand.
Ben knew what he was talking about and was extremely helpful.
BA, Brown University
Hear from AidanAidan was born in Rochester, NY, and has lived in that snow-filled city for all his life! A student at Brown University, Aidan's favorite aspect of teaching is seeing a student’s eyes light up from the exhilaration of a new discovery. If he had one wish for all students taking the SAT, it would be for them to approach the test in a stress-free way, understanding that with hard work and practice, anyone can succeed on the test!. He loves doing anything that stimulates the mind which is why he enjoys analyzing and perfecting SAT strategies. When Aidan is not deconstructing the SAT, he can be found reading, shooting hoops at the gym, reciting poetry, or doing educational volunteering.
BA, University of Pennsylvania
Hear from TimAs a sophomore in high school, Tim turned friendly homework help into a full-fledged tutoring service. He started teaching the SAT as soon as he received his score, most recently, a 2390. In his time at the University of Pennsylvania, Tim played lightweight football and studied History and Philosophy. He enjoys coaching youth sports and helping every student reach their “Aha!” moment. He is currently working on an app that snaps pictures of math problems and automatically explains them to students. On weekends, you can find him biking around Philly, whipping up fresh meals in the kitchen, working in his garden, or eating standardized tests for breakfast.
BA, CSU Fullerton
Hear from MikeBorn and educated in Southern California, Mike Ventri graduated cum laude from Servite High School Honors Program, receiving the Bausch and Lomb Science Award (and accompanying scholarship) for the top science student. In addition, he received the top scores in the school on a competitive math exam. Favoring a broad-spectrum education, Mike went on to earn Bachelor Degrees in both Physics and Biology, graduating just a few classes shy of a third Bachelor's in Mathematics. He also completed the pre-med coursework and testing requirements for entering medical school.
In addition to the hard-science and math education, Mike completed numerous units in other academic fields, including psychology, history, geology, philosophy, music, dance, physical education, art, and computer science. This eclectic background served him well in relating to students with differing backgrounds in the variety of teaching environments he has encountered.
Traveling, outdoor activities, music, dance, and learning have always been his passions.
Real reviewsI'm very lucky to have had him as my mentor
Mr. Ventri is a very talented, intelligent, and knowledgeable man. I'm very lucky to have had him as my mentor in SAT training, because he is great at explaining concepts, and he genuinely cared about everyone's improvement on the SAT.
I feel really confident!
I would like to sincerely thank Mr. Ventri for his dedication as a teacher.
Thanks Mr. Ventri!
I apprecaite the awesome advice and support. I feel I am well prepared for the SAT. I will keep your tips in mind. Thank you!