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.
BA, Yale University
Daniel is a New York City native and graduate of Yale University, where he received his BA in Economics. While at Yale, Daniel served as a Teaching Assistant and Peer Tutor in the Department of Computer Science. He was also a recipient of the Richard U. Light Fellowship for his studies in Mandarin Chinese language. He believes that teaching and learning are expressions of the basic human need for mutual understanding. With this in mind, he works with students to cultivate relationships based in clarity, humor, structure, and respect. When away from SAT/ACT instruction, Daniel is a professional actor and avid writer.
BS, UC Berkeley
A Texas native raised in California, Courtney attended UC Berkeley on a full scholarship and graduated in 2016 with a degree in political science. Outside of teaching, she works at Human Rights Watch as a John Gardner Fellow and was named on the Center for Development and Strategy's 2016 list of 30 Under 30 Leaders of Tomorrow.
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 teaching English and music courses at an English-Chinese language immersion program in China. She continues her passion for teaching working with ACT and SAT students at Veritas Prep.
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.