Ph.D- 20+ yr SAT/ACT/GRE experience
It’s free with no obligation to hire
Hired 15 times
16 years in business
Cash, Check, Google Pay, Paypal, Venmo, Zelle
Photos and Videos
Test Prep Services
Our daughter has only done one session with Marissa at InSight so far but we are thrilled with how it went. We thought we were hiring an SAT tutor but Marissa is so much more. She is very experienced in the whole college application process as well and is coaching our daughter on how to apply for -- and get accepted to -- her favorite schools.Sep 17, 2016Verified
Before working with Marissa, I had worked with many tutors over the years for different subjects. I worked with Marissa for SAT prep and college apps. I can honestly say that she was so dedicated, fun, hardworking, and accessible. She answered many of my questions over phone and text whenever I needed her-even going the extra mile by working out a problem on her wipe board and texting a picture of it to me during her personal time. She genuinely cares about her students.. and it shows. Her program is rigorous but she gets results! My family has recommended her to many of our friends and we will continue to sing her praises.Aug 29, 2014
Marissa and IvyApproved was incredible! Not only was she so knowledgeable about the entire college admissions process, but she truly did care about my progress, both personally and academically. I worked with her and IvyApproved through the entire process applications and college admission essaysand I can honestly say that I COULDNT have done it or been accepted to 10 out of 10 schools without her guidance, care, and expertise. I cannot possibly recommend Marissa enough to any high school student with the goal to be accepted to the college of his or her dreams!Aug 29, 2014
The tutor assigned to my son was a perfect match in every way. He was an athlete (like my son), played college ball (as my son aspires to) and had a breadth of knowledge that spanned the humanities, science and math. He came to our house on time, prepared and ready to motivate my son to complete his homework, as well as grasp concepts that would help him prepare for the week.Sep 18, 2013
Marissa has assisted my daughter with her HS math and english, and assisted my son on his HS SAT's and college entrance essays. She is remarkable!! Punctual, reliable, personable, and most of all, knowledgeable! At times we have also used other tutors from her business, and they have also been wonderful. We will be using Marissa again very soon to assist my daughter in her SAT prep and college essays. I highly recommend her!Oct 31, 2013
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?All of our tutors are required to take an SAT test and score over 1500 in Math and Verbal just to be eligible to join our team. Dr Ericson takes the exams several times each year. Our founder is passionate about her work, and keeps InSIGHT ahead of the curve. She is constantly evaluating new test preparation material, editing our custom materials, and revising our courses. In addition, she stays abreast of all the trends by actively reading the trade publications and maintaining an active presence in the industry community.
- What types of customers have you worked with?Although we tutor for all high school subjects, we specialize in college-bound test prep--SAT, ACT, Subject tests-- and college admission essays.
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?Understand that you have a unique opportunity to make a BIG impact--in a short amount of time--on the overall value of your college applications by doing well on the standardized tests. College admissions utilize four main elements when comparing applicants to their current student body and other applicants. 1. Class rank 2. "Are you the right 'fit' for the institution?" - Character and qualities gleaned from your essays and/or interview as well as your extracurricular activities in high school 3. SAT/ACT scores 4. Essays and overall profile Numbers one and two were developed over the course of your whole life! Despite that, approximately 25% of what determines whether you follow your dreams will be defined by a four-hour test! The quality of your performance during those 4 hours equates to a fourth of your life in the eyes of college admissions. Take full advantage! Take inventory of your situation. What is your class rank? (Keep in mind that college admissions officers don't consider all GPAs equal.) This goes beyond the difficulty of the coursework outlined on your transcript. They factor in the difficulty of the school's curriculum. For example a student with multiple advanced placement credits and challenging electives with a 3.4 GPA that attended a private school with a reputation for competitive academics may be considered over a student with a 3.9 GPA that attended a large public school. Apples and oranges). Have you taken SAT/ACT already? Score? What is your intended major? Which schools are you considering? Have you researched their admissions history? Have you found any clues to the range of values they're looking for from potential students with regards to test scores, class rank, etc? What about numbers and qualities specific to the department or college of your intended major? How do your marks compare? Making accurate assessments of your current standing is difficult. But with variables like the application process, room for improvement on the tests, and the multitude of other novel and difficult choices faced by young adults, it would be nearly impossible to make choices with the indemnity deserved. Our advice: consult an expert. Even if your plan is perfect, you'll be able to execute it with greater confidence after confirming it with a veteran.