Columbia Senior, Multiple Ivy Acceptances, ACT- 36
Columbia Senior, Multiple Ivy Acceptances, ACT- 36

Columbia Senior, Multiple Ivy Acceptances, ACT- 36

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Introduction: My name is Michael Gao. I run a team of Ivy League tutors who help students with their academics, test prep, and college application process. I scored a 36 on my ACT and a 1550 on my SAT. I was also a National Merit Finalist. In my senior year, I was accepted into Columbia University (where I go now), the Wharton School of Business, and Brown. I also received full rides from the University of Virginia and the University of Texas at Austin. When I got into Columbia, I realized just how hard high school was: SAT tests, ACT tests, college essays, and AP classes. Then, I realized that it didn't need to be that hard. Our team of other exceptional college students get it. We just took the tests and classes that your student is taking now. We just wrote the personal and creative essays that your student is struggling to even brainstorm now. We know what your student is going through and can help. We did it. We get it. Let my team and I guide your student into their dream school.

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Rahul G.

College Admissions Counseling

Michael and his team have been amazing to work with. Great guidance on college selection and essays so far. Looking forward to his help in getting the final applications submitted.
Oct 10, 2021
Barb B.

College Admissions Counseling

We hired Michael to help our daughter with the college application process & test prep for her ACT/SAT tests. So far daughter has been working with her College Advisor Svetlana on her supplemental essays, and on gathering information for scholarships, schools, etc., She is also working with her testing advisor Rachel on improving her tests scores and gaining extra practice in any subject she may have any weak areas in. These two young ladies have been amazing! It has been a huge relief for our daughter, and us as well, to have two extremely bright, and knowledgeable advisors helping to ensure that she has what she needs to move forward in this process! Everything has gone extremely well, and both advisors are very professional, and very helpful. We get an update after each session stating what they worked on and what she’ll be working on in the next session. Michael is easy to contact and we are very very happy with our decision to hire Michael’s team!
Oct 2, 2021
Sara G.

College Admissions Counseling

Katy has been such a great help with my college essays! Very responsive and we get a lot done during our meetings. I reached out with my essays already written, and she helped me improve them to the point that I feel confident to submit. I am still in the process of working with her on my supplementals for colleges, but she had been great so far!
Jul 5, 2021
Brandon W.

College Admissions Counseling

I just got done working with Michael’s team, and I have no complaints whatsoever! They are very on top of things and knowledgeable about the college admissions process. I submitted my application to the ivies just a few nights ago, and regardless of if I get in, I believe my chances were wildly improved with their essay help. They are quick in responding, excellent at their work, and the prices are more than fair. 5 out of 5 from me!
Jan 2, 2021
Sophia l.

College Admissions Counseling

They helped me out so much through the college experience, I dont know what I would’ve done without them. The advisors are very friendly, outgoing and sweet people who are sure to make an overwhelming time a lot less stressful!
Dec 12, 2020
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Michael Gao


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I always offer a flat hourly rate, but I also offer a variety of different discounts. First, if you successfully refer another student to me, I'll give you a 100 dollar credit. Second, I offer a full package for college admissions where I work with your student throughout the process. I customize the price of the package to what you think your student needs, so just give me a call and we can talk more!

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    When I begin working with a new student, I always begin by learning more about who they are and what they need. For tutoring, I always will give them a diagnostic test, which will tell me how to customize my curriculum for their needs.

  • How did you get started doing this type of work?

    I started tutoring and counseling after my senior year of high school when I realized that the process was often unnecessarily difficult. I remember the late nights stressing over SAT problems. I remember the weekends spent poring over essays. Now, I want to be there for my students, so that they always have someone in their corner.

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