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Parents' Testimonials

"Hi, Nick, this is the first review in my life. I hate to write reviews, but I have to write one for ivyGoal because my son, Jo, just got accepted by Crystal Springs School. It is such a joy for our family. Crystal Springs School has been his dream school since Kinder Garden time. On March 17th, my hands were shaking after receiving his acceptance letter. I was so excited and wanted to share the great news. The first person that came to my mind was you. I had to call you in the middle of the day because I knew you would be really happy to hear the news as well. 


I was referred by a friend to go to ivyGoal in February 2016. I was nervous because I knew my son's academic level was not very advanced, but he wanted to apply for one of the best middle schools - Crystal Springs. After 2-3 hours of assessment and planning, you told me that it is possible that Jo can achieve the ISEE / SSAT requirement (about 80%+ percentile) in about 11 months. I believed in your advice and made the decision to enroll Jo. Now looking back, that was the best decision that I made for my son. Today, I received San Mateo, Foster City School District school report, Jo performed well again. I highly recommend ivyGoal.


Nick, thank you again! Please do not retire and wait for Jo's sister to come in couple years. 


Thanks!"

                                                                                                              Sunshine


"​Few tutors have the dedication and skill of Nick Ni. He has a unique and innovative teaching style, using both Chinese and American tutoring methods that lead to tremendous improvement in SAT scores. I personally improved 500 points in my SAT score and reached my goal of 2100. I definitely wasn't naturally skilled in the math section, but Nick's prep and dedication to my abilities raised my math score almost 300 points. He's the best SAT and test prep tutor that you'll find in the Peninsula. Nick also has incredible ESL and elementary school programs that my brother has benefited from.​​"

                                                                                                                                    Trish H.



"Dear Nick, my sone got the admissions slip to Bellarmine this weekend. We are honored to inform you he is in!! His Hspt composite score is 97!! He was a unanimous choice for Bellarmine as the committee chose him immediately.

Thank you for your dedication to his success.  Best wishes and thank you once again!"

                                                                                                    Simran 



"Nick was a life saver. Literally. I've never written a review for anyone in my life before, but for Nick I just had to share not how amazing of not only a tutor he was but also a person as well. My first meeting with Nick I was near tears because of how poorly I scored on the SAT and how overwhelmed I was with applying to college. He sat me down and calmly told me to calm down. He also asked if I wanted to see if the ACT interested me more. After deciding I was going to focus on the ACT, we didn't hesitate. He got me to focus in on learning the test and how to beat the test. At the end of our first meeting he asked me more about why I was worried about college and I told him that I was scared I was going to end up in a community college and miss out on all the college opportunities and experiences at an actual University. Meeting Nick about early-mid September, we had about 5 weeks to prepare me to take the ACT for the first time. We focused in on my math abilities and simple ways to beat the ACT exam. I took about 7 practice exams and each one he took time to help me review what I had missed, even if it took a few exams to really drill the idea into my head. The week before my ACT was coming up and Nick had planned for me to take a practice exam a day, everyday that week to be super prepared for the test. The Tuesday of the week of the October ACT, I ended up in the hospital and was diagnosed with appendicitis, I remember telling my nurses, "I have to get out to take the ACT on Saturday." They told me that they'd do the best they could with the infection that they also found, as promised though they released me before the exam, at about 4 pm on the Friday before the exam. I took the exam and thanks to Nick's assistance, I scored a lot higher than I ever would've thought I could've. After our work with the ACT I confided in Nick about how I was nervous about applying to colleges and had no idea where to start, he told me he could help me write my essays and that was some of his favorite work to do. He took weeks and weeks with me to complete each and every essay until I was finished with my applications. Without Nick and IvyGoal there is no way I would've been where I am today in terms of being accepted to colleges and there's no way I would've been as excited and confident I am about my abilities if it weren't for Nick!"


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"My daughter is an athlete, but she still needed 2,100 SAT score to go to her dream colleges. We tried multiple SAT prep services and my daughter improved from 1,700 to 1,950, then was stuck between 1,900-2,000 score. Nick was able to pin-point my daughter's weakness and recommended a tutoring approach targeting at certain area. Finally, she scored just above 2,100 and was accepted by 13 out 15 applied Ivy League schools and UC Berkeley and UCLA. It is very important to our family that my daughter's college dream became true. I want to thank Nick for his knowledge and service. "

Jennifer's mother


"My son came to US 3 years ago with limited English skills. Nick designed an ELL program for him. My son was able to catch up with his school classmates in about 1 year. Today he is the school newspaper editor at San Mateo High. Also, he was accepted by his dream colleges - NYU and USC. We have referred many friends to Nick's service."
                                                                                                     Julie


"Nick was very helpful at helping my college essays. He made some critical suggestions in terms of what to write, how to write a concise and impressive essay. I was accepted by majority of my selected colleges including McGill, NYU, UC Berkeley and UCLA."
                                                                                                      Brian MaChill



"My son has been to IvyGoal tutoring for about 2 months. I signed him for two classes each week to improve his reading comprehension and vocabulary skills. Nick's approach and education philosophy really impressed me, the most important is that my son really likes it! He's motivated to do the assignments and I can see that reading comprehension accuracy improved a lot! I would recommend IvyGoal to any parents who want their kids to excel in school."
                                                                                                        Catherine Z.


ivyGOAL's SAT tutoring service was critical for my college application. I needed 2100 on SAT to apply for Ross School of Business at The University of Michigan. Nick has been my tutor and mentor for the past year to motivate me stay focus and try hard. After 40 SAT mock tests, I improved from 1720 to 2100 on SAT and was accepted by my dream college. I would recommend ivyGOAL's SAT tutoring service to any high achievers. 
                                                                                                        Jack R