Tutors and Testimonials
We have over 130 tutors, all of whom are undergraduates at Harvard College. The average SAT score of an HSA Tutor is above 2290, the average scores on each section of the SAT is >760, and the average ACT score is 34.4. Our tutors not only have exemplary test scores, but are also screened through a highly selective process and trained to ensure that they genuinely and enthusiastically embody our mission to expand educational opportunities for students.
Meet a few of our wonderful tutors below!
Jen is a sophomore at Harvard, concentrating in Economics with a secondary in Government. In high school in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Jen was Vice President of Student Government, President of the National Honor Society, and Editor-in-Chief of her school newspaper. She received high scores on her SAT’s, 2 SAT II’s, and perfect scores on all 8 of her AP exams. She received the National Merit Scholarship and was Valedictorian of her graduating class. At Harvard, Jen is a member of the Undergraduate Women in Business organization and the Harvard Club Lacrosse team. In her free time, she loves hanging out with friends or watching Netflix. Jen has been tutoring for five years and this is her first with HSA.
Ben is originally from Bell County, Kentucky, where he graduated as Valedictorian and the Student Council President. He was awarded the AP Scholar with Distinction title for receiving near-perfect scores on 11 AP exams. In high school, he competed internationally in Future Problem Solving Competitions. Ben is considering a concentration in Chemistry and Physics along with a language citation in Spanish and a secondary in Music. He is involved with the Harvard Glee Club and the Committee on Deaf Awareness here at Harvard. Ben's tutoring specialties include chemistry, biology, and mathematics. In his spare time, Ben likes to play the piano and hit the tennis courts with friends. His fun fact is that before he arrived at Harvard, he raised cattle back in Kentucky.
Josie , a junior at the college, is studying Chemistry. She has received high scores on the SAT, ACT, 4 SAT II subject tests and 6 AP exams. Here at Harvard, Josie is involved in the Harvard Premedical Society, the Harvard Haitian Alliance, and the First Generation Student Union. Josie worked as an online writing coach before coming to HSA. She has always enjoyed tutoring and helping kids improve; she is excited to be a member of the HSA Tutoring team. She most enjoys tutoring chemistry, biology, and English. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, reading, watching movies, and hanging out with friends.
Emily is a sophomore, studying Linguistics, with a secondary in Public Health and Health Policy. Prior to Harvard, she attended the University of Alaska as a high school student, where she earned 54 credits in classes in advanced mathematics through Partial Differential Equations and in Electrical Engineering. She is originally from Anchorage, Alaska but spent a third of her childhood in Barcelona, Spain. Emily is a National Merit Scholar and had perfect scores on the SAT in Reading and Math and on the Math II Level II Subject test. She developed a strong interest in tutoring while struggling through history, math and science classes taught entirely in Spanish, Catalan and French during her six years in a Spanish school. She tutors the SAT, a variety of SAT II Subject tests (Math, Lit, Lang, Physics, Chemistry, Spanish, etc.), AP Spanish, ESL and most common high school subjects.
Richard was born and raised in Fountain Valley, California. He’s a junior concentrating in Mind, Brain, and Behavior, and hopes to go onto Medical School after college. Here at Harvard, he is the co-president of the Society for Cinematic Arts and he writes for the Harvard Crimson. He received 5’s on all 8 AP exams he took, earning him the National AP Scholar Award. He was also awarded the Social Sciences Coronet Award. In his free time, Richard likes to watch Disney movies. Richard tutored during high school and is very excited to tutor for HSA Tutoring!
Clara, class of 2017, is concentrating in Social Studies. She grew up in Albany, New York. Clara has been horseback riding for 16 years and enjoys working and studying in Costa Rica and France. Here at Harvard, she is a staff writer for the Harvard Political Review, a brigadier with the Global Medical Brigades, and a member of the Harvard Polo Team. She enjoys tutoring in all three languages she speaks - English, French, and Spanish. She scored near-perfect on the SAT’s, 8 AP’s, and 3 SAT II’s. In her free time, Clara likes to go to musicals and listen to acapella concerts.
ZiZi is a sophomore at Harvard, anticipating studying Applied Mathematics, with a focus on Computer Science. She went to high school in sunny Northern Californian. Here at Harvard, ZiZi is involved in the Crimson Dance Team and is an editor with the Harvard Crimson. This is her fourth year of tutoring, and she enjoys working with students in groups and one-on-one and helping them improve weaknesses and understand material.
Priyanka is a sophomore at Harvard and is planning to concentrate in biomedical engineering with a secondary in global health and public policy. She is originally from Minnesota, where she graduated at the top of her class after receiving 10 perfect AP scores and near-perfect SAT, ACT, and 5 SAT II exams. She was awarded National Advanced Placement Scholar and National Merit Finalist. She loves teaching and working with students, and has been teaching classical and contemporary dance in her local community since she was 12 years old. She has organized and led two debate and speech camps for middle and high school students, as well as multiple SAT and ACT workshops. On campus, Priyanka is involved with debate, dance, and volunteer organizations.
Rebecca is a sophomore from Providence, Rhode Island who plans to concentrate in Organismic Evolutionary Biology with a secondary in Comparative Literature. A National AP Scholar, she graduated at the top of her high school class and received high or perfect scores on all of her SAT, SAT II and 9 AP Exams. Born to a French-American family, she is bilingual in French and English and fully fluent in Spanish. Though she has a special fondness for tutoring in these languages, she also loves to tutor math, English/writing, history, biology and standardized test preparation. In high school, she was the editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper and of Aquiline, a Providence-wide literary magazine she founded during her sophomore year. At Harvard, Rebecca is a staff writer for the Crimson, a cross-country runner at the Harvard Running Club, and loves to spend her weekends going on long hikes with the Harvard Outing Club.
Zoé is a sophomore considering concentrating in one of the life sciences and taking the pre-med track. Although her grandparents are from four different countries, she grew up on the small island nation of Curacao, in the former Netherlands Antilles. She graduated valedictorian of the International School of Curacao’s class of 2014, where she was president of the National Honor Society, Editor in Chief of the Yearbook, Secretary-General of the Model UN program, and saxophone section leader of the school band. Before HSA, Zoé was a writing tutor in her high school’s writing lab. She received high scores on the SAT, 3 SAT IIs, and 7 IBs. Besides tutoring, Zoé spends her time on campus as a member of the Society for International Students’ outreach committee, the Women’s Initiative in Leadership and an assistant director of the Harvard National Model United Nations Conference.
Jackie is a member of the class of 2017 studying Government and Computer Science. She grew up in San Francisco, CA where she attended high school. She received perfect scores on 5 AP tests and near perfect scores on her ACT and SAT IIs. Due to her performance on these exams, she was both an AP Scholar with Honor as well as a National Merit Hispanic Scholar. Outside of class, Jackie has taught and mentored through Harvard Model Congress and has put her interest in technology and politics to use through her work on a U.S. Congressional campaign in Silicon Valley. She also is a member of the Ultimate Frisbee team and enjoys playing the piano.
Monica, class of 2018, is considering a joint concentration in Physics and Electrical Engineering. From Bedford, New Hampshire, she was awarded an IB Diploma and recognition as an AP Scholar for her outstanding performance in three AP and seven IB classes. Monica loves tutoring all ages. In high school she spent significant time tutoring both middle and high school students in a wide variety of subjects and currently works as an in-class math tutor at the Fletcher Maynard Academy in Cambridge. Monica believes that anybody can do math and science and loves seeing students become more confident in their abilities. When not tutoring, Monica can be found hiking, whitewater kayaking, playing piano, and practicing with the Harvard Women’s Club Ultimate Frisbee team.