A CALTECH STUDENT
Joan is truly the only reason I came out of the college process fairly stress-free compared to my peers. Because of the personal attention that she gave me, she knew exactly what my personality was and how to really highlight it in my essays. Although she had many other students on her plate, I never felt that I didn’t have 110% of her attention (even while she was pregnant)! She is also super organized and helped keep me on track so I could juggle all of the essays for the various schools I was applying to.
From the very moment I met Joan seven years ago to now, she has been one of the most supportive and inspirational people in my life. Joan [the founder/CEO] and everyone I worked with at MeriEducation have been there for me every step of the way from Pre-Algebra in middle school to the most challenging AP courses in high school. At MeriEducation, it’s more than tutoring, it’s a network of people always rooting for you, always checking up on you, and always willing to help. MeriEducation has been life changing.
I got into UoP’s Accelerated Dental Program, UCLA as a Neuroscience major, UC Berkeley in the science college, UCSD, UCSC, UCR, Santa Clara, UW Seattle, and USF, and I was waitlisted at Johns Hopkins and Harvard!
I began writing my personal statement in June of 2018. Before meeting Joan, [my personal statement] had gone through 17 drafts and was in a polished place. After meeting—and deciding to work with—Joan in mid-October 2018, the personal statement went through at least another 10 drafts changing the caliber of the essay from good to GREAT. This same process occurred on every single supplement. I saw how Joan tried to stop and understand who I was so that she was able to tell whether my writing was clearly portraying what I was saying, and if the writing wasn't clear enough, she gave me tips on how to make it clear, more sophisticated, and more meaningful. I loved working with Joan in the middle of the night, in the early mornings, and every time in between. Her energy kept me going no matter how terrible I felt about the whole college application process. Joan has made this process so easy, and I hope to use her in the future.
Eight years ago, Joan helped my brother get accepted into his dream school, and […] now that it is my turn to step up to the collegiate plate, I wouldn’t choose any other person. I have done SAT prep, achieving a super score of a 1570 out of 1600 on the SAT. Next, I will be working with Joan on my college applications, just like my older brother did eight years ago.
BEST tutoring center, like, ever.”
GALYA F. a Corona Del Mar High School Student
NEWPORT BEACH, CA
“When I started coming to MeriEducation, I noticed that I understood my classes much better, which helped me get better grades. All of the tutors there are very helpful with all of my school work and tests. :)”
BILL M. a Riverside STEM High School Student
“MeriEducation is one of the most engaging tutoring experiences I have ever had. Everyone is super friendly, and the tutors are dedicated to helping you receive the best score possible. I enjoy my tutor sessions at MeriEducation because not only am I preparing myself for exams, but I am also having fun, and I think that’s important.”
KRIS M. a Redlands East Valley High School Parent
“We started using MeriEducaton over a year ago. My son was a junior and wanted help with AP US History. From the first phone call I made, I knew they would be great. Everyone is so very helpful, understanding, and professional. Their tutors are top notch and so great to work with! My son also did their [college applications coaching]. They helped him with college apps, essays, everything! He has been accepted into 6 universities! He also went there for his ACT and each time his scores went up. Now he is currently going to brush up on Spanish for the SAT and AP exams. My daughter also attends tutoring weekly and loves her tutor. She will also take the practice ACT and attend tutoring for that this summer.”
LINA K. a Yucaipa High School Student
“MeriEducation has helped me become a better prepared and a well-rounded student. I have been coming here for help with everything from AP Biology to SAT/ACT preparation to college applications! The tutors here are always on your side and take the time to make you understand the material and make sure you succeed. They provide all the materials to help students become confident in their ability to do well! I would strongly recommend MeriEducation for anyone looking for tutors in all different subjects and specialties!”
DORA K. a Clairbourn School Parent
“This past summer and fall of 2017, my daughter enrolled in the upper level ISEE Test Prep classes at MeriEducation in Pasadena. Thanks to the superior, hands-on teaching of these outstanding tutors, my daughter achieved stanine scores of three “8s” and one “7” on her November upper level ISEE test. She couldn’t have gotten these high marks without their tireless, inspired, and dedicated one-on-one tutoring sessions. On some occasions, in the midst of teaching, [her tutor] would unexpectedly inject a funny joke to break up the intensity and rigor of her math classes. That was helpful for our daughter, and she looked forward to her tutoring sessions. We not only thank the teachers but also Joan [the founder] and her fabulous staff for a job well done! I highly recommend to other families the test prep study program at Pasadena MeriEducation as they have the best test prep study materials, the best tutors, and they produce results.”
EMILY T. a Los Osos High School Student
“I'm really glad that I found MeriEducation. The tutors are really helpful and tended to my needs! My advice for current test prep students is you really need to dedicate time to practice and independent study. It’s helpful to keep a routine and dedicate specific times to help you develop the habit and mindset.”