I am an American Born Chinese who was brought up in a bilingual household. For whatever reason, I simply refused to learn Chinese as a kid, and now to my regret, I am not fluent. The shame of my stubbornness, mixed with the expectations of my classmates that I would be a "genius" just because of my race, made me disengage from my studies and not live up to my potential.
That was before I took Sam Cooper's class. In Sam Cooper's class, the environment was prime, and the style that was based on results, which makes sense since the best way for the school to show its effectiveness is through demonstrating superior test scores.
Sam Cooper was very passionate about not only improving my scores but also my study habits and my personality. Previously had tried to teach myself ACT test taking tactics, and saw little improvement. But after his class I scored a 31, a staggering improvement from where I had started.
In a way I learned more from Sam Cooper's class than from my high school English classes because he began from the basics. We started our seminar with grammar structure and sentence construction, and by applying these fundamentals to ACT English, I became a better reader and more coherent writer.
I struggled with English prior to Sam Cooper's class, no... I dreaded English, never getting the grades I wanted. But after that summer, I entered my senior year of high school with enthusiasm, passed English with flying colors, and found myself a lifelong hobby/passion for creative writing, moral philosophy, and poetry. Now I rarely go a day without writing for pleasure.
Sam Cooper's teaching have helped me so much in developing my future. My ACT score and essay writing were such huge factors in my getting accepted to UW-Madison, and I can't imagine where I would be today without his course.
--Gianna C., Morrison Academy Taichung
--Henry L., Wego High School
I first met Sam the summer before my senior year in Taipei, Taiwan. Like every other almost senior at the time, I was desperate to raise my SAT scores, having only mediocre scores when I took the tests my junior year. And by mediocre, I meant scores along the 1500-1600 range before Sam started tutoring me. I am someone who can get quite nervous when being tutored and am very picky about my tutors. I have received SAT tutoring before from others but it just didn't work out.
Naturally, I was nervous and a little intimidated about meeting Sam for the first time, knowing his background as a Harvard graduate. And to be honest, I was pretty much ready to give up on my SAT scores. I believed there was no way I could do better after taking the test two, three times prior already.
During our first meeting, Sam was very welcoming and began to formulate a plan for us to raise my score, especially my math scores. From the very beginning, he made me feel less alone, and that we were going to counter the SAT together. I Teft the classroom that day feeling a lot more prepared, motivated, and most importantly, encouraged. During our tutoring sessions, Sam was always very patient, encouraging. and understanding. I will always be grateful for Sam's patience, especially when teaching me math. I always get nervous and self-conscious when being tutored on math because it is such a big challenge to me. To this day. Sam is still the only person I feel comfortable with teaching me math. At the end of our intensive SAT tutoring sessions, I was able to score in the 2000 range. After the SATs, Sam also helped me with college application. He was super helpful and is the reason why I am able to apply to so many different universities. He is also the reason why I am able to study at one of my top choices. As a college app consultant, not only did Sam help me with grammar and brainstorming, he was also super organized and kept me on top of my applications. As a current sophomore in university. I think back often to my application days, and realized I really could not have gone through the process without him.
Aside from being my SAT tutor, college consultant, Sam is also a friend. Which in my opinion, is quite Unusual, as I don't see my friends becoming friends with their tutors. Even now in university. I still talk to Sam and he is still there for me to give me amazing advices. To be honest, before coming to university, I was stressed about college and life, Sam gave me one of the best advice that I still reflect on to this day.
Sam is truly an amazing person. Not only is he a professional and truly knows what he is doing. he is a true friend as well. Anyone who works with Sam will see this from the very beginning. Take it from me, if you're worried about SATs or College application, there is no one who can help you more than Sam Cooper.
--Henry Chen, IBSH
--Albert Chang, IBSH
--Justin Chou, IBSH
--Jasper Yeh, IBSH
--Mason Myers, IBSH
--Cynthia Lou, IBSH
Dear Alex and Andy,
First off I want to thank you guys for organizing such an amazing summer course. I never expected to have so much fun while learning so much at the same time. Compared to other summer courses and cram schools, Ivy-Way is honestly the best one I've been to. The teachers and TAs are all extremely friendly, fun, and professional at the same time. They are constantly pushing us to become the best versions of ourselves and Lisa has honestly inspired me and the rest of my class not to view SAT as this big monster we're about to face.
Thank you for dropping by sometimes to check up on our individual progress and keeping us in check with both your auras of intimidation (is this a word? According to Andy, a word is a word if used often enough and you want it to be ^_^) Anyways I want to thank both of you again for making my summer in SAT class a fun and rewarding one. Thank you! :)
--Ricky Guo, SHSID