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Welcome to our treasure trove! Here you will find advice, lectures, and FAQ from yours dearest at Angela Sun Consulting.

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  • Keeping students engaged during coronavirus break Zoom with Santa Clara Northside Branch Library, Apr 24, 2020
  • Shy Kids' Guide to Excelling in School Santa Clara Northside Branch Library, Mar 2, 2020
  • Acing the SAT: how to reach your SAT goals quickly and effectively Palo Alto Library, Feb 23, 2020
  • Boosting SAT Scores with Minimal Effort Santa Clara Northside Branch Library, Nov 11, 2019
  • Reaching your college admissions and SAT goals Young Men's Service League, Los Altos, Oct 20, 2019
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  • FAQ

    When should I start?

    College planning: I recommend booking an initial consult in the summer before 9th grade, so that students can make the most out of their 4 years of high school.

    Test prep: I personally started ACT/SAT prep in 7th grade. At latest, I recommend starting test prep in the summer of 9th grade. For students starting later, my 1:1 tutoring course is a great way to pinpoint weaknesses and fast-track your learning.

    What if I don't live in the Bay Area?

    I have successfully worked with students both across America, in New York, Boston, and the East Coast, and across the world, in Shanghai and Hong Kong. After our initial consultation, we will continue to video call on a regular basis. Students who tour in the Bay Area to visit Stanford or the University of California schools can also meet with me in person.

    How are parents involved?

    Parents can be as involved or uninvolved as they want. An important part of understanding a student's motivations and goals is getting to know their family and understanding the two people who have influenced them the most! Some parents choose to be present at all meetings with the student. Others prefer a weekly or semester report. We are here to support you in whatever way you think is best.

    Are your tutoring sessions more lecture-based or formatted to answer the student's questions?

    We take the problem-based approach to learning. I prefer for my students to do a problem wrong before lecturing or correcting them, because they are much more likely to pay attention after they've made a mistake. Sometimes, students can be easily bored by long lectures without seeing how it is applicable to their studies. I tend to give short lectures, and immediately follow-up with problems to test the student's understanding. However, each student's needs are unique and I tailer my lessons to maximize my student's learning.

    What forms of payment do you accept?

    Payment is accepted by personal check, credit card (via Paypal), cash, or Venmo.

    How hands on are your essay revisions?

    We provide concrete, actionable feedback and guide you through the process of editing. However, we never directly edit or write your essay. Our specialty is bringing out YOUR voice and telling YOUR unique story. On average, I go through at least 5 drafts with each of my students on their personal statement.

    How do we schedule time with you?

    Contact us at to schedule sessions. We will try to acommodate last minute additions as much as possible.

    My child is not aiming for an Ivy League school. Will you still work with them?

    Yes! Each child's school of choice depends heavily on their career choice and other existing family conditions. We work with you to help you get into your school of choice, whatever that may be. Angela has helped students achieve admissions to schools such as University of Michigan, University of California Berkeley/Irvine, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in addition to the Ivy League universities.

    I'd love to work with you but your prices are a bit steep. What options do we have?

    For families looking for a more economic option, we have a referral program to lower the costs.

    • Refer 1 student who completes at least one hour of any of our services, receive $50 off.
    • Refer 2 students who complete at least one hour of any of our services, receive $150 off.
    This promotion is for a limited time only and is subject to change.

    Why Angela Sun Consulting?

    Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime
    My goal is to prepare students not just for the specific course or college entrance exam that they booked me for, but to teach them how to learn. This includes skills such as prioritization, time management, and what to do when you're stuck. My students usually see improvements in their grades and performance across the board, not just in the specific topic of lecture. Through my tutoring, you will quickly and efficiently prepare for your exam, but you will also learn skills applicable to the rest of your life.

    What if I have more questions?

    Email us at