Academic Recovery

Ivy Scholars Academics helps students ages 12-25 recover from interruptions to their education and succeed in junior high, high school, and university. In addition to tutoring and test prep, we help students understand the approach that best fits their learning style and build the self-management skills to reach their educational potential.

Ivy Scholars Academics helps students ages 12-25 recover from interruptions to their education and succeed in junior high, high school and university. In addition to tutoring and test prep, we help students understand the approach that best fits their learning style and build the self-management skills to reach their educational potential.

Who’s This For?

Most of our students have felt anxiety and depression over poor academic performance. Some of our students have also experienced low motivation, substance addiction, neurological deficits, thought and mood disorders, traumatic brain injury, Asperger’s syndrome, Autism, and/or conduct issues. Others have experienced trauma, awkward school transitions, or disruptive life events. Ivy Scholars works in concert with psychologists, social workers, and counselors to provide academic support for students undergoing mental health treatment.

What We Do

We create strategic plans, provide one-on-one coaching for academic content and cognitive processing deficits, and build learning techniques with each student. Students develop organizational abilities in concert with academic ones with a focus on independent achievement. We work with parents to help students build motivation, organization, and direction in their studies to combat anxiety and procrastination.

How We Work

We establish coaching relationships with students and meet on a weekly basis to review academic work and implement recovery strategies. To best accommodate our students, in-office, in-home, phone, and video chat meetings are available during evenings and weekends.

Letter From Our Founder

Dear Parents,

It happens step by step.

Most students come to Ivy Scholars concerned that their high school and college experiences are irreparably broken. They’re afraid they can’t go back, or continue, or achieve in the way they hoped. Their parents are scared that they don’t know how to help their children.

These fears are founded on evidence. By the time students come to Ivy Scholars, their lack of fit with their educational system has sunk into normality. Positive experiences of school are in the past, and the present is full of problems that are getting managed rather than resolved. Resolution may look impossible, or at least, impossibly difficult.

Some students come to Ivy Scholars with preexisting mental health concerns, referred by a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, or family physician. Others come just having felt the anxiety and sadness that naturally accompany feelings of alienation, of being in the wrong place, unable to fit in, or adapt. Many are convinced that Ivy Scholars will be wrong for them in the same way every other educational institution was wrong for them.

To placate parents, and for lack of a better option, they come to a class. Then they come to another.

Change is slow. Nobody’s life becomes ideal overnight, but it gets better. Parts of math they never quite understood are made clear — explicit critical reading techniques aid comprehension. Scientific subjects are broken down into smaller concepts until they eventually become simple.

Students learn to manage their time and organize their efforts. They start using – really using – calendars, getting used to visualizing the tasks to which they commit their waking hours. Most are surprised; they find their memory has been amplifying their failures and downplaying their successes. They find little places to make improvements, cutting out a nap here, adding a 30-minute block of uninterrupted study time there. They make bigger-picture plans, carving up larger projects into bite-sized chunks that they plot out hourly over the course of weeks.

Things get easier. Ivy Scholars students get better at accomplishing the tasks they set their minds to. They get better at understanding the obstacles they face, creating plans to deal with them, finding resources to help them, and executing on their vision.

One of our students sent me the comic below (credit to its creator) to describe her feelings for the first few months. I thought it was clever; every day, the zone gets a little bigger.

31% of high schoolers report feeling overwhelmed or hopeless

89% of college students report a mentor made their life in high school "significantly better"

100% of college dropouts at Ivy Scholars return and complete their 4-year degree

100% of high school dropouts at Ivy Scholars earn their GED

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Wendy Y.
Below is my son's review. He was accepted to his dream Ivy League school!

From an admitted student's perspective, I am incredibly grateful to have met Sasha - he has been instrumental in helping me achieve my educational dreams (Ivy League), all while being an absolute joy (he's a walking encyclopedia, only funnier!) to work with.

Many people are dissuaded from seeking a college counselor because they think they can get into their desired college(s) either way. Honestly, going that route is a bit short-sighted and can jeopardize your odds of acceptances after years of hard work. The sad truth is, the American education system (even if you attend a fancy private school and ESPECIALLY if you go to a public school) doesn't really tell students how to write a compelling and authentic application. Going into the admissions process alone, without speaking with an advisor, is like going to court without a lawyer - you put yourself at a significant disadvantage because you don't have all the facts in front of you, or the help you need to negotiate the system.

That said, you need a good lawyer just like you need a good college counselor. And that's where Sasha distinguishes himself from the crowd of people claiming they'll get you into Harvard. I came to Sasha worried about and frankly dumbfounded by the college admissions process. I was unsure what to write about and how to go about drafting the essay that perfectly captured my passion, interests, and self. And I was highly skeptical that anyone could really help me. But, damn, did Sasha prove me wrong. From the beginning, Sasha amazed me with his understanding of the process, and ability to lend clarity and direction to me when I desperate needed it. After interviewing me about my background, experiences, activities, outlook, and vision, he helped me see qualities about myself I had not previously considered 'unique' or 'stand-out.' This process of understanding myself was so incredibly important in laying the groundwork for the essays I eventually wrote, and I'm certain I would've drafted boring, inauthentic essays without it.

Looking back, Sasha's talent is that he can see where your strengths lie, even when you don't see them. The truth is, although we don't always realize it, everyone has a unique story to tell. Sasha helped me see mine, and with his big-picture insight I was able to write the application that truly encapsulated my life and vision. He inspired me to dig deeper and write better, challenging me to revise and revise until my essays were the most passionate and authentic work I had ever written. As clichéd as that sounds, that's really what universities are looking for. In retrospect, it makes sense - in the real world passionate (not simply intelligent) individuals are the ones who make a difference in the world, and those are the individuals colleges would like to have associated with their brand.

In the end, I was accepted to the college of my dreams, a feat I could not have achieved without the direction Sasha lent to me. Essays (and the personal narrative you develop through your application) matter so much, and can literally make or break your application. I have seen so many of my 'qualified' friends receive rejections because they wrote contrived essays that didn't truly represent who they were; conversely, I have also seen so many friends with shorter resumes accepted because they were able to articulate their story in a genuinely passionate and authentic way - I fall into the latter category.

As a former admissions officer at Johns Hopkins, Sasha knows what types of essays jibe well with universities, an invaluable asset to have in the admissions process. He is responsive, flexible, creative, positive, and witty. For anyone who is serious about going into the college admissions process informed and prepared, I highly recommend Sasha.
Arda E.
I used Ivy Scholars to mainly help me with college applications. Within weeks of using this service, Sasha was able to simplify the already complex process. When it came to writing the Common App essay, Sasha didn’t just help with grammar and syntax, he brought my essays to life. Sasha also worked tirelessly to help solidify my extracurricular activities, including research and internship opportunities. Without his help, I would have never had an impressive resume.

Sasha is not only an extremely knowledgeable tutor, but also a genuine brother figure. His guidance, throughout my last two years of high school, was everything I needed to get me an acceptance letter from my dream schools (UC Berkeley, Tufts, Emory).

When it came to testing, Ivy Scholars worked like a charm. Sasha offered a very comprehensive plan when it came to completely acing my standardized tests. Without his test taking strategies I would have never gotten straight 5s on my AP tests and a 35 on the ACT.

Working with Sasha, I didn’t just become a good student, I became a genuine scholar.
Samson S.
We worked with Ivy Scholars during my son's senior year. I was concerned that we may be too late to take advantage of college advising but the Ivy Scholars team quickly and confidently directed us through the steps to ensure no deadlines were missed. Sasha's knowledge about schools, what they looked for in candidates, and how to maneuver the application process was invaluable. Mateo and Ryan worked with my son to help him create an essay that would get noticed and I am so appreciative he had their guidance.

Prior to securing Ivy Scholars, we tried using a less-expensive online service which was a terrible experience. As a parent, Ivy Scholars brought peace of mind to an area that was frankly overwhelming. This service was invaluable in the knowledge that we gained throughout the process. He has also met with my freshman daughter to provide guidance for her high school courses, career paths, extracurricular activities, and more.

Prior to signing with Ivy Scholars, I tried a less expensive online service and was very disappointed.

As a result of our work with Ivy Scholars, I am pleased to say that my son will be attending Stern Business School at New York University this fall! I highly recommend Ivy Scholars. Highly recommend!