Our students explain the C2 experience and the kind of results you can expect better than we ever could. Read two full letters we received from C2 students, and then check out the other things C2 students are saying about their experiences with us.
Dear C2 Staff,
I write today to express my immense gratitude for your abundant help and to show my gratefulness for sharing your knowledge so unselfishly with me. I’m trying to use those lengthy words that you’ve compressed into my rather miniature brain.
You know, when I first joined, I assumed the class would be a boring waste of time where evil college nerds (no offense) would haunt me with homework and quizzes. But to my relief, it turned out to be an enjoyable hour or two that I started to look forward to. It was like school without all those agitating rules.
You guys perfectly incorporate education into jokes and laughter. You make our futures while making our day.
Thanks Jared for those hilarious jokes. Thanks Peter for your constant compassion. Thanks Cilia for your hysterical, yet scary stories. Thanks Trock for the awesome math. Thanks Katherine for the timed dittos. Thanks Swati for the argumentative explanations. Thanks Cathy for your constant faith in us. Thanks Carol for your spirit elating compliments. I’m sorry about the spelling and apologize to anyone I did not have or forgot about.
But seriously C2, I and hundreds of other kids couldn’t have made it without you. Thank you!
Devansh Gupta, C2 Student, New Jersey
My name is Leah Seifu and I am currently a freshman at Harvard University. I am writing to let you know about my experiences with the C2 Education Center in Rockville, Maryland, which I value as one of the most important parts of my high school education.
I remember my first day at C2 very clearly. I walked in quietly, timid and scared for what was to come- as I should have been. Taking the SAT for the first time was not a fun experience, especially when I was convinced from the moment I sat down that I was not going to do well. By the end of the exam, I felt like I had just finished a marathon- and come in last place.
I began to come to C2 regularly to prepare for the SAT, taking (what seemed to be) endless amounts of practice exams, section-by-section, being guided the entire time by a tutor. At first, I did not think that C2 was any help at all. I had always done well in school by working hard on my own, and had never had any sort of tutor before. Therefore, it was a strange concept for me to have someone guiding me through the SAT preparation process. I told my mother that it was a waste of money and time because I thought that I could do it all by myself.
Eventually, however, I realized that what the tutors at C2 were giving me was more than just practice sections of the SAT. The individual attention that we were given was amazing, as the ratio of tutors to students in each session was almost one-to-one. They gave me strategies for test-taking that went beyond the SAT; I even noticed myself using those strategies on my tests in school. They were a support system for me in all of my schoolwork, as they did not limit themselves to SAP preparation. I could come to them with questions from any of my classes, and they were always eager to help.
Finally, one of the best things that the C2 tutors gave me was the confidence that I needed to take the exam. Over time, I began to get better and better at taking the individual sections of the test, learning what I had trouble with and working with the tutors to get past those trouble spots. This boosted my confidence greatly, changing my entire approach to exams. I have now realized that the information and test-taking strategies are only half of the recipe for doing well on the SAT and exams in general; confidence is the other half, and I am so thankful to C2 for giving me that.
On my final day at C2, I took a practice SAT exam for the last time. Thinking back to my first day there made me realize how far I had come. The SAT hadn’t changed, but I had. I still felt like I was running in a marathon, but this time, I actually kind of enjoyed it. It was as though I had a head start, and by the end, I wasn’t so out of breath. The types of questions, timing, and format of the exam had become so familiar to me that I felt as though I had discovered the exam’s little secret.
The C2 Education Center in Rockville is more than just a test preparation site- it is a community of support and I am very glad to have been a part of it. The tutors and directors, particularly Mrs. Lois Kim, were always happy to give advice on more than just test-taking; in fact, I received some of my best college counseling and information on summer internships, careers, majors, and college in general from C2. Everyone there is looking out for one another, which is one of my favorite parts of the center. When I eventually received my SAT scores and saw that I did very well, I felt as though it were a victory for the entire C2 community, not just for me.
Leah Seifu, former C2 Student, Maryland
“I’ve been to three academies, and of those three, I’d have to say that C2 was the best.”
Alex Yang, C2 Student, New Jersey
“C2 completely shocked me. What they offer is challenging and keeps me interested all two hours…C2 tutors have personalities. They keep things interesting!”
Ashleigh Rye, C2 Student, Texas
“In only two semesters, my GPA has risen. My test scores are consistent and I no longer get lost or confused in class.”
Charles Hurt, C2 Student, Georgia
“C2 is the best place to learn…When I came to C2 I was often discouraged. Chris, my C2 tutor, helped me gain confidence by explaining everything step by step.”
Christina Lee, C2 Student, Virginia
“C2 teachers are so smart and always encouraging.”
Christine Lee, C2 Student, New Jersey
“I have noticed changes within myself that I never expected before. My grades have improved and continue to improve…I used to feel like I could not succeed in school, but after about a year in C2, I am certain that I can accomplish my goals.”
David Yun, C2 Student, New Jersey
“Unlike school teachers, who cannot really focus on his or her individual student, C2 teachers are able to focus on his or her individual students.”
Grace Cho, C2 Student, Georgia
“C2 teachers gave me the confidence that I was longing to have in my life for a long, long time…It was a great comfort to know that if I didn’t understand something from school, I could go to C2 to get help.”
Grace Kim, C2 Student, New Jersey
“C2 teachers taught me math concepts in easy-to-understand ways…I was able to get a 100 on my Calculus final and secure an A in math for the first time…I am very proud of the SAT score I achieved through C2’s vital help. I would recommend C2 to anyone looking to raise their scores drastically.”
Hyun Jin Bae, C2 Student, Georgia
“Because of your genuine care for me as an individual, I surpassed my own goal for the SAT…I can only attribute my success to C2 and God.”
Julia Namgoong, C2 Student, Georgia
“I give lots of credit to C2 for giving me intellectual confidence and pride in myself.”
Ki Woong Jin, C2 Student, New Jersey
“I actually had a private tutor for the SAT but I couldn’t reach my goal. With C2, my SAT score increased by 380 points within the last 5 months!”
Min Jin Oh, C2 Student, New Jersey
“Before big tests, my tutor helps me review that particular section so I get good grades.”
Misha Suresh, C2 Student, Virginia
“They have awesome teachers.”
Neda Khosravi, C2 Student, Virginia
“C2 is like a second family because they don’t use a traditional class room setting…It’s small enough to get the attention you need, but big enough that it doesn’t feel like private tutoring.”
Neda Khosravi, C2 Student, Virginia
“I do not think that there is a better place to go for SAT help than C2.”
Parth Champaneri, C2 Student, New Jersey
“C2 helped me with my SAT’s because of on-the-spot aid from my teachers.”
Paul Oh, C2 Student, Georgia
“I really like coming here.”
Rae Kim, C2 Student, Virginia
“I have been exposed to some of the most intelligent tutors…You have never failed to provide me with a better understanding of a concept that had bewildered me…I would never have been able to come as far as I have without your advice.”
Rishika Chugh, C2 Student, New Jersey
“I was a B student and C2 has turned me into an A student. The teachers treat you as their friends and are there to guide you.”
Sagar Patel, C2 Student, New Jersey
“The relaxed yet stringent atmosphere is ideal for learning away from the oftentimes stressful classroom.”
Sean Ko, C2 Student, Georgia
“I am a first year student at the University of Virginia, and I am writing to express my gratitude to C2. I had attended three different SAT prep programs that didn’t help me improve my SAT scores…The unique program and genuine care C2 offered helped me not only raise my SAT score but also develop my self-confidence and study skills in general.”
Susie An, C2 Student, Maryland