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TESTIMONIALS

After months of tutoring and hard work, I was able to get the score I needed to get into the schools I had always wanted to go to." 

The first time I took the PSAT, I did not exactly get the score I had hoped for. However, I knew my score would improve since I was only a sophomore at this time. I had lots of time to study and raise my score. When I took the PSAT a year later, my score was almost the same, and all of the sudden, my time was running out. I was applying to colleges soon, and my SAT score was not where  I wanted it to be. When I started SAT tutoring with Tatum, my worries and anxiety about my situation were already becoming less apparent. I was starting to feel excited about how I could do on this test with the help of a tutor. Tatum’s teaching methods make perfect sense and should work well for any 
student. Instead of making you take practice tests over and over again, she actually sees where you’re struggling specifically and helps you figure out how to deal with these certain problems.  After months of tutoring and hard work, I was able to get the score I needed to get into the schools I had always wanted to go to. The difference between my first PSAT and my last SAT was 170 points. I don’t think I could have done this without Tatum. Whether you want to take the SAT or ACT, I would highly recommend Tatum Hutton as your tutor and guide throughout all of this.         

 Leah K.,

Half Moon Bay High School 2019

She [Tatum] doesn’t just help you with the SAT’s she gives you advice that you can use in your classes and in everyday life.

Tatum has helped me so much with the SATs. I went into the tutoring sessions not knowing much but throughout the sessions Tatum taught me so much and helped me get a SAT score I was proud of. Tatum is so dedicated to helping each and every one of her students succeed. She doesn’t just help you with the SATs she gives you advice that you can use in your classes and in everyday life. I am forever grateful for her help I could not have done it without her. I could not have asked for a better tutor!

Jessica A.
Half Moon Bay High School 2019

The shift in mindset that Tatum taught me not only helped me enjoy the process of admissions testing a lot more, but it also helped me raise my score from a 31 to a 33.

I have always been a “creative student”; I enjoy exploring many answers to a problem and taking my time. So, the ACT, with questions meant to trick you and a harsh time limit, was my worst nightmare. Before going to Tatum, I visited a tutoring place that only made me feel worse about my ability in taking the ACT. They assigned two full ACT tests every week and barely went over the answers I got wrong. So, when I got to Tatum, I was pessimistic about my abilities and dreaded any ACT prep. Yet, from the very first day doing ACT prep with Tatum, it was completely different than my first tutoring experience. First, Tatum assigned the perfect amount of homework. Even though I did ACT prep during the school year, I never felt overwhelmed. Instead of giving me a full length test to do every week, she only gave me two in total: one at the beginning and at the end. Instead, every week I practiced math and grammar skills with worksheets she found especially for me... Second, Tatum actually went over every wrong answer I got wrong... Third, and I truly believe this is the most important difference, Tatum made me feel confident in my ability to take the ACT. I mean what can test prep really give you? The answer is confidence. As much as it seems unimportant, the shift in mindset that Tatum taught me not only helped me enjoy the process of admissions testing a lot more, but it also helped improve my score from a 31 to a 33. She often described ACT testing as being in a wind tunnel money machine. Your goal is not to get every single dollar bill, or question right, it is to get as many dollars as you possibly can in the time allotted. This metaphor is ultimately what reminded me to manage my time during practice tests, and it is what calmed my nerves the day of the test. Having the the knowledge and skills to take the ACT is just as important as being confident in your own knowledge and skills. Tatum is the only tutor I have ever had who was able to build my confidence along with my skills. I will forever be grateful to Tatum for dedicating so much time to tutoring me. She was able to raise my score and I had actually have fun doing it. I would sincerely recommend Tatum to anyone. Trust me, she knows what she is doing. 

- Stella R.

Los Altos High School, 2018
UCSB Honor’s Program 2023


From the very first session, I knew she truly cared about her students and knew exactly what we, as teenagers felt as we applied to college.

Working with Tatum has completely transformed my academics! We started working together to improve my SAT score in the late summer of 2017. Previous to our sessions, I lacked knowledge on math concepts I had learned years before, vocabulary that I could never seem to understand and confusion about the best strategies for accurately answering questions in a certain time limit. Not only this, but I was dealing with extreme testing anxiety which gratefully impacted my focus when taking this test. From the very first session, I knew she truly cared about her students and knew exactly what we, as teenagers felt as we applied to college. Over the course of 6 months, she had re-taught me a large load of math concepts I had much forgotten, translations for the vocabulary words I had struggled with and gave me confidence for answering the questions and even dealing with testing anxiety. By the end of our time together I had increased my SAT score with 160 points! Not only this but when solving math problems, reading or even writing, I find myself taking all that she has taught me into my current academic schoolwork.

- Rachel T.

Summit High School 2018

Tatum helped me to not only improve my scores and test taking skills immensely, but also identify which standardized test was best for me.

I have discussed standardized test tutoring programs with my friends and I have yet to hear of a prep course as influential as Tutor Time Now.  Tatum helped me to not only improve my scores and test taking skills immensely, but also identify which standardized test was best for me.  At first, I began studying for the SAT but later we realized that the style of the ACT came more naturally to me.  Tatum seamlessly helped me through this transition from the SAT to the ACT and I was able to play to my strengths and ultimately earn a score that reflected my work ethic and academic performance much more accurately.  Since she devotes time to getting to know her students both personally and academically, Tatum was able to recognize that I would benefit much more in taking the ACT and save me time and frustration in my future.  I am extremely grateful to her as a tutor and support system during this process. 

- Emily S.

Sacramento Waldorf School, 2018

Tatum is very devoted to her students and makes a point to get to know her students and more important how they each individually learn, allowing them to prosper in their academic pursuits.

I first met Tatum when I began the scary endeavor of the SAT standardized tests. I had taken one or two tests already and had gotten scores that weren’t bad but I knew I could do better. Tatum and I started tutoring sessions and I was definitely expecting a bit more rigorous work but she made the work and studying very easy to manage and I eventually saw progress in my test scores. Contrasting to other test prep programs, Tatum’s approach is to prepare students not so much as to SAT and ACT specific tactics and more of general test taking strategies that allows students to not only apply those strategies to standardize tests, but to any other test a student may come across in their education. Tatum is very devoted to her students and makes a point to get to know her students and more important how they each individually learn, allowing them to prosper in their academic pursuits.

- Andrew O.

Half Moon Bay High School, 2017

Occidental College, 2021

Tatum boosted not only my test taking skills but also my score.

Tatum has been the most amazing tutor I've ever had! She prepared me for my SAT where I was confident and comfortable taking the test. She boosted not only my test taking skills but also my score. I would recommend her to everyone.

- Gina C.
Burlingame High School, 2016

 

I'm really grateful I went to Tatum for help...she helped me with my scores and my confidence while taking tests which, to me, is invaluable!

I remember being so nervous for the SATs and ACTs! It all just really overwhelmed me, to the point where it negatively affected my scores. I'm really grateful I went to Tatum for help because she understands the different ways students learn and the unique difficulties each student has, and listens to her students so that she can tailor her sessions to their needs specifically. She helped me with my scores and my confidence while taking tests which, to me, is invaluable! Thank you!

- Mia C.
Half Moon Bay High School, 2016
Lewis and Clark University, 2020

I was able to boost my SAT score 110 points in only 10 sessions and rose to the top of my stats class.

My experiences with Tatum have been beyond beneficial for me. She helped me with SAT prep and statistics. With her support, I was able to boost my SAT score 110 points in only 10 sessions and rose to the top of my stats class. She went out of her way to make time for me and catered to my specific learning style. For the first time in my life, I truly enjoyed and appreciated what I was learning. Tatum is extremely talented, patient and caring, and I would highly recommend her as a tutor!

- Natalie B.
Terra Nova High School, 2016
CSU San Diego, 2020

I was blessed to work with Tatum; not only was she a tutor, but a mentor and friend.

I originally called Tatum to help improve my SAT score which reflected poorly off my high GPA and extracurriculars. I’m not going to lie, my Junior year was the most stressful year I have ever faced. Knowing my career was on the line, I was blessed to work with Tatum; not only was she a tutor, but a mentor and friend. Tatum made working on SATs out of a thick blue book on Saturdays fun, whether it was right after school or at 8pm, she made working around a busy schedule possible; she was always reachable from text, email, or knocking right on her door. Tatum is so sweet, funny, and patient, which she made sure shined through all the rigorous work; no matter how much I was struggling she always made sure I understood every part before moving on.

Tatum helped me get through the worst by improving my score by over 100 points in a short amount of time. Her faith will always follow me because without her I would not have gotten to where I am now. I am so thankful for her support, patience, and passion in watching others succeed; I hope that she continues to spread her success, motivation and inspiration to others as she did to me.


- Lena N.
Half Moon Bay High School, 2015
UC Irvine, 2019

Her study tips, test-taking strategies, and general advice are things I will carry with me throughout my remaining schooling years in college and eventually in medical school.

I turned to Tatum and Tutor Time Now to prepare for the MCAT after I received a score of 30 on my first attempt. Tatum was immensely helpful. She focused on my weakest areas on the exams and came up with personalized strategies for tackling those areas. Tatum didn’t just explain to me why one answer was right and the other was wrong; she also took the time to understand my own reasoning and to identify where my reasoning was problematic. Since the MCAT is the bane of every premed student’s existence and can entail grueling mental preparation, Tatum’s patience and positive energy were very encouraging for me personally and helped me persist in my studying. With her guidance, I was able to raise my score to a 35!

Tatum went beyond assisting me in just the MCAT. She gave me advice on medical school applications and helped me search for summer premedical internships in order to strengthen my application. She is an excellent mentor and desires to see her students succeed in more than just standardized exams – she wants to see her students succeed in the their long-term goals too. Her study tips, test-taking strategies, and general advice are things I will carry with me throughout my remaining schooling years in college and eventually in medical school.

- Susanne M.
UC Davis, 2014
Ohio State University Medical School, 2019

 

I have become much more confident and comfortable with math and have been able to make use of the many test taking skills she taught me.

Tatum and I mostly worked on the SAT math being that it was my weakest subject. I was not able to raise my score greatly but I was able to get a score that when combined with my critical reading and writing score, still produced a high overall score. Regardless of the SAT, after working with Tatum, I noticed that my math skills in school greatly improved. Since working with Tatum, I have become much more confident and comfortable with math and have been able to make use of the many test taking skills she taught me over the course of our sessions.


- Eman A.
Mercy High School, 2014
UC Davis, 2018

I am now at one of the best law schools in the country for my specific area of interest and I am thriving. If you seek help writing any school application personal statements I strongly recommend Tatum.

I chose Tatum to help me write my personal statements and resume for my law school applications. I attempted to write my personal statement on my own and found that I was hitting a writer's block and needed serious guidance. After just a few meetings, we nailed a perfect topic and she helped me focus on what was important to show through my writing. I am completely confident in the finished product and know that without her help I wouldn't have reached my goal or be nearly as satisfied with my work. I am now at one of the best law schools in the country for my specific area of interest and I am thriving. If you seek help writing any school application personal statements I strongly recommend Tatum.


- Kate B.
St. Louis University School of Law, 2014

Tutor Time Now and Tatum Hutton completely changed my life.

Tutor Time Now and Tatum Hutton completely changed my life. When I first got involved with the company I was completing an online course for the class algebra 1 that I failed the previous year. Math was never a strong point of mine and I was pretty reluctant to get a tutor to help me through the course. The course was extremely difficult to me and Tatum recognized some weaknesses that I had and referred me to a psychologist who diagnosed me with a learning disorder.

Tatum then helped me learn how to work with my learning disability and pretty much make it work for me. Because of her and the help she gave me I passed my online course with a B+ versus the D- I originally got in the course. Based off of that I think it's quite obvious that Tatum and her ability to understand teenagers and problems that they face on a daily basis with family, friends, and ultimately learning, makes her the best option one could possibly have for a school tutor, SAT/ACT tutor, or college consultant.

- Haley N.
Half Moon Bay High School, 2013
Sonoma State University, 2017

In regard to college, she shattered my conception that I just wasn’t good enough for most schools. Her belief in me as a student and as a person stays with me to this day; selling myself short isn’t an option anymore.

Tatum has been a friend, a mentor, and most of all an inspiration to me since my sophomore year of high school. Tutoring me in chemistry, algebra, and Spanish, she inspired me to try my best in all of my subjects. In her teaching, Tatum incorporates an even balance of humor and seriousness. She includes newer methods of teaching, utilizing her iPad whenever she can, providing an interactive learning experience for her students. After a few sessions with Tatum I realized there truly is an app for everything! However, this does not limit her, if someone were to ask for a different method of teaching, I know from experience she could accommodate.

In regard to college, she shattered my conception that I just wasn’t good enough for most schools. Her belief in me as a student and as a person stays with me to this day; selling myself short isn’t an option anymore. With much help from Tatum, I got accepted into boarding school my junior year. Although she does not tutor me anymore due to our distance from each other, we still talk through email. In helping me into my current school, her advice on giving the perfect handshake was one of the last things she taught me, and also the most valuable. Tatum has many talents and valuable insights that helped fuel my curiosity and love of learning. She is aware of her few shortcomings (dyslexia) which she uses to her advantage, making her truly unique. I am glad to have had this relationship with her and would recommend her to anyone.

- Ben E.
The Stevenson School, 2013
Bennington College, 2017

Every session with Tatum was a blast, regardless of what we were studying she always knew how to relate the subject to me and make me laugh.

Tatum is a lifesaver; she helped me survive my junior and senior years of high school, academically and emotionally. I started out with Tatum over the summer prepping for the ACT; any question I was stuck on Tatum found a way to explain it to me. I took the ACT twice and then switched to the SAT in the beginning of my senior year. I missed the December SAT test due to a family emergency and Tatum found a solution. She advised me to call my schools to ask them if it would be possible to send in scores from the upcoming January SAT considering my situation, all of my schools had the same response…“Yes!” If Tatum hadn’t advised me to do so I wouldn’t have done it myself. She came up with the idea and left it to me to decide what to do, she made it clear that regardless of my decision she would support me in any way she could. I know I can always count on her to give me honest feedback in any scenario.

Every session with Tatum was a blast, regardless of what we were studying she always knew how to relate the subject to me and make me laugh. In all honesty, there was never a dull moment in one of our sessions. Between her drawings, explanations, and stories I always took away something valuable from those sessions. Thanks to Tatum I’m heading of to UC Davis this fall and can’t wait. THANK YOU TATUM!!!!

- Courtney A.
Half Moon Bay High School, 2013
UC Davis, 2017

If you are looking for a tutor, who is easy to work with, extremely knowledgeable, and judgment free, then look no further than Tatum.

Admitting that you need tutoring can often times be difficult for students, especially students who feel that they are one of the smarter kids in their grade…such as myself. I was afraid that my tutor would possibly think I was stupid which really bothered me. However, after meeting and working with Tatum for just one session, all of those fears were put to rest. Tatum was very funny and sociable, yet completely professional and knowledgeable right from the start. At first she started helping me prepare for the SAT by providing me with dozens of books and practice tests. Then she started tutoring me in AP Physics, where she took me step by step through each topic I was learning. Her meticulous attention to detail allowed me to grasp concepts that would have otherwise escaped me. Beyond this, Tatum is very personable and easy to work with which makes tutoring with her very enjoyable. If you are looking for a tutor, who is easy to work with, extremely knowledgeable, and judgment free, then look no further than Tatum.

- Aaron C.
Hillsdale High School, 2013
University of Michigan, 2017

I could never have scored so well on the SAT if it wasn't for her.

Tatum is an amazing tutor and person. She not only helped me with SAT prep but also with tips on how to write an essay and my math homework. I could never have scored so well on the SAT if it wasn't for her. I still use her tips to this day. Tatum not only helped me with school but also gave me the best life lessons. I could not have asked for a better tutor, she is truly a gem.

- Lauren G.
Notre Dame High School, 2013
Slippery Rock University, 2017

My final SAT score was 280 points higher than my first test score!

I have always been a motivated and successful student, but when SAT season rolled around, I was disappointed with my scores. I was frustrated by this test that I did not know how to prepare for, but as soon as I started working with Tatum, I felt much better. She met with me once a week, going over things that were especially difficult for me and giving me helpful tips. She also gave me assignments to do on my own, from reading certain strategy/review books to doing practice problems and tests. Knowing that I have a very busy schedule, she was always respectful of my time. She selected assignments specifically targeted to help strengthen my weaknesses. I never felt like I was wasting time or doing busy work with Tatum. In the end, our hard work paid off, as my final SAT score was 280 points higher than my first test score.

A few months later, I turned to Tatum to help me with my college application process. She helped guide me through it all, from choosing which colleges to apply to, to writing my essays and filling out my applications, to preparing for college interviews. We met several times through the process, but communicated mostly over email, sending drafts of my work back and forth, bouncing ideas off of each other. She offered her experience-backed advice, but also made it clear that all final decisions were in my hands. In the end, I was very satisfied with the applications I submitted and the schools to which I was accepted. I finally decided on UCLA, and am excited to start there next Fall.

Not only is Tatum helpful and dedicated to her work, but she is a very fun and bubbly character, making meeting with her after a long day of school, sports, and homework as painless as possible. She obviously genuinely cares about the students she works with, and is always proud and excited to hear about our scores and college decisions.

- Erin B.
Half Moon Bay High School 2013
UCLA 2017

Tatum stands out from others because of how much she cares for the welfare of her students.

It would be an understatement to say that Tatum Hutton just prepared me for the SAT, because she did more than that. From her attentiveness in hearing any of my concerns, to the constant feedback and wonderful advice she constantly sent me both in person and through email, Tatum became more than just my tutor. Tatum is a wonderful person who puts her all in everything she does, stopping at nothing to accomplish the realistic aspirations of each her students. Even with the busy schedule of my high school life, Tatum was understanding in trying to accommodate me in any way so that I could still get the daily SAT practice I needed while still being able to balance my extracurriculars and school work. I would not have been able to get as far as I did without Tatum and her care. She became my mentor as she personally helped me both with preparing for the SAT and with helping me decide my goals for life. With her help, I was able to improve my math score as she helped me combat the SAT’s tricks and decrease human error. Not only that, but her essay tips also helped improve my writing score. Alongside Tatum, I have come to see her as an angel who stepped down and helped me in my time of need. I would not have gotten as far as I have without her. Above from possessing the upmost teaching skills, Tatum stands out from others because of how much she cares for the welfare of her students. Tatum is the epitome of a professional teacher who builds meaningful relationships with her students. Through her constant motivation and trust in my success, Tatum has instilled confidence in me to affront the challenges of life. I am truly blessed to have met such a wonderful person, and hope she continues on inspiring others as she has done so for me.

- Charmaine G.
St. Ignatius HS, 2012
Pomona College, 2016

By the end of the class, my work was a full letter grade above what it had been before Linda’s help. Thank you, Linda and Tutor Time Now!

I came to Tutor Time Now looking for statistics help after two other tutors failed to be of real assistance.  Linda was really great, she was easy to talk to and was genuinely interested in my success.  We set a clear academic goal quickly and dove right in despite the fact I was more than half way through the class term.  She was very patient and could explain where I was going wrong in a very relatable manner.  She really helped me understand what I was being taught and gave me confidence to do well in class.  By the end of the class, my work was a full letter grade above what it had been before Linda’s help. Thank you, Linda and Tutor Time Now!

- Nicole C.

Foothill Community College, 2012

I got a life-long mentor in Tatum-- she has been there for me long after our tutoring ended and I know she will be there for me always- because Tatum is a woman of her word.

Tatum is more than a tutor to me- she has been a mentor and great support during one of the most stressful years of my life. Tatum is really sweet and funny and makes tutoring (even math) not so boring! She works hard to go 'over the top' and it shows in her personality as well as her teaching- she never loses her patience and is always trying to make the work interesting, fun, and easily understandable. She always responded to my questions whether it was facebook, text, or email really fast. Her flexibility was so helpful - one time I had a cheerleading camp at Stanford and it was right before my SAT's; Tatum drove out to Stanford and found a place for us to meet. Another time, I was stressing over a math test and called her and she even came over to my house on her way home (even though it was 10pm) to help me calm down.

Originally my parents hired Tatum to help me with my SAT's because I have a Learning Difference and was really unhappy with my first score.  I was terrified of not getting into a good college because of my situation-- and my average SAT scores contradicted my high GPA and ambition -- I desperately wanted to increase my SAT scores, which I did by an incredible 267 points after working with Tatum!

But I got even more- I got a life-long mentor in Tatum-- she has been there for me long after our tutoring ended and I know she will be there for me always- because Tatum is a woman of her word. She taught me study skills and memorization techniques that will really help me in college. Tatum's teaching style is very creative as well as diverse -- she helped me with many subjects-- not just the SAT. one of her most creative ideas was helping me learn new vocabulary words by forming 'cheers' to the words as soon as she found out how much I love cheerleading.

Tatum also wrote a great reference letter for me to help me get scholarships- on her own time. Tatum is always generous with her time and just in general -- whenever we had to study on Saturday mornings she would bring me my favorite Starbucks drink if she stopped there! She helped me edit papers via email , and all of my hard work paid off because I am going to attend at very good college in the fall and am SO excited for my future!

- Anonymous
Notre Dame HS 2011
  

Where else can you find a tutor that specifies to your own strengths and weaknesses, while exceeding expectations?

There are many tutors out there to choose from and when you're looking on this site, you wonder, "Why Tatum Hutton?" I'll be happy to answer that for you. Tatum is not like the other tutors out there because she has one key characteristic about her that is absolutely vital in the tutoring business; she is understanding. When I say understanding, I mean that she is flexible, relatable, accepting, and tolerant, which truly makes an impact on the tutoring. She tutored me for the SATs and I'm the type of person to over worry and analyze so could you imagine how, for a lack of better word, freaked out I was?! Well I was...but guess who made most of the fear disappear? Tatum. She instills in you so many helpful tips and information about the SAT, or about whatever you may need tutoring for that you realize that the "big monster" was really just a little hurdle you can jump over in order to reach to the finish line. I say this whole-heartedly when I say that I recommend Tatum Hutton for your tutoring needs. Where else can you find a tutor that specifies to your own strengths and weaknesses, while exceeding expectations?

- Jennifer N.
Mercy High School, 2011

He has quickly adapted to the very difficult book the school teaches from.

My experience was with John Wagner and he has helped me a lot with mostly my math homework. He has quickly adapted to the very difficult book the school teaches from. John has amazing knowledge in every aspect of math and has been helpful in increasing my knowledge in the areas I needed help. I have no complaints and highly recommend John.

- Michael A.
Half Moon Bay HS, 2011

...my SAT math score jumped to 750, and my total score was 2110, more than 100 points over my goal!

When I say the word “tutor”, what is the first thought that comes to mind? For many students, it’s “getting help with school” or “something boring that my parents make me do”. As a student who has known Tatum for over three years, I can honestly say that she is never boring. Whether you are solving for x in an SAT word problem or going through a revision of your personal statement, Tatum always finds a way to inject humor and life into everything. After my first college interview, I felt disappointed because I did not think the interview went as well as I would have liked, but Tatum cheered me up by telling me that someday I would have a funny story about college interviews for my grandchildren.The first monster Tatum helped me tackle was the SAT. I came to her saying that I would be lucky just to get 2000 on the test. Specifically, SAT math was the biggest challenge for me. Before I had ever taken my first SAT, I took classes from Revolution Prep and got a 590 on the official test. A few months after, I retook it and scored a 610.

After extensive reviewing and after many practice problems, my SAT math score jumped to 750, and my total score was 2110, more than 100 points over my goal! Throughout the entire process, Tatum was realistic in predicting the score I would get; even though I did not believe I could do so well, Tatum had faith in me and ultimately, she was right.  In the end, from the first time I took the SAT to the last time when Tatum tutored me, my score increased by 250 points. I could not have done it without Tatum!

- Andrea H.
Mercy High School, 2010
UCLA, 2013
University of Queensland Medical School, 2017