Testimonials

At Chariot Learning, we’re privileged to work with wonderful families. We love them, and are glad to say they tend to love us back! Here are some recent testimonials from happy students and parents:

Parents

We wanted to express our deep gratitude to you for the wonderful job you did with our son in his ACT preparation. Your expertise regarding the ACT and SAT was obvious and your teaching methods were excellent! You were able to not only teach our son the knowledge he needed but also methods to do well on the test. As you know, our son has a learning disability and he scored only 18 on his first ACT practice test. With your tutoring, he was able to score an incredible 26 on the ACT composite score and he has now gotten into several colleges of his choice. We are very indebted to you for being an important part of our son’s success. Thanks again!
—Marc Lande, Mendon dad

 

Working with Chariot Learning was the best preparation choice we could have made. Robert’s test scores increased by nearly 50 percentile points. Plus he learned reading and writing skills that he was able to apply immediately in school. Thanks so much!
—Bob and Sarah Hurlbut, Brighton parents

 

We have been extremely happy to use Dave Holtzman and Chariot Learning for SAT/ACT tutoring for our son, a Junior at Sutherland High School. Dave really took the time initially to assess our son’s strengths and weaknesses and this allowed him to maximize the time he spent helping him to focus. Dave has such an easy-going and supportive manner that I have recommended Chariot Learning to many of my friends. Taking practice tests with Chariot Learning this past summer was also invaluable in that it prepared our son for the stress and time management issues involved In taking the actual test this fall.
— Suzanne McGuirk, Pittsford mom

 

We have been extremely pleased with the ACT/SAT prep service that Chariot Learning provides.
After assessing strengths and weakness, Karen worked with our daughter on ways to improve. In addition, she provided strategies that would help maximize scores. Teacher and student made a nice connection, and our daughter “could hear Karen’s voice in her head” while taking her exams, coaching her through. The schedules were flexible and highly personalized; there was no time wasted on areas of study not needed. We highly recommend Chariot.
—Traci L., Webster mom

 

Overall, Ryan definitely improved his scores thru the help of Kaeti and thank you very much. We highly recommend Chariot Learning and will defintely use this resource for our youngest.
—Donna Black, Pittsford mom

 

Thank you so much for all of your fabulous work with Sam – it’s so helpful having that “one and done” perfect score! :)
—Terry Noto, Pittsford mom

 

I just wanted to drop you a note thanking you for the SAT/ACT tutoring services of Amanda Beeson! Our daughter Loryn took the SAT last Fall with no guidance and did not do nearly as well as she is capable. Amanda started working with Loryn and since then she has only gotten higher with her scores, she has taken her last SAT and was over a hundred points higher since her first attempt!

We are very proud of Loryn and not only has she had success on her last SAT but also with the Subject tests and ACT. The biggest surprise to us was how far Loryn came with her writing skills. She really learned how to make her points and write in a much more organized manner which we know will be helpful when she goes off to college. Her English teacher this past year just loved Loryn and noticed her improvements as well in her homework, etc.

Amanda was so easy to work with! Loryn participates in a varsity sport each season so she is not an easy person to schedule anything with! Amanda was quite flexible and understanding, and for that we are very appreciative. I enjoyed listening every now and then during their lesson because Amanda really knew how to bring out the best of Loryn and had a wonderful manner in which she helped Loryn grasp concepts, etc. Overall we couldn’t have been more pleased with our experience and we will be keeping you guys in mind when our son gets close to this process as well! Thank you again for everything!
—Beccy Bucci, Fairport mom

 

Jeff is a wonderful SAT/ACT teacher. My son took an instant liking to his professional and friendly manner. Jeff quickly identified my son’s strengths and weaknesses, which allowed them to focus on those areas that needed the most attention. Jeff’s positive and patient way of explaining things fostered an ideal learning environment with excellent two-way communication. His strategies and tips made my son feel very comfortable when taking the exams. Best of all, not only did my son’s test scores improve, but he also found that the strategies he learned from Jeff helped him in his classes at school!
—Cheryle Kulikowski, Pittsford mom

 

Mike Bergin was instrumental in meeting our son’s goal of raising his ACT score. Mike provided him with a structure and way of learning that allowed him to perform much better, raising his composite score a full 6 points. Best of all, Alex was so enthusiastic about the experience of working with Mike that it did not feel like a chore. I believe the techniques he taught our son for approaching test-taking will continue to serve him well in his college years.
—Lisa Pelta, Brighton mom

 

Thank you Mike for not only providing the practice ACT tests over the summer, but with introducing my son and daughter to two very capable and talented tutors. Amy Johnson and Dave Holtzman knew exactly what their individual focus needed to be for each child. As a result, both Allen and Sarah raised their ACT scores by three points. I believe that Amy not only help Sarah in learning how to take the test to succeed, but gave her the confidence to believe beyond just getting accepted. Dave was a wonderful teacher for Allen. His patience, knowledge and commitment in believing in Allen’s potential has improved not only Allen’s study habits but his view as seeing himself as learner. Both have been accepted into the colleges they had hoped for. My daughter Sarah is now preparing to interview for top scholarships at Canisius and Ohio Wesleyan. It has been worth every penny and time. I have already recommended Chariot Learning to parents of juniors. Thank you for everything.
—Barbara Thorogood, Fairport mom

 

Jeff, we really appreciated your help and knowledge of the test- as well as all the helpful hints and things to look out for-I just wish we had found you earlier! We will keep you in mind for our next son- as he will be a junior next year!
—Beth and Keith Woodward, Webster parents

 

We were very pleased with our experience with Chariot Learning. Our daughter loved the tutoring sessions, and made a wonderful connection with her tutor, Karen. Karen immediately related to our daughter, offered encouragement and praise, and gave our daughter confidence in her abilities. We discovered that the ACT was our daughter’s strong suit. Without Chariot Learning’s program, our daughter would not have even taken the ACT. We liked how Karen tailored the tutoring to our daughter’s specific needs. We felt like our daughter was receiving personalized, thoughtful, reasoned advice. The process was very collaborative, with our needs and wants respected.
— Jeff, Pittsford dad

 

I highly recommend Mike Bergin and Chariot Learning for SAT/ACT preparation. Our son is a strong student and we expected him to score well based on prior standardized testing, but wanted to maximize his scores. Our problem was the limited time in our son’s schedule for a test preparation course and the anticipated boredom he faces as an advanced student when the pace of instruction is too slow. Mike was the answer. He was very flexible with our son’s schedule and focused narrowly on his specific needs. Overall, I don’t think the tutoring was significantly more expensive than a full course would have been elsewhere. For us, the value was in achieving good scores with the fewest number of sessions and the fewest number of SAT/ACT retakes; that we accomplished with Chariot Learning.
—Janice Lauroesch, Pittsford mom

 

Karen worked for my daughter to prepare for SATs and ACTs. Her details, strategies, and ability to instill confidence ended in success for a critical requirement for college applications. She was a joy to have in our house for those few months!
—Cheryl Fisher, Greece mom

 

We highly recommend Mike Bergin and his preparatory program for college admission tests. Test preparation can take a toll on almost every family but Mike made it enjoyable, convenient, and efficient, while raising our daughter’s ACT score. We considered classroom instruction given by national programs, but having one-on-one instruction, on our schedule, in our home, with the focus on areas and skills critical to our daughter’s success was important to us. Teaming up with Chariot Learning was definitely the right decision for our daughter and my family.
—Eileen Holloway, Rochester mom

 

Chariot Learning has been very helpful to my son bringing his SAT critical reading score up 80 points and his writing score up 60 points in just 8 short weeks. Amy was very patient with my son and gave him tools and tips that he needed to help increase his scores in such a short time. My son didn’t need math tutoring and Chariot Learning was very accommodating and didn’t require both math and reading tutoring to prepare for the SATs as other tutors had. Chariot Learning was a positive experience for my son which turned out great results. Because of the tutoring Chariot Learning provided and the positive outcome, my son was accepted into colleges that he may not have been with his SAT scores prior to their services.
—Margie Askinazi, Fairport mom

 

Our daughter Alexandria significantly improved her second ACT and SAT scores after your services. Thanks!!
—Janet King, Victor mom

 

Hi Jeff, we were very pleased with the results we got after the time you spent with Derek. I feel the one-on-one tutoring helped him to understand the questions better and get a better grade on his SAT.
—Melanie Fantauzzo, Webster mom

 

Mike developed a good rapport with our son. David never seemed to mind the time he spent on practice tests and in fact looked forward to his meetings with Mike. Having Mike come to our house and work around our son’s busy schedule was a real convenience. Thanks to the Chariot Learning program, David reached his testing goals and was done with testing in the winter of his junior year.
—Rachel Glazer, Pittsford Mom

 

Karen, thanks for all your patience, support and guidance. Thanks to your coaching Luke built up his confidence and skills which ultimately made him successful and secured him a scholarship which we never thought possible!
—Sue K, Brighton Mom

 

We honestly can’t say enough about how great Mike Bergin is a tutor. He kept the tutoring sessions with our son interesting and alive (who knew that could actually happen with test prep?). He had a great rapport with our son, taught him so much, and kept things upbeat and positive. The outcome was that our son got an ACT score of 34 on his first try! He is happily “one-and-done,” and we are all tremendously grateful to Mike.
—Lisa and Joel Litvin, Hastings-on-Hudson parents

 

Rick was very instrumental in the success Grant achieved when taking the ACT exam this past Fall. He scored a 34 on the test on his first attempt. Grant had been working on his own and had taken a number of practice tests and was scoring around the 30 mark before Rick starting working with him. Rick’s analysis of Grant’s problem areas was very effective. He modeled for Grant a logical and thorough process to use while working through questions. He also reduced the anxiety level that Grant felt by coming up with a strategy to use when feeling short of time on a particular section of the test. And finally, Rick explained the framework around which the writing section of the test should be built, again taking some of the “mystery” out of the test and reducing anxiety. I have already recommended Rick to a number of people.
—Betty Battaglia, Pittsford mom

 

Having Karen tutor my daughter Caitlin made a huge difference in her performance. Karen connected with my daughter and my family instantly. We feel fortunate to have worked with her.
—Meghan Mundy, Brighton mom

 

Mike provided a positive, encouraging and structured environment to focus my son on practicing for the SAT and ACT. He conveyed useful insights and strategies to enhance performance on the tests, and instilled a confidence in my son that aided in his success on exam day.
—Sharon, Pittsford mom

Students

Working with Karen was a great experience. One-on-one, we were able to figure out specifically what I needed to work on to earn points here and there. These made a big difference in my overall tests scores. Her knowledge of the tests was invaluable to helping me succeed.
—Emily, Webster HS student

 

Kaeti was an awesome teacher. In addition to being very dedicated, she was a really fun person to work with and was always saying things to make me laugh. She made sure that I understood each concept before we moved on, and after her tutoring I felt extremely prepared. She was also willing to give advice about other things like college, and was understanding whenever I made mistakes or couldn’t understand something. She’s was a great person for a teenager like me to work with.
—Simone, Brighton HS student

 

The SAT/ACT preparation process was very stressful, but Karen helped alleviate the stress and mystery behind the tests. Her charisma and enthusiasm was contagious. She really took the time to get to know me beyond grammar and scientific notation, which made the tutoring sessions friendly and easy to get into. I even found myself looking forward to them. I would not have gotten the scores that I did without Karen’s help. The knowledge and life experience that she imparted to me not only helped me get the scores I needed, but taught me valuable lessons as well. She was a perfect fit and I can’t thank her enough.
—Kat, Mendon HS student

 

Over the past few months Mike has helped me improve my scores in a way that I didn’t see possible. After working with him, my lowest ACT score (Reading), transformed from a score in the 20’s to a perfect 36 on my final ACT. The improvement in my scores has turned some of my “reach” schools in to more attainable goals, and made me a far more appealing applicant than I would have been if I hadn’t improved my scores. In addition, I am more aware of my grammar and punctuation while writing, which I feel is an important skill to have. Mike is an amazing tutor who truly has his student’s interests at heart and I would eagerly recommend him to any of my friends.
—Emily, Sutherland HS student

 

Thank you, Karen, for your endless time and energy. You were always flexible and accommodating to my schedule! I appreciate your ability to tailor each tutoring lesson to my specific needs and style of learning. Thank you so much!
—Caroline R., Mercy student

 

Thanks again for all your help, I’m more than happy with my scores and I appreciate all of your help in the past few months.
—Greg, Brighton HS student

 

We loved working with Mike Bergin! First of all, he came to our house, so it was great that we didn’t have to drive anywhere – or my Mom didn’t have to add another location to her shuttle list!

Our sessions with Mike were always fun – and we really mean that! He is a really funny guy, so we always shared lots of laughs. But, most importantly, he inspired us to work hard and improve our scores. He’s a really patient guy, totally laid-back, but super smart in a cool way. Kind of like your favorite teacher that you learn a lot from, and will miss at the end of the year.

It was great learning his secret tricks on how to score better – and the not so secret trick of practice, practice, practice! He improved our scores by 3-4 points, and we were very satisfied and happy with the final result. Our experience with Chariot Learning was an extremely worthwhile experience.
—Emma & Sara, Sutherland HS students

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