“Connie Whitcraft is more than a teacher to me—she is an inspiration, a dear friend, and a dedicated mentor that has helped me grow as a student, develop as a writer, and thrive as an independent individual. She fostered within me a love for writing, which has been transformative in my college experience. As a biomedical engineering student at UCLA writing is a means of differentiating myself from others—a mode of expression that has not only made me a more eloquent person, but also a more discerning scientist. Connie Whitcraft has been, and always will be, a driving force in my life. Her unique blend of compassionate professionalism and thoughtful kindheartedness has truly changed my life for the better.”
— Allen Huang
“Connie Whitcraft is a multi-talented pillar of professionalism, intellectual strength, and passion. She is a woman who gets things done. I have benefited from Connie’s educational advise and editing services. I have witnessed her in action and have found her to be a compelling, highly intellectual business-minded professional. She has a keen knowledge of education. I also find Connie’s character to be highly noteworthy. She has incredible willpower, impeccable morals, and an amazing heart. There is no end with this woman, and maybe that is really what makes her unique.”
— Julie Kramer
When I contacted Connie Whitcraft only six months prior to my SAT date, she wholeheartedly helped me understand grammar and writing techniques. As opposed to many SAT tutors who point out tricks that the writers of the test use, Connie taught me the reasoning behind every wrong answer that I made, as well as my correct answers–usually provided to confuse students. After only six months of weekly studying with Connie, my SAT score jumped over two hundred points and my writing greatly improved in my academic courses and in journalism. I believe that with any other tutor, my SAT score might have improved; however, my overall performance in reading and writing would not have reaped the extra benefits that Connie implemented in her teaching.”
— Melanie Levin
“When we first went to Connie, my child was overwhelmed and lost. She had always been an excellent student. The challenge of AP courses starting in the 10th grade was just too much for her to handle. Connie helped my daughter discover how to learn. That may sound odd, especially coming from top schools in San Diego County. Not only did Connie uncover what my daughter was lacking, but she also gave her the strength and tenacity to learn how to read, analyze, write, and uncover her true self. I felt as if my daughter went to a life coach as well as an English coach. Connie gave my daughter the confidence and ability to soar and set the world on fire. Thank you, Connie. I don’t know where we would be without you! You are the epitome of what a teacher should be. By the way, my daughter called from Boston College and told me that she wishes Connie was on campus!”
— Patty Contreras
“My children, Ben, David and Sarah G. have been tutored and coached by Connie for several years now. They have gained a great deal of confidence in their writing as well as in their ability to analyze literature. Connie makes learning fun.”
— Sharleen D.
“After studying with Connie, my son received an excellent SAT score (2240), which allowed him admission to all schools of his choice. While studying with Connie, he developed a love for writing–a process that he had considered tortuous— and an ability to himself express himself through writing.
Connie also assisted me in writing my resume. Working with Connie proved to be extremely useful in all aspects of writing a resume: summarizing my professional skills and experience, education, abilities and knowledge in a precise and clear manner, and choosing proper fonts and formats to emphasize important points, while keeping it readable and concise. While discussing my resume during the interviews, it was always praised by all hiring professionals as highly informative, clear and well organized.”
— Anna P.
“I first started with Connie to edit my personal statement that I intended to use for my application to get into a master program before applying to med school. Instead, we completely changed the personal statement so that it highlights my other strengths to get into the program. In the end, I was able to attend the master program of my first choice.”
— Jason Wei
“John taught my AP Calculus and Business Statistics classes in college. I admire his teaching style and appreciate his willingness to go the extra mile in order to ensure the success of his students. He is the best teacher I’ve ever had.”
— Bob O.
“John, my SDSU statistics course went from a D to a B+ because you were with me every step of the way.”
— Kyoko H.
“Working with Ms. Whitcraft has been an incredible and intellectually stimulating experience. Not only was I able to master the SAT with her help, but I also became a much better writer overall. From the few months that I spent with Ms. Whitcraft, I was able to realize my potential as a student and learn to set goals and how to achieve them.”
Thanks for the memories,
— Iryna Ivasyk
“Our son couldn’t spell or write at his grade level. None of his teachers, from Kindergarten to 7th grade, suspected he had a dyslexic problem. Even after attending supplemental reading classes at his schools, learning from computerized reading tools and attending professional tutoring provided by the schools, his reading level did not improve appreciably. Within the first meeting with Kyle, Connie suspected that our son was dyslexic. This is the first time this word was mentioned to us. Based on her advice, we had Kyle tested by both our health care provider and a special program at UCSD–both confirming dyslexia.
Connie worked for two years to complete the Barton Reading and Spelling System. The results were outstanding. Our son’s reading and writing scores on standardized tests improved each year. But most importantly he is no longer struggling to understand what he reads. He listened and followed Connie’s instructions without hesitation. He never complained about the extra learning time and homework. There may be other learning programs or other dyslexic specialists, but Connie cares about her students. We all appreciate Connie’s dedication to help, and her big heart to love her students. I only wish we had known her a few years earlier, so our would not have had to struggle so much in school.”
— Bill and Margaret Marsh
“I was drowning in an ocean of English,
But you threw me a life line and I became captain of the ship.
You were my first mate on the voyage through English,
You were the winds that blew me towards shore,
And the compass that guided me there.
You helped me harpoon and capture the Moby Dick of writing.
You were the wheel that steered me through successful book analysis.
Even through a tempest of bad grammar, we conquered the seas,
And came to the clearing of sentence diagramming.
Now I love and understand the sea.
I love it because of the teacher that taught me.
Connie, you have been and will remain the best teacher, friend, and driving force in my life for English.”
— Sarah Gustafson