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Going Ivy’s expert, Phoenix-based tutors utilize a results-driven approach that is tailored to the needs of the student and that communicates knowledge in a way that will be retained and effectively applied.


Going Ivy's research-based methods are proven to help students retain and apply information.

Tailored Approach

No two students learn the same way, so Going Ivy tutors tailor their sessions to the unique needs of the students.

Motivation Focus

Our tutors work to ignite the spark of passion and drive within students for success in the subject and beyond.

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No matter where you are starting, no matter what your goals, Going Ivy is here to help you soar. Going Ivy tutoring isn't just for students who want to go to Ivy League universities -- it's for any student who wants to reach their peak potential with Going Ivy's research-based, results-driven approach.

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Going Ivy’s results-driven approach is geared toward helping you get the best grades in your classes with the ultimate goal being your successful admissions into the college of your dreams.

Getting accepted into your top-choice school will involve hard work and multiple factors reviewed in your college applications. Among those factors, your academic record is paramount. No matter what college you want to attend, admissions officers who decide whether to admit or deny you want to see great grades. The competition to get into college is fierce, and having great high school grades is a prerequisite if you want to attend an Ivy League college or another elite college or university. No matter which Phoenix-area school you might be attending, if you are finding that one particular subject is challenging or if you are having trouble with multiple classes, getting the help of expert tutors might make the difference and help you to conquer the material.


Choosing the Right Tutor

Even if you choose a tutor who is an expert in his or her particular field, it won’t do you a lot of good if he or she is not an effective communicator. You may end up feeling even more frustrated or lost in the material than when you started.

The balance of a subject-matter expert and able teacher is a key feature of all of Going Ivy’s tutors. These are people who can convey the most difficult information to you in a manner that makes it easier for you to comprehend and to retain. You also need someone who will keep building your confidence to reach your goals. The Going Ivy team is founded by graduates of Xavier and Brophy College Prep, and we have worked with students from many of the public, private and charter schools in the Valley. We use a results-driven approach that is geared toward helping you get the best grades in your classes with the ultimate goal being your successful admissions into the college of your dreams.

The Going Ivy Difference

At Going Ivy, we are a team of experts, including educational counselors and tutors. We are graduates of the most exclusive schools in the U.S., including Harvard. Since 2009, we have helped countless students to gain admission into the most exclusive schools in the nation, including such schools as Princeton, Stanford and many others.

Our expert team of tutors and counselors are focused on helping you to tap into your inner motivational spark so that you can reach your potential, becoming the highest-achieving student that you can possibly be. Our results-driven approach recognizes that your goal is not simply to get a good grade in one class. Rather, getting accepted into college is your ultimate goal, and your course grade is just one of many small steps on your journey to getting there. Our tutors are motivated to see you achieve that dream, not change it because one subject is a struggle.

Best Tutors in the Industry

It is not a sign of weakness to reach out to someone for help—it is one of the smartest ways to keep you on track toward your goals. Our roster of tutors is simply the best available to you in the college preparation industry. They are experts in their individual subject areas and have substantial experience with tutoring students of all levels. Our tutors have both a deep understanding of their material as well as top-notch communication and teaching skills. This combination allows them to break even highly challenging material into small, digestible bits so that you can learn the information and apply it. Our tutors are highly accomplished and able to help you regardless of your starting point.

By working closely together with you, our tutors can help to propel you forward along your path toward making excellent grades in your toughest subjects. We can work with you whether you need help with a single class, a single exam, an academic semester or with your test preparation.

Subject Experts

Because they are subject-matter experts, our tutors are able to provide you with an in-depth overview of everything from math, foreign language, science, English, history and other classes. At Going Ivy, you can choose to meet in-person with our on-the-ground tutors throughout the Phoenix area or you can also choose to receive tutoring via video conferencing with one of our embedded tutors. We have tutors who are embedded on the campuses of Harvard, Princeton, Stanford and other exclusive institutions. This can provide you with the additional benefit of getting expert help while also being able to enjoy an insider’s view of what life is like on the campuses of elite colleges.

Understanding the Holistic Approach

If your goal is to gain acceptance into an elite college, you’ve likely heard that the schools are increasingly relying on what they term to be a holistic admissions process. This process involves looking at more than an applicant’s grades and test scores. According to William Fitzsimmons, the dean of admissions at Harvard, the process involves taking a more expansive view of each applicant beyond his or her numerical scores. Some students confuse the holistic admissions approach and think that it means that their grades are no longer as important. Don’t make that mistake. By getting top grades, you will always make your admissions applications stronger. The average weighted GPA of the admitted class of 2021 at Harvard was 4.44, demonstrating that grades are highly important.

Going Ivy also uses a holistic approach to help you to prepare for college and to obtain top grades. We get to know you as a whole person so that we can determine your learning style, strengths and areas that need some assistance. Our educational counselors can help you with planning and choosing your classes, and our expert tutors can offer you in-depth overviews of the material so that your academic achievements can be accelerated. We want to see you become a highly engaged, motivated and inquisitive learner who wants to master subjects that were previously the most difficult for you. We have had students in the past who learned to love the classes that they previously dreaded the most.

The Importance of Figuring out Your Learning Style

When you choose the team at Going Ivy, we will start by completing a thorough assessment and review. This helps us to learn who you are, what your strengths might be, the areas in which you need help, and your interests and learning style. We do not believe that a single approach will work for every student. Your learning style will impact how your tutors present their material to you. It’s not just whether you prefer to see rather than hear instruction—it’s about whether you are a perfectionist, how much endurance you have for learning, how you organize your ideas and more. Your tutor will adjust his or her teaching plans to fit your own personal learning style, making it easier for you to pick up the information and understand it. Part of our assessment involves trying to determine the underlying reasons that you are struggling with a particular course. You might have such things as poor organizational skills, a lack of motivation, time pressures, communication issues and other problems that your tutor can address immediately.

After we identify any underlying reasons that might be contributing to your challenges, we will then teach the skills that you need to solve the underlying problem as well as to learn the material. This may allow you to retain the information while also learning skills that can be applied to other classes in the future. For instance, if you need to improve your organizational skills, we can help you to learn how to outline thoughts and ideas, set up a problem or take notes both in your class as well as at other times. Strong organizational skills are vital to you both in high school and in your future, and they may assist you throughout your life. Similarly, if you simply do not seem to have enough time to get everything done, we can help you to learn good time-management skills. Like good organizational skills, understanding how to effectively and efficiently use your time will be important in college as well as in your future career.

Some students have trouble asking for help when they need it or engaging in classroom discussions. If you have problems with these things, our help to improve your communication skills can give you the confidence to become less timid and more able to ask the questions that you need to understand or become more fully engaged in class participation without fear.


Your team at Going Ivy recognizes that each student has an internal source of motivation. While some are self-motivated, others need a spark so that their drives can be kicked into gear. Even if you are normally highly motivated, you may feel less motivated as more time passes or subjects become less relevant to you. We can give you the tools that you need to keep your motivation levels high and get through any burnout that you might be feeling.

We will develop a tailored plan for you that incorporates your strengths, areas to improve and your goals. We will then work one-on-one with you as you accomplish each step on your way to securing the grades that you want. Ultimately, we’d like to see you receive the college acceptance letters that you want, knowing that all of your hard work has paid off. Our expert tutors and counselors can help to push you along rather than dragging you down your academic path. We want you to be excited and engaged in the learning process as we work to support you toward your future.

Flexibility to Meet Your Needs

Your Going Ivy team recognizes that many high school students have very busy schedules. We are able to work with you to accommodate your schedule when we are planning your tutoring sessions. We can meet with you in person or via video conferencing. We do not believe that good tutoring involves just a few scheduled sessions. Instead, we prioritize your phone calls, emails and text messages, making ourselves available to you whenever you have questions, 24 hours per day and seven days per week.

Individualized Tutoring Services

We recognize that each student is different and presents with individual strengths and weaknesses. We work with you to tailor a tutoring program that is customized for your needs and learning style. All of the services that we offer are tailored to each student, incorporating their strengths and other areas of opportunity. By taking the time to get to know you, our tutors can adjust their lesson plans to fit your individual style of learning. This adaptable approach may help you to break down the material into digestible chunks so that it is easier for you to learn and understand. We integrate our tutoring and counseling services to offer you a wrap-around of services so that you are best prepared for the college admissions process.

Of course, your grade point average is not the only thing that college admissions officers review. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you can simply take easy classes to get As in order to get admitted to college. In addition to your grades, the rigorous nature of the classes that you take is also important. Admissions officers want to see that you have taken the hardest available classes and have been successful in them.

Our academic counselors can help you with selecting the right classes, and our tutors can help you to succeed in those that are difficult for you. You will need to be prepared to do the hard work, but we believe that you have the potential inside. You will want to choose international baccalaureate or advanced placement classes if they are available at your school instead of taking their easier versions. Many exclusive schools look for you to have completed a minimum number of these more rigorous classes if they are options at your school. To be competitive, you will need to take them and do well. This demonstrates that you are ready and able to tackle college-level material.

Contact Going Ivy

At Going Ivy, it is never too early or late to get the help that you need. We are ready to assist you as you work toward conquering your most difficult classes and gaining admission into the school of your dreams. We work with all students, not just those who are trying to attend Ivy League schools. We want to help any students who are truly interested and motivated in achieving their personal bests. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation. The team at Going Ivy is excited to get to know you and to watch you tackle and accomplish your goals.

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