MEET THE EXPERTS
Ryan "CHOICE" Choi
Founder & Lead Consultant
I am the founder of and lead consultant at Sapient Academy. I have degrees in education and business administration from Columbia University and in creative writing and international business/global management from the Haas School of Business at Berkeley. I am currently pursuing advanced studies in education at Columbia University and in intellectual property law at Cornell Law School.
I am particularly fascinated by study skills and test-taking strategies and interested in deconstructing complex concepts using more straightforward problem-solving techniques. I study the mind, the brain, and how they interact with how we learn and apply knowledge.
Over the past 16 years, I have taught SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL/TOEIC, LSAT, MCAT (CARS) AP Lang., AP Econ., and English CORE classes (high school and college-level grammar, essay writing, and reading) to more than 30,000 students in Korea, China, Singapore, Brazil, Canada, and the United States.
I also specialize in college and grad school admissions, helping students better prepare for the application cycle and stand out from other highly competitive candidates. My clients have been admitted to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Columbia, MIT, CalTech, INSEAD, Oxford, Cambridge, and a number of other top universities around the world.
If you are interested in any of the services we provide, please feel free to contact us. We would be more than happy to guide you through the process and to help you succeed.
Literature & Writing Specialist | Chief Strategy Officer
Hey everyone, Leyla inspired me to change my bio to first person.
I graduated from Harvard with a BA in English and the New England Conservatory with a MM in Jazz Performance. I have over ten years of teaching experience and six years of application counseling experience, helping students into schools like Oxford, Princeton, Columbia, and Berkeley.
My courses and 1:1s focus on literature, creative writing (fiction and poetry), essay mechanics, and grammar.
English Language & Literature Specialist
Hello, my name is Leyla. I am patient, passionate, and excited to help you reach your academic goals. I graduated from from CSUF with a BA in English Literature with a minor in child and adolescent development. I help students from elementary school to college with reading, writing, spelling, grammar, phonics, and essay editing.
My strengths are making readings exciting and breaking down complex concepts into easy-to-understand language. My favorite authors are Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, and Mark Twain. In my spare time, I enjoy reading and writing poetry and short stories.
At Sapient (a Ryan Prep Company), we are a small group of elite test-prep instructors, school subject teachers, and college admissions consultants with one mission in mind: empowering students academically. We have worked ardently for more than 15 years to help students maximize their potential and make their way to the colleges of their dreams. Today, as a team, we bring more than 50 years of combined experience and have, so far, taught more than 30,000 students in live sessions, counseled more than 1,500 students, and reached out to more than 2,000,000 online students to help them reach their academic goals.
Our mission doesn't stop there. We believe that academies must stand for something and offer an array of solutions to meet today's competitive study environment. Our Socratic method of teaching can equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to tackle even the most challenging questions, not by the process of elimination but by fundamentally dissecting the problems at hand and confidently answering without guessing. We call this process the XO Strategies: finding self-reliant ways to go from WRONG to RIGHT.
We have designed our services to challenge those who aspire to excel in their specific fields of study, those who want to revamp their bad study habits, and those who wish to raise their academic standards. Again, we are not your traditional academy. We stand for helping students become self-sufficient, we push our students to their limits, and most importantly, we do everything in our power to help deliver the results students deserve.
So, join us if you are ready for a challenge; join us if you want to change. Together, we can challenge the norms, raise the bar, and help you become a better student, a better test taker, and an irresistible candidate to colleges.
At Sapient, we help students build strong academic as well as professional portfolios, guiding them to present themselves as competitive college applicants. Our programs push students to think outside the box, encouraging them to crystallize their passion and strategically work toward their goals, no matter how big.