Highlights at ACE Tutoring of San Marcos
The ACE San Marcos Team is proud to share the success stories of our students…
Congratulations to Luke H for receiving a 2050 on his SAT score! He worked really hard with us to get that score over 2000. Luke has now been accepted to the elite private school of his dreams!
An excited mom popped in the center to thank us for helping her daughter Ashley. With two weeks left in the semester she discovered her daughter was bombing AP Calculus and if she didn’t get at least a “C”, would not be able to qualify for admittance to UC Berkeley. We engaged Ashley in two weeks of intensive tutoring with our AP Calculus tutor Stephen. The parent was thrilled to report that Ashley earned an amazing 98% on her final exam…and has been accepted to UC Berkeley!
Well it doesn’t get any better than this. Oscar Arce has been with us since 6th grade. Anh set the family up with a partial scholarship program when Oscar was first enrolled. His sister Janet was also at our center until she went off to UCLA. Oscar and his father, who have always been super appreciative of our efforts, came in to meet with me, thank us for our efforts, and give me this heartfelt letter. It made my year!
Director ACE Tutoring of San Marcos
June 4, 2014
Dear Steve Eggers,
While growing up, I often found myself standing on the sidelines as I overheard many of my instructors (and so-called experts) doubted my learning potential and proclaimed that I was both "academically challenged" and "a slow learner".
This is turn created an internal struggle, a struggle that pinned my academic abilities, Cliché?
Perhaps. Nonetheless, it was such a powerful internal conflict that I found myself doubting my own abilities many times. There was even a point where I was so afflicted even my teachers noticed. In eight grade, I even overheard a conversation between my middle school teacher and school psychologist where they described my academic potential as "limited" due to my short term memory loss diagnosis. I was destined to be another statistic: a high school dropout.
I felt hurt...shot down...betrayed, betrayed by the very system and officials that were presumably there to help me overcome these academic struggles. At first, I fell into dismay and almost accepted the idea that "they [the psychologist and teacher] were both right."
Needless to say, I fell into a slump. A dump, frustrating slump.
Yet, it wasn't until I walked into ACE Tutoring, that my broken spirit was uplifted. ACE Tutoring helped me from accepting defeat to saying "No, they are wrong!" ACE Tutoring helped me refuse to accept the notion that negative assumptions and theories from "professionals" could control my life. In fact, ACE Tutoring gave me the confidence I need to come to the conclusion that, I am the only one with the ability to control my own academic success.
Thus, it was you Steve, who gave me the critical epiphany that I needed. You were the spark that empowered my aspiration to not just "catch up" but excel...in an environment taht had pretty much given up on me. You were always there making sure that my grades were not just adequate but above average. As well as, you were always concerned about my well being which always reassures me that someone always hed my back.
Therefore, I write this letter in sincere gratitude because you gave me a second chance to accomplish a dream that I believed wasn't possible to reach four years ago. I know if it wasn't for you I would not be where I am today. Hence, I am privileged to call you a mentor and friend for the tremendous impact you had made in my life.
Thank you again
- Oscar-Elvis Arce