Lisa Stahl has been working with Ucan since the latter part of 1999. Ms. Stahl taught workshops in writing the college admissions essay. She has also tutored students privately on writing admissions essays and has provided individual feedback and editorial guidance on student essays through emails. Originally from New York, Ms. Stahl attended SUNY at Buffalo where she studied English and anthropology and graduated summa cum laude. She attended a doctoral program at Columbia University in English and Comparative Literature on full scholarship for three years, completing all of her doctoral credits. Ms. Stahl received her master’s degree with honors at the very top of her class. Academic areas of particular study and interest were comparative literature and modern fiction.
Taner Gulsoy obtained a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering at the most prestigious University in Istanbul, Turkey in 1991. He came to the United States to pursue his graduate studies. He received an MBA from San Diego State University in 1993. He has been tutoring algebra, geometry, statistics, pre-calculus and calculus since 1990. After having worked for 9 years in the service industry at a managerial level, he decided to pursue his career in education. He really enjoys sharing his math passion with his students and making a positive impact in his students’ lives by helping them achieve their goals. Taner joined the Ucan Prep 4 College in 2002 as a math instructor and he has been teaching a number of SAT I and SAT II Math workshops in which his students achieved significant score gains. He also tutors a number of students in math in both one-to-one and private group settings. He teaches the math portion of the SAT, ACT, SAT Math II C, ISEE, HSPT, AP Calculus AB and BC.
I started late with UCAN after a busy summer, but I was still able to increase my scores. The phenomenal tutors help to elaborate on the ins and outs of the test. You are in an environment where everyone around you wants to learn. Most importantly, you cultivate a mindset in which the SAT test becomes fun. Yes, FUN! With countless practice tests, I went into the test relaxed and confident. UCAN guarantees an improvement, one which I am proud to have achieved. I surpassed my goal on the October SAT with a 750 in Critical Reading!
Aubrey + 210 SAT Score Gain Admitted To Stanford & Harvard
Jonathan, Melody and the other teachers helped our daughter vastly increase her SAT scores, guaranteeing her a spot in a top Ivy League school. They are simply the best.
James and Yolanda Scott
Paloma + 340 SAT Score Gain Admitted To Brown
My daughter started with Ucan the summer prior to starting her junior year. She attended Saturday classes weekly through the summer for SAT prep. Her baseline score was 1400. She took her SAT in October and got 1550 with 800 on the math portion and all 8’s for the essay. Other prep classes required Monday through Friday attendance, so the Saturday only option made it possible for her to pursue other opportunities. Melody, Jonathan, and Taner really helped her diligently prepare. We so appreciate their dedication.
Mrs. Lai’s Daughter Bethany Scored In The 99th Percentile On The SAT And Got 1490 On The October 2016 PSAT Test Qualifying Her To Be A National Merit Scholar.
I came in with an 1800. On my first test I got a 2210 with an 800 on the critical section of the reading. On my second test, I got a 2380 with perfect scores on the critical reading and math and 780 in writing, and a perfect score on the writing multiple choices. Jonathan, Taner and Melody are fantastic coaches who have helped me see great improvement. Am looking forward to finishing my college prep with Ucan.
Ben + 580 SAT Score Gain
At the start of the class, my SAT verbal score was about a 650. I did not expect my score to increase by more than 50 points. However, within a few weeks, my score had risen to a 720. By the time I took the real SAT in October, I scored a 750. I did not think that that I could do any better on the verbal section but Jonathan thought otherwise. He encouraged me to strive for a perfect on the verbal section. He gave me the motivation I needed and made me want to score a perfect on the test. I took Jonathan’s advice and studies for the next three weeks.
On my final try at the SAT, I scored an 800 on the verbal.
Calvin-150 gain on the verbal section of the SAT. 800 on the verbal section.
The strategies and test taking skills that I learned at UCAN Prep definitely made a difference when I took the actual SAT exam for the first time in October of 2006 and received a score of 2100. This score was 200 points higher than my initial SAT test with UCAN. This improvement is due to UCAN’s dedication and personalized instruction regarding the topics on the test. Thank you so much Ucan for your time and care.
Jonathan Rossi-200 SAT Point Gain Admitted To Harvard
I would highly recommend UCAN to everyone and anyone that has kids preparing for going on to college. UCAN helped my son Steven bump his score up 250 points on the SAT. Thanks to UCAN, My son got a 65% scholarship ($25k per year for 4 years) to Holy Cross in Indiana. Thank you Jonathan, Melody & Taner for all your help. We could not have done it without you!
Steven + 250 SAT Score Gain
Our son worked closely with Melody, Jonathan, and Tanner to improve his test taking skills and enhance his application. His SAT scores improved over 400 points from the initial skills test. This process helped solidify his college application and facilitate competitive interest from a dozen top notch universities. He garnered scholarship offers ranging from $40k – $80k and is still sorting out his best offer for the right school.
The world is becoming increasingly competitive and expensive to obtain a college education. We are grateful for the experience with Jonathan, Melody, and Tanner. We highly recommend UCAN Prep and will most definitely use their services for our next son!!
Chris + 440 SAT Score Gain Admitted To UC Berkeley
Received over $440,000 In Merit Scholarships.
UCAN is dedicated to personalized attention to maximize each student’s potential. Jonathan, Melody, and Taner have been a pleasure to work with. Recently, Taner helped our student achieve an 800 on the SAT Math 2 subject test after an initial score in the low 600s. We will be starting the college application process in the fall and are so thankful to have Jonathan and Melody guiding us through the process.
Irene Wong Her daughter achieved an 800 on the SAT II2c math.
Before Ucan, I had an 1880. After Ucan, I got a 2280, a 400 point gain. I have gotten into schools that vary such as Biola and Pepperdine all the way up to Nyu, Usc, Ucla and Northwestern and substantial scholarships from each. The total was $750,000 in scholarships. Thank you!
Amy + 400 SAT Score Gain Admitted To Nyu, Usc, Ucla & Northwestern
UCAN was awesome for our daughter. The SAT prep, while a commitment, was super helpful for our daughter raising her score by 290 pts, and the college planning helped keep her focused and helped her meet her goal of getting accepted into all of her top schools with academic scholarships. Now she just gave to decide on the best fit with the most financial aid. Our second daughter is currently a sophomore and in the midst of the SAT prep as she prepares for the May SAT. Jonathan and Melody truly invest in their students and, of course, everyone love’s Tanner. We highly recommend UCAN prep for both SAT prep and college planning.
Dr. Mike Stephan
UCAN Prep has been an amazing experience for me. They helped me improve my SAT scores by over 200 points within just a little over a month!
Princess + 200 SAT Score Gain Admitted To Ucla
Ucan prep help my daughter Miah increase her SAT score from 1510 to 1880. Thanks to Melody and Jonathan Mitchell. Excellent program. Miah got accepted to Columbia University.
Dr. Darrell Webb
Miah + 370 SAT Score Gain Admitted To Columbia
Both of my kids went to Ucan Prep and both showed remarkable improvement in their SAT scores. My daughter went up 350 points. My son also did very well on his SAT and he is now attending Cooper Union
Ruby + 350 SAT Score Gain Admitted To Nyu
(Wilson and Ruby Mueller are South Pasadena High School Alumni. Ruby is at NYU))
My son received an early acceptance from Calpoly’s aerospace engineering program and I believe it’s mainly because of his high math SAT score that Ucan helped him to achieve. Ucan gave my son more confidence than what he used to have. I can honestly say that it’s one of the best investment I have ever made for him. Thank you Ucan!!
Monica Garcia Her son was also admitted to Uc San Diego
My son worked with Melody and Jonathan and did an incredible job of raising his SAT scores more than 300 points from his practice tests. UCAN has been instrumental in getting my son into his school of choice and taught him valuable study skills he can take with him to college. I can’t thank Melody and Jonathan enough for working so hard for my son so he can realize his dream. Thank you, thank you.
Kai + 300 SAT Score Gain Admitted To Brown
I joined UCAN in the summer going to senior year. My initial SAT score was a 1400 but after UCAN I had a 1900! This program really helped me not just with the SAT but with my everyday study habits.Melody and Tanner are excellent teachers and are very helpful. I would recommend them to anyone who wants to improve their SAT score or needs help in the college application.
Leyna + 500 SAT Score Gain Admitted To Gonzaga With $12,000 A Year Scholarship
Best place for SAT prep! They not only helped my child score high on their SAT, but they helped with getting full scholarships to college for both my sons!
This place is Amazing!!! Thank you everyone at UCAN!
Happy Thanksgiving Jonathan and Melody! We have an abundance of things to be thankful for – among them – Cassidy will be attending Brown University where she will also be a member of the Brown Bears Gymnastics Team!
Thank you for everything.
Cassidy + 6 ACT Score Gain 34 ACT. Admitted To Brown
UCAN has excellent, master instructors in Jonathan, Melody and Taner!!! They are the most optimistic and knowledgeable instructors that I’ve encountered. They believe in all of their students, as long as the students are willing too put in the necessary effort and hard work to improve their math, reading, science and writing skills / abilities in either the SAT or ACT. When my son first started with UCAN in the summer of 10th grade, his initial scores didn’t reflect his full potential. However, after working with this awesome trio of master instructors, along with being diligent with other parts of the application process, such as grades, personal statement, etc., he received an excellent ACT score with perfect scores in science and STEM. This score, along with aforementioned parts of his application, allowed him to be accepted to an elite college!
Joaquin + 16 ACT Score Gain He started prepping in the spring of the 10th grade, the optimum time to start the test prep process. Admitted To Amherst College
I got a 8 point gains of act score after working with Ucan.
So many positive things that one could write about UCAN Prep 4 College (UCAN) and its entire staff which include Jonathan, Melody and Taner (The A Team). The A Team prepares the students extremely well for the exhausting SAT or ACT tests by expanding their knowledge and by helping them build their self-trust. My son went from a diagnostic test score of a 21 to a 29 in the actual ACT score. My son made an eight point gain in that short period of time despite handling many other activities during his high school senior year.
Kevin + 8 ACT Score Gain
Ucan Prep helped our youngest son increase his ACT score six points! Our son has gained so much confidence working with UCan. He didn’t think he could improve that much, but now he knows he can accomplish anything. He plays varsity basketball and hardly has any free time. Melody, Jonathan and Taner have gone out of their way to accommodate our son’s busy schedule. I only wish we had known about UCan for our three older children. UCan has been the best investment we have made for our son. He couldn’t have done it without them!
Brett + 6 ACT Score Gain
Thank you so much!!! You and Taner moved her score from original 20 to 26. Great job! Thanks a lot!!!
Annabelle Wall Kristen + 6 ACT Score Gain
Melody, Jonathan and Taner helped to significantly improve our children’s SAT/ACT scores. They have been very supportive and have given our children the training, confidence and skills needed to score well on SAT/ACT tests as well as school tests. We were referred to Melody and Jonathan by a friend and we are very happy that we met with Melody and Jonathan and made the decision to enroll both of our children in their Ucan college prep program. Being a part of their program with the training and skill development they were able to give was instrumental to our children’s improvement in school as well as their SAT/ACT scores. We would highly recommend Ucan to any parent(s) looking to significantly improve their child’s SAT/ACT scores and their grades in school.
Alisa shares about big gain on ACT and how Ucan’s college planning program helped her
Greg shares his huge gain on the ACT and how Ucan helped his time management skills
Ucan Prep is very confident in our SAT prep system, we back up our live online with the following guarantee. If your student’s official SAT score does not go up 210 points from a previous official SAT score upon completion of a live online class and all applicable practice exams, we will work with your teen for free until he or she gets the guarantee. See our Terms Of Service for details.
We back up our in-person 1 on 1 or private group programs with the following guarantee. If your student’s official SAT score does not go up 250 points from a previous official SAT score upon completion of an in person 1 on 1 or private group course and all applicable practice exams, we will work with your teen for free in a private group program until he or she gets the guarantee. See our Terms Of Service for details.
Ucan Prep is very confident in our ACT prep system, we back up our live online with the following guarantee. If your student’s official ACT score does not go up 5 points from a previous official ACT score upon completion of an in person 1 on 1 or private group course and all applicable practice exams, we will work with your teen for free until he or she gets the guarantee. See our Terms Of Service for details.
For More Information About our test prep courses at our Alhambra center, call us at (626) 786 5662 or click the “Contact Us” button below, provide your contact info and leave us a message about our live programs
Live Online Classroom (Recorded In Case You Miss Class)
Schedule date 3/15 – 4/6
Class Time: Sat/Sun 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM & Test: Completed at Home
Master instructors: Melody Mitchell and Taner Gulsoy
For More Information About our ACT or any of our live programs, call us at (626) 872 3059 or click the “Contact Us” button below, provide your contact info and leave us a message about a program you want more information about.