about us

Layla, founder of College Advising Prep (CAP), has over 18 years of experience in higher education in the areas of recruitment and enrollment management, teaching, academic and career counseling, along with previous experience in educational research. Her vast experience includes working with the Ministry of Education in Southeast Asia to build K-8 curriculum, as well as with several colleges, including UC Davis and UCLA Extension, where she worked with traditional students and adult learners.​

Although she has led a successful career in the education field, she knows there are so many people who can be successful and get into their dream school if only they had the right guidance and academic support. She founded CAP with a strong mission to prepare students for college by providing individualized support and guidance to help them navigate through the overwhelming college admission process. Part of college readiness may include academic tutoring services and test preparation.

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CAP consists of passionate advisors and educators who have invaluable experience in the education field, specifically in the areas of teaching, college admissions, academic and career counseling. CAP will identify and address students’ academic weaknesses, thus building students toward a process of getting them accepted to a college of their dreams. That means understanding any existing learning gaps between their current academics and where they should be in order to be successful in college. And we have the curriculum built to increase their aptitude, skills, and self-confidence.

 

We are a full fledge organization that is dedicated to help a student go in the direction he or she ultimately wants to go!

Meet The Team

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Layla Ouk 

Founder

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Layla, founder of College Advising Prep, has over 18 years of experience in higher education... Read more

Ricardo Archila

Director of Strategic Initiatives & Client Relations

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Ricardo has over 15 years of experience in fostering strong client relations in various fields-- in real estate, education, business... Read more

 
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Diane Birmingham
Operations & Client relations

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Diane has over 25 years' experience working with students, ages preschool through high school. From teaching Shakespeare to 5th... Read more

Cece Kinney

Coordinator

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Cece began one-on-one tutoring with grammar school students when she was a sophomore in high school. This tutoring led her... Read more

Anthony Gomez

Teacher, Math & Mindfulness

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Anthony first began tutoring students in college in mathematics and served as a basketball coach. He believes that the best way to... Read more

Gloria Archila

Teacher, Spanish

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Gloria is a passionate and dedicated educator with 27 years of experience in working with young learners... Read more

Nicole Ruland,
Teacher, K-8

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She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Early Childhood Administration from Kaplan University, and has been on the.... Read more

Jessica Talsky
Teacher, K-8

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Jessica earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Community and Regional Development from the University of California, Davis (UCD)... Read more

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Linary Shinn

Teacher, K-8/SPED

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Linary is a devoted educator who takes pride in her students’ successes and milestones. She has over 15 years of experience... Read more

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Juan Madrigal  

Teacher, Math & ELA

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Juan began tutoring as a high school student due to his passion for learning and his love for mathematics and writing... Read more

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Harrison Feain

Teacher, ELA

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Harrison has completed his Masters of Arts in Teaching at Santa Clara University. He is dedicated educator who works hard... Read more

Lynette Juarez  

Teacher, K-8

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Lynette has a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education with a minor in psychology from... Read more

 

Frequently asked questions

How is CAP different from other tutoring companies?


Unlike most tutoring companies who hire recent college grads, CAP tutors are passionate educators with extensive experience in teaching and instruction as well as experience in developing innovative curriculum, specially tailored to each student’s needs and learning style.

With us, we’ll build lesson plans and create homework that are engaging for the student at no extra cost to you. Additionally, your student will learn study skill strategies that s/he will benefit from in the current class and in future classes.




How much do CAP services cost?


Your personalized academic plan will determine your specific cost. Our initial consultation is free, and it is the first step to learn more about the services that best meet your student’s academic needs.




How do we get more information about CAP services?


The best way to contact us is by email at info@collegeadvisingprep.com or by phone at 415.696.3000. Or simply fill out the free consulation request form.




How do I get started with CAP services?


The best way to get started is to contact us by email at info@collegeadvisingprep.com or by phone at 415.696.3000 to schedule your free consultation. Since we are educators who are extremely passionate about education, you won’t deal with any high-pressure sale pitch. We are here and ready to partner with you to help your student reach his or her full potential.




What are CAP’s most popular services?


Our most popular services are:

  • Test Prep

    • College Admission Test: ACT, SAT, and PSAT

    • Independent and Private Schools Admission Test: ISEE, SSAT, and HSPT

  • Tutoring Services

    • Academic: writing, reading comprehension, math (K-8, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, pre-calculus), science (physics, biology, chemistry, psychology)

    • Study skills

  • College Advising





What can I expect?


During our initial consultation meeting, we’ll discuss your objectives for the student, and then in our first session, we’ll review any past work and have the student complete a short assessment to better understand the student’s strengths and areas for improvement. After a few sessions, we’ll send out an individualized academic plan detailing how a CAP tutor will address the student’s areas for improvement incorporating the parents’ objectives as well as the academic goals we deem as appropriate.