Olya Thompson

Olya Thompson

5.0 (7)
1 employee
3 years in business

About this pro

I offer college essay support, writing support, and ACT/PSAT/SAT/GRE tutoring for high-achieving high school students and grad students.

As part of my emphasis on English Language Arts, I also offer tutoring for the lower grades for the annual state ELA exams, the  ISEE, the SSAT, the ShSAT, the NMSQT, and TOEFL tutoring.

My students have been accepted into top colleges, including Amherst, Brown, Barnard, Columbia, Georgetown, NYU, Oxford, Rice, Stanford, St. Andrew's (Scotland), Tufts, UChicago, UCLA, U-Penn, UNC, USC. 

I have a very high level of writing skill, and I can offer a very high level of writing support. My most recent student just told me that her UPenn interviewer commented on her essay and recommended her for admission on the spot. My students often tell me they get nice comments on their essays at their interviews. The same student was admitted to Columbia, with her admissions letter commenting specifically on her writing.

I enjoy helping my students excel and seeing them succeed in reaching their goals. 

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New York, NY 10024
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7 Reviews


  • Maria C

    A Pleasure to Work With! Olya is a great tutor! She helped my daughter with her essay in a very short time. She worked not only during the time she spent with my daughter but also edited and offered suggestions in between sessions. I would definitely recommend Olya because she is patient, kind and encouraging and knows how to get the details out of anyone. I am happy to say that my daughter got into her dream school, Villanova! Thank you Olya!!!

  • Ray S

    We had a wonderful experience working with Olya as our son's tutor! We are very pleased with our son's improvement in his writing skills and with his excellent SSAT score. We also noticed his increased confidence. Olya has been very professional and very patient. Olya even spent extra time to get familiar with our son's curriculum and reading list, so that she could best help our son with his assignments, and she always personalized each lesson to focus on our son's areas of need. She showed our son how to focus on details in both his reading and writing. She taught him how to strive for excellence. Olya is extremely competent and has a lot of enthusiasm. We will definitely continue working with her. Jennifer and Ray S.

  • Natalia Glenn

    Amazing tutor who relates well to kids! Here is my 5th grade son’s comment: “Ms. Olya taught me about spelling, writing, reading, and vocabulary. I now I have a bigger vocabulary and I know all the spelling rules. We also go over a chapter of a book a week. I am now in the top reading, writing and spelling groups in my school.” As his mom, I am so pleased to see his increased confidence and his enthusiasm. Thank you, Ms. Olya. Natalia G.

  • Di Williams

    Best and Most Amazing Tutor Ms. Olya T is the best tutor we have ever met. In three months, she helped our daughter improve her PSAT Verbal score by 220 points, which placed her in the 99th percentile. Wow! Olya knows how to work with adolescents; our daughter enjoyed her lessons and improved not only her language skills but her self-confidence as a result. Our daughter is now continuing to work with Olya on the SAT. My husband and I feel very fortunate to have found her. Tutoring with Olya has been one of the best investments we could have made in our daughter’s future. Thank you, Olya. Di Williams

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I evaluate my students' current level, and I make a plan that will meet their goals. I then build on their strengths, while helping develop new skills.  I am always gentle and encouraging of all of my students' efforts. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I am a professional writer of commentary and literary essays. I also work as an editor. I taught writing and literature on the college level at UNC, and I have been invited to teach at other colleges. I have a Master's in Comparative Literature from Indiana University, and I have a Bachelor's in English from Brooklyn College. I am also a top tutor at Wyzant, and I help high achieving students applying to selective schools with college essays, SAT/ACT prep, ESL.

How did you get started teaching?

As a student, I always helped my classmates with homework. I taught writing and literature at UNC. I worked as a commentary writer and essayist, and have been invited to teach writing at other schools.

What types of students have you worked with?

I work with students at all grade levels from elementary to adult.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

It is important to have a tutor who is knowledgeable, easy to talk to, and is invested in helping you excel. It is important to have someone who inspires you to do your best.

Lessons offered

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