Plan ahead!  My schedule fills up quickly. Please email me to pick a time slot and schedule all of your sessions several months in advance.

Priority scheduling is given to students referred by Valerie Deutsch, College Advisory.  

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Sara Jane Otis is an international educator dedicated to continuous learning and self-mastery.  Alongside her full-time career in international higher education, she began tutoring for college entrance exams in 2007, first with an elite California-based test prep company called Ivy West, and later as a solopreneur.  She finds it immensely rewarding to work with students one-on-one, helping them to become savvy and self-confident in their test-taking abilities as they prepare for college. Her aim is to create an environment that is conducive to the cultivation of practical skills, empowered awareness, and self-reliance.  

Sara holds a Master of Arts degree in Linguistics from the University of Colorado, Boulder; a Master of Public Policy degree from California Polytechnic State University; a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder (graduating Magna cum laude with a double major in International Affairs and Linguistics and a minor in German); and a professional certificate in Copyediting from the University of California, San Diego.  She studied abroad in Germany (high school year abroad) and Chile (3 college semesters abroad), and conducted 10 months of graduate research in the Dominican Republic through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  She actively engages in personal and professional travel on an ongoing basis both domestically and internationally.  

Sara’s career trajectory has included international education positions at the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of California Santa Cruz, and the University of Hawaii Manoa.  She currently works at California Polytechnic State University SLO as a Study Abroad Coordinator.  She lives on California's central coast and is a voracious reader, avid equestrian, aspiring yogini, gardening enthusiast, and lifelong learner.