Summer SAT English Intensive

July 21 - August 24
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9:30 am - 12.30 pm

Silicon Valley Marriott
46100 Landing Parkway
Fremont, CA 94538


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College Counseling Program

July 30 - August 24
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
2:30 - 5.30 pm

Silicon Valley Marriott
46100 Landing Parkway
Fremont, CA 94538


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Open Story is Fremont’s premier learning center for writing, reading, and university preparation. We provide English intensive courses that help students master the SAT Reading, Writing, and Essay sections. We also specialize in teaching strong, impactful writing skills appropriate to the many demands of college admissions and college life.

All courses and workshops are taught by Open Story founders Alex Catchings and Serena Le, two English Ph.D. candidates who also teach and research in UC Berkeley’s English Department.
 
 
 
 
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about alex

Alex is the former CEO and English Curriculum Director of Perfect 1600. His original SAT English strategies have been taught to over 500 students in the Fremont area. Before his Ph.D. work at Berkeley, Alex was a visiting scholar at Princeton University and received his B.A. with Honors from the University of Washington.

 
 
 
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about serena

Serena has taught creative writing, literature, and writing composition courses at Berkeley for the past six years. An award-winning instructor, she additionally specializes in undergraduate mentorship and career counseling. Prior to Berkeley, Serena was an Admissions Fellow at her alma mater, Swarthmore College, where she double-majored in English and Music with Highest Honors.

 
 
 
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about our courses

Our classroom environments are dynamic, interactive, and designed to accelerate student learning and creative processes. We teach students how to feel confident and in control of how they present themselves through language. We also want our test-takers to have the best SAT reading approaches possible during the real exam.

Our investment extends beyond the college admissions process. Our students not only learn how to read and write for the tasks immediately in front of them, but also how to approach reading and writing at the college level and beyond.

 
 
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Practice Exams & Info Sessions

From time to time we offer free proctored practice SAT exams and information sessions on SAT prep, college admissions, and financial aid. Many of our free exam events are also high school fundraisers (each sign-up results in a direct donation from us to the organizing student body). If you are a student hoping to organize a fundraising event for your Fremont-area high school, please don't hesitate to reach out. Details on upcoming sessions can always be found here on our site!