turn academic aspirations
into lived experiences
one student at a time
Who are we
We are a tutoring and college prep service that provides students with 1:1 support from experts who foster accountability and teach students the skills they need to develop self-efficacy.
Lead with empathy and seek understanding.
Empower our students; teach skills, not dependency.
Give good advice; solve problems in our community
Catalyze growth and pursue challenges.
Our origin story
a knack turned into a passion
What started out as a side-gig in college turned into a vision for a company that mimicked founder Josefine Borrmann's approach to teaching.
"I think that our ability to really empathize with students and understand who they are is at the core of what makes us different as a company," says Josefine.
Indeed it is that close sense of community that has helped Strive to Learn to grow into a team of 11 people who help students across the country in academics and college admissions. And it's an approach that works, given that they've won Best of OC for their multi-tiered and individualized approach.
to our community
From our pay-what-you-can classes during lockdown to our partnerships with schools and organizations, we are dedicated to narrowing the gap by providing access to information that helps students empower themselves.
100+ donated hours of private 1:1 sessions
7+ workshops hosted for schools and non-profits
25 families received pay-what-you-can rates
3 seasons of free college admissions advice
175 blog posts full of expert information
50 hours of free workshops on our youtube.
Meet the entire team
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