Inspire. Empower. Achieve. Lead.

How MPP Works

Our Why

Our Secret Sauce

Academic Excellence + Passion + Experience.

For over 9 years, My Private Professor has been trusted to help students of all ages & grade levels reach their academic potential.  The tutors on our team share the same drive for academic excellence & passion to help our students succeed as MPP’s founder, Sona Shah.

Sona is grateful for the experiences & opportunities through which she was able to fine-tune her ability to help others achieve scholastic success through patience, discipline, & dedication.  

Sona first started tutoring when she was in 5th grade, helping younger students in her neighborhood with math or English.  Throughout middle school & high schools, she helped classmates & students in lower grade levels with their classes & helped coordinate a free peer-to-peer tutoring program at her school.  

She passed every AP exam that she took & earned a top score on the SAT through self-study.  Sona served in a number of leadership positions in high school career, including President of California Scholarship Federation, Vice President of National Honor Society, & Vice President of Peer Support.  She served as the Youth Representative for the American Red Cross & volunteered at many other nonprofit organizations. She applied to numerous merit-based scholarships & was grateful to be awarded over $6,000 collectively.  Sona graduated from high school with a 4.0 GPA & earned admission into every college to which she applied, including Stanford.  

She attended UCLA with the benefit of scholarships & graduated with a 3.9 GPA, earning distinctions of summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, College Honors, & Dean’s Honor list.  Sona served as President of Golden Key National Honor Society & Vice President of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.  As an undergraduate Teaching Assistant, research assistant, & college lecture-note taker, Sona honed her ability to break down complex concepts verbally & in writing to her peers. 

After earning a top score on the LSAT, Sona applied to law school & was grateful to be accepted into many esteemed institutions, including University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, NYU, University of Michigan, University of Virginia, UCLA, & USC.  She attended UC Berkeley School of Law, where she served as the Senior Articles Editor of the Berkeley Women’s Law Journal, Articles Editor of the Berkeley International Law Journal, & Treasurer of the Asian Pacific-American Law Students Association. Sona volunteered at the nonprofit Building Opportunities for Self Sufficiency, served as an intern at the ACLU, & clerked for a Chief Magistrate Judge.  

Sona has shared her strategies for tackling the admissions process for college & graduate programs with countless friends, parents, & clients, & helped students get into top institutions such as Harvard Business School, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Northwestern, UCLA, UC Hastings School of Law, & others.  

After practicing civil litigation for a number of years, Sona returned to something that truly fulfilled her: tutoring.  As demand grew for her tutoring services for standardized exams, K-12 subjects, & college counseling, she founded My Private Professor with a mission to provide top-notch, individualized tutoring to students in all grade levels & exams. 

Every tutor on our team is someone with whom Sona would trust tutoring her own children.  We accept only the best because we expect only the best.  

Our Unconventional Bottom Line

How Many Students Can We Positively Impact?

By donating a portion of the net proceeds from every tutoring hour to support educational opportunities in our community, we can maximize our impact of helping all students achieve & succeed while providing the highest caliber of tutoring to our clients.

  • We’ve donated over $12,250 to provide innovative grants for public school teachers & support school programs through the Tustin Public Schools Foundation, which serves over 23,000 students in 28 schools in the district.
  • We’ve donated over $1,300 to provide 50 hours of tutoring to students living in shelters, motels, vehicles, group foster homes, & on the streets of Southern California through Schools on Wheels.
  • We’ve donated over $1,000 to help youth prepare for high school graduation & college enrollment through the Boys & Girls Club of Central Orange Coast, which serves over 8,500 children in Orange County.
  • We’ve donated over $335 to provide 28 hours of SAT & ACT tutoring to students from low-income backgrounds through CollegeSpring.
  • We’ve donated over $275 to provide over 90 hours of online tutoring to underserved students through Learn to Be Foundation.
  • We’ve offered free online office hours to students in English/Language Arts, Math, & Science to any student while schools were closed last spring.
  • We’ve provided free high school & college prep summer classes to Samueli Academy students & offered summer grants to ensure that any student who wished to attend was able to do so.
  • We are providing free K-8 English/Language Arts & Writing Classes to the Boys & Girls Club of Long Beach to help students get ahead.

We are determined to help as many students as possible reach their academic potential & thrive in school & beyond. Together, we can empower our students as well as our community with every tutoring hour.


My Private Professor has been the most helpful tool during distance learning. The customer service at your company is remarkable!

Adrian M

This tutoring has been the best gift I could receive. My daughter was struggling in math that we both were getting frustrated. As a single mom is not easy for me to work and take care of all my responsibilities, so to have access to this benefit is the greatest thing for us. I can tell you that my daughter is in Honor Roll and is doing much much better in math.

Noelia D
Many thanks to My Private Professor for the excellent tutoring and college app and essay help.
Mike Y.

Totally rocking all the questions in class. Thanks, My Private Professor!

Joshua B.

Thanks a million to My Private Professor because seriously without you I wouldn’t have been able to achieve the 96th percentile, and just a few sessions helped me to become a better logical thinker and writer.

Nina W.

The experience with My Private Professor has been a total pleasure from a parent’s perspective. The tutor’s patience, command of the subject matter, and overall demeanor made the sessions a total success!

Patricia R.

My tutor targeted my areas of weakness and was patient and thorough in explaining how to address the problems. Thanks to My Private Professor’s help, I saw an 11 point improvement on the actual exam!

Jamie H.

After working with My Private Professor for a little over a month, my confidence level soared and I found myself making a 10-point jump. I would recommend My Private Professor because they can definitely help you overcome your test anxiety and much, much more!

Garisma P.

My tutor was familiar with the material, prepared to answer any questions I had, and remained patient through difficult and tedious problems. I 100% recommend My Private Professor.

Jocelyn S.

My Private Professor made it clear that if I did not like my tutor’s style of tutoring, they would help me find another tutor. However, that was not needed because my tutor was amazing.

Dino T.

My tutor far surpassed my expectations. If you are looking for a genuine and knowledgeable tutor, then I recommend My Private Professor for you.

Omid K.

By the end of our sessions, my tutor had turned my greatest weakness into my greatest strength!  I will be forever grateful to My Private Professor and their dedication to my success.

Megan M.

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