Transcend Academy Receives 2019 Washington DC Best Education Company Award

Uncategorized Nov 25, 2019

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Washington Award Program Honors Transcend Academy for Excellence in Education

WASHINGTON November 15, 2019 -- Lana Learn's sister company Transcend Academy has been selected for the 2019 Best of Washington Award in the Education Services category by the Washington Award Program.

Each year, the Washington Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Washington area a great place to live, work and play. 

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2019 Washington Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Washington Award Program and data...

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Transcend Academy CEO Tina Tran Neville Receives “40 Under 40” Business Leader Award

tips & tricks Aug 08, 2019


August 7, 2019

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SEATTLE, WA – The Puget Sound Business Journal has recognized Transcend Academy and Lana Learn CEO Tina Tran Neville as a 2019 40 Under 40 business leader. The award spotlights individuals among the region’s “brightest and most innovative leaders under the age of 40” who are making major strides in their career while leaving a positive impact. The Business Journal will profile each member of this year's 40 Under 40 class in its September 27 edition and host a luncheon at the new Hyatt Regency Seattle on the same day to honor the recipients.

A refugee, former diplomat, and teacher, Tina Tran Neville is an industry leader in education technology and an emerging voice advocating for women in entrepreneurship in Seattle. Tina’s first company, Transcend Academy, is a national college preparation service that has served 15,000 students and won Washington DC's Best Education...

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Transcend Academy CEO selected to join Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019

Transcend Academy CEO Tina Tran Neville is honored to be selected to participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in The Hague from June 3-5, 2019. She will join 2,000 world leaders from 120 countries representing entrepreneurship, innovation, investment, and policy to turn challenges into business opportunities that matter to everyone.

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit offers a unique international platform for participants to showcase transformative innovations to investors, business leaders, and political officials. Organizers selected companies for their groundbreaking technology solutions in agriculture, connectivity, energy, health, or water. The U.S. Government and the Government of the Netherlands is sponsoring the ninth Global Entrepreneurship Summit as in an invitation-only event.

Tina will be representing Lana, Transcend Academy's online English language learning platform. Lana is connecting North American teachers with students around the world...

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Top 10 Factors Universities Look for in Applicants

Students can feel overwhelmed by all of the tasks they have to complete when applying for college. That’s why it’s important to start preparing early! One of the best things high school students can do is understand what factors universities and colleges actually care about in an application, so they can get themselves on the right path sooner rather than later. What’s also nice is that these factors apply to most schools and most students – from Ivy League schools to state schools, for international students and in-state students. Let’s check them out.

10. Demonstrated Enthusiasm

This is one of the smallest factors in a college application, but it does matter. Common ways to demonstrate enthusiasm for a particular school are campus visits or interviews. If a student is unable to travel to the school, there are often meetups with admission representatives in major cities across the world. Students should schedule a meeting or a visit their junior...

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What makes a good online teacher?

tips & tricks Apr 10, 2019
Online teaching has been a booming business in the last few years. In the current gig economy, online teaching is an attractive side hustle because of the flexible hours and how little equipment is needed to get started. Others are using online English teaching as a main source of income as they travel the world. Whether you want to become an online teacher to supplement your vacation fund or to pay the bills, you are not alone!
If you want to get into online English education, or any other type of online teaching, you want to set yourself up for success. People often talk about the physical tools you need, like high-speed internet and a good microphone, but you also need to consider the mental tools you need to be an excellent online instructor. The following traits and tips are for everyone, whether you’re a classroom teacher or an online-only educator!
Knowing how to interactively engage with students online is...
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How to Achieve Your New Year's Resolution

Want to achieve your New Year’s resolution? Check out these top tips and free resources for you!

Learning a new skill is one of the top New Year’s resolutions people make every year. Some people want to learn a new language, others want to be better at money management. Following are some tips - and free resources - to tackle your New Year’s Resolution.

Trying to learn something new can be time consuming and exhausting. However, we generally gain more satisfaction from fully immersing ourselves in such activities. We tend to spend our extra time on things like social media, watching Netflix, and other passive activities because they’re more accessible. Therefore, if we really want to tackle a new skill, we have to remove obstacles!

Everyone has different obstacles they need to overcome. The most common are motivation, lack of time, cost, and access to teaching material. Below, we’ll talk about how to conquer these different barriers.


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Winner of the 2018 Best in Washington Award... Transcend Academy!

Transcend Academy is thrilled and honored to announce that we are the recipient of the 2018 Best in Washington Award! Only one education company in the District of Columbia wins this award, making it very special. Thank you to the Award Program for recognizing us.

We are so grateful to our students, families, and schools, who fuel our passion for education and continuously inspire us. We are also thankful for YOU, our readers! Thank you for your support and positivity. And finally, we are enormously appreciative of our coaches and staff, for all the hard work they do to make this possible.  

Check out the press release below for more details:


Press Release


Transcend Academy Receives 2018 Best of Washington Award

Washington Award Program Honors the Achievement

WASHINGTON November 28, 2018 -- Transcend Academy has been selected for the 2018 Best of Washington Award in the Tutoring Service category by the Washington Award Program.

Each year,...

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Best Holiday Gifts for University-Bound Students

student life Nov 30, 2018

If you’re stuck for gifts for your favorite university-bound student, Transcend Academy has you covered! Check out the list below for holiday presents for every kind of student. And don’t worry! We’re not being sponsored by any of the products listed


For the Student Who’s Always on the Go

Portable Charger

You never know when you’re going to get stuck in a seat with no outlets, or on a bus ride home with a dying phone. You can get quality ones for pretty cheap, and nobody has ever been upset about more battery life for their device.


A Good Jacket

What defines a good jacket? It depends on the on-the-go student. Are they running between afterschool jobs? Between internships and meetings? Between outdoor hikes and indoor rock climbing? It could be something small, lightweight, and warm, or a stylish blazer. For me, I would run from class, to club, to my job as a waitress. I would be gone for hours, and the weather could change drastically....

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Early Action vs Early Decision to University

Early action and early decision application deadlines are around the corner, usually November 1 and November 15. In advance of these upcoming dates, here are some top questions and answers when deciding if your students should apply – and take advantage – of these early deadlines:

  1. What are Early Action and Early Decision?

Early Action (EA) applications are nonbinding, which means admitted students are not required to commit to attend the university. Students can decide in late Spring. Early Decision (ED) applications are binding, which means admitted students must attend the university. Approximately 450 universities have early action or early decision options.

  1. What is single-choice or restrictive early action?

Many top universities - Harvard, Yale, Stanford - enforce a “single-choice” or “restrictive early action” policy. The policy varies by university, but its restrictions lie somewhere between early action and early decision for...

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2018 Guide for International Students Applying to American Universities


If you are planning to apply to an American university as an international student, you probably already have a few ideas on how to start. Many of you will take the TOEFL after years of English classes, but it takes more than excellent TOEFL scores to succeed and thrive. Here is your guide on how to be on top of applying to American colleges.

It’s More Than Just Grades

The United States does not have a university entrance examination system, like the A levels in the United Kingdom or the gaokao in China. Most international students are required to take the TOEFL and sometimes the SAT or ACT depending on the school. A few universities, like the University of Southern California , even allow you to take the SAT or ACT instead of the TOEFL if you are nervous about the verbal section.

However, a high standardized test score won’t guarantee admission. Some American universities are even making standardized test scores optional. It does not mean that your test scores...

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