Testimonials

“Working with Dr. Brenner helps both students and parents demystify the college transition process.  Understanding the differences that matter between high school and  college and how to navigate them reduces the stress and increases the opportunity for success for the entire family.  Dr. Brenner’s practical experience with thousands of students is evident in her guidance to parents and students alike.   Her conversation prompts, areas to focus for student skill-development and advice on transitioning roles are invaluable, especially for first-time college freshman and their families.”

-Debbie Rosen, Founder and Owner, The StudyPro Executive Function Center

 

"We, the Whitman community, were so fortunate to have Andrea Brenner speak with both our parents and students last May before our seniors began their college experiences. She is an excellent speaker who is keenly aware of the challenges first year college students inevitably face. She is able to ease the anxiety with her deep knowledge of high school students and the world of college. Her book, How to College, is very thorough and informative and no stone is left unturned. A must read for every senior and his/her parents!"

-Kari Wislar, M.Ed., Resource Counselor, Walt Whitman High School

"Professors Brenner and Schwartz provide critical information to help students successfully navigate college. During an hour-long session, the professors provided our students with information on a range of topics from proactively utilizing professor office hours and deciphering a syllabus, to understanding the difference between high school and college writing requirements, and so much more. With their wonderful anecdotes and insights, Professor Brenner and Professor Schwartz have armed our students with useful, timely, and practical information that will serve them well as they become the first in their families to attend college.”

 -Jennifer Schwartz, JD, Counselor, Collegiate Directions, Inc.

"Working with Andrea to organize a panel for parents about University admissions was an absolute delight. There were a lot of moving parts and players, and she was so calm, collaborative, creative, and on top of every detail.  She was also an excellent presenter! She made my job so much easier and I would love to work with her again."

-Aviva Goldfarb, writer and marketing/events expert

 

“When I first met Andrea Brenner many years ago, I knew instantly that she was a ‘diamond in the rough.’ She was hired to work as an academic tutor, but quickly rose to become one of my most intuitive, creative and effective tutors. She created programming, that was non-existent at the time, to help students become more effective with their executive functioning skills. I knew that she would be able to excel at helping any and all of her students by encouraging them to gain confidence and become more effective learners.”

-Jill A. Broder, M.Ed., Jill Broder's Tutoring Center

"Dr. Brenner was the primary designer of our American University Experience (AUx) curriculum, the cornerstone of the undergraduate curriculum for all AU first-year students. She also designed and delivered all of the related curricular and pedagogy trainings to dozens of instructors, which I had the privilege of observing. In my 11 years at AU, I have never witnessed a more talented and authentic leader of faculty development seminars and workshops. She has a unique ability to capture a room and create a space for faculty to fully engage with difficult material. She inspires trust from and instills confidence in faculty (both new and experiences), while simultaneously pushing instructors to excel in the classroom."
-Jessica L. Waters, JD, Dean of Undergraduate Education,
American University

“I had the privilege of working as a co-curriculum designer with Dr. Andrea Brenner. I had an extremely positive and productive couple years under her leadership of the American University Experience, a mandatory first-year curriculum program. Andrea brings the same humane and emotionally intelligent touch to innovating and creating curriculum as she does to students, the faculty and staff she trains, as well as colleagues and collaborators. She juggled an endlessly complex array of constituents, often-conflicting interests, and her own class that she was pilot-teaching, with admirable organization, real creativity, and a sense of humor. I’ve never met anyone who gets the unique needs and psychology of first-year college students as well as Andrea does.”

-Angie Chuang, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies, Journalism Department, University of Colorado Boulder

"Dr. Andrea Malkin Brenner served as the key note speaker for the DC Chapter of the American College Personal Association Annual Conference in December 2018. She gave an engaging talk to our participants which incorporated her research and experience with the themes of our conference. Her talk left our participants with relevant questions and ideas to consider throughout the day of the conference as they attended other sessions. Dr. Brenner received top scores on our post-conference surveys when asked about their satisfaction with the keynote speaker. We would absolutely recommend Dr. Andrea Malkin Brenner to others who are looking for a thoughtful, knowledgeable, and inspiring speaker."
-Lauren Wagoner,
M.Ed., DCCPA Executive Board Member, Associate Director, McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University

“Dr. Brenner is a highly engaged, passionate individual with exceptional vision. She leads by simultaneously setting high expectations for the pursuit of excellence in teaching and advising and creating a values driven culture of compassion, empathy and integrity that fosters community and collaboration. I cannot speak highly enough of my own personal experience under her leadership. At the end of the day, she inspires with her drive and desire to have impact. She makes each individual feel like they are a part of something much bigger than themselves by communicating her trust and belief in their skills and abilities. It was an absolute pleasure to serve the AU community with her and I look forward to opportunities to collaborate with her in the future.”

-Wim Taylor, M.Ed., First-Year Instructor and Advisor, American University