"I meet so many awesome, interesting students through Compass, and it is so satisfying to be able to help them make real, concrete progress with their test scores. "

- Debbie F.
Brown University


"Every time I tutor a student I leave more energized than when I went in. I love teaching the material and seeing my students light up with new knowledge!"

- Muffy M.
Brown University


"Working at Compass is absolutely amazing.
I get to do what I love all day, and it's so rewarding
to see my students become more affirmed in
their skills and themselves."

- Kelsey F.
Columbia University


"Being at Compass gives me confidence that I'm
providing the best test prep possible. With their
expert curriculum and support, I know I can
help any student."

- Alex B.
Duke University


"Admission tests are gateways. By passing through them, students become one step closer to their adult aspirations. I take it as a personal triumph when my students improve their scores and are admitted to the colleges of their choice."

- Chuti T.
Northwestern University


"Good tutoring - apart from teaching new concepts and strategy - involves building rapport. Confidence and mastery of test material begin with an earnest connection between students and their tutors."

- Ben B.
University of North Carolina, Wilmington


"I have made some wonderful friendships at Compass: my students and their families, the directors and office staff, and other tutors. It’s a wonderful community in which to work!"

- Flip L.
Northwestern University


A Company of Tutors, for Tutors

Every company claims to have the best instructors. Compass is a company of instructors. Each member of our management team, including the founders and principals, has an extensive tutoring track record of his or her own. Because we were successful tutors, we understand what makes for successful tutors. Superior academic ability is just the beginning. Compass instructors also have the empathy to convey ideas to a wide variety of students and the passion to bring out the best in them. This combination of qualities is rare, which is why we reject dozens of candidates for every tutor we hire. And once hired, our tutors receive an industry-leading level of training and ongoing support. We take pride in being just as responsive to the needs of our instructors as to those of our students.


Adrienne W.

Harvard University

Adrienne graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies. Prior to Compass, Adrienne began her tutoring career in Seoul, South Korea, helping students prepare for the SAT, SSAT, and ISEE. Adrienne also teaches yoga and received formal training in India.

Ajarae C.

Harvard University

After graduating from Harvard University with a BA in Biological Anthropology, Ajarae joined Teach for America and taught at under-resourced schools. Including her work at Compass, she has more than 12 years of private tutoring experience, and she specializes in teaching Math.

Alex B.

Duke University

Alex obtained his BA in Economics and History. He has years of experience providing academic tutoring and test prep, which informs his work with Compass students. When he isn't on the clock, Alex can be found playing guitar, indulging on his PlayStation 3, and being outdoors.

Alissa G.

Wesleyan University

Alissa graduated from Wesleyan University with a double-major in Film Studies and Spanish. Growing up with a younger sister and 21 cousins, Alissa became adept at teaching to accommodate many types of learning styles. She tutors an array of subjects, from ESL to environmental science.

Allison K.

Boston University

Allison graduated summa cum laude from Boston University with a BS in Journalism. With more than a decade of experience working with students K-12 and beyond, Allison has tackled the verbal side of every standardized test from the ISEE and SAT to the GMAT.

Amanda P.

Ithaca College

Amanda graduated with a degree in Scriptwriting from Ithaca College in New York, making her a master of essays, grammar, and all things verbal, including the SAT and ACT. In addition to tutoring for Compass, she volunteers at WriteGirl, a writing mentorship program for young women.

Anne B.

Duke University

Anne received her MFA from UCLA and graduated summa cum laude from Duke University. Anne has worked as test prep instructor for more than five years. When she isn't tutoring, she can be found teaching drama to college students and performing on stage.

Ariel B.

University of Tulsa

Ariel received her BFA in Studio Art and Photography from the University of Tulsa. After graduating, she taught creative workshops to traditionally underserved high school students. Presently, in addition to working as a top Compass tutor, Ariel is an internationally recognized photographer.

Ben P.

University of Pennsylvania

Ben graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a double major in English and History. As one of Compass’s most experienced tutors, Ben strives to provide his students with the rules, strategies, and tools they'll need to excel on standardized test day.

Charlotte W.

Vassar College

After earning her BA in Theater from Vassar College and an MFA in Screenwriting, Charlotte became a produced playwright and screenwriter in New York City. Upon moving to Los Angeles, she joined the Compass team and draws upon her robust writing experience to help students succeed.

Chuti T.

Northwestern University

Chuti graduated with a double BA in Political Science and Economics from Northwestern University. She has almost a decade of experience preparing students for the SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests. In addition to tutoring, Chuti teaches classical piano and leads a variety of fitness classes.

Connor L.

Yale University

Connor graduated from Yale University with a double major in Political Science and Theater Studies. He has years of experience tutoring the SAT and ACT as well as working with students on their writing and college admission essays. When he's not tutoring, he's acting and performing improv comedy.

Debbie F.

Brown University

Debbie graduated with a BA in English and Theater from Brown University. After college, she lived in New York City and taught theater, music, and SAT prep. Now that she's living in Los Angeles, she spends her free time hiking, doing improv comedy, and hanging out with her dog.

Elizabeth S.

Syracuse University

Liz has been a tutor for almost 15 years and has worked with hundreds of students. A graduate from the honors thesis program at Syracuse University, Liz happily lives in Southern California with her husband and 3-year-old son. For her, the best part of tutoring is watching a student’s confidence grow.

Emma S.

University of Southern California

Emma graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with a BA in Theatre. As a National Merit Scholar, Emma knows a thing or two about the PSAT. Furthermore, she's a total math nerd. Emma has tutored professionally for nearly seven years.

Erica L.

Yale University

Erica graduated with a BA in Archaeology and an MA in Anthropology. In addition to assisting students with standardized test prep, Erica has helped students with learning disabilities improve their language and reading skills. When she's not tutoring, Erica enjoys freelance writing and hiking in LA.

Flip L.

Northwestern University

Flip graduated from Northwestern University with a BS in Theatre. He moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting; along the way, he discovered how much he loved tutoring for the SAT and ACT. Flip now helps train and support Compass' math tutors. He has almost 15 years of test prep experience.

Imran H.

University of Southern California

As the eldest of four siblings and the son of a math professor, Imran is no stranger to the trials that college-bound students must face. Professionally, he enjoys preparing students for the SAT and ACT, but in his free time, he has a passion for playing soccer and mastering martial arts.

Jasmine B.

Howard University

Jasmine attended Howard University on a full scholarship where she obtained her BA in History. Test-taking has always come naturally to Jasmine, so she greatly enjoys unlocking the secrets of these exams for her students. Through preparation, Jasmine believes she can help students make their educational goals a reality.

John L.

Notre Dame de Namur University

John graduated from Notre Dame de Namur University with a B.A. in English and a minor in Communications. John served as editor for his college’s two award-winning publications while also tutoring students in grammar and composition at the school’s writing center. His knack for writing and teaching are suffused into his current work with Compass students.

Justin J.

Washington University in St. Louis

Justin earned his BA from Washington University in St. Louis where he majored in Neuroscience and Psychology. He has been teaching the SAT and ACT to college bound juniors and seniors in Los Angeles for nearly five years. When he's not rescuing students from the terrors of standardized testing, Justin enjoys acting on stage and screen.

Kelsey F.

Columbia University

Kelsey obtained her BS in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University. A car and auto enthusiast, Kelsey worked at a motorsports company prior to joining the tutoring squad at Compass. She greatly enjoys teaching the math sections of the SAT and ACT.

Leigh Ann D.

LeHigh University

Leigh Ann has been tutoring and teaching for over a decade. She was first trained to tutor standardized tests in 2005 and has assisted hundreds of students and families since. In addition to being a math test prep expert, Leigh Ann holds an MA in Psychology.

Lila G.

Pomona College

Lila graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Pomona College with a double BA in Anthropology and French, and, completed her MPhil in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge. When she isn't busy with Compass students, Lila writes for wellness, yoga, and sustainable fashion sites.

Malika W.

Stanford University

Malika received her BA from Stanford University and an MFA from the University of Southern California. In addition to tutoring, Malika is also on the curriculum research and development team for Compass. When she's not working with students, Malika loves to perform on stage and onscreen.

Michael H.

Brown University

Mike graduated from Brown University with a degree in Biology and also holds an MFA in Acting from UC San Diego. He's been tutoring around the country for almost 10 years, focusing on Math subjects, as well as ISEE, ACT, and SAT test prep. When Mike's not tutoring, he's probably acting or happily walking other people's dogs around the canyons of LA.

Morgan M.

Washington University in St. Louis

Morgan received an MFA in visual art from Washington University in St. Louis after her BA in art education and BFA in drawing and printmaking from Bradley University. When not tutoring, Morgan serves as associate academic director at SHARE!, a student exchange program.

Muffy M.

Brown University

Muffy graduated with a double major in Anthropology and American Studies. In addition to having a vibrant tutoring and screenwriting career, Muffy volunteers at a number of non-profits, including 826LA - an educational support provider - and local animal rescues.

Nayeli K.

University of California, Berkeley

Nayeli graduated with degrees in Theater and American Studies from UC Berkeley and a Master's in Education from the University of Washington. In addition to being a verbal tutor at Compass, Nayeli is a creative writer and co-founder of the Melrose Poetry Bureau.

Nicholas C.

New York University

Nick earned BAs in Journalism and Creative Writing from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has been tutoring for 12 years with a focus on English and writing. His tutoring style is informal, instilling equal parts confidence and comfort in his students as they face their exams.

Nolan G.

Harvard University

Nolan graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Neurobiology. Outside of tutoring and his microbiology research, he enjoys being outside, exploring new hiking trails, and testing out new moves on the basketball court.

Patrick B.

Northwestern University

Patrick graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Theatre. He fled the frozen wilds of Chicago for Los Angeles where he can be found acting, improvising and performing stand-up comedy. He brings a uniquely playful sensibility to test prep that balances fun with efficiency.

Penelope S.

University of Rochester

Penelope graduated with honors from the University of Rochester, where she studied Psychology and English, in addition to working as a writing tutor. She recently completed her Masters in Counseling and loves working with students and families! Penelope has tutored in various settings since 2009.

Russell H.

Duke University

After graduating from Duke University with degrees in English and Theater Studies, Russell attended the Ohio State University of a MA in Theater History, Literature, and Criticism. Russell loves connecting with students about sports, contemporary cinema, and rap and hip-hop music.

Sheena S.


Sheena graduated from UCLA with a BA in Global Studies and went on to earn her Masters in Global Politics at the London School of Economics. She got her start in test prep in 2008, when she help start CollegeSpring, the largest non-profit in California dedicated to providing SAT preparation to low-income students.

Terri J.

Meredith College

Terri received a BS in Mathematics from Meredith College with minors in both Dance and Statistics. In addition to preparing students for the SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject tests, Terri is completing her PhD in Statistics at UCLA.

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