"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

 

"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

 

"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

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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.

A SAMPLE OF OUR TUTORS

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.

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.

Amy T.

Stanford University

Amy graduated from Stanford with a degree in Human Biology. She’s previously been the math coach for her high school’s academic decathlon team. When she isn’t tutoring, you can catch her on the basketball courts, climbing wall, or along the piers of SF.

Anne B.

Duke University

Anne received her MFA from UCLA and graduated summa cum laude from Duke University. Anne has worked as a 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.

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

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.

David M.

Carleton College

After attending a science and engineering high school, David switched to the humanities, studying Classics at Carleton College and graduating magna cum laude. Working for many years behind the scenes in the educational testing industry, first for Pearson and then for ACT, David now brings his insight directly to students. He specializes in math, science, world history, and the GRE.

Diana Y.

University of Notre Dame

Diana attended the University of Notre Dame on a full scholarship and received her BS with a double major in Mathematics and Economics. She enjoys using her knowledge and background to help others achieve their full potential. In university, she co-founded the Care Package Club, a club dedicated to providing hospitality services and amenities to the local homeless. Her hobbies include reading and exploring.

Dustin C.

North Dakota State University

Dustin graduated from North Dakota State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Mathematics. A lifelong reader, Dustin has opted to help students in the Verbal part of testing. When he is not tutoring at Compass, he is solving computer programming problems and drawing.

Emily G.

Dartmouth

Emily grew up in Petaluma and graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth with a degree in physics. She tutored math and physics throughout her time at college and is thrilled to be part of the Compass family back home. When she's not teaching, you'll most likely find her out on the trails on Mount Tam, working in her garden, or hanging out with her Australian shepherd.

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.

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.

Hannah S.

Temple University

Hannah graduated cum laude from Temple University in Philadelphia with a degree in Film and Media Arts and a minor in Asian Studies. She then earned her single subject teaching credential for Art from Cal State East Bay. She enjoys tutoring students in preparation for college entrance exams as well as in art.

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. He enjoys preparing students for the SAT and ACT and has a passion for playing soccer and mastering martial arts.

Irene V.

University of California, Berkeley

Irene graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in Ethnic Studies and minor in Education. After college, she pursued her passion of helping youth get into college through academic counseling and tutoring. She is now attending California Institute of Integral Studies for Drama Therapy, where she hopes to meld her passions for theatre and counseling to help young people in a school setting.

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.

Jordan T.

University of California, Santa Cruz

Jordan graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BS in Cognitive Science. He then moved to the Bay Area where he got his start in test prep and found a joy in working with children to help them achieve their goals. On the side, his interests include freelance writing, stand-up comedy, and writing in the third person.

Julia T.

University of California, Santa Cruz

Julia graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BS in Plant Sciences. While at school in Santa Cruz, she helped start an after school program in a nearby community, where she became comfortable tutoring kids of all ages and backgrounds.

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.

Kavi A.

Johns Hopkins University

Kavi received his PhD in political science from Johns Hopkins University. Since 2012, he has taught several hundred students how to read critically, think analytically, and write cogently. As a tutor, he helps students with English, Reading, and Writing for the ACT and SAT.

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.

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 N.

Bowdoin College

Michael graduated from Bowdoin College with a BA in Sociology. He is a Verbal tutor also available for Humanities and Social Science-based SAT Subject Tests and AP test prep. He loves helping young people gain access to their dreams. Michael has worked in a variety of roles such as skills trainer for adults with disabilities, Managing Director for a dance company and member of the Board of Trustees for Soteni, a nonprofit in Africa. He is a freelance writer and a modern dancer.

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.

Nate H.

University of North Carolina

Nate graduated from the University of North Carolina with a BS in Biochemistry and a BA in Political Science. He had his first tutoring experience at UNC where he worked as a tutor for the chemistry department. His hobbies include surfing, hunting, fishing and golfing.

no.e P.

University of California, Riverside

no.e earned a BS in Textiles & Apparel Design at Cornell, an MFA in Digital Art/New Media at UC Santa Cruz, and a PhD in Music at UC Riverside. She also studied fashion in London and gamelan at Indonesia's National Conservatory of Art. Prior to her work at Compass, no.e amassed nine years of classroom experience as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, Guest Lecturer, and Instructor in the UC system, and as a K-12 Teaching Fellow in underserved California public schools.

Rhiannon L.

Stanford University

Rhiannon received her MA and PhD from Stanford University in English and American Literature and her BA from UC Berkeley with highest honors in English. She has been helping students develop their skills and confidence as writers and critical readers for more than a decade. Her teaching experience includes four years as an instructor of writing and literary studies at Stanford.

Sarah D.

Clemson University

Sarah completed BA and MA degrees at Clemson University and a PhD in English at the Royal Holloway, University of London. Her warm support for her students is backed by 8 years of experience as a tutor and a member of Compass's research and development team. Sarah embraces the test's trickiest puzzles and opens them up to her students.

Sheena S.

UCLA

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.

Stephanie M.

Emporia State University

Stephanie graduated from Emporia State University with a Master in Library Science in August 2016. She also holds a BA in English Literature from Saint Mary’s College. She works at the San Francisco Theological Seminary library in San Anselmo where she teaches research workshops. During her free time, she volunteers at Ross Valley Players and is an avid cyclist.

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.

William S.

University of California, Berkeley

Will has a BA in history from UC Berkeley and has worked as a 1-on-1 tutor teaching literature, grammar, and test preparation for many years. He is also a world traveler - serving as a private English and Literature instructor in Brazil and leading a teaching group in Japan before coming to work for Compass - and a musician, specializing in jazz and folk guitar.

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