"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 tutors. Compass is a company of tutors unlike any other. We have spent three decades creating the ideal environment for the best tutors to do their best work. Our competitive selection process resembles the admission competition at the highly selective colleges from which our tutors hold degrees. Before they join our team, each tutor candidate must prove mastery of his or her subject. Significant tutoring and teaching experience is a minimum requirement but Compass tutors still must complete a lengthy, comprehensive training program before they meet with their first students. And no one invests more in the ongoing professional development of tutors than Compass; we regularly host tutor conferences where tutors share ideas and best practices. The depth and talent of our team, combined with our care and expertise in making the perfect match for each student, form the bedrock of our program. 

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.

Amanda P.

Ithaca College

Amanda graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Scriptwriting and a minor in English, making her a master of essays, grammar, and all things Verbal. She is a film and television writer who also volunteers with middle and high school students at a creative writing mentorship program for girls in Los Angeles.

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.

Annie M.

New York University

Annie graduated with Honors from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she earned her BFA in Drama with a focus in Directing. Annie has worked as a private tutor for over ten years instructing middle school and high school students in Math and English. She has also tutored high school students for the New York State English Regents Exam.

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.

Bonnie S.

Northwestern University

Bonnie graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Film/Communication. Upon graduating, she worked in television news (ABC’s World News Tonight) and feature films (Walden Media) before starting a freelance career in story consulting and academic tutoring.

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.

Christen O.

University of Southern California

Christen graduated from the University of Southern California with a BS in Biochemistry, and will be pursuing a MD in the future. While attending USC, she volunteered as a tutor for students in the area. After graduation, she continued tutoring, focusing in math, science, and standardized test prep.

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.

Devin T.

University of Southern California

Devin holds an Ph.D. and M.A. in English from USC and a double B.A. in English and Classics from Tufts University. Over the past decade, he has taught hundreds of students on the SAT, ACT, and Literature SAT 2 subject test in small classes, large bootcamps, and one-on-one tutoring sessions.

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. At Notre Dame, she co-founded the Care Package Club, a club dedicated to providing hospitality services and amenities to the local homeless. She enjoys helping others achieve their full potential.

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 College

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.

Emily R.

University of Southern California

Emily earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in American Studies from the University of Southern California, and also holds are B.A. in English and American Literature from Middlebury College. At Middlebury, she served as a Peer Writing Tutor and, after graduation, began teaching high school English.

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 helped 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.

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.

Joe K.

New York University

Joe graduated from NYU with a double major in English and Dramatic Writing. At Compass, he specializes in making the verbal sections of the SAT, PSAT, ACT and AP English exams as nonthreatening as possible. His mother would still to this day be proud to tell you that he achieved a perfect score on the verbal section of his SAT.

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.

Lisa G.

Stanford University

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Stanford University. She has been a private, one-on-one SAT tutor working with Compass since 2002. In that time, she has successfully helped hundreds of students in meeting their college admissions testing goals.

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 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.

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. 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.

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 as writers and critical readers for over a decade. Her teaching experience includes four years as an instructor of writing and literary studies at Stanford.

Russell H.

The Ohio State University

Russell graduated from Duke University with B.A.s in Theatre Studies and English. He then attended The Ohio State University for a M.A. in Theatre History, Literature, and Criticism. Since then, he has worked at several schools and tutored hundreds of students at Compass.

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.

Shawn D.

Hampshire College

Shawn graduated early from Hampshire College with B.A.s in Theater and Sociology. He began tutoring SAT prep shortly after college - starting in the larger New York City and New Jersey areas before moving to Los Angeles and working for Compass.

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.

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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