"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 hiring process resembles the admission systems 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

Allison S.

Duke University

Allison graduated from Duke University with a degree in English and an additional focus on pre-med classes. She later earned her Masters in Health Advocacy from Sarah Lawrence College and has worked as a psycho-educational counselor, privately tutoring and counseling students ranging from seven to nineteen years of age.

Amanda L.

Vanderbilt University

Amanda graduated from Davidson College with a B.A. in English and then went on to earn her Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University. While at Vanderbilt, she designed and taught eight semesters' of writing-intensive courses and received an award for outstanding teaching by a graduate student.

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.

Amir R.

University of California, Berkeley

Amir graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Civil Engineering. He has been working as a tutor for 15 years as a math and science specialist, helping students build their confidence and reach their maximum potential. Outside of tutoring Amir likes to stay active with tennis, volleyball, yoga, and hiking.

Andrew R.

Stanford University

Andrew majored in Bioengineering at Stanford, then got a Master's in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UCSB. Andrew is now a PhD student in Biology at USC, conducting his doctoral research at a biomedical research laboratory in the Bay Area. In addition to tutoring, Andrew's hobbies include basketball and strategy games.

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.

Brian C.

University of California, Berkeley

Brian earned his BA. in Economics with a minor in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley. As a tutor, he enjoys supporting and challenging students to do their very best. He started tutoring math and science as part of a mentorship program during his time in college and has loved it ever since. An avid sports fan, Brian also enjoys the occasional weekend of golf or day of biking.

Camila H.F.

Carleton College

Camila graduated from Carleton College with a BA in Philosophy, and is currently finishing up her PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to previous experience as a test prep tutor in the New York area, she has a wide range of teaching experience from her time as a graduate student at Wisconsin, during which she received an award given to graduate students who have consistently demonstrated excellence in the classroom.

Caroline T.

Princeton University

Caroline graduated from Princeton University with a BA in History and then went on to earn her MA in Sociology from the University of Chicago. She served as a teaching fellow in London, where she was responsible for designing college guidance courses and test prep programming for students interested in attending American universities.

Carter N.

Oberlin College

Carter earned their B.A. in Physics from Oberlin College. In addition to standardized test tutoring, Carter teaches high school level STEM classes. Carter is particularly skilled at identifying students individual learning styles and helping them tap into their strengths and develop areas for growth.

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.

Cooper F.

Swarthmore College

Before Cooper earned his B.A. in Theatre from Swarthmore College, he was a Compass student himself. While studying performance alongside psychology and education, he found a passion for working with students and watching them grow. After graduating, Cooper came to L.A. and joined the Compass team, and he's been grateful to have the opportunity to share that passion with another generation of Compass students.

Danielle S.

Stanford University

Danielle graduated from Stanford with a B.A.H. in Theater and Performance Studies. While at Stanford, she began tutoring low-income students in East Palo Alto for the SAT reading and writing sections. In addition to standardized test tutoring, Danielle also served as a teen counselor, organizing weeks long programming for students age 15-18.

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 the programs he tutors.

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.

Drew H.

University of North Alabama

Drew graduated from the University of North Alabama with a B.S. in Communications. After college, he moved to Los Angeles, where he has lived for nearly 15 years, over 10 of which he has spent as a professional tutor. He comes from at least four generations of teachers and strives to give his students the critical thinking skills they need to be successful. Along with a special interest in graphic design, his hobbies include painting, attending theatre, and playing video games.

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.

Eli D.

San Francisco State University

Eli graduated with a BA in History from SFSU. He has been tutoring and teaching since he was 14 years old, working in every setting from private one-on-one test prep to designing and leading classes/programs at Aim High, a nonprofit free summer school and afterschool tutoring service for underprivileged students living in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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.

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.

Jacob E.

Northwestern University

Jacob graduated from Northwestern University, where he studied Theatre, Sociology and Business. He tutors all areas of the ACT and SAT and works with students throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. Jacob is also passionate about arts education; throughout his life, he has traveled the world working with students to foster a love of learning, music and the arts.

Jared H.

Princeton University

Jared graduated from Princeton University, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in English. He is a beloved tutor who focuses on SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, and US History. His broad skill set includes expertise in working with students who receive testing accommodations.

Jesse B.

Tulane University

Jesse earned his BSc in Neuroscience from Tulane University. His broad experience as a teacher, researcher, and healthcare practitioner enables him to help students overcome anxiety, develop confidence, and perform well on exams. He is entering medical school to be trained as a psychotherapist.

Jessica O.

University of California, Santa Barbara

Jessica graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. She is currently pursuing the graduate writing MFA at California College of the Arts in San Francisco with an emphasis in poetry, and her writing has appeared in several literary journals and publications. Jessica enjoys applying her experience in written expression to help Compass students become personally confident in the verbal sections of the SAT and ACT.

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.

Jonathan C.

Princeton University

Jonathan graduated from Princeton University where his studies focused on Political Theory and Political Economy. Jonathan tutors all areas of the SAT and ACT as well as US History; outside of Compass, he has coordinated tutoring initiatives for first generation students applying to college and for young adults as an alternative to incarceration program.

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.

Josh F.

New York University

Josh holds a B.A. in philosophy from Columbia and a J.D. from NYU Law. He is currently studying physics and mathematics with the goal of pursuing a Ph.D. in theoretical physics

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.

Kota M.D.

University of California, Berkeley

Kota graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Linguistics and a minor in Education. They have been working as a tutor for many years, with a variety of school grades and subjects. Kota leads with a fun and positive teaching style that encourages even reluctant students to try their best to succeed.

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.

Michael B.

Villanova University

Mike began his career as an actor and a singer in NYC, but soon developed a passion for teaching after working for a special needs preschool. In the decade and a half since, Mike has taught countless students from a variety of backgrounds. He now specializes in AP test prep, College Writing, the ACT, the SAT, and the ISEE. Mike is a graduate of Villanova University and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Currently, he is pursuing his MFA in Screenwriting & Film Direction at ArtCenter College of Design.

Mike H.

Brown University

Mike holds a degree in Biology from Brown University as well as an MFA from UC San Diego, where he was an award-winning teaching assistant for undergraduate classes. He has worked with Compass offices on both coasts and tutors younger students on the ISEE, SSAT, HSPT, and SHSAT as well as high school students on the SAT and ACT.

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.

Nicole F.

University of Chicago

Nicole graduated with honors from the University of Chicago where she majored in English. While at Chicago, Nicole took as many classes in as many different disciplines as possible, including math, film, art history, astronomy, political science, and Egyptology. Nicole has worked as a private tutor with Compass since 2009, and she loves demystifying the testing process for her students. In addition to tutoring at Compass, Nicole also trains new math tutors and develops curriculum as part of the R&D team.

Nicholas M.

Bowdoin College

Nicholas earned his BA from Bowdoin College, double majoring in Government and Environmental Studies with a minor in Earth and Ocean Science. When he's not tutoring, he serves in a management role at a clean water advocacy nonprofit, coordinating education and outreach programs.

Paige P.

Brown University

Paige graduated from Brown University with a double major in English Literature and Anthropology. Paige's love of the written word is evident in her enthusiasm for her work with students on the verbal portions of the SAT and ACT as well as Subject Tests and APs in the Humanities.

Paige T.

University of California, Santa Barbara

Paige graduated from UC Santa Barbara where she studied Political Science and Professional Writing. After working in law and government for several years, Paige discovered her passion for education as a Verbal Tutor with Compass. When she is not working, Paige enjoys singing and music, taking care of animals, and exploring the beautiful outdoors of the Bay Area.

Peter B.

Brown University

Peter graduated from Brown with degrees in Computer Science and Music. He is perceptive, warm, and engaging; beloved by students of all types. Outside of Compass, he developed an educational application to provide music theory students with interactive tools to complement their studies and musical experiments.

Reagan M.

Brown University

Reagan earned her B.A. in Public Health from Brown University. While at Brown, she was a tutor for the Biology and Physiology departments, as well as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Physiology for two years. Reagan just completed the MCAT and plans to matriculate to medical school in the fall.

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.

Shaun G.

Harvard University

Shaun graduated from Harvard University, where he studied English and Economics. At Compass, he loves developing highly personalized lesson plans and test-taking strategies for the ACT, SAT, and PSAT based on the unique strengths of his 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.

Syed J.

New York University

Syed is a New York City native and graduate of NYU, where he earned a BA in Chemistry with a minor in Math. He brings to Compass a wealth of experience tutoring all areas of math and science, from middle school students to college students. He continues to be available to work with students while in medical school.

Tanjir A.

University of California, Berkeley

Tanjir graduated with High Distinction from UC Berkeley, where he studied political science. Originally from Virginia, Tanjir began his tutoring journey by helping low-income students with their math and English homework in the Hampton Roads area. Aside from tutoring, Tanjir enjoys volunteering for the LGBT National Help Center and making friends with Oakland's neighborhood cats.

Zach F.

Northwestern University

Zach graduated from Northwestern University where he double majored in Cognitive Science and Theater. Zach is skilled and versatile, having worked with students from ages 5-25, ranging from the SAT/ACT and ISEE/SSAT to admission tests for Gifted and Talented programs, and even with adult learners for the GED.

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