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"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

Alex Q.

Northwestern University

Alex is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he double-majored in History and Theatre. He has been tutoring for 6 years and with Compass for the last 3, tutoring ACT/SAT Verbal and AP History Courses. He spends his free time hiking/backpacking, writing, cooking through entire cookbooks, seeing live music & comedy, and watching soccer.

Allison S.

Duke University

Allison graduated from Duke University where she was Pre-Veterinary and an English major. She later earned her MA in Health Advocacy from Sarah Lawrence College. Allison has many years of experience as an individual and classroom tutor as well as a psychoeducational counselor for neurodivergent students ranging in age from 6 to 18. At Compass, she appreciates demystifying both the math and verbal portions of the ACT, SAT, ISEE and SSAT for all types of learning styles.

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.

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.

University of California, Santa Barbara

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.

Anna Karla C.

Washington Adventist University

Anna Karla graduated from Washington Adventist University with Honors, earning a B.A. in Music and English. Before she graduated, she tutored at her university's Writing Center for two years, helping students with grad school applications, dissertations, and essays. She specialized in helping ESL students learn how to write and format essays in English.

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.

Asari A.

Columbia Law School

Asari holds a B.A. in government from Georgetown and a J.D. from Columbia Law. At Compass, she loves to engage with students to help them build their confidence in and passion for written expression while preparing them for the Verbal sections of standardized tests.

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.

Callie C.

University of Washington

Callie graduated with Honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, double majoring in English and Journalism. She later earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington-Seattle, where she began her career as an instructor of English. In addition to tutoring Compass ACT and SAT students, Callie teaches composition classes for the City Colleges of Chicago. Callie loves to build the confidence of her students, empowering them with strategies specific to their needs.

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.

Cece S.

Texas Tech University

Cece graduated from Texas Tech University with a double degree in English literature and chemistry. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland, where she also taught undergraduate writing classes for two years. As an ACT and SAT tutor at Compass, she enjoys helping students build confidence and work towards their college and career goals.

Chameli B.

Kenyon College

Chameli graduated summa cum laude from Kenyon College with a double major in English and Drama. She enjoys working with students and helping to build confidence in the verbal sections of the SAT and ACT. In addition to tutoring with Compass, Chameli works on various acting and writing projects in New York City.

Chioma R.

Howard University

Chioma graduated from Howard University with her B.S. in Psychology. She is currently pursuing her PhD at Howard University in School Psychology. Along with tutoring Compass SAT and ACT students in English and Reading, she works on campus assisting with the teaching of assessment courses for other graduate students.

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.

Courtney R.

Northcentral University

Courtney works full-time for NASA and tutors part-time for Compass. She specializes in English and communications, and she possesses a doctoral degree in Education. She has taught various English courses for charter and public schools and has tutored for standardized tests, speech, and writing for over 10 years. Courtney loves helping and motivating students to be the best they can be.

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.

Derek W.

University of California, Berkeley

Derek studied Chemistry at UC Berkeley and has been tutoring with Compass for over six years now. He teaches both the math and verbal side of the SAT and ACT, and also enjoys helping students out with their chemistry and math classes. Besides the material itself, Derek strives to establish a growth mindset in his students. When he isn't tutoring, he can be found baking bread or practicing martial arts.

Deshana B.

Columbia University

Deshana has an M.A. in Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a B.A. in Psychology from New York University. As a high school teacher, they teach across all subject areas to English language learners and special education students. At Compass, they focus on English and math and continue to specialize in the SAT/ACT, as they have done over the past 9 years.

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.

Dorothy N.

UCLA

Dorothy attended UCLA, receiving an MS in Environmental Health Sciences following her BS in Environmental Science. Before joining Compass, she tutored a variety of math and science subjects in classrooms and one-on-one. She continues to share her love for learning through SAT and ACT prep. When she is not tutoring, Dorothy enjoys crocheting and going for walks.

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.

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.

Frankie G.

New York University

Francisco has over ten years of experience as a tutor for middle and high school students. He graduated with Honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he specialized in English, Music (Voice), and Theatre studies. He has since worked at NYU as a TA and regularly coaches students in math, reading, verbal skills, and beyond! He is fully fluent in English and Spanish.

Grace W.

Yale University

Grace graduated from Yale University, earning a bachelor's in History with Distinction. As a tutor, Grace has a deep passion for Grammar and seeks to help students understand the building blocks of language. In addition to tutoring ACT and SAT Verbal with Compass, Grace is a screenwriter currently living in the DC area.

Holly H.

Northwestern University

Holly grew up in Portland, Maine and went to college at Northwestern University before moving to Brooklyn. She tutors Verbal sections of the ACT and SAT, and loves being a mentor for students. She enjoys biking around the city, seeing as much theatre as possible, and finding new spots for great food with friends.

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.

Jake L.

Northwestern University

Jake graduated from Northwestern University with a triple major in Economics, Statistics, and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences. He tutors ACT/SAT math and science as well as various AP subjects, and finds great joy and passion in helping students achieve their goals. He is also a geography and language enthusiast: he speaks fluent French and is one of the top-ranked GeoGuessr players in the world.

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.

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.

Kaitlyn K.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

A Chicago-area native, Kaitlyn is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she double-majored in Political Science and Global Studies with a concentration in peace, conflict, and resolution. She also minored in Arabic. She spent nearly a decade living abroad, mostly throughout Asia, and has been tutoring for eight years. She tutors both verbal and math students for the ACT/SAT and spends her free time caring for her seven cats and Great Dane. She also enjoys reading, copywriting, and dog training.

Kaye N.

Cornell University

Kaye double majored in Sociology and Psychology at the University of Houston and tutored for the Athletic Department during her time there. She then went on to pursue a Sociology PhD at Cornell where she further developed her instruction skills by working as a teaching assistant. She is primarily working with Compass as an ACT/SAT Verbal tutor, but she is also able to tutor Psychology, Sociology, Economics, and Statistics.

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.

Lau'Rent H.

Texas Christian University

Lau'Rent graduated from Texas Christian University with a B.A.s in Marketing and Finance. While there he began tutoring across various Math and Science subjects. At Compass, he tutors Math and Science for ACT and SAT. Lau'Rent enjoys meeting students and finding new ways to build a students testing confidence.

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.

Madhu V.

Rice University

Madhu graduated from Rice University with a degree in Neuroscience. Throughout college, she mentored middle school and high school students in STEM subjects through after-school programs. At Compass, she focuses on tutoring math and science on the SAT/ACT. When she is not tutoring students, she enjoys cooking, reading, and exploring Houston's food scene.

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.

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.

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.

Rebecca G.

Brown University

Rebecca is a graduate of Brown University, where she earned her degree in English. In addition to tutoring for the ACT and SAT, Rebecca has prepared students for the ISEE/SSAT tests and taken on various AP programs in Art History, European US History, and more. She has also worked with students to develop their writing skills.

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.

Sam C.

Northwestern University

Samantha is currently at Northwestern University completing her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has a background in Economics, English, and Psychology. At Compass, she loves to engage with students and build connections while preparing them for the Verbal sections of standardized tests. She is a firm believer that a strong connection between tutor and student is where insight begins.

Sam S.

Northwestern University

Sam graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in Communication. An actor and Music Director in Chicago, Sam also spends his time working with medical students on honing their communication skills and bedside manner. With Compass, Sam provides Math support for the classroom, SAT, and ACT, in addition to tutoring AP Music Theory!

Samantha H.

Loyola Marymount University

Samantha graduated from UC Berkeley with majors in Political Science and History. She then earned her Master's degree in Educational Policy from Loyola Marymount University. Now, she is studying health law at UC Law San Francisco. Samantha is a California credentialed teacher; she has been an 11th grade English teacher and guidance counselor at high schools in Los Angeles and San Francisco. As an SAT and ACT tutor, Samantha loves working with students to build their test-taking confidence and develop skills that will last throughout college.

Sara L.

Carnegie Mellon University

Sara graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BS in Statistics and a minor in Human-Computer Interaction. A native of New York City, Sara has had experience tutoring students of all ages in a variety of math and science topics. She is currently based out of the San Francisco Bay Area and is excited to help her students ace their math classes as well as prepare them for college admissions tests. In her free time, Sara enjoys travel, concerts/live music, weight lifting, and photography.

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.

Scott M.

Skidmore College

Scott graduated from Skidmore College where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Physics. In addition to tutoring Math for the SAT and ACT with Compass, Scott assists with a variety of law enforcement training scenarios. He enjoys meeting new students and discovering how to best support their progress and understanding.

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.

Shivali D.

Columbia University

After earning her B.S. in Finance and minor in Chemistry from New York University, Shivali went on to get her M.S. in Nutrition at Columbia, and is now at SUNY Downstate for medical school. As someone who has been fortunate to be able to study and learn for years, she has always had a passion for tutoring and passing the knowledge forward. She has tutored various school subjects for years and has also led fitness classes. She tutors ACT and SAT math/science with Compass.

Stephanie M.

Emporia State University

Stephanie graduated from Emporia State University with a Master in Library Science in August 2016. She is the Reference and Digital Initiatives librarian at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. 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.

Tim P.

University of Houston

Tim graduated cum laude from the University of Houston with a Bachelors in Biology. He has been tutoring math & sciences since the age of 16. He enjoys helping students to build the knowledge and confidence to ace the SAT & ACT. In addition to tutoring, Tim’s interests include playing the piano, video games and anime.

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.

Airnecia M.

Alcorn State University

Airnecia is a native of Greenville, MS. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 2013, and a Master of Science degree in Education with Reading and Special Education endorsements in 2015, both from Alcorn State University. She continued her advanced studies at Arkansas State University where she graduated in 2020, with a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership. Airnecia currently is pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at Belhaven University, Jackson, Mississippi.

Irene W.

Wesleyan University

Irene graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in History. She tutors the verbal sections of the ACT and SAT for Compass and loves helping her students build confidence in their test-taking and reading skills. When she's not tutoring, Irene teaches piano lessons and music directs for musical theatre productions in NYC.

Madhvi B.

Florida State University

Madhvi is a recent master's graduate in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, backed by a solid foundation in Biochemistry from her bachelor's degree. With hands-on experiences, she creates a supportive tutoring environment, excelling in Natural Science subjects like Biology, Physics, and Chemistry. As a native Spanish speaker, Madhvi connects with a diverse range of students. She finds joy in witnessing students grasp concepts and achieve their academic aims, making tutoring a fulfilling journey for both her and her students.

Knowlton W.

Southern University and A&M College

Knowlton is an experienced tutor who enjoys building the skills and confidence of every student he works with. He started tutoring in high school and continued while earning a B.S. in Business Economics from Southern University and A&M College. Since then, he has accrued over 10 years in the field of education and earned an MBA in Finance from the University of Houston-Downtown. Knowlton joined Compass in 2023 to share his expertise in demystifying the verbal components of the ACT and SAT.

LaTia K.H.

University of Missouri

LaTia graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master’s in Public Policy Administration. She is certified in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. A John Maxwell Team certified trainer, she also holds a certification in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from the University of South Florida Muma College of Business. What she loves most about working with Compass students is fueling their passion for learning while being so inspired by them.

Wendi G.

Texas Lutheran University

Wendi is a freelance writer and mental health coach. She has tutored students of all ages and especially enjoys helping students improve their verbal SAT and ACT scores. Wendi’s Social Work degree and former career as a pastor have given her skills she uses to build rapport with students and help them achieve their academic goals.

Katimah H.

Rice Unviersity

Katimah graduated from Rice University with a BA in English and Psychology. She was the recipient of the "Distinction in Research & Creative Work" for her senior project, a memoir written in verse. Katimah is currently pursuing her Master's in Social Work at the University of Houston and has a variety of experience mentoring students. Katimah draws on this experience and her genuine joy and passion for reading and writing to help students realize their full potential to succeed.

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