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Marissa F.

Ivy League Grad with a Masters in Ed and Four Wheel Drive

Ivy League Grad with a Masters in Ed and Four Wheel Drive

$85/hour

  • 291 hours tutoring

  • Mission San Francisco, CA 94103

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About Marissa


Bio

Tutoring is something I fell into in high school, and I haven’t stopped since. I started out by helping friends and other classmates; however, in college, it became my unofficial part-time job - one that paid in fantastically edible, non-cafeteria meals. By the time I was in grad school, it evolved into an opportunity to further discuss topics that I was passionate about while simultaneously earning some scratch. Prior to moving to Europe, I volunteered at a continuing education center and...

Tutoring is something I fell into in high school, and I haven’t stopped since. I started out by helping friends and other classmates; however, in college, it became my unofficial part-time job - one that paid in fantastically edible, non-cafeteria meals. By the time I was in grad school, it evolved into an opportunity to further discuss topics that I was passionate about while simultaneously earning some scratch. Prior to moving to Europe, I volunteered at a continuing education center and worked with ESL adults on their reading and writing skills. As it turns out, I ended up liking my volunteer work more than my day job.

Credential-wise, I have a B.A. from Brown University in English and American Literature and a M.A. from New York University in Education. I have worked as a Literary Agent, Ghost Writer, and Contributing Editor to both online and print magazines in my hometown of New York City. I recently moved back from Ireland where I was working as the Creative Director of a website and managing all of the content. I continue my publishing-related work in the mornings (proofreading, editing, ghostwriting, etc.), and I tutor in the afternoons.

Although, I have a Masters in Education, I realized very early on that I had little interest in being a formal classroom teacher. I find working one-on-one with a student to not only be more rewarding, but a more effective application of my pedagogical tool kit. I wholeheartedly believe that everyone has their own learning style, and that my job is to figure it out and make learning rewarding and fun.


Education

Brown University
undergrad
New York University
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $85
  • Rate details: I am happy to negotiate my rate for multiple hour lessons.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 25 miles of San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 11/1/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Film

Film

I took a number of courses at Brown on film theory. I studied and wrote on the "classics," writing my final paper on Balltleship Potemkin. Russian, French (which I speak) and Australian cinema are my fortes. Additionally, I have written a number of film reviews for various publications back in NYC.

Business

Criminal Justice,

Criminal Justice

I was an A+ student in Social Studies and Government in High School. Because of my high PSAT scores, I had the opportunity, as a National Merit Scholar to spend the summer of my junior year of high school at UCSD and take a Political Science and Journalism college course. Additionally, I took my LSATs and worked in a New York City law firm for 6 years.
Marketing,

Marketing

In my capacity as the Creative Director of an online luxury boutique based out of Ireland, I planned and executed all online and social media marketing campaigns. I scrutinized the analytics in order to target areas needing improvement. Additionally, I conceived of and implemented SEO strategy for the website and authored all content - verbal and aesthetic - for the company's Wordpress magazine.
Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word

I've been using Microsoft word since I was a kid. I am extremely proficient with the program.

Computer

Microsoft Word,

Microsoft Word

I've been using Microsoft word since I was a kid. I am extremely proficient with the program.
General Computer

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I worked primarily with ESL students at a continuing education non-profit tutoring center in New York City for 2 years. The majority of my students were Eastern Asian or Eastern European. Although I speak proficient French, I can muddle through Spanish and Italian as well.
Microsoft Word,

Microsoft Word

I've been using Microsoft word since I was a kid. I am extremely proficient with the program.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I continue to work professionally in the mornings in an editorial, proofreading, and consulting capacity. This is the result of a successful career in publishing and mastery and love of the English language.
General Computer, Grammar

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

My Masters degree from NYU in Arts and Humanities Education enables me to teach those subjects to students in grades K-12. Additionally I have substitute taught in NYC from pre-school levels through high school.
Handwriting,

Handwriting

I have worked with a number of students on their handwriting and achieved great success. When I first received my Masters in Education I worked with kindergarten aged students and this was something we focused on. I have found that in the case of handwriting, it's truly practice that makes perfect.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Study Skills is the first thing I focus on when tutoring, regardless of subject or student's age. I firmly believe that there can be no realistic expectation of academic success if there isn't an organized approach to one's studies. Often, this can be simply accomplished by organizing a day planner and subject folders, however depending on the student's needs, various different methodologies of approach can be tried until we find one that fits.
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary

English

ACT English,

ACT English

As an English major from Brown and someone a former Literary Agent, I am well-versed in grammar and style. Additionally, I come prepared with a number of self-created mini lessons with accompanying handouts to reinforce information learned. I have helped many a student to attain their ACT goals- even seeing two garner perfect 36s.
English,

English

I graduated from Brown with and honors degree in English and American Literatures. Subsequently, I worked in New York as a literary agent, book doctor, editor, and ghostwriter. I am both an avid reader and a bit of a stickler for grammar. Most importantly, I am passionate about the written word in all its forms.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I worked primarily with ESL students at a continuing education non-profit tutoring center in New York City for 2 years. The majority of my students were Eastern Asian or Eastern European. Although I speak proficient French, I can muddle through Spanish and Italian as well.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I continue to work professionally in the mornings in an editorial, proofreading, and consulting capacity. This is the result of a successful career in publishing and mastery and love of the English language.
Writing,

Writing

I worked as a literary agent for years proofreading and editing manuscripts. Additionally I also worked as a ghostwriter and book doctor. With regards to academic writing, I have written many papers on the college and graduate level at Brown, Columbia, and NYU. I've never not gotten an A.
ACT Reading, Grammar, Literature, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Spelling, Vocabulary

History

Political Science,

Political Science

I studied Political Science at Brown University in conjunction with my English Literature major. This culminated in my thesis which analyzed both disciplines specifically within the Early Modern Era focusing on the Tudor dynasty. I have also tutored students extensively in Political Science, and I see it as an essential and fascinating approach to understanding what is going on in the world around us both currently and historically.
Religion,

Religion

I went to catholic school for 11 years at which Religion (Catholicism) was it's own required course every year. Although Brown doesn't have official minors, I took a number of Religious Studies courses in college on both Eastern and Western Religions (Taoism, Buddhism, Protestantism - including its various sects, etc...).
American History, Geography, Government & Politics

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have worked with many students demystifying Algebra. I believe that it is an essential subject to master early on, since all ensuing math is built upon its principles. Although many students are hesitant at first, there is a a beauty and safety inherent to its order. I seek to explore this in my lessons as well as to render it far less daunting and not so terrible. On a few occasions, I have even been told that Algebra is fun, but I don't want to jinx myself, so I leave it at that.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

My Masters degree from NYU in Arts and Humanities Education enables me to teach those subjects to students in grades K-12. Additionally I have substitute taught in NYC from pre-school levels through high school.
English,

English

I graduated from Brown with and honors degree in English and American Literatures. Subsequently, I worked in New York as a literary agent, book doctor, editor, and ghostwriter. I am both an avid reader and a bit of a stickler for grammar. Most importantly, I am passionate about the written word in all its forms.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I worked primarily with ESL students at a continuing education non-profit tutoring center in New York City for 2 years. The majority of my students were Eastern Asian or Eastern European. Although I speak proficient French, I can muddle through Spanish and Italian as well.
Handwriting,

Handwriting

I have worked with a number of students on their handwriting and achieved great success. When I first received my Masters in Education I worked with kindergarten aged students and this was something we focused on. I have found that in the case of handwriting, it's truly practice that makes perfect.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have worked with dozens of students on Prealgebra. I believe that it is essential to master it early on because all ensuing math is built upon its principles. Although many students are hesitant at first, there is a a beauty and safety inherent to its order. I seek to explore this in my lessons as well as to render it far less daunting and not so terrible. On occasion, I have even been told that Prealgebra is fun- but I don't want to jinx myself, so let's leave it at that.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Study Skills is the first thing I focus on when tutoring, regardless of subject or student's age. I firmly believe that there can be no realistic expectation of academic success if there isn't an organized approach to one's studies. Often, this can be simply accomplished by organizing a day planner and subject folders, however depending on the student's needs, various different methodologies of approach can be tried until we find one that fits.
Writing,

Writing

I worked as a literary agent for years proofreading and editing manuscripts. Additionally I also worked as a ghostwriter and book doctor. With regards to academic writing, I have written many papers on the college and graduate level at Brown, Columbia, and NYU. I've never not gotten an A.
Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Spelling

Language

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I worked primarily with ESL students at a continuing education non-profit tutoring center in New York City for 2 years. The majority of my students were Eastern Asian or Eastern European. Although I speak proficient French, I can muddle through Spanish and Italian as well.

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

For the past 6 years, I have worked with many students on their ACTs and have had fantastic success. Most of my students have scored in the 30s with a number of them earning 35s and 36s. I am up-to-date on the ins and outs of the test and all recent changes. I employ a variety of test taking strategies that I attune to the learning style of each individual student in order to elicit maximal results.
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have worked with many students demystifying Algebra. I believe that it is an essential subject to master early on, since all ensuing math is built upon its principles. Although many students are hesitant at first, there is a a beauty and safety inherent to its order. I seek to explore this in my lessons as well as to render it far less daunting and not so terrible. On a few occasions, I have even been told that Algebra is fun, but I don't want to jinx myself, so I leave it at that.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have worked with dozens of students on Prealgebra. I believe that it is essential to master it early on because all ensuing math is built upon its principles. Although many students are hesitant at first, there is a a beauty and safety inherent to its order. I seek to explore this in my lessons as well as to render it far less daunting and not so terrible. On occasion, I have even been told that Prealgebra is fun- but I don't want to jinx myself, so let's leave it at that.
SAT Math

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have worked with many students demystifying Algebra. I believe that it is an essential subject to master early on, since all ensuing math is built upon its principles. Although many students are hesitant at first, there is a a beauty and safety inherent to its order. I seek to explore this in my lessons as well as to render it far less daunting and not so terrible. On a few occasions, I have even been told that Algebra is fun, but I don't want to jinx myself, so I leave it at that.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

My Masters degree from NYU in Arts and Humanities Education enables me to teach those subjects to students in grades K-12. Additionally I have substitute taught in NYC from pre-school levels through high school.
English,

English

I graduated from Brown with and honors degree in English and American Literatures. Subsequently, I worked in New York as a literary agent, book doctor, editor, and ghostwriter. I am both an avid reader and a bit of a stickler for grammar. Most importantly, I am passionate about the written word in all its forms.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I worked primarily with ESL students at a continuing education non-profit tutoring center in New York City for 2 years. The majority of my students were Eastern Asian or Eastern European. Although I speak proficient French, I can muddle through Spanish and Italian as well.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have worked with dozens of students on Prealgebra. I believe that it is essential to master it early on because all ensuing math is built upon its principles. Although many students are hesitant at first, there is a a beauty and safety inherent to its order. I seek to explore this in my lessons as well as to render it far less daunting and not so terrible. On occasion, I have even been told that Prealgebra is fun- but I don't want to jinx myself, so let's leave it at that.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Study Skills is the first thing I focus on when tutoring, regardless of subject or student's age. I firmly believe that there can be no realistic expectation of academic success if there isn't an organized approach to one's studies. Often, this can be simply accomplished by organizing a day planner and subject folders, however depending on the student's needs, various different methodologies of approach can be tried until we find one that fits.
Writing,

Writing

I worked as a literary agent for years proofreading and editing manuscripts. Additionally I also worked as a ghostwriter and book doctor. With regards to academic writing, I have written many papers on the college and graduate level at Brown, Columbia, and NYU. I've never not gotten an A.
Reading

Other

College Counseling,

College Counseling

I have worked for the past five years with students helping them select which colleges to apply to. Additionally, I aid them through the application process as well as helping them craft powerful application essays. All of my students have gone on to college, and many have been accepted at much better schools than even their school counselors have advised. I am very proud of my track record, and am also very proud of the accomplishments of my students.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I worked primarily with ESL students at a continuing education non-profit tutoring center in New York City for 2 years. The majority of my students were Eastern Asian or Eastern European. Although I speak proficient French, I can muddle through Spanish and Italian as well.
Marketing,

Marketing

In my capacity as the Creative Director of an online luxury boutique based out of Ireland, I planned and executed all online and social media marketing campaigns. I scrutinized the analytics in order to target areas needing improvement. Additionally, I conceived of and implemented SEO strategy for the website and authored all content - verbal and aesthetic - for the company's Wordpress magazine.
Religion,

Religion

I went to catholic school for 11 years at which Religion (Catholicism) was it's own required course every year. Although Brown doesn't have official minors, I took a number of Religious Studies courses in college on both Eastern and Western Religions (Taoism, Buddhism, Protestantism - including its various sects, etc...).
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Study Skills is the first thing I focus on when tutoring, regardless of subject or student's age. I firmly believe that there can be no realistic expectation of academic success if there isn't an organized approach to one's studies. Often, this can be simply accomplished by organizing a day planner and subject folders, however depending on the student's needs, various different methodologies of approach can be tried until we find one that fits.
Geography, Government & Politics

Science

ACT Science

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

Study Skills is the first thing I focus on when tutoring, regardless of subject or student's age. I firmly believe that there can be no realistic expectation of academic success if there isn't an organized approach to one's studies. Often, this can be simply accomplished by organizing a day planner and subject folders, however depending on the student's needs, various different methodologies of approach can be tried until we find one that fits.

Sports/Recreation

Ballet

Ballet

I was a professional ballerina with the New York City Ballet from 9-18.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have worked with many students demystifying Algebra. I believe that it is an essential subject to master early on, since all ensuing math is built upon its principles. Although many students are hesitant at first, there is a a beauty and safety inherent to its order. I seek to explore this in my lessons as well as to render it far less daunting and not so terrible. On a few occasions, I have even been told that Algebra is fun, but I don't want to jinx myself, so I leave it at that.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

My Masters degree from NYU in Arts and Humanities Education enables me to teach those subjects to students in grades K-12. Additionally I have substitute taught in NYC from pre-school levels through high school.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I worked primarily with ESL students at a continuing education non-profit tutoring center in New York City for 2 years. The majority of my students were Eastern Asian or Eastern European. Although I speak proficient French, I can muddle through Spanish and Italian as well.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

Study Skills is the first thing I focus on when tutoring, regardless of subject or student's age. I firmly believe that there can be no realistic expectation of academic success if there isn't an organized approach to one's studies. Often, this can be simply accomplished by organizing a day planner and subject folders, however depending on the student's needs, various different methodologies of approach can be tried until we find one that fits.
Writing,

Writing

I worked as a literary agent for years proofreading and editing manuscripts. Additionally I also worked as a ghostwriter and book doctor. With regards to academic writing, I have written many papers on the college and graduate level at Brown, Columbia, and NYU. I've never not gotten an A.
GED, Reading, SAT Math

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

As an English major from Brown and someone a former Literary Agent, I am well-versed in grammar and style. Additionally, I come prepared with a number of self-created mini lessons with accompanying handouts to reinforce information learned. I have helped many a student to attain their ACT goals- even seeing two garner perfect 36s.
ACT Math,

ACT Math

For the past 6 years, I have worked with many students on their ACTs and have had fantastic success. Most of my students have scored in the 30s with a number of them earning 35s and 36s. I am up-to-date on the ins and outs of the test and all recent changes. I employ a variety of test taking strategies that I attune to the learning style of each individual student in order to elicit maximal results.
College Counseling,

College Counseling

I have worked for the past five years with students helping them select which colleges to apply to. Additionally, I aid them through the application process as well as helping them craft powerful application essays. All of my students have gone on to college, and many have been accepted at much better schools than even their school counselors have advised. I am very proud of my track record, and am also very proud of the accomplishments of my students.
ISEE,

ISEE

I have worked with a number of students on their ISEE exams. Not only have they performed well, but I have watched them go on to succeed at a number of fantastic schools. I am well-versed in the format as well as a number of test-taking strategies that will provide a bump in their scores.
PSAT,

PSAT

Although I cannot remember my specific score, I did very well on the test and was made a National Merit Scholar. Because of that I was eligible for many extra-curricular opportunities and programs. I chose to take 2 courses the summer of my junior year at UCSD - one in Political Science and one in Journalism. This culminated in being offered an internship at the Republican National Convention for New York Newsday.
SSAT,

SSAT

I have worked with a number of students preparing them for their SSAT. I seek out their areas of strength and weakness, and then I construct individualized mini-lessons to remedy the problem areas. I also make sure that they have the best test taking strategy down cold before they approach the exam.
ACT Reading, ACT Science, GED, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

Ratings and Reviews


Rating

4.7 (64 ratings)
5 star
(54)
4 star
(5)
3 star
(4)
2 star
(0)
1 star
(1)

Reviews


Knowledgeable and experienced tutor

Helped me with my essays, helped me rephrase and express my ideas better. Very hands on, and will make sure you finish what you started as well as making sure it will be very good.

Rebecca, 2 lessons with Marissa

knowlegable on content and the first visit made a big difference

My daughter, who is typically a very strong student, said that Marissa was very helpful in what to focus on, how to review the chapters, and understanding the overall context of the material (US AP history). She plans to continue to work with Marissa.

Kate, 1 lesson with Marissa

Cares about kids and is beyond knowledgeable

After the first meeting with Marissa, my daughter said, with a sigh of relief, "I hope I have Marissa through my high school years." She felt Marissa explained the material in a way that she understood it and in way that she could remember it. Marissa. also, took the time to call be afterwards and to talk about setting goals and benchmarks for my daughter. This shows that Marissa cares about kids making good progress and wants them to succeed. My daughter is looking forward to her sessions with Marissa.

Patricia, 2 lessons with Marissa

Targeting just what my son needs!

Marissa has really honed in on the kind of organizational skills my son needs. She is also great about staying on him until he's truly done his best.

Sarah, 5 lessons with Marissa

Great Tutor

Marissa is very helpful and provides thorough explanations during our lessons. She responds to my texts and emails instantly. She goes the extra mile by reviewing my diagnostics and understanding my weakest areas. Marissa also makes studying easier and more fun.

Hannah, 5 lessons with Marissa

Very good at organizing and focusing

Marissa has been very good at organizing and focusing our daughter in her study habits. Our daughter has responded well to Marissa's enthusiasm for each subject and her follow up on school assignments. We have seen our daughter's grades improve and she seems to enjoy school work more. Not only does Marissa excel in a broad range of subjects, English, social studies, math and science, she also is very good at understanding where my daughter needs help to be a better overall student. My daughters study habits have improved. We hope this continues as she prepares for high school.

Steve, 11 lessons with Marissa

Great tutor, truly cares about her student's

Marissa is on time, prepared, and focused on my son's needs. She is very aware where my son needs work, and puts her attention there. I highly recommend her.

Joanmarie, 5 lessons with Marissa

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