Marissa F.

San Francisco, CA


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

200+ Hours
Background check passed as of 11/1/14
4.7 average from 62 ratings
Very good tutor
— Btanda, Park City, UT on 10/28/12


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Brown University
New York University


Brown University

New York University (Master's)

About Marissa

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.
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 Read more

24 hours notice required

I am happy to negotiate my rate for multiple hour lessons.

Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of San Francisco, CA 94103
Background Check: Passed

"Very good tutor"

- Btanda, Park City, UT on 10/28/12

"Knowledgeable and experienced tutor"

- Rebecca, San Francisco, CA on 12/7/16

"knowlegable on content and the first visit made a big difference"

- Kate, Orinda, CA on 11/7/16

"Cares about kids and is beyond knowledgeable"

- Patricia, Mill Valley, CA on 10/31/16

"Targeting just what my son needs!"

- Sarah, San Francisco, CA on 10/9/16

"Great Tutor"

- Hannah, Mill Valley, CA on 5/2/16

"Very good at organizing and focusing"

- Steve, San Francisco, CA on 3/7/15

"Great tutor, truly cares about her student's"

- Joanmarie, Park City, UT on 10/26/12
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Common Core, Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, GED, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra,
SAT Math, Trigonometry
ACT Science, Anthropology, Biology, Elementary Science, PSAT
Art History, Film
ACT English,
ACT Reading, English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading,
Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, College Counseling,
Common Core, GED, ISEE,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT
General Computer, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
Reading, Writing
American History, Anthropology, Art History, Classics, Criminal Justice,
Geography, Government & Politics, Political Science,
Social Studies, Writing
Special Needs:
Common Core, Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Phonics, Reading, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Common Core, Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting,
Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary, Writing
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word,
Public Speaking, Writing
Cooking, Poker

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

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.


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

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.

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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...).


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.

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.


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.

Brown University
New York University


Brown University

New York University (Master's)

Very good tutor

Marissa has only worked with my daughter for a short period of time but has been able to achieve one huge goal already, confidence. She is very relatable with the high school age group and very efficient, doesn't waste time. I think my daughter would agree that as tutors go she is one of the better ones.

— Btanda, Park City, UT on 10/28/12

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $85.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

I am happy to negotiate my rate for multiple hour lessons.

Travel policy

Marissa will travel within 25 miles of San Francisco, CA 94103.