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Cynthia R.

San Francisco, CA


Tailored help from nat'l merit scholar, editor, & college app reviewer

Background check passed as of 12/25/12
5.0 average from 46 ratings
Excellent Knowledgeable Tutor
— Jody, Gaithersburg, MD on 11/30/14

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North Carolina State University
Zoology- Genetics
University of Georgia School of Law
George Mason University School of Law


North Carolina State University (Zoology- Genetics)

University of Georgia School of Law (J.D.)

George Mason University School of Law (0)

About Cynthia

Hello and thanks for visiting my page. I'm Cynthia, a prospective tutor-mentor for your K-12 students, SAT and ACT students, TOEFL students, and college applicants. I also tutor adults in writing and editing. Below, I've provided information to help you decide whether I'll be a strong match for your needs.

I'm a third year law student, college scholarship reviewer, and former published cancer genetics researcher looking for two to three clients to tutor as a more meaningful alternative to my typical law school jobs. I prefer to dedicate myself primarily to a few students whose learning styles and habits I can come to learn well. I strive to help these students understand & master each subject, set high standards, improve study skills, gain intellectual curiosity about each subject within the context of the world they live in, be cognizant of issues in their social or extracurricular lives that are interfering with their academic achievement, and--consequently--make better grades and have brighter futures. In doing so, I’m happy to be available by phone to students outside of our in-person tutoring sessions, and to work with the students’ teachers and families as needed to better tailor my sessions to the students’ needs.

Especially for SAT, ACT, and TOEFL takers, my method involves identifying and correcting misconceptions students have about test materials by having a dialogue with students about targeted practice sets that I design based on the students' performance on diagnostic tests. We focus on learning, never rote memorization, and encourage students to fully understand how to identify correct answers and eliminate wrong answer choices quickly and easily on tests like SAT, ACT, and TOEFL.

Efficiency is also key to my service. Students today have difficulty juggling their activities, schoolwork, social lives, sports, while largely ignoring their sleep and nutritional needs. These students don't need extra work; they need more strategically-assigned work and tailored help that lets them learn optimally in the limited time they have. And often, the very reason many students resent school work is that they view most schoolwork as superfluous and pointless "busy work." I've found that these students genuinely appreciate and enjoy the time-saving tips and study methods that help them truly learn (never merely memorize) more efficiently; and view efficient learning as a welcome change from most traditional classroom approaches.

As a tutor, I become part of the team of adults that is responsible for your child's academic success. My philosophy is that when a student is not motivated or is not learning to his or her potential, we (the adults who've taken on the responsibility for the student's success) must be accountable. By accepting responsibility for students, it's our duty to provide these students with the resources and guidance they need to excel, and to keep trying until something works. There are effective ways to help every child, even when it isn't immediately apparent or simple.

While I was a straight-A student who loved school as a child even while struggling with ADHD, my younger brother made it to college only with repeated intervention & constant oversight from my parents and me. Although he’s now an independently functioning, straight-A computer science sophomore in college, he likely wouldn't have made it into college without our persistent intervention. My brother’s story—-and my experiences as a volunteer tutor during college—-have made me realize that some students do need a (reasonable) degree of extra oversight, attention, and individual guidance to stay motivated and reach their potentials. When such students don’t have older siblings, a tutor can help fill that role, and sometimes relate to children and teens better than parents can.

I graduated high school as a national merit scholar and valedictorian, with a total of more than $1 million worth of merit-based scholarship funding offers. I was accepted to several ivy-league schools, but instead took the four-year, full-ride Roy H. Park Scholarship for excellence in academics, leadership, service, and character to North Carolina State University, where I graduated with honors and published my genetics research with our neighbor school, Duke University. After working as a genetics research specialist at Emory University, I started law school for biotechnology patent and environmental law.

Despite my passion for learning and longstanding history of academic excellence, I was also a typical teenager with typical teenage social and personal issues-—like ADHD and a consuming social life-—which threatened my academic success at times. I expect these experiences, however, will make me a more empathetic and insightful tutor for similarly situated students.

Currently, I’m in my last year of law school and serve on the review committee to recruit and select applicants for the Park full-ride merit-based college scholarship. I also continue to be an avid reader who especially enjoys reading about educational psychology and innovative teaching and tutoring methods. I hope my interest in keeping up with the field--in conjunction with my 300+ hours of volunteer tutoring experience--makes me a more insightful and adaptable tutor for your student.

Please feel free to contact with me with any questions or requests. In everyone's best interest, I hope to tutor those students who I will be a strong match for, so please tell me a bit about your student to help us make that assessment together. Many thanks again for considering me as a prospective tutor, and I hope to have the opportunity to help you.
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3 hours notice required

Rates include travel to your location. Rates vary based on subject, required preparation time, students' special requirements, and day/time of lessons(with lower charges for weekdays before 4 p.m.).

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of San Francisco, CA 94107
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"Excellent Knowledgeable Tutor"

- Jody, Gaithersburg, MD on 11/30/14
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Biology, Ecology, Genetics,
Nutrition, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Zoology
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, College Counseling,
LSAT, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, TOEFL
General Computer
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Public Speaking

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.

College Counseling

Since completing a full-ride merit scholarship program, I now sit on the committee to evaluate applicants for full-ride college scholarships to my undergraduate institution. This experience, in conjunction with my acceptance into several ivy league institutions when I was younger, give me an inside perspective into the college admissions and scholarship evaluation process. For this tutoring service, I conduct several informational interviews with the student to extract ideas for the application essays, help the student build outlines for essays based on that information, and then complete multiple rounds of edits to perfect the student's college applications as much as we can in the given time frame. If you would like to see before-and-after versions from my previous students, please contact me.

Elementary (K-6th)

I love tutoring elementary age children because of the lasting advantage an effective tutor can give them. Young children are innately curious about their world, and eager to learn if presented with material they can relate to. The corollary, however, is that falling behind early on can have a devastating effect on a child's morale, self-esteem, and future success in school.

My goal with children in this age group is to take advantage of their innate curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, find materials they can relate to, and give them the strongest head start that I can to elevate their skill, confidence, and passion for learning and reading.

While I am new to WyzAnt, I have 100+ hours experience tutoring K-6th grade students through various volunteer programs, and hope to apply those skills again.


I tutor for English conversation, presentation, pronunciation, and writing skills. I would work with the client to find his/her weaknesses, and improve in those areas.

English was my second language also when I moved to the United States. But over the years, English reading,writing,vocabulary, and grammar have become my strongest areas. I was an editor-in-chief of my university's national award-winning student media, and currently edit law professors' articles for publication as an editor for my law school's intellectual property journal. I grew up in college towns around the country and consequently have no regional or foreign accent, but am accustomed to--and can easily understand--most foreign accents due to having frequent exposure to immigrant communities and international coworkers.


Genetics is an area in which I'm especially passionate. A critical part of my previous career entailed explaining complicated genetics phenomenon to non-geneticists using plain English for both written publications and oral presentations. I believe those skills can also be applied in tutoring students who are struggling to understand genetics concepts.

I worked as a genetics research specialist at Emory University, and before that, as an undergraduate genetics researcher at Duke University and NC State. I have a total of six years of genetics research experience, and have co-authored four genetics study publications and manuscripts in premier academic journals. I have worked with six different model organisms and in fields within genetics ranging from virus-induced gene silencing and DNA mismatch repair to heart disease risk and behavioral genetics.

SAT Reading

My SAT scores improved significantly when I was a high school student, and I ended up with a National Merit Scholarship (top 1% of PSAT), an SAT verbal score of 750+, and perfect ACT writing/vocabulary scores. Identifying and focusing on a students' weakest areas results in the quickest and most drastic improvements in test scores.

I've retained my verbal skills over the years to serve as an editor-in-chief of my university's award-winning student media, and currently serve on the editorial board for my law school's intellectual property journal, where I edit law professors' articles for publication.

If you're also interested in college admissions/scholarship advice and application help, we could also talk about that. While SAT scores & grades are important, students' extracurricular involvement and personal story reflected in college essays can make a bigger impact in admissions decisions than many students and parents realize. I'm on a college scholarship review committee, was accepted to several ivy league universities, and was offered several full-ride scholarships when I was younger, so I have become quite familiar with the criteria colleges use to select applicants, and am happy to help in this area.

Study Skills

Because today's students often struggle to balance all of their extracurricular activities with multiple classes, strong study skills are critical to ensure students are efficient and effective with their limited study time. While each subject requires unique study tactics and each student is different, new study skills can be learned when students don't already possess strong study skills or need to refine their study skills to improve their grades or focus. Any one can build these skills with the proper guidance and motivation.

My goal with students is to help identify their weaknesses, and design both subject-specific and cross-subject study strategies targeted at improving the students weaknesses and sub-optimal study habits.

After being a distracted and disorganized student in middle school, I worked to design my study habits around my ADHD and own disruptive tendencies during my first semester of high school. Using those skills, I graduated high school as valedictorian and earned a national merit scholarship while also juggling a full plate of leadership roles and volunteer activities in my community.


I earned my undergraduate degree in zoology with honors, and published the work from my undergraduate zoology thesis in the premier academic journal, Animal Behaviour.

North Carolina State University
Zoology- Genetics
University of Georgia School of Law
George Mason University School of Law


North Carolina State University (Zoology- Genetics)

University of Georgia School of Law (J.D.)

George Mason University School of Law (0)

Excellent Knowledgeable Tutor — Prepared, on time, knowledgeable, and patient. Cynthia helped my daughter with SAT prep and had appropriate background training. My daughter can be very quiet and Cynthia made her feel comfortable. Cynthia was professional and very pleasant, enthusiastic, and committed. ...

— Jody, Gaithersburg, MD on 11/30/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $95.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Rates include travel to your location. Rates vary based on subject, required preparation time, students' special requirements, and day/time of lessons(with lower charges for weekdays before 4 p.m.).

Travel policy

Cynthia will travel within 10 miles of San Francisco, CA 94107.