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Cassandra K.

Creative Tutor with Over Six Years of Full-Time Experience

Creative Tutor with Over Six Years of Full-Time Experience

$60/hour

  • 2,008 hours tutoring

About Cassandra


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I'm an experienced tutor and—as of July 2020—a certified teacher! As a private tutor, I've helped hundreds of students master a wide range of subjects, from first-grade arithmetic, to algebra, to college-level writing. I challenge my students to define their goals, and I teach them the skills and strategies they'll need to reach them. Along the way, I help students develop the habits that make learning intrinsically rewarding—taking ownership of their work, developing patience with...

I'm an experienced tutor and—as of July 2020—a certified teacher! As a private tutor, I've helped hundreds of students master a wide range of subjects, from first-grade arithmetic, to algebra, to college-level writing. I challenge my students to define their goals, and I teach them the skills and strategies they'll need to reach them. Along the way, I help students develop the habits that make learning intrinsically rewarding—taking ownership of their work, developing patience with themselves and the process, tapping into their creativity, and moving beyond formulas to a deeper understanding.

MY BACKGROUND: I received a BA in Liberal Arts from St. John's College ("The Great Books School") where I studied literature, philosophy, and the history of math and science and was awarded the prize for the best senior essay. After graduating, I spent five years at the Harlem Children's Zone in New York City, tutoring students in math and English and teaching art classes. In 2017, I transitioned to full-time private tutoring, before moving to Ann Arbor and earning my Master's in Educational Studies and Secondary Certification from the University of Michigan.

THE LESSONS: I meet students in their homes or at coffee shops, libraries, or other public place. (During COVID-19, I have transitioned to 100% online lessons.) During our first meeting, we'll discuss your academic goals and create a plan for our future work together. The lessons themselves vary, from demanding study sessions to creative activities and games.

Please message me if you'd like to book a lesson or discuss the tutoring process in more detail!


Education

St. John's College
undergrad
(Graduated) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Masters

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Business

GRE

Corporate Training

Grammar

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I'm a full-time tutor with six years of experience working with students of all ages. I specialize in math and English and am well-versed in the common core curriculum. With younger students, I frequently incorporate creative, hands-on activities and games to bring lessons to life. Some of my past lessons have included math riddles, figurative language scavenger hunts, mini-novel marathons, and chemistry with candy apples! NOTE: Although I sometimes tutor first and second grade students in math, I currently only tutor ELA to students who are in 3rd grade or higher.
Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

I've spent the last six years helping students of all ages learn to love math. I've well-versed in the Common Core curriculum and can help your child master the many (occasionally counterintuitive!) strategies that are taught in school. I use coins, playing cards, dice, dominoes, Play-Doh, and other manipulatives to create unique math games adapted to your child's interests. Whether we're racing the clock to build the tallest "fact tower" or staging an all-out war between "Factors" and "Multiples," these hands-on games supplement the more traditional pen-and-paper lessons and keep things exciting. I also frequently tutor gifted-and-talented students, and I've assembled a rich collection of math riddles and challenge problems that expose young thinkers to higher-level problem-solving. Note: Although I enjoy working with younger kids in-person, for on-line lessons I am currently only working with students who are in 3rd grade or up.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

If you have strong study skills, you can master anything—without me. As a tutor, my ultimate goal is to teach my students the skills they need to become self-sufficient learners. This includes a variety of strategies to help them stay organized, stay alert in class, retain more information, take effective notes, manage their time, edit and proofread their work, and set manageable long- and short-term goals.
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

English

English,

English

I recently earned my Master's in Educational Studies with Secondary Certification from the University of Michigan. I am now a certified English teacher. Before going back to school, I had worked as a full-time private tutor for six years. I tutored students of all ages on writing, reading, grammar, and test-prep, and I occasionally worked with researchers to revise and edit manuscripts. I'm looking forward to bringing my passion for books and ideas into the classroom this fall (if COVID allows), while continuing to tutor private students on the side.
Literature,

Literature

I graduated from St. John's College (the "Great Books School") where I spent four years studying the classic works of Western literature. There, students analyzed texts—ranging from poetry to novels to philosophy—in seminar discussions and frequent writing. I graduated with the prizes for the best freshman and senior essays. Now, as a full-time tutor, I love to help students read closely and critically, analyze passages, explore themes, and capture their ideas on paper.
Writing,

Writing

I have spent the last six years tutoring English and writing to students of all ages. I help students brainstorm ideas, analyze passages, dissect arguments, formulates theses, and write and rewrite until their ideas sparkle on the page. With older students, I generally focus on writing skills in the context of their English or history classes. With younger students, my lessons vary from rigorous lessons on fundamentals (structure, grammar, vocabularly, etc.) to more creative sessions on topics like figurative language, persuasive writing, and poetry.
Grammar, Reading, SAT Reading, Vocabulary

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have six years of experience helping students master Algebra I. I usually take a three-pronged approach to keep my students on track. First, I make sure students have a solid grasp of the material they are currently working on in class. Second, we go back and work on foundational skills they never fully mastered in previous years. Finally—although it may seem counterintuitive—we move ahead of their class and focus on new material. When the topics we've previewed do come up in school, my students can participate in class with confidence—asking questions, answering questions, and further cementing their mastery of the material.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I'm a full-time tutor with six years of experience working with students of all ages. I specialize in math and English and am well-versed in the common core curriculum. With younger students, I frequently incorporate creative, hands-on activities and games to bring lessons to life. Some of my past lessons have included math riddles, figurative language scavenger hunts, mini-novel marathons, and chemistry with candy apples! NOTE: Although I sometimes tutor first and second grade students in math, I currently only tutor ELA to students who are in 3rd grade or higher.
English,

English

I recently earned my Master's in Educational Studies with Secondary Certification from the University of Michigan. I am now a certified English teacher. Before going back to school, I had worked as a full-time private tutor for six years. I tutored students of all ages on writing, reading, grammar, and test-prep, and I occasionally worked with researchers to revise and edit manuscripts. I'm looking forward to bringing my passion for books and ideas into the classroom this fall (if COVID allows), while continuing to tutor private students on the side.
Geometry,

Geometry

As a student at St. John's College, I spent two years studying Euclid, Apollonius, and the other geometers who laid the foundations for the modern discipline. Now, as a full time tutor, I work to help others move past their frustration and learn to love geometry. I take a three-pronged approach to help my students stay on track. First, I make sure students have a solid grasp of the material they are working on in class. Second, we identify the math skills they never fully mastered in previous years, and we work to fill in these gaps. Finally—although it may seem counter-intuitive—we move ahead of their class and focus on new material. I've found this is an extremely effective way to improve students' confidence—and their grades. When the topics we've previewed do come up in class, my students are already familiar with them. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by new concepts, students actively participate in class—asking questions, answering questions, and further cementing their mastery of the material. Ultimately, I hope to help my students see how beautiful geometry is when they move beyond formulas to a deeper understanding.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I've spent the last six years tutoring math to students of all ages. Middle school math can be particularly tough for students as they grapple with new concepts (rates, percentages, negative numbers, variables, etc.) and solve multi-step word problems. I usually take a three-pronged approach to keep my students on track. First, we make sure students have a solid grasp of the material they are currently working on in class. Second, we go back and work on foundational skills they never fully mastered in previous years. Finally—although it may seem counterintuitive—we move ahead of their class and focus on new material. When the topics we've previewed do come up in school, my students can participate in class with confidence—asking questions, answering questions, and further cementing their mastery of the material.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

If you have strong study skills, you can master anything—without me. As a tutor, my ultimate goal is to teach my students the skills they need to become self-sufficient learners. This includes a variety of strategies to help them stay organized, stay alert in class, retain more information, take effective notes, manage their time, edit and proofread their work, and set manageable long- and short-term goals.
Writing,

Writing

I have spent the last six years tutoring English and writing to students of all ages. I help students brainstorm ideas, analyze passages, dissect arguments, formulates theses, and write and rewrite until their ideas sparkle on the page. With older students, I generally focus on writing skills in the context of their English or history classes. With younger students, my lessons vary from rigorous lessons on fundamentals (structure, grammar, vocabularly, etc.) to more creative sessions on topics like figurative language, persuasive writing, and poetry.
Reading, SAT Reading

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have six years of experience helping students master Algebra I. I usually take a three-pronged approach to keep my students on track. First, I make sure students have a solid grasp of the material they are currently working on in class. Second, we go back and work on foundational skills they never fully mastered in previous years. Finally—although it may seem counterintuitive—we move ahead of their class and focus on new material. When the topics we've previewed do come up in school, my students can participate in class with confidence—asking questions, answering questions, and further cementing their mastery of the material.
Geometry,

Geometry

As a student at St. John's College, I spent two years studying Euclid, Apollonius, and the other geometers who laid the foundations for the modern discipline. Now, as a full time tutor, I work to help others move past their frustration and learn to love geometry. I take a three-pronged approach to help my students stay on track. First, I make sure students have a solid grasp of the material they are working on in class. Second, we identify the math skills they never fully mastered in previous years, and we work to fill in these gaps. Finally—although it may seem counter-intuitive—we move ahead of their class and focus on new material. I've found this is an extremely effective way to improve students' confidence—and their grades. When the topics we've previewed do come up in class, my students are already familiar with them. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by new concepts, students actively participate in class—asking questions, answering questions, and further cementing their mastery of the material. Ultimately, I hope to help my students see how beautiful geometry is when they move beyond formulas to a deeper understanding.
Prealgebra

Prealgebra

I've spent the last six years tutoring math to students of all ages. Middle school math can be particularly tough for students as they grapple with new concepts (rates, percentages, negative numbers, variables, etc.) and solve multi-step word problems. I usually take a three-pronged approach to keep my students on track. First, we make sure students have a solid grasp of the material they are currently working on in class. Second, we go back and work on foundational skills they never fully mastered in previous years. Finally—although it may seem counterintuitive—we move ahead of their class and focus on new material. When the topics we've previewed do come up in school, my students can participate in class with confidence—asking questions, answering questions, and further cementing their mastery of the material.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have six years of experience helping students master Algebra I. I usually take a three-pronged approach to keep my students on track. First, I make sure students have a solid grasp of the material they are currently working on in class. Second, we go back and work on foundational skills they never fully mastered in previous years. Finally—although it may seem counterintuitive—we move ahead of their class and focus on new material. When the topics we've previewed do come up in school, my students can participate in class with confidence—asking questions, answering questions, and further cementing their mastery of the material.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I'm a full-time tutor with six years of experience working with students of all ages. I specialize in math and English and am well-versed in the common core curriculum. With younger students, I frequently incorporate creative, hands-on activities and games to bring lessons to life. Some of my past lessons have included math riddles, figurative language scavenger hunts, mini-novel marathons, and chemistry with candy apples! NOTE: Although I sometimes tutor first and second grade students in math, I currently only tutor ELA to students who are in 3rd grade or higher.
English,

English

I recently earned my Master's in Educational Studies with Secondary Certification from the University of Michigan. I am now a certified English teacher. Before going back to school, I had worked as a full-time private tutor for six years. I tutored students of all ages on writing, reading, grammar, and test-prep, and I occasionally worked with researchers to revise and edit manuscripts. I'm looking forward to bringing my passion for books and ideas into the classroom this fall (if COVID allows), while continuing to tutor private students on the side.
Geometry,

Geometry

As a student at St. John's College, I spent two years studying Euclid, Apollonius, and the other geometers who laid the foundations for the modern discipline. Now, as a full time tutor, I work to help others move past their frustration and learn to love geometry. I take a three-pronged approach to help my students stay on track. First, I make sure students have a solid grasp of the material they are working on in class. Second, we identify the math skills they never fully mastered in previous years, and we work to fill in these gaps. Finally—although it may seem counter-intuitive—we move ahead of their class and focus on new material. I've found this is an extremely effective way to improve students' confidence—and their grades. When the topics we've previewed do come up in class, my students are already familiar with them. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by new concepts, students actively participate in class—asking questions, answering questions, and further cementing their mastery of the material. Ultimately, I hope to help my students see how beautiful geometry is when they move beyond formulas to a deeper understanding.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I've spent the last six years tutoring math to students of all ages. Middle school math can be particularly tough for students as they grapple with new concepts (rates, percentages, negative numbers, variables, etc.) and solve multi-step word problems. I usually take a three-pronged approach to keep my students on track. First, we make sure students have a solid grasp of the material they are currently working on in class. Second, we go back and work on foundational skills they never fully mastered in previous years. Finally—although it may seem counterintuitive—we move ahead of their class and focus on new material. When the topics we've previewed do come up in school, my students can participate in class with confidence—asking questions, answering questions, and further cementing their mastery of the material.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

If you have strong study skills, you can master anything—without me. As a tutor, my ultimate goal is to teach my students the skills they need to become self-sufficient learners. This includes a variety of strategies to help them stay organized, stay alert in class, retain more information, take effective notes, manage their time, edit and proofread their work, and set manageable long- and short-term goals.
Writing,

Writing

I have spent the last six years tutoring English and writing to students of all ages. I help students brainstorm ideas, analyze passages, dissect arguments, formulates theses, and write and rewrite until their ideas sparkle on the page. With older students, I generally focus on writing skills in the context of their English or history classes. With younger students, my lessons vary from rigorous lessons on fundamentals (structure, grammar, vocabularly, etc.) to more creative sessions on topics like figurative language, persuasive writing, and poetry.
Reading

Other

Study Skills

Study Skills

If you have strong study skills, you can master anything—without me. As a tutor, my ultimate goal is to teach my students the skills they need to become self-sufficient learners. This includes a variety of strategies to help them stay organized, stay alert in class, retain more information, take effective notes, manage their time, edit and proofread their work, and set manageable long- and short-term goals.

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

If you have strong study skills, you can master anything—without me. As a tutor, my ultimate goal is to teach my students the skills they need to become self-sufficient learners. This includes a variety of strategies to help them stay organized, stay alert in class, retain more information, take effective notes, manage their time, edit and proofread their work, and set manageable long- and short-term goals.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have six years of experience helping students master Algebra I. I usually take a three-pronged approach to keep my students on track. First, I make sure students have a solid grasp of the material they are currently working on in class. Second, we go back and work on foundational skills they never fully mastered in previous years. Finally—although it may seem counterintuitive—we move ahead of their class and focus on new material. When the topics we've previewed do come up in school, my students can participate in class with confidence—asking questions, answering questions, and further cementing their mastery of the material.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I'm a full-time tutor with six years of experience working with students of all ages. I specialize in math and English and am well-versed in the common core curriculum. With younger students, I frequently incorporate creative, hands-on activities and games to bring lessons to life. Some of my past lessons have included math riddles, figurative language scavenger hunts, mini-novel marathons, and chemistry with candy apples! NOTE: Although I sometimes tutor first and second grade students in math, I currently only tutor ELA to students who are in 3rd grade or higher.
Geometry,

Geometry

As a student at St. John's College, I spent two years studying Euclid, Apollonius, and the other geometers who laid the foundations for the modern discipline. Now, as a full time tutor, I work to help others move past their frustration and learn to love geometry. I take a three-pronged approach to help my students stay on track. First, I make sure students have a solid grasp of the material they are working on in class. Second, we identify the math skills they never fully mastered in previous years, and we work to fill in these gaps. Finally—although it may seem counter-intuitive—we move ahead of their class and focus on new material. I've found this is an extremely effective way to improve students' confidence—and their grades. When the topics we've previewed do come up in class, my students are already familiar with them. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by new concepts, students actively participate in class—asking questions, answering questions, and further cementing their mastery of the material. Ultimately, I hope to help my students see how beautiful geometry is when they move beyond formulas to a deeper understanding.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

If you have strong study skills, you can master anything—without me. As a tutor, my ultimate goal is to teach my students the skills they need to become self-sufficient learners. This includes a variety of strategies to help them stay organized, stay alert in class, retain more information, take effective notes, manage their time, edit and proofread their work, and set manageable long- and short-term goals.
Writing,

Writing

I have spent the last six years tutoring English and writing to students of all ages. I help students brainstorm ideas, analyze passages, dissect arguments, formulates theses, and write and rewrite until their ideas sparkle on the page. With older students, I generally focus on writing skills in the context of their English or history classes. With younger students, my lessons vary from rigorous lessons on fundamentals (structure, grammar, vocabularly, etc.) to more creative sessions on topics like figurative language, persuasive writing, and poetry.
GED, Reading

Test Preparation

GED, GRE, SAT Reading

Ratings and Reviews


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5.0 (475 ratings)
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4 star
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Reviews


Patient, friendly and prepared

Cassandra had a plan and was proactively prepared for my daughter’s intro lesson. Just what we needed. Friendly and patient demeanor which is perfect for my shy girl.

Cristina, 27 lessons with Cassandra

Great and very creative tutor.

She did a great job. She really made the session interesting and fun. Her vocabulary was outstanding and my daughter learned at least two advanced vocabulary words after her lesson!

Terra, 1 lesson with Cassandra

Daughter loves her!

Cassandra is very knowledgeable and extremely helpful for my seventh grade daughter. She has been having a hard time in math but really enjoys working with Cassandra and it has definitely made a difference.

Lindsey, 8 lessons with Cassandra

Great Tutor!

It doesn’t take long to see why she has so many great reviews! Made my daughter feel comfortable and confident in her math. She figured out where the biggest issue was and gave helpful ideas! My 4th grader is very excited to continue working with her so she can get better and as a parent there is no better feeling then seeing your child excited over something they struggle in. We have a long road ahead but I’m very blessed to have Cassandra leading the way.

Rodney, 4 lessons with Cassandra

Engaging and patient

Cassandra has done an amazing job helping my daughter understand geometry. My daughter looks forward to her tutoring sessions and is enjoying math. She now has an A in her class, but more importantly feels confident in her grasp of the subject.

Buffy, 46 lessons with Cassandra

Knowledgeable and very pleasant!

Cassandra is helping our son with his Math and Science classes for 7th Grade. She is also reviewing materials related to High School exams. She is always super prompt and prepared. Also, very responsive and flexible.

Atanas, 8 lessons with Cassandra

Regents Algebra

Cassandra is excellent. She's tutoring my son, who's in 8th grade, on Algebra and for the upcoming 9th grade Math Regents. She's very thorough and committed to his being able to understand and master Algebra. I strongly recommend her as a tutor.

Sergio, 19 lessons with Cassandra

Excellent tutor for our 2 non-English native speaking daughters

Cassandra comes every week for 2 hours to teach English to our 2 daughters who attend a dual-lenguage French/Englis program, and spoke French only until 2 years ago. She helps them improve their English reading and writing by putting in place different strategies that make them feel at ease and willing to progress! She is super skilled, very patient and curious! She always takes a few minutes for a discussion after her lesson, and sends me afterwards a recap of what she did and what will be her next steps,which is very appreciated!I am glad that we have her onboard to help my kids with their English!!! Thank you Cassandra!

FLORIE, 27 lessons with Cassandra

Very Happy

Cassandra is helping my daughter prepare for the 7th grade common core math test. We've found her to be very focused, always well prepared and very encouraging. She brings just the right tools and tone to each session.

Paul, 57 lessons with Cassandra
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$60/hour

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Cassandra K.

$60/hour

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  • Only pay for the time you need

  • Find the right fit, or your first hour is free

Contact Cassandra

Response time: 1 hour