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Cynthia T.

Northville, MI


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Background check passed as of 6/12/12
5.0 average from 247 ratings
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— Linda, Wixom, MI on 11/21/14


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Sam Houston State Univ.
Sam Houston State Univ.
Graduate Coursework


Sam Houston State Univ. (Mathematics)

Sam Houston State Univ. (Graduate Coursework)

About Cynthia

I began taking advanced-level math courses in middle school. My father became my math tutor. I remember crying during our "sessions" because his teaching "style" was not the least bit student-friendly!! That experience, together with actually having some caring and excellent high school teachers, led to my choice of math education as a career.

I majored in math education and minored in English education. I began tutoring while in college, and I haven't stopped teaching since! I tutored public, private and home-schooled students for 18 years in Arizona. Prior to that, I taught high school math in Texas.

I specialize in Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, Algebra II Honors, Geometry, Geometry Honors, Trig/PreCalc., College Algebra, ACT, SAT and GRE Prep. My one-on-one instruction identifies your problem areas and helps you understand how to correct your techniques, always with the goal of making you confident in your abilities and less anxious about your future math requirements.

My tutoring sessions involve assessing the areas of deficiency that a student is facing in his current math assignments. We concentrate on all areas that are currently preventing success in the classroom, including both new topics and those that have not been mastered in past math courses or chapters. I am constantly being told by my students that I explain things in a way that makes sense to them even when their teacher can't.

My ACT, GRE, and other admission test preparation sessions involve practice, practice and more practice. My students practice actual test questions in my presence so that we can determine which topics need to be emphasized during our time together. One of my goals is to decrease the "fear factor" many students experience just walking into a test facility. My past students have gained confidence and have been admitted to private prep schools and public and private universities all over the United States.

Some examples of successes with past students:

One Michigan student has been accepted into the Air Force Academy--make that TWO as of 8/15!! Another received a full scholarship to the University of Alabama. Others have accepted sports scholarships (soccer and hockey) to the UofM and Ohio State. A junior raised his ACT English score by 4 points after meeting for 4 hours, concentrating on commonly-asked English topics! Today, (7/9/15), I received a text from the father of a student I tutored for the June ACT. We spent 7 hours together, hoping to bring up her composite score of 18. Her dad said..."she got a 24 on her ACT. Thank you for the support!"

I tutored a club soccer player who had a scholarship offer to a private California university but had not scored high enough on the SAT to receive it. After taking the Princeton Review and taking the test two times without succeeding, he began practicing for the test with me and made the score he needed to receive a full-ride to a very expensive school!

I worked with a college graduate in MI who had been offered a lucrative fellowship for her Masters program at a noted university in MI. She came to me with a lot of fear about the math portion of the GRE. We worked together on all her areas of weakness with only a month to prepare, and she gained the skills and confidence to take the test and make the necessary score on her first try! Recent ACT students achieved the following: Air Force Academy appointment, full scholarship to University of Alabama, hockey scholarship to Ohio State, increase of reading score from 24 to 29 after meeting 3 times. An 8th-grader qualified for Algebra 2 honors for his freshman year at a Jesuit high school.

I am proud of former students who have gone to Ivy League colleges for both under-grad and graduate programs. I also have taught several students who are currently in medical school or have already become physicians.

My students make me proud, and I love what I do--helping a student in the early or later years of math requirements!
I began taking advanced-level math courses in middle school. My father became my math tutor. I remember crying during our "sessions" because his teaching "style" was not the least bit student-friendly!! That experience, together with actually having some caring and excellent high school teachers, Read more

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"Worked hard to fit us in"

- Linda, Wixom, MI on 11/21/14

"Excellent tutor"

- Kimberly, Northville, MI on 10/20/15


- Pam, Northville, MI on 6/14/15

"Excellent tutor"

- Tim, Plymouth, MI on 3/1/14

"Great tutor"

- John, San Antonio, TX on 1/28/14
Cynthia replied on 1/30/2014

John, it was my pleasure to work with her. She was a perfect student because she went to her class, paid attention and took good notes, and came to me ready to complete her assignments! I am so glad that she did so well on her final and received a good grade in her class!!!

"Awesome tutor"

- Amy, Livonia, MI on 12/11/13
Cynthia replied on 1/6/2014

How kind of you to post a comment! Working on ACT math with your daughter has been a pleasure! She has shown me her logical methods for eliminating wrong answers and narrowing down the choices (which is a highly-recommended strategy for test-taking). That isn't something that is easy to teach! She just DOES it! It is a joy to watch!

UPDATE on 1/6: Congratulations to your daughter on raising her composite score by 3 points after working so hard during our sessions on reviewing/improving her math skills. That's an amazing improvement!!!!!

"Excellent Tutor"

- Tom, Farmington, MI on 8/22/13
Cynthia replied on 8/23/2013

Tom, thanks for sharing your daughter with me! She has a great attitude and really is focused on doing everything with excellence. She has learned how to apply rules of algebra to each problem until the correct answer is found. I especially like it when I ask her to "be the instructor" and teach me how to do a problem! She does a great job of breaking down the process and explaining it verbally as well as in writing. I can understand why her grades were so high! She worked hard and totally deserved them!

"Comprehensive tutoring in a comfortable manner"

- Marcella, Novi, MI on 4/4/13
Cynthia replied on 4/5/2013

Thanks, Marcella for your kind words. Your daughter is so motivated and conscientious. I love spending Wednesday afternoon with her, and I will miss her after the ACT!

"AWESOME tutor!"

- Barb, Canton, MI on 2/21/13
Cynthia replied on 2/22/2013

Thanks so much for your kind words! I enjoy every session with your sweet daughter. I will miss her after next week!

"Excellent tutor"

- Jagath, Novi, MI on 11/12/12
Cynthia replied on 11/13/2012

I enjoy your sweet daughter so much. She is such a great math student, and she works so hard on her Algebra II material! She is a quick learner!

"Wonderful tutor!"

- Nicole, Plymouth, MI on 7/3/12

"Helpful and Knowledgeable"

- Moriah, Lake Orion, MI on 7/3/12
Cynthia replied on 8/4/2012

Moriah, I am thrilled that you scored so well on the GRE and have been admitted into grad school to follow your passion! You were an excellent student, and I loved working with you on the GRE math problems. Congratulations!!!!!

"Wonderful tutor!"

- Peggy, Farmington, MI on 6/25/12
Cynthia replied on 6/25/2012

Peggy, thanks for the kind words. Your daughter was a pleasure to work with. She was sometimes frustrated about how fast her teacher whisked through the material, but her attitude was always willing and positive. She generally knew more than she thought she had absorbed. She just needed extra practice!! Hope the summer is a welcome break for both of you!

"Knows algebra and better yet can teach it!"

- Terri, Livonia, MI on 6/10/12

"Excellent and very flexible"

- Lynne, Mountain View, CA on 4/24/12

"Cynthia is very friendly and engaging!"

- Dinah, Livonia, MI on 4/19/12

"very patient"

- Brian, Northville, MI on 11/1/11

"Excellent Tutor..."

- John, Plymouth, MI on 10/28/11
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
ACT Science
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, TOEFL
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, GED, GRE, ISEE,
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading

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I have tutored several students for the ISEE, leading to their acceptances into the Catholic school of their choice. The ISEE tests topics which the student has already covered in middle school as well as topics which will soon be covered in high school. In many ways, it is similar to the SAT. It evaluates the applicant's mastery in both math and verbal.

I have also tutored students in the placement test for math in parochial schools. My student (who had already been accepted to his school of choice due to his scores on the ISEE) placed out of Algebra 1 and into advanced Algebra 2.


I've tutored several Plymouth/Canton students in Alg 2/Trig. Sometimes it's for a lengthy time period. Sometimes, it's to get through a rough spot.

Sam Houston State Univ.
Sam Houston State Univ.
Graduate Coursework


Sam Houston State Univ. (Mathematics)

Sam Houston State Univ. (Graduate Coursework)

Worked hard to fit us in — Cynthia worked hard to get my son in during a busy week leading up to some major project due dates. She is helping him stay organized with his priorities and we have seen test improvement already. ...

— Linda, Wixom, MI on 11/21/14

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Standard Hourly Rate: $55.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

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Cynthia will travel within 5 miles of Northville, MI 48168.