Cheri Z.

New York, NY


Patient and Effective Yale Grad for English, ESL, and Math Tutoring

2250+ Hours
4.8 average from 298 ratings
Very Patient And Excellent Tutor For My Son And Daughter
— Stella, New York, NY on 3/13/14


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Yale College, Yale University


Yale College, Yale University (B.A.)

About Cheri

Welcome students and parents and thanks for visiting my profile! I am an experienced and motivating private tutor, working with a broad spectrum of ages and abilities, who focuses on one-on-one and group tutoring that is tailored to your needs, fun, but rigorous and effective. Together, we can work to help you improve your reading, writing and speaking skills whether you are in school or working. I have a gentle and patient manner and a high success rate of getting my students to achieve their goals. I have a bachelor of arts from Yale and a TESOL (teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certificate from Hunter College. Please look at the many testimonials that I have received from my students.

I have been tutoring students for more than four years and spent over 25 years working in several large financial companies where I was an educator and writer. At Hunter, I learned about the latest techniques for teaching reading, writing, and conversation to non-native speakers, and can apply my training to native English speakers as well. I am offering tutoring services that will help you to understand English better and write with greater ease whether you are a native or non-native English speaker.

Here are the many ways I can help you: I currently tutor K-12 in Reading and Writing English as well as K-6 in math, including help with New York State tests, and the English Regent Exam. I tutor “English as a Second Language” (ESL) students of all ages, helping them with their difficulties in reading, writing, conversation, grammar, and vocabulary. Finally, I assist college students, graduate students and business people looking to enhance their writing and communications skills, including essays and presentations.

My work for financial companies involved writing clear and concise communications as well as explaining complex financial products and concepts to clients. My experience in education includes working in a charter school where I helped elementary students improve their reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, and spelling; I also helped them to sharpen their math skills, i.e., addition, subtraction, and with understanding such applied mathematical concepts as fractions, symbols, telling time, and making change.

I go about my work gently, with lots of patience, sympathy and a sense of humor. I am happy to help my students develop a sense of their own worth and independent judgment. You will find me to be communicative, warm, and attentive to details, quick to ascertain where you need help, but not judgmental. You will feel comfortable with me easily. I will help bring out the best in you but you will not feel unnecessarily pushed. For these reasons, I believe I am able to see solid improvements in my students.
Welcome students and parents and thanks for visiting my profile! I am an experienced and motivating private tutor, working with a broad spectrum of ages and abilities, who focuses on one-on-one and group tutoring that is tailored to your needs, fun, but rigorous and effective. Together, we can work to help you improve your reading, writing and Read more

24 hours notice required

A $50.00/hour cancellation fee will be assessed if notification is not received within 24 hours of the lesson. Please speak with me about pricing for group lessons and subject-specific rates.

Travel Radius
Travels within 6 miles of New York, NY 10017
Background Check: Passed

"Very Patient And Excellent Tutor For My Son And Daughter"

- Stella, New York, NY on 3/13/14

"Professional Tutor"

- Miryan, New York, NY on 6/15/17

"It was very helpful to study English with her"

- Sooyeon, Astoria, NY on 6/14/17

"Amazing tutor!"

- Mor, Hoboken, NJ on 5/12/17

"Knowledgeable and empathetic tutor"

- Masha, New York, NY on 1/25/17

"Patient and intuitive"

- Sally, New York, NY on 8/21/16

"Thoughtful and Prepared"

- Marianna, New York, NY on 7/29/16

"The solution to your problem!"

- Moh, Bronx, NY on 6/13/16

"Great tutor – Professional, Attentive, and Patient"

- John, New York, NY on 5/30/16

"Cheri is a great tutor!"

- Lisa, New York, NY on 3/15/16

"Great tutor"

- Carrie Hayan, New York, NY on 2/2/16

"Helpful tutor"

- JC, New York, NY on 12/10/15

"Great tutor!"

- Boris, New York, NY on 12/10/15

"Great tutor"

- Kyungmi, Woodside, NY on 5/31/15

"Great Tutor"

- Highlyann, Brooklyn, NY on 5/29/15


- Naoko, New York, NY on 5/7/14

"Patient and dedicated"

- Xin, New York, NY on 11/5/13

"Great tutor with a very personable demeanor."

- Smita, New York, NY on 10/25/13

"Cheerful Cheri"

- Anna, Middle Village, NY on 8/18/13

"Highly experienced tutor with a lot of patience."

- Riccardo, Forest Hills, NY on 7/30/13

"Great Tutor"

- Marcelo, New York, NY on 7/16/13

"Wonderful Cheri!"

- Tina, New York, NY on 7/11/13

"Great tutor!"

- Somansu, New York, NY on 5/4/13


- Bernardita, New York, NY on 4/4/13

"Very flexible, respectful and affectionate."

- Aki, New York, NY on 1/25/13

"Great tutor."

- Tibizay, Bronx, NY on 12/17/12

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Elementary (K-6th)

I have been tutoring students at the K-6 age level for four years. I started my tutoring in the East Harlem Scholars Academy where, as an after-school volunteer, I helped first grade students with their English and Math assignments. Subsequently, I opened my own tutoring company and began helping third and fourth grade students to prepare for the New York State Common Core Standards Exams. Prior to tutoring, I spent over 25 years as a writer and trainer in the financial services industry. I am pleased to offer my services to elementary school students in need of test preparation or homework help.


I would like to help you to understand English usage so that you are a more comfortable and more masterful user of the language, whether that involves your need to understand a piece of reading material, write a persuasive paper or have an interesting conversation. By preparing engaging and thoughtful lessons, I will work with you to develop your ear for the language so that you can become a better speaker or writer and a more appreciative listener as well. We will enjoy a collaboration that is based on your skill and hard work and on mine and together we can take your English to a higher level. I will provide the tools and you can just bring yourself, at whatever level of English you are currently comfortable with.


My work has included tutoring students whose first languages are Spanish, Portuguese, French, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian and Italian among others. I enjoy being able to make my students feel comfortable whether they are just beginning their study or are advanced, and will create individualized lessons for them in areas they have specified so that I can help them to build on their strengths and overcome their weaknesses. Whether they need help with pronunciation, accent reduction, reading comprehension, grammar, or writing, I will put my training and, where appropriate, existing technology to work to help. Though I tailor my lessons to accommodate the needs of my students, I look forward to bringing their interests in current events and culture into our lessons to keep them interesting and vital.

I received a TESOL (Teaching of English to Students of Other Languages) Certificate at Hunter College in May of 2016 and stay abreast of the latest techniques and materials for teaching reading, writing, speaking, and listening to students who are non-native English speakers.


Grammar includes the study of patterns in the formation of words in sentences and the ways in which sentences are put together. It is what makes language reasonable and comprehensible.

I like to make certain that my students understand the basics of sentence construction and that the most often used and simplest formed tenses are mastered before more complex forms. For good writing and reading skills you need to master the use of all tenses so that you can think logically. I like to make the study of grammar as much fun as possible given that it is a subject many students approach with fear.

If a student shows sufficient interest, or has regular assignments, I am happy to go over the rules of grammar as they are described in a workbook or textbook where the student can work on issues to satisfactory conclusion with my assistance. One of the best grammar books I have come across is "Grammar in Use," by Raymond Murphy, and I will suggest it to any students who need to brush up on their grammar..


I worked for a full school year in a charter school helping students to improve their reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar and spelling. For the study of phonics, I like to try to make the work fun by selecting stories geared to teaching them phonics. Many of the stories that I've used include rhyming words and words with similar vowel sounds on nearby pages. I find this strategy works successfully: with enough practice, students are able to pick up books without a "phonics" emphasis and demonstrate greater confidence and fluency in their reading.

I always make sure to explain to my students that they can sound out many of the words in their phonics literature but that other words need to be "memorized" as they cannot be sounded out ("sight words"). I also help students with particular difficulties in phonics by having them pronounce a word after me and then stating it independently. This helps assure that they're feeling supported and independent.


Proofreading is a very important element of good writing and needs to be performed by the student and, if the writing is very long and complex, perhaps by another pair of eyes, be they those of a tutor or an editor. It requires "stepping back" from the writing to check whether the grammar, spelling, punctuation,etc., is correct and that the overall structure of the writing can be justified. For the tutor, skillful proofreading can be a way to help the student craft a good piece of writing into a better one.

Students of all levels need to know how to proofread their work if they are hoping to present their best efforts and, therefore, proofreading must be a skill that tutors have mastered and can teach to students.


I like to have my young students read aloud to me so I can make sure they can pronounce and understand the vocabulary they see. I will ask questions about a text to get students to open up and share their thoughts and feelings about what they are reading and to make sure they are following the story line. For older students, I might call their attention to the genre and title of a piece of writing so that they can more fully respond to it. I will discuss with them a text's main ideas, how it is organized, the influence of the setting, its main characters and, if it is a piece of non-fiction, then I will ask them to relate what some of the important things they learned from the text might be. I believe it is important to ask students their opinions but that those opinions be backed it up with details.


As an avid reader and word lover, I strive to convey to my students my passion for words spelled properly. It isn't enough to get the word down on paper if it is misspelled; words need to be distinct and recognizable. With young students, I will differentiate between words that are spelled as they sound and "sight" words, those that are not spelled as they sound. I find that students have a better logical grip on spelling if they keep these categories of words separate. For some students, it is helpful to remind them that a final "e" can preserve the long vowel sound. I like to make index cards for my students to make sure they know not just how to spell a word, but what it means as well.


Whether helping to build a vocabulary for a child or for an adult, I am enthusiastic about learning new words and am able to convey that enthusiasm to my students. My favorite games are word games and so I like to make sure that my vocabulary lessons are fun. I will be certain to emphasize pronunciation, spelling and to use any vocabulary in sentences so that definitions are clear and words are not just memorized but learned so that they can be applied.


I find that encouraging students to write using their natural voices can be very helpful. I will review a student's paper/presentation for its overall structure, grammar, punctuation, spelling and internal logic and make suggestions to help make the paper stronger or the writing smoother. Together we can explore if the paper accomplishes what it promises. Does it follow up on all of the ideas it introduces? Is it logical and and are its conclusions well supported or documented?

Whatever the writing assignment, I will remind my students that a good way to begin a paper is to create a loose outline or schematic of the ground they wish to cover. This can be something as simple as listing several main ideas each with their supporting details and adding an introduction and conclusion.

I also encourage my students to work independently to edit their own work before I help them to rework any drafts; taking that step back to revisit papers can be a very valuable exercise. I focus on showing you how to become a better reviewer of your own work.

Yale College, Yale University


Yale College, Yale University (B.A.)

Very Patient And Excellent Tutor For My Son And Daughter

Cheri is very patient and challenges my daughter (15 years old) to analyze writing responses in Greek mythology. She also helped her in grammar and vocabulary development for preparation of SAT. For my son (11 years old), she is working with him on ELA common core standards and how to respond to short essays. She is also helping him in grammar and vocabulary development. Both of my children lov

— Stella, New York, NY on 3/13/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

A $50.00/hour cancellation fee will be assessed if notification is not received within 24 hours of the lesson. Please speak with me about pricing for group lessons and subject-specific rates.

Travel policy

Cheri will travel within 6 miles of New York, NY 10017.