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Welcome! My name is Cy - and I've been working with students for almost 15 years. I really enjoy being part of the learning process and helping students succeed.

My professional life began as a biochemist and intellectual property attorney. After practicing law for five years, I attended grad school at Stanford, graduating in 2012. This background allows me to support students in a fairly large number of subjects.

I look forward to working with you and helping you bring all your skills to the table.

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Cy’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Antioch College - Bachelors, Biology, General

Graduate Degree: Stanford University - Masters, Ancient Historical/Classical


When not working with students, I enjoy hiking in the woods behind my house, collecting mineral specimens, and doting on my three cats.

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Reading

ACT Science

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

American Literature

AP Music Theory

AP U.S. Government & Politics

AP US History

AP World History


College Level American History

College World History

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing

GED Prep

GED Math

GED Reasoning Through Language Arts

GED Science

GED Social Studies

High School Biology

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School World History

High School Writing


IB Extended Essay


Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing




PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills

SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language


Social Studies

Spelling Bee


SSAT- Elementary Level

SSAT- Middle Level

SSAT- Upper Level

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep

US Constitutional History

World History

World Religions


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Working with students for ten years has taught me that an educator has to meet the student at his or her level. It's my job to listen deeply - especially with regard to what the student needs to do to succeed. Together, we can then move forward to launch the student on a successful path.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Regardless of subject, the point of a first session is determining why the student needs help. Is there a test looming in the near future? Is the student struggling with material and looking for a boost? Does the student need a study companion? As we work together during that first session, I pay attention to how the student gets information. For example, if a student has reading comp issues, I will try to devise ways to present the material in an engaging and memorable fashion.

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