MEET THE TEAM

We are all undergraduates at Cornell University aspiring to be the new leaders of tomorrow.

We are here to provide every student with the help they need in any elementary, middle, or high school course and with college readiness. We all endeared the struggles to get into college, and we have the best tips for acing classes and exams.

ADELE SMOLANSKY

Founder
Tutor
Specialty: Math, Physics

"I want to tutor so I can see how students improve academically and learn to love learning."

Adele Smolansky is a freshman at Cornell University studying Electrical and Computer Engineering. She is from Brooklyn, NY and she attended Brooklyn Technical High School as a math major. For four years she worked as a private math tutor for grades K-12 and during her last summer, she tutored for Mathnasium Park Slope. With two younger siblings, she has been around kids her entire life and loves playing fun math games on road trips. Adele loves to bring real life scenarios into every tutoring session by applying concepts students are learning to real world topics.

SAMANTHA HELLER

Head of Client Services 
Tutor
Specialty: Elementary School, Middle School Tutoring

“I am excited about launching a student-to-student online tutoring platform because it is no longer feasible to help out students in person in my community due to the COVID-19 outbreak.”

Sam is a first year student at Cornell University from Stamford, CT. She is currently studying Global and Public Health Sciences on a pre-health track. At Cornell, she is involved in undergraduate research with the Early Childhood Cognition Lab, serves on the board of a health advocacy student organization, and is an editor for the Cornell Healthcare Review. For the past several years she has worked as a tutor for elementary through high school age students in her community, specializing in math, English, biology, and chemistry. She also loves writing, and would be thrilled to help a student strengthen their college application essays or support students of any age who would like to improve their writing skills!

NAOMI FISCHOFF

Tutor
Head of Marketing
Specialty: Biology, Psychology

“It is so great to help my peers understand and apply their schoolwork, rather than just mindlessly memorizing concepts for a test. I tutored throughout high school and I am so excited to continue helping others learn!”

Naomi is a freshman at Cornell University studying Human Development, with a minor in Inequality Studies. She is interested in Education Law, hoping to expand high-quality education access to all children. In high school, Naomi served as a peer tutor in her school’s math and science Academic Resource Center. She also assisted students as a Teaching Assistant in an honors biology course, and tutored students outside of school in all high school biology concepts. Naomi also assists her peers in the English, reading, and writing sections of the ACT, and can guide students in college essay writing. On campus, Naomi works in the Human Ecology Career Exploration Center to help her peers on their academic and career journeys. In her free time, Naomi loves running, baking, and spending time with friends and family. She is from the Chicago area and loves rooting for the Cubs!

MARK BODIK

Tutor

Specialty: English, SAT/ACT

“Unfortunately even the most talented students can fall behind sometimes, and classroom instruction may not be enough. I have a strong desire to give these students the extra help they need to succeed both in and out of the classroom!”

Mark is a freshman at Cornell University from Long Island, NY studying Biometry & Statistics and on the pre-med track. One of his academic passions is laboratory research, which he enjoyed in high school and is pursuing at Cornell. As a high school student Mark succeeded in many AP classes and standardized tests and often helped classmates and friends understand difficult concepts. He is also passionate about writing and helping out with college essays. Mark firmly believes that one-on-one discussion of difficult topics through a student's perspective is the best way to overcome academic challenges. In his free time Mark enjoys skiing, hiking, and watching scary movies.

OWEN LOUIS

Tutor
Specialty: Math, Computer Science

“I am lucky that COVID-19 has freed up some of my time, and I want to give back to those who need some help!”

Owen is a freshman at Cornell studying Electrical and Computer Engineering.  He is originally from Chicago, IL, and went to Deerfield Academy, a small boarding school in western Massachusetts.  There he focused on computer science and math and constantly helped his peers in lower level classes. When he is not coding on his computer or building something Owen enjoys hiking, skiing, and backpacking!

JONATHAN SU

Tutor

Specialty: Calculus, Chemistry, Physics

“I want to tutor to help students learn amid this global health crisis.”

Jonathan is a Cornell undergraduate student in the class of 2023. He is from New York City and went to the Bronx High School of Science. Jonathan is currently majoring in chemical engineering and considering a minor in computer science. He is also a part of a project team at Cornell called ChemE Car where he helps design and build a car that runs on sustainable chemical reactions. Jonathan has tutored students since his junior year of high school as a part of the National Honor Society during and after school. In his senior year, Jonathan privately tutored a student outside of school in physics and calculus. As a Cornell Engineer, he is very comfortable to tutor math, physics, and chemistry at any level. Jonathan also enjoys playing badminton and the piano during his free time.

ISABEL BEARIAULT

Tutor
Specialty: Math, Spanish, French

“I want to be a tutor because I realize that many students are now struggling to adapt to learning from their houses. It is not easy being a student or a teacher during these times and it is with tutors like those from 2020 tutors that students around the US can continue learning effectively during these hard times.”

Isabel Beariault is a freshman at Cornell University studying math. Isabel is from Maryland and is fluent in English, Spanish and French.For the past three years, Isabel tutored high school students in math, chemistry, French and Spanish, as well as privately tutoring a student in SAT math. Having two younger siblings, she also has experience helping younger children with any school related work. At Cornell, Isabel is part of an engineering team called Engineers in Action that builds bridges in rural areas around the world. It is because of this team that she likes to focus on bringing real world examples into her tutoring in order to show children the applications of learning. In her free time, Isabel loves to ski, travel and play the piano.

HARRISON CHAN

Tutor

Specialty: Chemistry, SAT/ACT Math and Science, SHSAT

“I know that having a mentor or tutor for a student to depend upon helps boost their confidence in their skills. As I tutor, I hope to help many students with any questions they may have.”

Harrison is a current freshman at Cornell University. He is studying chemistry on the pre-med track and hopes to become an orthopedic or neurosurgeon. He went to Stuyvesant High School in NYC, and during his high school years he helped found a non-profit called “Color in Milk” and was a mentor for many students. He has also tutored 1st to 5th grade students to help improve their math and English skills in preparation for the NY State Test and served as a curriculum director. At Cornell, he volunteers for YOURS, is involved with Doctors Without Borders, and is part of the pre-healthcare professional fraternity called Alpha Iota Gamma. He received high scores on the SAT, a 35 on the ACT, and perfect scores for the SAT II Math, Biology, and Chemistry. He can help students who want to improve on science, math, chemistry, the SAT, ACT, and SHSAT. He’s your go-to STEM tutor!

ABBY DRUCKER

Tutor

Specialty: Spanish, Calculus

“I worked as a camp counselor for four years so I really like helping kids. I love the satisfaction of teaching someone a skill they didn’t know they possessed.”

Abby is a freshman at Cornell University studying Operations Research and Information Engineering with a plan of minoring in business. At Cornell, Abby is involved in the elementary school outreach committee in the Society of Women Engineers. She has past tutoring experience through the National Honor Society as well as the Science National Honor Society, and World Languages Honor Society, and has private tutoring experience, as well. Abby believes that anyone can excel beyond perceived capabilities and is excited to offer all the help she can towards students in need for any reason. Abby loves to play sports and sing in her free time. She can’t wait to meet and work with you!

ANNIE GLEIBERMAN

Tutor
Specialty: Middle School Science, Biology, ACT Science

“Tutoring allows me an opportunity to connect with students and help them achieve their goals. I believe anyone can learn anything with the right teacher and I love working with students to find the learning style that works best for them.”

Annie is a current sophomore at Cornell University pursuing a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. She has done extensive coursework in biology, physics, chemistry, math, and lab sciences. As an engineer, she loves applying engineering problem-solving skills to the biological sciences. For the past year, she has been employed by Cornell as a paid tutor for introductory biology classes. In her free time, she participates in cancer immunotherapy research which focuses on melanoma. Her teaching philosophy focuses on conceptually learning and critical thinking because that is the way to make sure you can take the knowledge you learn and apply it out in the world.

TAMARA KAMIS

Tutor
Specialty: English, History, College Essays

"I want to tutor because I want to help students maintain their education in these trying times."

Tamara is a Cornell undergraduate student in the class of 2022. She is majoring in Biology and Society and minoring in science communication. In high school, Tamara ran a Model UN program for a class of 30 middle school students for two years, teaching writing, research, and public speaking. As a reporter for the Cornell Daily Sun, Tamara is very comfortable tutoring writing. As a former AP student in world history, US history, biology, and psychology, she is comfortable tutoring history at any level, biology at any level, and psychology.

SHARON SAPOFF

Tutor
Specialty: Algebra, SHSAT

“Sharon wants to tutor online because she not only wants to advocate a productive lifestyle, but also wants to help people succeed during this stressful time.”

Sharon is a freshman at Cornell University studying Policy Analysis and Management, minoring in both business and fashion. Throughout her tutoring experiences, she found a penchant for promoting wellness and assisting people in times of need. She always feels a sense of satisfaction when a student beams from passing a test or a parent expresses gratitude for their child’s improvement. She has been dancing for fifteen years and loves iced lattes! She looks forward to working with you and your child/children.

OWEN SULLIVAN

Tutor
Specialty: Elementary School, English, Economics

“I want to tutor because I believe that collaboration is instrumental for the growth of every student, and as such, I want to be a person who students can depend on to listen to their ideas and further their thinking.”


Owen is a Sophomore at Cornell University who is studying Economics and Philosophy. On campus, he is the Vice President of Public Relations for the Cornell Fashion Collective, as well as a research assistant for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He has previously worked as a volunteer tutor for the Union Settlement Organization, where he helped young students to improve their writing abilities. Growing up in New York City, Owen attended the Bronx High School of Science, where he took AP classes such as AP Language, AP European History, and AP Microeconomics. He looks forward to helping students excel in these very classes! Owen believes that collaboration is an important part of every student's learning process, and enjoys working through difficult problems with other students and teachers. In his free time, Owen likes to write, exercise, and watch his favorite football team, the New York Jets. Owen looks forward to helping students reach their full potential as learners and thinkers!

ARINA IGNATOVA

Tutor
Specialty: Physics, SAT/ACT Math, Math SAT II

“Out of all the jobs I’ve ever had, tutoring ones have by far been the most fulfilling. There is nothing like helping a student slow down and gain focus, and seeing their skills and confidence improve in the long run.”


Arina is a sophomore at Cornell University pursuing Electrical and Computer Engineering. Growing up with two younger siblings, she had always found herself helping them out with schoolwork and study habits. In high school, she volunteered as a peer tutor for honors and AP physics for two years. In summer of 2018, she taught a complete 6-week SAT Math and PSAT Math prep courses at Road To Success Academy in Brooklyn, NY. She has extensive first-hand experience with NYS regents tests, stem AP tests, and SAT/SAT subjects tests. Arina is from Moscow, Russia and is fluent in both English and Russian. In her free time she loves to paint and after graduating Cornell she is planning on pursuing a career in sustainable energy.

BENJAMIN DREANO

Tutor
Specialty: Statistics, Microeconomics, French

“I understand that not everyone is able to receive the academic help they need due to financial difficulties or specific circumstances and I want to help these people achieve their academic goals because an education is something that no one should be deprived of.”

Ben is a freshman at Cornell University studying Industrial and Labor relations. He is very excited to help your child with various subjects, ranging from math to college essay writing. He loves peer tutoring his classmates and helping anyone in need. He was personally drawn to 20/20 Tutors because they share his desire to help everyone who needs it as everyone deserves a chance to obtain a sound education. He received perfect scores on various exams during the college process. He can also provide constructive advice for college essays as well as general tips for the application process. He is fluent in French and would love to help you with your accent.

NIKHIL GADDAM

Tutor
Specialty: Math, Chemistry

“I want to help students excel in their classes and inspire a willingness and excitement to learn more.”

Nikhil is a freshman at Cornell University majoring in Math and Computer Science. He is especially interested in statistical modeling and algorithms, but loves problem-solving in general. In high school, Nikhil and his friends managed a non-profit which tutored underprivileged students for free. As a tutor there, he gained considerable experience teaching algebra, geometry, calculus , and introductory programming to over 50 students. Additionally, in senior year he was a TA for AP Chemistry and is comfortable with general chemistry. 

 

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