Zaha Cheema

Director of Client Services & Test Prep Tutor

I grew up in Dallas, Texas, where my love for reading and learning began. As an ESL student in elementary school, I needed a tutor, and as I was shy, many believed I was not capable of reaching academic success. Instead, I was eager and ready to learn but needed the right tutor to see my potential and take the time to unlock it.

The tutors that instilled confidence in my skills and academic work changed my life. I wanted to pass this on to other students and empower them by instilling academic, emotional, and social skills that are critical in life.

I went to the University of Texas at Dallas and completed my undergrad in finance because I wanted to learn about the disparity of resources available to different school districts and how education equity could become a reality. After graduation and working as an analyst at various investment funds, I realized I was missing something. I wanted to be able to connect with students and help them realize their own capabilities. This led me to working in a multitude of teaching spaces, such as an afterschool youth development program at a local non-profit, a summer camp, and finally with tutoring organizations. 

I have worked with students from kindergarten to 12th grade with a wide array of backgrounds and learning abilities. I believe I have something to learn from each student, and I enjoy cultivating environments that allow each student to approach learning in their own way and come to class as their full self. This is why 1:1 tutoring is so important to me: I don’t believe in the “one size fits all” model of teaching. Each student deserves 100% of their tutor’s time and attention, and I advocate for approaching each student’s sessions uniquely.

I enjoy tutoring the SAT and ACT because students are usually daunted by the weight of the test. Dubbed the tests that determines their future, they cause test anxiety and stress in even the most accelerated students. As a mental health advocate, I enjoy guiding students through this process and reminding them that this test is another goal to be reached in their academic career, and like all subject matters and tests, the material can be learned. I feel so rewarded when a student who came in feeling as though they would fail feels confident and excited about getting the score they want and taking one step closer to their dream school.

Outside of teaching, I enjoy hanging out with my cat Abel, going to the farmer’s market or beach, and reading! My all-time favorite book is A God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.

Subjects Tutored:

Academic K-8


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