Cara Sheffler brings a powerful intelligence, unusual language skills, a sophisticated artistic sensibility, and empathy to every tutoring relationship.
Cara graduated magna cum laude from Princeton with a B.A. in Comparative Literature. Her linguistic concentrations were French, Italian, German, and Old Provençal; her main academic areas of study were French Modernism, Italian Medievalism, and German Marxism, all three of which informed her interest in troubadour poetry and, consequently, Old Provençal. At Princeton, Cara also earned a certificate in Creative Writing; her thesis won the Fagles Prize.
A native of northern New Jersey, Cara moved across the Hudson River to Manhattan upon graduation. Although she wrote a poetry thesis as an undergraduate, Cara eventually transitioned over to long-form fiction and worked at Printed Matter, a nonprofit gallery that specializes in artist’s’ books. Prior to college, Cara had acted professionally Off Broadway, and she drew upon this background as she got her start as a writer, occasionally appearing in friends’ films, plays, paintings, and photographs.
Throughout her career in the arts, Cara has continued to tutor the subjects she loves, especially French, history, literature, and math—she is delighted when the chance to teach Old Provençal arises. She prepares students for a wide range of standardized tests, specializing in the SAT I, the ACT, and various SAT IISubject Tests. Cara currently serves as co-editor of Works & Days, a nonprofit quarterly that showcases work in various media and has combined a wide variety of Cara’s pursuits. Creatively, she is at work on a novella about the Donner Party, she provided the libretto for an operatic adaptation of James' The Ambassadors which was performed in showcase by Empire Opera, and she is a freelance writer for VICE and The Guardian.
ACT, ACT Composite, ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ACT Writing, AP Art History, AP Comparative Government And Politics, AP English Language And Composition, AP English Literature And Composition, AP European History, AP French Language And Culture, AP United States Government And Politics, AP United States History, AP World History, Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, American History, Arithmetic, Art History, Creative Writing, Cultural History, Diplomatic History, Essay Editing, European History, French, General English, General English Language Arts, General History, General Mathematics, Geography, Geometry, Government & Politics, Grammar, Intellectual History, Literary Theory, Literature, Modern History, Political History, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Proofreading, Reading, SAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Subject Test French, SAT Subject Test Literature, SAT Subject Test Math 1, SAT Subject Test Math 2, SAT Subject Test US History, SAT Subject Test World History, SAT Verbal, SAT Writing, Speech, Trigonometry, Vocabulary, World History, Writing, Writing Skills Development
Bachelor of Arts, Comparative Literature, Minor in Creative Writing