Michael Yan

Test Prep and Academic Tutor


I went to UC Berkeley, where I majored in mechanical engineering. Prior to university, I attended Hillsdale High School in San Mateo. Even though I’ve lived in the Bay Area for so long, my appreciation for its charm and strong identity has only grown throughout the years. I deeply enjoy working with my fellow students from the area where I grew up and learned so much. I strive to instill in students both the confidence to realize their goals and the grit to approach the steps along the way with excitement and passion. There are so many powerful and interesting things to learn about, both in an academic setting and beyond!

At university, I realized how much I enjoyed teaching. For my major, there was a copious amount of coursework in often dense technical knowledge, ranging from materials science to mechatronics systems. Teaching and learning from my peers allowed me to appreciate how topics can be broken down into more fundamental and comprehensible pieces. This, in turn, allows for the development of a deeper understanding of the material, and more importantly, an appreciation of how something works. In my time at UC Berkeley, I loved working with people and creating new things (such as a “smart closet” that you can control from any internet-connected device). I love introducing to interested students the basics behind some of the cool technology out there, such as Arduino microcontrollers and CAD modeling.

My tutoring philosophy centers around the discovery of an approach that works best for the particular person. In an academic class, this usually involves linking the student’s interest to the course material. For standardized exams such as the SAT and ACT, the goal is to familiarize each student with the inner workings of the test so that he or she knows what questions to expect, trap answers to look out for, and content to know ahead of time. From there, targeted practice and pointers can help the student feel more and more confident in going in on test day.

Outside of work, I love to work out and eat with my friends. I play both the piano and guitar and try to expand my cultural repertoire by constantly finding music, movies, and books (I can talk endlessly about this stuff). I also enjoy playing Super Smash Bros Melee competitively.

Subjects Tutored

SAT
Academic Algebra 1
Academic Geometry
Academic Algebra 2
Academic Pre-Calculus
Academic Calculus
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC

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