Asia Raab

Test Prep and Academic Tutor


Always an eager learner, I discovered my passion for teaching and writing during my undergraduate years. One of my professors was particularly instrumental in my decision to become a teacher. With her energetic spirit and fun-loving approach to the deconstruction of literature, she incited my excitement for graceful sentences, literary analysis and great literature. She believed in my talent when I had very little confidence in myself, and since then I have been driven by the desire to have a similar impact as a teacher.

As an English major at UC Berkeley, I continually explored my zeal for words. As an undergraduate, I tutored as a writing coach at Berkeley High School, where I helped students through all stages of the writing process, from pre-writing and brainstorming to revising a final paper. Known for having the highest achievement gap in the nation, Berkeley High presented a unique set of challenges: while some students were capable and ambitious, others struggled or were disengaged entirely.

In teaching students of such diverse backgrounds, I learned that tailoring the goals of each session to student ability allows me to target strengths and identify weaknesses. This information is quite useful in improving performance and honing the unique skills of each student. My ability to personalize instruction according to learning style and skill level has helped me excel as an AJ tutor.

Since graduating from UC Berkeley with honors, I have taught English in both the classroom and one-on-one settings for over four years. As a top-rated Bay Area SAT and ACT tutor, I modify lessons to the needs of the individual learner, target and assess problems in understanding, and communicate strategies for cracking the code of standardized tests. This focus on individualizing my students’ preparation results in average score improvements of over 150 points. For most students, the SAT and ACT are daunting and overly mystified tasks. My goal is to dispel these myths and help students reach their optimal score. By breaking down complex concepts into simple, manageable steps, I ease student anxiety, increase confidence, and ultimately boost scores.

As an educator, I believe all students can attain high levels of success. I hope my instruction begins a life-long love of learning for those I teach. It is my mission to empower my students with the tools they will need to be successful once our sessions are complete.

When I am not teaching at AJ, you can find me meditating, doing yoga, blogging or enjoying a good book in a café.

Subjects Tutored

SAT
ACT
PSAT
ISEE, HSPT, SSAT
SAT Subject Math2
SAT Subject Literature
Academic English
Academic Study Skills
Academic K-8
AP English Language and Composition
AP English Literature and Composition

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 My score skyrocketed. I gained more confidence in my ability and I actually looked forward to coming, although that might have been because of the snacks, I’m going to really miss Asia and owe her partially for any college that I get in.  Read what others are saying

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