Brian Yu

Test Prep Tutor

I was born and raised in Palo Alto, and it was during my time as a student at Gunn High School that I was introduced to tutoring. As a curious and engaged student, peers and classmates often came to me for help with challenging problem sets or looming essays. I realized that I enjoyed helping students confront their academic obstacles and build life-long skills. It was then that my passion for education emerged. As a student with high expectations both from the school environment and other external/internal pressures, I also turned to tutoring to help alleviate the load. As a Bay Area student, I understand the challenges and pressures that students face on a daily basis while balancing AP classes, SAT test dates, and extracurriculars. It is highly rewarding to help with some of that stress while working with my students a AJ.

In college, I expanded my exploration of learning and academic development at UCSB, where I majored in Psychology and minored in Education. My undergraduate years allowed me to gain both knowledge and practical experience about teaching and people. I also took the opportunity to take classes in diverse fields such as business and engineering. One of the most rewarding parts of college was the time I spent working with students as a basketball coach and tutor. The simple act of teaching someone how to do something and then seeing them thrive gave me a certain type of pride and accomplishment that I continued to see as an integral part of my life. Since then, I have worked with elementary and high school students as both a tutor and a classroom aide, taught an English course for a group of Chinese adults, and helped international students with their essays. What I have learned is that each and every student is different, and it is up to me as the educator to adapt to the situation and provide that student with a space and the tools they need to thrive.

Test preparation is all about familiarizing students with the ins and outs of the SAT or ACT in order to feel as prepared as possible on test day. To accomplish this, nothing beats 1-on-1 coaching because each student will come in with different strengths and weaknesses. By reinforcing the content that is already well-traversed and shoring up gaps from unknown content, students can put together a knowledge base that sets them up for maximum success on test day.

In my free time I like to travel, play basketball and partake in other fitness activities, dance and listen to music, and do exciting things with my friends.

Subjects Tutored

SAT Subject Math2
SAT Subject Literature

Offices Served

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