David Ren

Test Prep Tutor

I am a graduate from UC Berkeley with a degree in English and a minor in creative writing. I credit Berkeley with much of my growth as an individual; I was blessed with many opportunities to meet extraordinary people, and it is through their guidance that I have found a passion in teaching and mentorship.

I began as a mentor in the Starting Point Mentorship Program, a program designed specifically to help transfer applicants apply to UC Berkeley. After my mentees began to achieve success, I was asked to consult with their friends and peers outside of the program. That began to extend towards my own social circle, where my peers began to approach me for guidance on their graduate school applications and personal statements. The growth of it all surprised me; I did not know I had the ability to impact others in such a substantial way, and it made me so happy to see them grow and succeed.

The art of writing is an incredibly intimate process, made astronomically more so when considering it in the context of personal statements. I am blessed to have the trust of my students, who allow me to peer into a small window of their lives and help them become more comfortable with themselves and their own unique writing styles. In addition to tutoring English, I also teach the SAT and ACT, and I enjoy watching students develop confidence with tests that had previously seemed intimidating. Whether it’s mastering content knowledge or learning to break down problems, it’s a pleasure helping students develop core skills that they can carry with them into college. I place a heavy emphasis on honesty and commitment, and I strive to learn from my students just as much as they learn from me.

When I am not tutoring, you can usually find me lifting, reading fiction novels, watching shows, or playing with my cat Krampus.

Subjects Tutored:

Academic English
AP English Language and Composition
AP English Literature and Composition


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