Eduardo Manzanera

Test Prep & Academic Tutor

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, where I attended Loyola High School. The Jesuit philosophy of education is a promise that students will become “men for and with others,” a fundamental tenet that I believe is the foundation of both a good education and a moral person. I went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in English and American literature from New York University, a Master of Laws from Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, and a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School. I believe that meaning in life is found through the adoption of responsibility. For several years, I put my background to use in the service of the criminal justice system, where I worked to implement reforms advised by the U.S. Department of Justice and revise departmental policies and procedures.

My work has convinced me of the importance of providing structure and guidance to children earlier in life. I believe that through rigorous education, students may confront the terrifying unknown and succeed in otherwise intimidating academic environments. I have taken great satisfaction in my work as a teacher over the course of my lifetime of community service. My most memorable experience as a teacher was in Kolkata, India, where I taught disadvantaged children who were far more intelligent than I was and who lacked only the opportunity to take advantage of Western institutions. 

As a tutor with AJ Tutoring, I work to empower my students to take command of their futures by developing study habits that will lead to success throughout their lives. As much as I enjoy teaching large groups of students, I’m particularly interested in individualized tutoring so that I can serve not only as a teacher, but as a mentor. I owe a great debt to my own mentors over the years, who prepared me for challenges I may not have overcome without their guidance. I believe in passing on their kindness to my own students in turn.

My responsibility is to provide my students with the techniques and tools I have relied upon throughout my studies, including outlining systems and time management. Whether I’m teaching high school English, working with elementary and middle school students on the foundations of math and English, or coaching students on standardized exams, I’ve found that fundamental tools such as the internet, note-taking techniques, and individualized guidance by tutors are force multipliers for academic and professional success. Exams, particularly standardized exams, are nothing more than games that obey rules and formulas—a player who masters those rules will, in turn, master the game. With careful preparation and a structured approach to learning, I believe any student can gain a massive advantage against challenging subject matter.

In my free time, I enjoy lifting weights, practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and reading great literature. I also volunteer with a dog shelter regularly and enjoy attending lectures at Stanford University.

Subjects Tutored:

SAT Subject Math2
SAT Subject Literature
Academic K-8


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