Michael Yan

Test Prep and Academic Tutor

I strive to instill in my students not only the confidence to realize their goals but also the grit to shoulder the steps along the way. There are so many engaging things to learn about, both in an academic setting and beyond!

I went to UC Berkeley for undergrad, where I majored in mechanical engineering. Prior to university, I attended Hillsdale High School in San Mateo. I cherish the opportunity to help other students in the bay area cultivate the tools for their success and their pursuit of their interests.

As a math tutor, I emphasize with my students that an appreciation of math and a conceptual understanding of the material go hand in hand. I find that as my students can teach a topic back to me with confidence and clarity, they’re also able to approach tests with equal aplomb. In my college coursework and research, I was often tasked to learn challenging material at a rigorous pace; however, learning from, and in turn, teaching my peers helped me realize that the material introduced in class also act as a vehicle for learning to think in new, often abstract ways.

As an SAT and ACT tutor, I underscore the mindset that there is a methodical and logical approach to scoring well on the tests. For example, for the reading comprehension sections, I work with students to develop a routine for each passage. This includes practicing a strong process of elimination that aims to eliminate uncertainty in the reading section. Many students fall victim to frustration when they get bogged down by trap answers and start to disagree with why their answer conflicts with the answer key. My goal is to provide them the tools to approach standardized tests in a positive frame of mind: a mindset that views the test as skill that can be honed and improved. I want my students to calmly approach each question with a decisive hand and confidently arrive at the correct answer!

Subjects Tutored

SAT Subject Math2
SAT Subject Literature
Academic Algebra 1
Academic Geometry
Academic Algebra 2
Academic Pre-Calculus
Academic Calculus
Academic Physics
AP Physics 1
AP Physics 2
AP Physics C
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC

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