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! My belief is that students learn best when presented with the means to ask questions without restraint and to find enjoyment in mastery.

I went to Hillsdale High School in San Mateo and later to UC Berkeley to major in mechanical engineering. I definitely cherish the opportunity to help the newest class of students in the Bay Area cultivate the tools for their success and to embolden them in the pursuit of their interests.

As a math and physics tutor, I emphasize with my students that appreciation and comprehension 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 previous coursework and research, I was challenged to learn material at a rigorous and relentless pace. Learning from, and in turn, teaching my peers helped me realize that the content introduced in class also acts as a vehicle for learning to think in new ways. My hope is my students can see the utility in learning math and physics (even if they aren’t planning on studying something STEM-related) as these topics are robust tools for building one’s ability to think critically and abstractly.

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, I work with students to develop a routine that employs a strong process of elimination in order to mitigate uncertainty. Many test-takers fall victim to frustration when they get bogged down by trap answers and start to disagree with why their answer conflicts with the key. I encourage my students to calmly approach each question with a decisive hand and confidently strike down false answer choices with concrete reason. Through fostering a mindset that testing skills can be honed and improved, the intimidating nature of standardized tests tends to fade away. Beyond studying pure content, we work on making thought processes and philosophies more instinctual. Studying for these exams shouldn’t feel like a panicked cram-review but instead like a gradual osmosis of how to best think. I’ll often joke with my students that once they start to feel bored by practice tests because they feel so routine, they’re close to mastering the test!

Outside of teaching, you can find me exercising indoors and outdoors, overspending on coffee, dabbling in a random hobby I’ve recently picked up, or playing Super Smash Bros Melee.

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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