Welcome to Cherry Academy! My name is Yun Cao and I am a teacher, an academic tutor, test prep specialist and college admission coach with a passion for sharing the joy of learning with students and help them maximize their potential to succeed. Through my private class/personalized tutoring, I help students significantly improve scores on all sections of the PSAT/SAT and ACT, as well as substantially improve their academic performance. I have extensive experience diagnosing students’ weaknesses, simplifying difficult material and motivating students. As a full-time, academic coach, I dedicate a substantial amount of time to each of my students.
As a young girl, I grew up in a family with a loving mother who loved learning so much that she dedicated her entire life passing her joy of learning to me and my siblings. It was natural for my sister to receive her PhD in economics and me to receive my PhD in Computer science many years later. I have became a curious person who is eager to find answers for unknowns. Since then, it has became my life’s goal to use my whole time and energy of life to educate and pass the joy of learning to our next generation.
In terms of teaching experience, I have taught at universities in China and Japan respectively as a professor. When I was studying in Japan I had also had the pleasure of teaching to elementary school students and to adults at various community centers for over 3 years. Since coming to the United States to work as post-doctor for UC Berkley, I have been teaching and tutoring on various subjects including PSAT/SAT, ACT, K-12 math, ESL, and TOEFL with great success. I am very proud of my students and believe they will accomplish great things and help spread the joy of learning.
By my life and academic working experience, I think the primary goal for teaching kids is to nurture their love of learning and build good study habits; for teaching teenagers, the parents and teachers must be in a position of respect in order to positively guide them. Only then, can we maximize their own potential and invoke their passion and talent.
Education brings the uttermost joy to me and my students. From the bottom of my heart, I welcome all future students who want to unlock their true potential in life.
I have been teaching and tutoring Math at elementary, middle school and high school level and K-12 multi-subjects including PSAT/SAT, ACT and TOEFL prep. In addition, I help parents and students on their college planning.
I can speak, read and write English, Chinese, and Japanese.
I teach students locally in San Jose, Los Gatos, Campbell, Saratoga, California, United States and globally via an online platform. I am committed to helping my students achieve their best. Likewise, I believe that everyone has the innate building blocks to be a successful learner and succeed academically. I work hard to help my students feel comfortable and engaged with the learning process. When not teaching, I enjoy biking, swimming, yoga, and gardening.
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