Hyo A.

Beaverton, OR


Friendly and Knowledgeable Tutor with 15+ Years of Experience

1000+ Hours
5.0 average from 311 ratings
Great first lesson!
— Val, Portland, OR on 8/28/16


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Emory University


Emory University

About Hyo

In 1998, I started tutoring 3 young kids just to earn extra money as a high schooler, and by 2002, I was doing this as as a full time career with 20+ regular students. Who would have thought that tutoring would become my passion?

Throughout all these years, I have taught kids as young as 4 years old to college students. I absolutely love that even when I tutor the exact same subject 20 times, each time is new and interesting because each student has a different personality, learning style, and challenges.

For the past 15 years, I've had the pleasure of tutoring hundreds of wonderful students. I truly feel that they have been a blessing. Whether I worked with highly motivated students who would one day enter prestigious colleges like Harvard, Brown, UCLA, Emory, UC Berkeley, or UPenn, or helped those who are barely passing (or failing) their classes to pass to see and understand the joy for their subject, it was always fun and fulfilling work.

I believe that a good tutor has to be knowledgeable, personable, and caring. Even if one of those aspects is missing, it won't work out. My years of experience has taught me to be able to meet my students where they are. My goal is to find the best way my student learns so that I can productively teach them to become successful in their studies.

Because of the many years I've taught, I am well-versed in the school curriculum changes like Common Core and high school programs (AP/IB). I also specialize in college entrance strategies and standardized tests like SAT, ACT, SAT 2, ASVAB, TOEFL, SSAT, ISEE, HSPT, etc. I'm also experienced teaching the NEW SAT and PSAT as well as the essay changes in the ACT.

I see the big picture in helping my students achieve their goal. I've helped many students win scholarships and awards, and improve GPA in untraditional ways to dramatically increase their chances of college acceptance.

With new students, I have free initial consultation to meet and get to know the student, diagnose his/her current skills, discuss strategies, set curriculum, schedule times, and establish goals. Let me know if you'd like to book this consultation!

NOTE: I currently teach all my classes at my house located in Beaverton. I set aside a room as a classroom for all my students. I have many books, workbooks, and curriculum that I can easily print for my students depending on their needs as well as a large projected screen for easy note taking and other educational purposes. I am willing to travel to teach for special circumstances or large groups.

*I'm excited to offer online classes for those who cannot come to my house for lessons! I've been teaching online for the last four years and can confidently say that I have experience teaching all the different subjects with positive results. Feel free to email me if you have any questions or are interested!*
In 1998, I started tutoring 3 young kids just to earn extra money as a high schooler, and by 2002, I was doing this as as a full time career with 20+ regular students. Who would have thought that tutoring would become my passion?

Throughout all these years, I have taught kids as young as 4 years old to college students. I absolutely
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Travels within 5 miles of Beaverton, OR 97006
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"Great first lesson!"

- Val, Portland, OR on 8/28/16

"Demanding in a great way!"

- Betsy, Portland, OR on 8/9/16

"Knowledgeable and patient"

- Tyler, Portland, OR on 2/11/16

"Fabulous tutor."

- Abby, Diamond Bar, CA on 7/14/15

"Hyo is very knowledgeable and gave me a lot of encouragement."

- Lizabeth, Walnut, CA on 6/20/15

"Very patient!"

- NING, San Gabriel, CA on 2/22/15

"Great Experience!"

- Carmin, La Puente, CA on 10/21/13

"Very genuine tutor"

- Minh, Los Angeles, CA on 10/7/13

"Great Tutor!"

- Luz, Covina, CA on 8/8/13

"Wish we found her sooner . . ."

- Cheryl, Corona, CA on 6/7/11
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Elementary Math,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math,
ACT Science
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading,
ACT Science,
ASVAB, CBEST, College Counseling,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ACT English

80% of ACT English is being able to recognize grammatical mistakes and know how to fix it. The rest of it has to do with understanding the stylistic or organizational mistakes of the passage. Having taught this subject for over 10 years, I can teach you exactly what grammatical concepts to know so you will have the highest chance of getting the best scores.

ACT Math

ACT Math tests math concepts from basic mathematics to Algebra 2 which is similar to SAT Math. Unlike the SAT Math sections, ACT Math requires the test takers to solve more problems in less time, and asks simpler (less tricky) questions. The strategy here is to learn to work quickly by becoming familiar with the math topics. I have been teaching this subject for over 10 years, and I can help you to score higher.

ACT Reading

ACT Reading tests by giving four different types of reading passages (Prose, Humanities, Social Science, and Natural Science) and asking critical thinking questions from the passages. Because it gives more questions and reading passages compared to the SAT Critical Reading section, students must learn to be able to read quickly and answer questions. Unlike the other subjects, ACT Reading doesn't have one strategy that works for everyone; every person have different reading levels so the lessons are very individual oriented. I have taught this subject for over 10 years, and I can create a program to cater to your needs in order for you to succeed in ACT Reading.

ACT Science

For ACT Science, you don't have to have much science knowledge to get the highest scores which means even if you don't have the best of grades in science, you can excel in ACT Science test. You will need to learn to understand Scientific Data in graphs, charts, and writing. By understanding the scientific process, you can learn to do well on this highly feared section. I have had over 10 years teaching this subject, and I can help you to quickly understand scientific data in the test.

Algebra 1

Most students learn Algebra 1 during the middle school years. I have taught this subject in the last 13+ years more times than I can remember, and I know which areas students struggle the most. I will teach Algebra 1 completely so this will become a foundation so the student can succeed in Algebra 2, which builds upon the previous Algebra 1 knowledge. Also, for the advanced students, I will help you to solve application problems that will help you for future SAT/ACT Math questions.

Algebra 2

Usually, students will learn Algebra 2 in their high school years. Understanding Algebra 2 is quite important since success in College Algebra and/or Pre-Calculus depends on understanding Algebra 2. Also, ACT and SAT Math both test Algebra 2. Having taught this subject for over 10 years, I can help you whether you are struggling on this math subject or want to ace it.

College Counseling

I have tutored hundreds of students over the years including those who were so motivated to attend top schools in the country. For most of my students, I have counseled them to help them pick which high school classes would be best, which colleges to apply to, know what colleges are looking for in accepting their students, pick majors for their future, submit the best financial aid for most aid, finish college application process, write essays, and even register for college classes. I am confident that my years of knowledge and experience can counsel and help students.

Elementary Math

Elementary Math begins with basic number knowledge up to being able to solve complex pre-algebraic questions. I can help your student learn to solve both numerical problems as well as develop problem solving skills. Success in math is not only succeeding in current studies, but building skills to succeed in the future. As a tutor who has over 13 years of experience and knows all the math concepts up to high school and standardized testing, I teach my students so that they can be prepared for what's ahead in the future.


English encompasses so many things: phonics, speaking, listening, reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing, critical reading, analysis, etc. I have taught students as young as kindergarten all the way to college level in English to improve the skills that they lack.


I have gone through ESL/ESOL process since I came from Korea when I was 8 years old, so I know what it's like not to learn a second language. Because I can empathize with them, I have had passion to help those to learn English as a second language whether they are kids or adults. For each student, I focus on the topics that he or she needs and wants such as speaking, writing, listening, reading, TOEFL, etc. I also incorporate a lot of fun into our lessons so that my students can look forward to learning English.


Geometry is a very interesting math topic, since it's positioned between Algebra 1 and Algebra 2, and it teaches completely different topics than the Algebras. For some, it's hard to understand and visualize 2D and 3D shapes drawn on the paper as well as memorize numerous formulas. I have taught this subjects for over 13 years, and I know easy and fun ways to learn and remember the formulas so that they can apply it even for the SAT Math or ACT Math tests.


Although not taught directly at school, grammar is an important part of understanding the English language. Having good grammar skills will help with SAT Writing or ACT English as well as improve writing skills. I have taught grammar for 10+ years of parts of speech, proofreading, and sentence corrections.


I am a native Korean speaker fluent in Korean in speaking, reading, and writing. I have worked as a translator and interpreter in both church and professional setting in the last 10 years. I have taught Korean both individually and in Korean School classes to second generation Koreans and those who just have interest in learning the language. With academic learners, I focus on listening, reading, and writing so that they can prepare and succeed in their Korean classes and Korean SAT 2. For casual learners, we focus on listening and speaking so that they can clearly communicate with others in Korean. I incorporate books, songs, videos, and conversations to keep the class active and fun.

SAT Math

SAT Math encompasses arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and algebra 2. Even though a student may have taken all these classes in school, it does not guarantee good grades, since SAT Math asks application, multi-step, and tricky questions unlike the problems that students solve at school. However, it is quite possible to get good scores in SAT Math with practice and understanding of the types of questions. I have taught this subject for over 10 years and helped many students succeed.

SAT Reading

SAT Reading requires not only reading comprehension, but critical reading skills. To improve the SAT Reading score, the most important skill to hone is actively reading, not passively reading. It's also important to be able to read between the lines and find the author's purpose and theme of the passage. I teach strategies to find these easily and improve reading skills.

SAT Writing

SAT Writing test has one 25 minute essay and 2 multiple choice section that tests grammatical errors in sentences and passages. In the essay section, I focus on making sure that the student is able to write a coherent and thoughtful essay in 25 minutes. Unless the student is ESL, I've never had a student score less than 5 (6 is the perfect score). As for the grammar section, I teach the often tested grammar rules so that my student understands the concept completely.

Emory University


Emory University

Great first lesson!

As a busy parent, I appreciated a lot Hyo's clear organization. I am optimistic that my D's math and confidence will grow thanks to the lessons.

— Val, Portland, OR on 8/28/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Hyo will travel within 5 miles of Beaverton, OR 97006.