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  • How being part of an after-school study group is like the stock market for your brain (4:55)
  • Why elementary schools struggle with fundamental math skills that can plague them for life (and how you change it before middle school starts) (8:04)
  • The pros and cons of “live in-person” tutoring versus “computerized” tutoring (and which benefits you when you are motivated and focused) (12:49)

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Do you hate the thought of working past 55 or 60? Do you hate not being able to live the life you deserve today? Do you hate not knowing what your financial future looks like? It's time to stop doing what you hate, here's your host, Mr. Harold Green.

(00:20): Oh, hi everybody. This is Harold Green with breakthrough financial, and it is time to stop doing what you Tate. I hope you guys are having a fantastic day today. I am extremely excited to be bringing you today. Show with a special guest and this show is going to be part of our college series. And you guys know if you've been listening to me for any amount of time, we do a show on preparing for college and helping parents figure out the high cost of college and how to beat the high cost of college and how to help their kids get the most free money for college and the least amount of loans. And so there is a system for that. And so if you're going to be successful at anything, you must have a system. And so I want to talk to you guys about one of our secret weapons that not too many people know about.

(01:08): And we've used his company for my kids. I sent my kids to a couple of different tutors before I found this tutoring farm and he worked with my son. I think he only had like maybe a month or two to help him get ready for the the math sat in some of the other SATs. And my son ended up getting a perfect score, I think in math for the sat, because MIT needed you to have a perfect math score to get into MIT. And we also sent my daughter and he helped her do very well of her sat as well. And so without further ado, I'm going to introduce you guys to Mr. Yang Lee, Mr. Lee, welcome to the show. Hi, thank you for having me. Good. Good. Very good. Yeah. So Mr. Yang is, would certify tutoring and so you can find his website at certified tutoring, hawaiian.com.

(01:59): And just to give you guys an idea, he's worked with kids to help them get into Harvard university of Pennsylvania, Princeton, MIT, Stanford, Columbia, Dartmouth, Brown Cornell, Johns Hopkins, Northwest university, Emory, UC Berkeley, UC LA, Santa Barbara, San Diego, UC Irvine, USC Carnegie Mellon. Just to name a few, I mean, Mr. Yang has helped kids get into some of the best, best schools in the country. And so they have over 30 years of experience helping the kids with tutoring and getting into these prestigious schools. And so I wanted to have Mr. Yang on today to talk about how tutoring has changed in the face of coronavirus. So Mr. Yang, again, walked into the show and I just want to start off by asking you this one simple question. How did you become a tutor?

(03:00): Okay. So for me, my personal experience, this, I was like I got my master's in physics and the, my bachelor in physics. And then, so that's why I have very strong background with the math and the physics. And then I was thinking about, I see many like high schools colleges and need the help. And so I think is better. I go to educational direction that's then I got them a master of education. So I combine both, I got my license from the Hawaii state, teach us that standing the board, I'm a certified high school math and the physics teacher certified the, by the state of the Hawaii. And also I'm adjunct professor with the university of Hawaii as a math and the physics position naturally there. And when I'm doing those, I noticed that because we're doing like a regular class setting, normally the class about like maybe 20 students at the least, and then even more, a bigger size on like what I taught with the Hawaii DOE I have the size of all like a 40 students and all those students is like, you know, they're not unified tracked students.

(04:25): So what if, for example, Wayne teaching math, like for example, you met my class like AP calculus class and the, some of them, they have like a very good background with a basic math and some of them with like you know, weak background. So that's the time I have to help them with the individually more to satisfy their needs, reached out to their levels, make sure they can reach up to the mainstream class level. So I'm thinking since then, I was thinking about, we can like run some like tutoring services opt to school. So I have Laycock make the connections with all my colleagues, coworkers and the, the friends. And I noticed that because where are you in the educational field? So we can't find the easily find the teachers from different subjects and a different grade level. And that will make up the team together with this team and that we can help all the students and not just me, because of course I can help my students with like a math and the physics, but that's the only two subjects, right? So we have the other teachers, they are, they can be English teachers, social studies, teachers, science, chemistry, biology, all those teachers. And then they are interesting to build up the team together here and then we'll have them after school, weekends, new open seven days a week and days a week vacation is like money. It never sleeps.

(06:02): Yeah. I guess actually it's this, we are very like, you know, focus on this service. So we provide the, you know, good service for the students, with the professionals and they are the teachers and they are teaching the subjects in school. So that's, that's the one we're doing right now for many years already. Yeah.

(06:21): Yeah. That's fantastic. Mr. Lee, you know, the, the primary reason why we took our son to Mr. Lee, because we diagnosed the flaw and my son's learning, and there is a big difference between what he was scoring on the SATs and his GPA. And I think yang, you said, why, why are you getting a 4.2 GPA? But your sat score is so low, right? You can't be getting straight A's in high school and your sat scores be low. So what we found out was the education system was set up to reward kids for doing things like extra credit. You get extra points for certain things that have nothing to do with the foundation of that particular subject. So Mr. Yang began to work with our son, Alex, and he got his sat score really high just to go along matching the grades because here in Hawaii, the way things are graded, it's graded on a different scale than I would say, schools in say Texas or California or whatever it might be.

(07:30): So in the mainland, which is what we call the, you know, the regular 48 United States the education system is a lot better in regards to, and it's more competitive. So in order to get our kids to Hawaii, just as competitive, you know, we need, we need specialists in this field that operate other high level industry operates on a very high level in the subject. So one of the biggest questions I have for you, Mr. Lee, is this, what is one of the biggest problems you found with kids in regards to their fundamentals and the different subjects when they come in for tutoring and you see their week? Like, what is the biggest issue that you find with these kids?

(08:10): I just feel like the keys, I have many kids and from different schools and then from more than 30 years experience, I just feel like some students like their foundation part, the basic foundation part is kind of needs to be improved because that's a step is step by step class and you're not good at the elementary level. And it's hard. It gives you a hard time for the middle school level. Okay. If you got the middle school level of a high school. So on generally I noticed that students get stuck normally like, ah, I got my name parents call me say, Hey, my keys was good in school, like in the elementary. But when they go to middle school and especially for seventh grade and eighth grade, and they especially go to high school, ninth grade, they were stuck somewhere.

(09:14): I got a many, many reports from the parents about this situation. I think at the scissor, I can't, it is understandable. This happens because generally in elementary math curriculum, the new way to treat the students. And then along the way it may be every day when the students study math, they have some of the contents missing or not as solid secure, and the waste going up and the Winkle, the middle school time, you need to use all those for the math and even go to like eighth grade and ninth grade. So that's a time tends to have the mathematics to apply to the current math level. So that's why they feel like frustrated and the things is that one, the students frustrated. They normally, of course they can go to school teachers cause some help. But as soon as that counselor about the big size of the school class and a one, she should feel like a very exhausted to help every, each individual one to satisfy them. So that's why we think about, we can provide like a tutoring services. We can help the students after school and we can weekends the holidays and then let them build up the foundation. As long as the students have foundation, build it up and they will feel much better go with the class pays and the COVID the high level of the math. So that's what I'm thinking about. And then similar idea with English science and the physics or those subjects.

(10:56): Got it. So what you're finding is as somewhere kids get stuck and then they get stuck and they don't get help with getting stuck and they need to be able to get themselves on stuff so that they can learn and master the subject at a much higher level. Now, in regards to the type of students that you work with, do you find yourself working with more private school kids or more public school kids? What's the mixture that you see?

(11:21): Both private and public cause? Yeah, cause I think as dry as the class setting is not uniform, for example, the, like a level in the case, a group of kids there no matter private school to public school, if they are like they have like a level difference with among of those students in one class. And then some students in that level will be, feel challenge. And also the other things that even the students, the top of the class level, and they are not satisfied with the class moving rate because they, they feel like I already down stand those things. I also see the other end of the kids there, the parents and students that told me that, Oh, because the one was sitting in the class, everything, the teacher Todd, I already know. And I feel like, you know, I'm wasting the time and lost them, like, you know, challenge. Cause the case needs to be challenge to develop their brain and the Eve like not get challenging enough and that they view like, you know, they couldn't develop that much. So that's why some of the students come here for the children. They're not that they have nothing wrong with this class. [inaudible] They just want to go and have ALS. So that's the other kind of students we have,

(12:45): You have kids on both ends of the spectrum. And so talk to me a little bit about there's online tutoring with just say companies that sell sat, prep, where you go in and work through all the numbers. Talk to me about the biggest difference between having a live person, do the tutoring with you versus just having to do it in a computer software program.

(13:07): Okay. This is very good question. Especially during this time because of the COVID. So most of the schools they have, even our children's services who moved to online, go to virtual tutoring. And personally I think Eve the students like Mo motivated and the focus, I couldn't see any difference between the face to face and online class or teaching that's that's my personal opinion. The reason I'm saying that is I through, I detailed the analyze the process of the class teaching and tutoring. You see, basically, if you imagine you face to face with the students or online, right? So generally the teacher can write something. The students can see teachers say something still can get the audio and the information, and also from students and the feedback we'll discuss students also can write same thing on the screen. Like I use the zoom share function so you can add whatever you want and Tisha can write or whatever both sides can see clearly.

(14:30): And also they can see the image each other. So I couldn't see since I'm the physics major. So I just feel like from the information passing back and forth, I couldn't see any difference with this kind of a process between the face-to-face and online. But the only thing is that when the students not physically seated beside you or in the face-to-face situation, may not that much focusing that's the easy make the online a little bit challenge. So that, yeah, that's why I normally tell the parents and students, you gotta be motivated focus of course, for the bigger kids. Absolutely no problem. Cause they they know what they need to do, but for the younger ones, probably the parents need to be like, you know, from time to time check on that side to do some like, you know, monitoring them, make sure, remind them, focusing, put attention to the online, if they can do that and that there would be no, no difference.

(15:47): That's my also the other advantage of online is that they can write time that the recording, everything, screenshot, everything, they do not need the BZ to make the notes. They can screen, record everything and then replay all those things. So the students got learned on those. And also I noticed that there was a one in may land. There was one school like online school, they do that way. They hire very professional teachers online teaching the whole students, but they hire some like teaching assistant or just like, you know, they do not need to take care of the academic part in the classroom. They just to make sure everybody sit there focusing on the screen, right. They have this kind of system, that school is working very well on that. Wow. So this that's the example shows that the, my opinion is correct because online face-to-face no big difference. Only the things that the students should be focusing motivated. Even those students that sit besides you, they are not motivated and not focusing still hard for you to teach.

(16:56): Right? Exactly. Yeah. So long story short, you need a highly motivated focused student in order for them to get the maximum out of tutoring. There is because I am sure some parents just bring their kids to you and say, Mr. Lee make my kids smart and I'm going to pay you a lot of money to make my kids smart. And there is no way you can undo 10 or 12 years of just bad fundamentals. And that student, it just kind of takes some time to work with them. So, you know, you got to have a motivated student and if you're a student is not motivated and they don't understand the purpose of why you're investing that money. That's a very important thing because tutoring is not cheap, but college is not cheap either. So I think the biggest benefit that I think parents can get and you can correct me if I'm wrong, is that high scores generate tons of merit based money? Is that right? Yes. Yes. High scores generate tons of merit based money. And Mr. Lee, correct me if I'm wrong, your kids have more opportunities, right? Acceptance letters, money offered to them. Yes.

(18:11): Yeah. That's that's sometimes I was talking with the parents say, Hey, you know, tutoring that you focus on more with your education and makes you as students GPA higher and also make you like sat standardized tests, school higher. Right? You wouldn't get a tons of scholarship from the college, from the like in public and private sectors. And that ended up, you save a lots of money. Yes. That's the point there. So some parents really know the opposite. I talk with them, they do this way. And also I told them that I gave them a suggestion like this. I say, Hey, some students that parents think, Oh, ask me, do I have to send my kids to private school, public school? I normally give them suggestions that Yves you like considering the public school, I suggest them that you live in Nike, no bachelor district first, not necessarily the whole own the house, but you can like a random place there.

(19:23): And then you can let your kids into the batter public schools. And normally in public school, they have like a enormous funding for the AP classes, you know, at the bounce of classes. And that's good advantage you can take. And as long as the cause of poverty school, do you set the boundaries that they have to accept all the students, no matter what, as long as they are in that district, but you try to make you a kids in the group of the, like, you know, baddest students and the in like advanced classes, like what your kids did. And then they take a lot of, and also imagine, you know, that all the teachers in the public schools, you have to discern divide, like what I have right. You know, you have to pass the educational bag, like training and the major in the content, like the math and physics. You have to have all those, the certification process first and put the license and the teaching the class. So this is the advantage of the public schools. So if you go that place and that you do take advantage of those, that's very good. Like teaching with AP calculus, AP statistics, AP physics, all my students enjoy my knowledge. And then they got a better, you know, that's good. Yeah.

(20:53): So do you guys send your kids to public school? There are certain things you must do if they're in public schools. Right. And if you send them to private school, some of those stuff is automatic in the private school because that's what you're paying for. So what I'm hearing is you need proactive parents to understand exactly what it is that they need to do no matter whether it's public or private.

(21:14): Yeah. So we have many students from public school, they got a very successful and it goes to top colleges. Right? Right. So that's, that's the example shows that. And then for years, I, I helped those kids. Of course, private school students, public students. That's not big issue. Big, easy is that from the beginning, you build up the foundation for your kids. That's right. And if you fuel your kids, a foundations, not high, a solid, you gotta make it up first. And also try to go to the group, a class with like a more advanced students, not like lower grades, like a low level lower. So if you do not, if you avoid that, your kids will be fine.

(21:57): Right. So there you have it, everybody. This is our secret weapon. This is how my son got into MIT along with years of what mom and dad did. And I think we kind of talked about that. And also our daughter, she, Mr. Yang, I didn't tell you. She got up, she got offered a, a lot of money to go to USC, but she turned it down. Oh yeah. You see?

(22:24): No, I have to go to gender diversity instead. So USC offered her a half scholarship, the tuition. So she got back at USC. So USC would have been cheaper than going to Syracuse, but she wanted to go to to New York. She, she loved, she wanted to be around New York instead of California. So yeah. But thank you. My son went to the Columbia. Oh, Columbia. And they gave them lots of scholarship. Okay. Yeah. Columbia university in New York city. And they gave the scholarship at the end of this safe. We save lots of money for college education. Yeah. Yeah. That's very important. So Mr. Yang, I want to thank you very much for spending some time with me today. And everybody, if you want to get in contact with Mr. Lee, you can find him as certified tutoring, Hawaii, that certified tutoring. Why? And I think your a number is (808) 206-5472. Is that right? Mr. Lee? Yes. Yes. Okay. Thank you. My pleasure. You're welcome. So everybody until next time, one, two, three less. Good.

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