Shin Yen

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I really enjoyed Dr. Yen's class! She is kind and encouraging, and truly cares about her students learning the material. She makes complex concepts understandable and even gives extra tips and advice. The problem sessions are extremely valuable. I appreciated that Dr. Yen always encouraged us to ask questions and then led the class discussions in ways that provided deeper insights about the topics. I also liked the overall structure of the class. Dr. Yen's lesson videos are easy to follow and provide lots of examples. The homework is manageable and covers interesting problems and applications of what you are learning. She is very accessible to her students, quickly responds to any questions submitted through WebAssign, and is always willing to work with you during office hours if you need extra help understanding the material. Additionally, Dr. Yen provided a structured AP exam review and specific guidance that prepared me well for the exam. I took Calculus AB and BC with Dr. Yen and earned 5s on both exams. These classes gave me a strong foundation for the study of more advanced math, and although I’m eager to pursue those topics, I will definitely miss being in Dr. Yen’s class!

MD | 21-22 AP Calculus BC

Student

Professor Yen's AP Calculus AB class was absolutely phenomenal. Not only is she a clear master of the subject, but she is one of the most deeply invested teachers I have ever had. She clearly cares that her students grasp and get excited about the material, rather than just going through the motions of class busywork, and she is always quick to respond emails and grade work with helpful feedback. Her lectures are clear and easy to follow and her Friday problem sessions were super engaging and helped work out any kinks in my understanding and truly cement ideas. This class does require a significant amount of dedication--1 generally spent between 1.5-3.5 hours a day, even up to around 4 or 5 on a very few occasions, but it was worth it (this is a class I wouldn't advise taking in tandem with more than one or two other very challenging/AP classes, though, just due to the level of commitment). I feel incredibly prepared for the AP exam, but more importantly, as someone planning to enter into the study of engineering next fall, I feel excited about and confident in my use of the material and knowledge of how to use it in real-world scenarios. I would absolutely recommend Professor Yen's class!

AT | 21-22 AP Calculus AB

Student

I had a lot of fun in this class and learned a lot! The class prepared me well for the AP Exam as well as making sure I had a good foundation in calculus principles. The pace of the class was just right. As long as I was able to complete all homework assignments, quizzes and tests, and not just go through the motions of doing assignments and actually understand the material, this class will prepare you well for the AP Exam and give you a good understanding in Calculus! 

CA | 21-22 AP Calculus BC

Student

This class teaches calculus in an extremely insightful way. Calculus is the math that glues all of the other math topics together, and Dr. Yen teaches it very well. In this course, we looked at real world examples which helped me understand Calculus topics much better. This class, although difficult, is extremely fun.

JT | 21-22 AP Calculus BC

Student

I have enjoyed my time with this class very much. It was very difficult in the beginning, but all it takes is some hard work and diligence to get through it. For any new students, I would VERY much advise you to really take the time and work on the practice problems that are assigned on the website as well as in the textbook. Studying with the practice problems makes a big difference. 

JG | 21-22 AP Calculus AB

Student

I really enjoyed taking this class! The weekly videos coupled with the problem sessions helped me with any concepts I was having trouble with. By the time the AP exam came around, I felt extremely prepared for it. I highly recommend taking this class! Ms. Yen really wants her students to succeed and always helped me with any concepts I struggled with.

TS | 21-22 AP Calculus BC

Student

Dr. Yen doesn't teach to simply teach. Yes, from day 1, you will immediately understand that Dr. Yen has an excellent understanding of calculus. Yes, from day 1, you will see how thorough she is in presenting the material in a way that is easy to understand and apply. Yes, from day 1, you will know that Dr. Yen is perhaps one of the best teachers you will have because from day 1, you will experience the way she goes beyond simply teaching. And you know that Dr. Yen is a good teacher when 87% of her class scores an equivalent of a 5 on the final exam (which was a past ap exam), and 91% scored a 4 or above.

 

There are many good teachers--there are few teachers who invest in their students at a level like Dr. Yen. She is always open to questions, always willing to explain, and never 'too busy' to help out a student. She doesn't care about your grade, per se, as much as she emphasizes understanding the fundamentals of the topic at hand. Yes, from day 1, you will understand that Dr. Yen isn't here to give you a percentage--she's here to help you grow.

 

Of course, that isn't to say her class is a walk in the park - what you get out of Calculus AB is determined entirely by what you put in. Go to office hours. Go to problem sessions. Make sure you're asking questions because Dr. Yen will always answer them. Admittedly, an asynchronous class might dissuade some, but the level of involvement she has with her students easily matches that of a synchronous class. The way Dr. Yen has designed her course is modeled in a way so that if you take this class seriously and diligently, you will undoubtably do well. It is a challenging class, but that is what makes it so rewarding. 

JO | 21-22 AP Calculus BC

Student

Ms. Yen is the best math teacher I've had! She is dedicated to helping her students love and understand the math, and her ability to explain calculus in simple terms is amazing!!She's really prepared me for college math. I'm grateful to have learned calculus from her. Work hard, do the homework, and don't be afraid to ask questions!

MB | 21-22 AP Calculus BC

Student

This class was so great! I liked that I was able to submit test corrections so I could fix and understand what I got wrong.

GT | 21-22 AP Calculus BC

Student

This was probably the most usable and helpful online class I've had. Compared to some summer school courses that were either too brief to make anything stick or too disconnected to get help this class was very good. The format of the tests and homework was also very useable, especially for a math class, which can often be difficult to work out online. Overall I had little problems, and the problems I did have, which were usually my bad, were often easily fixed once the teacher got into contact with me.

20-21 AP Calculus BC

Student

Overall I really enjoyed the class. Ms. Yen was a dedicated teacher and it seemed like she was really invested in answering our questions and making sure we understood the material. She also provided lots of help and extra study materials during the review process.

20-21 AP Calculus AB

Student

I really enjoyed this class with Ms. Yen! She is a great teacher and really helps us understand the material. I had some trouble in the early part of the year, but she helped me get through and now I feel very prepared for the AP exam. One of my favorite parts about the class was the problem sessions. We are able to ask specific questions and Ms. Yen goes through them for us.

20-21 AP Calculus AB

Student

Like most Blue Tent classes, this class felt very polished and well-organized. Each week's work was clear and predictable, and Mrs. Yen was extremely helpful and knowledgeable on all topics taught. 

20-21 AP Calculus AB

Student

I enjoyed this class. The pacing and extensions allowed me extra flexibility for college applications while still pushing me to drill new concepts so they would stick. Ms. Yen was eager to explain concepts when I had questions and the problem sessions were very helpful. The exams were often time crunches, but so is the AP exam.

20-21 AP Calculus AB

Student

Ms. Yen is an excellent teacher who honestly, truly cares that you learn the material. She gives clear and concise explanations for any questions you might have, and is willing to work with you to help you understand topics that are difficult for you. She has nurtured my personal love of calculus and has given me encouragement to help me during difficult sections. If you are able, I would definitely recommend taking this class as you will not regret it!

20-21 AP Calculus AB

Student

This class provided me with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Calculus AB content. While the class was a great amount of work at a brisk pace, the effort required to succeed was more than worth it!

20-21 AP Calculus AB

Student

I really enjoyed this class. Ms. Yen is a very understanding teacher and helped everyone succeed in the class. I enjoyed learning about the various concepts throughout the year and reviewing them in the live problem sessions with the other students. At the live problem sessions, we reviewed and worked through all of the different types of problems that are on the AP Exam, including free response and multiple choice questions. Ms. Yen also provided other opportunities to better understand the topics, such as weekly office hours. After learning all of the topics, there was about a month of class to study and review before the AP Exam, which was very helpful. Overall, I think this was an excellent class. It gave me a great understanding of calculus and I now feel prepared to succeed on the AP Exam and in other higher level math classes.

20-21 AP Calculus BC

Student

I really enjoyed this class and feel very well prepared for the AP Exam. There is a lot of weekly assignments and usually either a test or quiz every week, but it is very helpful in learning the material. Ms. Yen cares individually about each student and wants to ensure that we all feel ready for the exam, and that she answers all of our questions.

20-21 AP Calculus BC

Student

I really enjoyed taking AP Calc BC with Ms. Yen and by the end of the course, I felt well-prepared for the exam. The weekly problem sessions were very helpful and Ms. Yen provides a lot of review material at the end of the year. I thought I would have to spend more time each week on Calc work, but it turned out to be less time-consuming than I thought. I spent a little over an hour a day reading the textbook, watching recorded lessons, and working on homework assignments. On days when I took a test or quiz, I spent a few more hours than usual. Ms. Yen's AP Calc BC class is definitely a rigorous and high-level course; I would highly recommend this class to anyone who likes to be challenged.

20-21 AP Calculus BC

Student

I learned so much in Ms. Yen's Calculus BC class this year. The WebAssign homework assignments and weekly videos were great learning tools. The material can be very challenging, but Ms. Yen and her knowledgeable TAs are always available for extra guidance, support, and encouragement. Friday problem sessions are also a great opportunity to come with questions and participate in practice problems. The rigorous pace pays off in the end, as you'll feel more than prepared for the AP exam. Don't hesitate to sign up for this course if you're looking for an enlightening year of Calculus BC.

20-21 AP Calculus BC

Student

Your AP Calculus BC class has been a challenging yet a very positive experience for me. I would not have been as successful as I have been in this course without your deep knowledge, sincere involvement, weekly encouragement, endless patience and around-the-clock availability. You truly put all systems in place for your students to be successful in this class. I have also noticed your genuine concern about me when Texas went through a historic winter storm. I feel privileged to have been one of your students this year. Thank you.

20-21 AP Calculus BC

Student

This class was very enjoyable. Ms Yen is an excellent teacher who is passionate about teaching and helping her students. She teaches the material in logical ways and simplifies and provides extra assistance with more complicated concepts. She truly wants every student to succeed and I absolutely loved taking this class!

20-21 AP Calculus BC

Student

Hello, Ms. Yen! Thanks again for such an incredible year. You made really difficult and complex topics seem so easy to understand. You've set the bar high for future professors! Thanks for being such an incredible teacher!!


GC | 19-20 AP Calculus BC

Student

Hey Ms. Yen! I just want to really thank you for teaching me the past couple of months. I know you've been really busy and so I really appreciate that you took time out of your schedule to help me out and prepare me in the best possible way. I really hope to be taught by more teachers like you in the future!

FH | 19-20 AP Calculus BC

Student

Thank you for all your help and explanations this year! I feel, regardless of what I get on the AP, that I have a much better understanding of the topics. You worked really hard to make it a really personal experience and emphasized understanding and hard work over grades. I hope to find more teachers like you in college!

AD | 19-20 AP Calculus BC

Student

Thank you for all your incredible support in AP Calc this year! I appreciate your readiness to respond to my questions and willingness to grant extensions when needed. Although calc was a difficult subject for me, you never stopped being patient with me or trying to find different ways for me to learn. I particularly admire how you were determined for us to understand the subject itself, and not to just learn it for the sake of an exam. Thank you for all your additional help during the AP exam as well, such as reaching out to the College Board to try and find solutions when my FRQs were unable to be submitted. And thank you for reaching out to me constantly, asking if I needed help or if I had any additional questions. Overall, I’m extremely thankful to have had you as my teacher in my final year of high school. I hope to find teachers as supportive and passionate as you are in the near future. :)


EK | 19-20 AP Calculus BC

Student

Mrs. Yen's class has been amazing in preparing me for the AP exam. The AP exams were changed this year due to the pandemic and Mrs. Yen was able to adapt to this and help us study for these changes. I do not think I would be as prepared for the exam if it was not due to her class.

JE | 19-20 AP Calculus BC

Student

Ms. Yen is an outstanding teacher. In the Calculus BC class she went above and beyond of what would be expected of an instructor: the lectures were extremely well prepared, the problem solving meetings were thought out based on the current needs of the students, and handouts were regularly provided. Throughout the year, Ms. Yen was always willing to hold office hours to work with students individually; with the changes to the AP exam this year she readjusted our preparation and adopted the practice to the new format. One of my favorite teachers in high school, Ms. Yen set the standards for teaching and learning very high.

PR | 19-20 AP Calculus BC

Student

Ms. Yen is a teacher who is not only passionate about the topic she is teaching, but also about her students. This class is an excellent and engaging experience that thoroughly prepares students for the AP exam while making calculus fun and interesting.

GC | AP Calculus

Student

I just want to thank you for an amazing experience. [My son] was so hesitant to sign up with Blue Tent and it has been hands down the best course this year! Both of us wish we had started sooner. I wish you were teaching higher level math as well. He is going to miss your clarity going forward. Thank you again for everything

MR | Homeschooling Parent

I really appreciated Ms. Yen. You could really tell that she really wanted you to succeed and improve. She's the type of teacher who's into it hook, line, and sinker. She'd be willing to me with you personally and help you out with any of your questions. If you're willing to work you will get results. Math isn't something that you can just get; you really need to put your back into it and practice. Ms. Yen, thank you for all your help!

LA | AP Calculus

Student

Shin Yen worked with me on AP Calculus AB, AP Physics, and the SAT Math Level 2 subject test. My calculus class was challenging, but she helped me succeed with her clear explanations of the concepts and helpful example problems. She always had multiple ways of teaching each problem to make sure I understood the concepts, and she explained their interesting applications in engineering and science.

 

I got a 5 on the AP exam! To prepare for the Math Level 2 subject test, she gave me great test-taking tips and provided me with excellent resources to practice. I am very thankful for her help and would highly recommend her to anyone.

DG | Homeschooling Student

Mrs. Yen is always quick to develop a good rapport with her students and employs a very engaging approach to all math subjects. She makes sure that I understand the concepts and will communicate with me if she feels that I need extra support. Mrs. Yen will also work with me to review, review, review! In the two years that I have known Mrs. Yen, she has shown me nothing but support and kindness. Through her adaptive teaching methods, I have become confident that I will perform well on tests because I have understood the concepts. For me, working with Mrs. Yen has been nothing short of extraordinary and it is with great pleasure to recommend her math courses. 

EJ | Homeschooling

Student

Shin has tutored my son since 7th grade. She is a great math teacher with lots of qualities that distinguish her from other tutors that I used.  She is well organized and always ready to support when my son doesn’t understand the concepts. She not only covers all materials from the class, but also gives my son extra curriculum so he can exceed. She communicates with me to make sure everything is going smoothly. She has great knowledge in geometry, statistics, algebra, and calculus.  I am so glad that she is my son's tutor and would highly recommend her to other parents.  

MY | Homeschooling

Parent

I wanted to share with you that my son is thoroughly enjoying his Algebra 1 classes with Mrs. Shin Yen. He never really liked math until he joined Blue Tent’s math class and is always looking forward to it. I’m actually seeing him working hard and improving a lot. He really likes Mrs. Yen’s teaching method and was asking me to find out if she would be teaching him again next year 😁. Thank you so much for providing quality education!

JA | Homeschooling

Parent

I have been exceptionally pleased with the content and information that Ms. Yen has given me throughout the year. She is very easy to talk to and converse with and was more than happy to answer any questions I had on the course material. Her teaching was extremely helpful in helping me understand the many different aspects of physics and has helped me to understand and apply the concepts in class.

JS | Homeschooling

Student

Mrs. Yen is a very caring and dedicated math tutor who always tries to make math easy to understand. She helps me build a solid foundation in math which makes it easy for me in the higher-level math. Whenever I have trouble understanding the concept, she patiently uses different methods to make sure I get it. She is calm and friendly. She gives encouragement and motivation, which I think are the most important to high school students. With her help, I am always well prepared and have lots of confidence when taking weekly tests. 

AY | Homeschooling

Student

Shin Yen tutored our son for Math II, Math III, and AP Calc AB, over the course of three years of high school. She was by far the best math teacher our son had, and I credit her for his excellent math SAT scores.


Our son was enrolled in a public high school and Shin's tutoring was a tremendous help in both enforcing and enriching what was taught in the classroom; she not only knew the material in and out, but she also understood the various methods currently in use for teaching math. She helped our son acquire solid math thinking skills and work methods that allowed him to navigate the sometimes differing approaches to math education he encountered in high school.

She was rigorous, and she was kind. She struck a good balance between reviewing and securing fundamental concepts and introducing more challenging problems. She was able to teach in such a way that our son felt confident about his skills but was also pushed to grow into more advanced material. My son always went eagerly to his lessons, and always came back having understood the material. I can say without hesitation that she transformed our son's high school experience by allowing him to acquire, through math, intellectual maturity and confidence.

JM | Tutored

Student

As I reflect on my high school career, it is clear that no person has helped more along the way than Shin Yen. I began working with Shin in 2016 to get extra help with Integrated Math 2 Honors. Math classes at my high school were often packed with over 35 students with little individual attention from the instructor and I often found myself leaving class without understanding the concepts and having the learn the entire content by myself before an assessment. My work with Shin helped immediately. During our two lessons a week, Shin helped me understand difficult concepts in a more timely fashion and it was Shin’s help before assessments that made the difference in my grade. She used her vast teaching resources to help me find practice problems and made herself available at all hours during the day and evening to answer my questions. I always had the feeling that she truly cared if I succeeded. She always asked how I did on the many tests and quizzes she helped me study for and seemed genuinely invested in my success. In this way, Shin helped me through Integrated Math 2 Honors, Integrated Math 3 Honors, and College Prep Chemistry during my freshman and sophomore years. 

 

It was however her help with AP Calculus AB during my junior year that made the biggest difference in my education. Perhaps the hardest class in my school, AP Calculus AB came with an almost insurmountable mountain of homework and tests. Shin  was familiar with the entire curriculum and had a vast array of resources for me to better prepare. Shin spent hours with me on AP Calc, helping me grasp the concepts through her personal yet professional approach, and allowed me to navigate a stressful and difficult course with a certain degree of confidence. 

 

Shin is smart, caring, resourceful, and always professional. l always knew that she could always help me on any difficult concept or problem. She is a truly unique, caring, and instructive teacher. It was Shin, above any other teacher, who helped me succeed in an academically rigorous high school and launch me into what I hope will be a similarly successful 4 years of college.

AB | Tutored

Student