Senior Tutor & College Advisor, New York
Yale University (BA), Manhattan School of Music (DMA)
Subject Specialties: SAT/ACT, SAT Math I/II Subject Tests, SSAT, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Music Theory & History, College Essays, Biology, Chemistry, Academic Skill Structuring, Japanese language, Literature
Score Improvements: +5 ACT points (average improvement) | +7 ACT points (highest improvement).
We’re still accumulating score improvement data for the new SAT (released in March 2016), but on average A-List students improve +200 (new) SAT points.
Classical concert pianist and teacher, Azusa Ueno was born in Tokyo, Japan, but grew up in Connecticut. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Psychology from Yale University, and Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Manhattan School of Music. Azusa has given numerous performances across the United States, Japan, and the Czech Republic. She is also an avid collaborative pianist and vocal coach.
Azusa joined A-List as a tutor in 2008 and has spent those years working with students on a wide variety of standardized tests including the: ACT, new SAT, SAT 2 Subject Tests (Math I and II, Chemistry, Biology, and Literature), AP Exams (Biology, Chemistry, Calculus, and Music History), Regents, and SSAT. Azusa is also a specialized subject tutor in Chemistry, Biology, Algebra II/Trig, Pre-Calculus, French, and Japanese. She has also worked extensively with students on academic skill structuring, organizational skills, and time management. Azusa has also worked with a number of her students on college essays and the college admissions process. Her students have been accepted to Columbia University, University of Michigan, UC Berkeley, Boston College, Boston University, University of Virginia, Emory, and New York University.
Azusa scored an 800 math, 740 reading, and 800 writing on her own SAT; she received a BA in Social Psychology from Yale University. She is also a accomplished concert pianist with a M.Mus. and Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Manhattan School of Music. In addition to full time tutoring, she regularly conducts music history lectures in the tri-state area; she has performed throughout the US, Japan, and Europe.
“My daughter’s tutor Azusa worked tirelessly to help my daughter get the best grade she could possibly get on the ACT. Azusa went above and beyond to provide Olivia with extra science material so that Olivia could ace the science section. We will use A-list for SAT2 Subject Tests and for our other children. Thank you all so much. Better than we hoped considering the ACT score you guys helped us achieve.”
“My experience with A-List has been beyond rewarding and helpful. My tutor, Azusa, believes in my abilities and encourages me to do the ample practice I need to meet my full potential. She is beyond qualified for her job. She brought my score up on the December ACT to almost perfect, something I thought impossible just a couple months ago. She pushed me when I was slacking and gave me reassurance when I needed it in preparation for the December ACT. She is an amazing tutor and I could not have gotten my score without her. She has been an absolute pleasure.”
–Olivia B. + Mom (Hunter College High School, 2018)
I think A-List is a great organization. My tutor was positive and tailored the material to my learning style. She made learning each subject fun and presented new topics in an engaging fashion. Thank you so much to A-List for helping me achieve my personal best!
A-List gave me more than just practice tests and test-taking tips, though these were invaluable. My tutor connected with me on a personal level and helped me understand that I was capable of getting the score I wanted. Suddenly, I viewed my test-taking experience as a challenge, not a burden. I walked into my ACT with the confidence that I knew exactly how to conquer every aspect of the test.”
Mother of Phoebe C.
Both my children had an amazing experience with A-List! Steadily, she worked hard to improve her test scores. Taking the practice tests allowed her to gain confidence and learn to manage her time during the tests. Then a college advisor helped her write her college essays. She was an amazing guide who helped Phoebe focus and streamline her supplements and essays. Now she will be attending her dream college, Rice University, School of Architecture!