Director of Academics, Senior Tutor, and College Advisor
Yale University (BA), Manhattan School of Music (M.M. & Ph.D.)
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 and Time Management, Japanese, 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.
Azusa was born in Tokyo, Japan, but grew up in Connecticut. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Psychology from Yale University and Masters of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Manhattan School of Music.
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/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 done extensive work with students on academic skill structuring, organizational skills, and time management. Azusa has guided a number of her students on college essays and through 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 is also an accomplished concert pianist. In addition to full time tutoring, she regularly concertizes and conducts music history lectures. She has performed in numerous venues throughout New York, Washington, D.C., Connecticut, Los Angeles, Japan, and the Czech Republic.
“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)
Lucy A., Jumeirah College, +8 ACT
My experience with A-List was incredibly helpful! Not only did Thomas teach me skills that were integral for the ACT, but I have developed my thinking skills by learning these techniques and use them in my own school work now! Thank you to everyone at A-List!
Scott S., Dubai College, + 8 ACT
Coming from a British curriculum school I did not know what to expect out of the test and was extremely unprepared, however, after just a couple months of sessions I was feeling much more comfortable with the content and material on the ACT… Overall, I would highly recommend using a-lists services as it helped me go up a total of 8 ACT points, something I don’t believe I could’ve done alone.
Mostafa K., GEMS World Academy, +6 ACT
I would like to thank A-list and my tutor for helping me achieve an amazing score on my ACTs. I know that I would not have been able to receive the same score if it wasn’t for my tutor at A list. Thomas is a great tutor who helped me with all my weaknesses and helped me develop my strengths. He gave me great and very useful advice, and the strategies he gave me came very in handy and were incredibly helpful. I would recommend A-list’s tutoring services to anyone.