How we teach

Our teaching fundamentals drive long-term learning

Yup’s teaching fundamentals are the backbone of our tutoring process. Developed with education experts, this set of principles, methods, and mindsets help Yup students build mathematical fluency and conceptual understanding.

Habits for Success

Yup tutors help students build habits they can apply long-term. They encourage students to follow an Understand, Plan, Solve, Check, and Reflect routine when problem-solving.

Pioneered by George Polya in How to Solve It, the UPSCR approach ensures students make an effort to understand their problem, plan to solve it, check their answer for accuracy, and reflect on what they’ve learned.

Visible Student Thinking

Yup tutors follow the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) principles and ask purposeful questions to make student thinking visible.

When a student makes thinking visible, this helps the tutor determine understanding and where there may be gaps in knowledge. These intentional questions encourage students to make connections between math concepts.

Growth Mindset

Yup tutors help students build a Growth Mindset by encouraging them to embrace challenges as opportunities to grow.

Established by renowned motivation researcher Carol Dweck, PhD, Growth Mindset theory is about “productive struggle” as a path to learning. Students who build this mindset value the learning process as much as they value getting the right answer.


The Yup Tutor Team

Yup Math Tutors

Yup tutors are current and former teachers, education professionals, and graduate students with extensive math experience. Only 5% of applicants pass our rigorous screening for teaching skill, math knowledge, and professionalism. Like teachers in a classroom, they are constantly receiving and implementing feedback in order to improve.

Kathleen K.

Yup Math Tutor

“I love tutoring for Yup because I can teach students far beyond the limits of time and location. When a student gains the confidence and skills to succeed in math, it opens up many new opportunities. I feel grateful to play a small role in my students’ successes.”

Yup Tutor Quality Managers

Yup Tutor Quality Managers (TQMs) review tutoring sessions within hours of completion, screening them for quality and ensuring that tutors adhere to Yup’s teaching fundamentals. Similar to instructional coaches in a school setting, TQMs provide our remote tutors with bite-sized, actionable feedback that improves their craft incrementally over time.

Madhu R.

Yup Tutor Quality Manager

“Yup brings people who share a passion for making a difference in education together, and the team diligently provides nothing but the best to Yup’s users. Yup’s goal of making education more accessible is sure to bring about a change in learning—and I’m excited to be a part of it!”


The Yup Academics Team

The Yup Academics Team has collective decades of classroom and school leadership experience. They are in constant communication with our TQMs to get feedback and insights that inform our teaching and indicate where we can grow even stronger. Just as district math directors set the vision for learning in public school systems, the Academics Team ensures that research-backed teaching practices are living in every one of our sessions.

Kreg Moccia

Director of Academics

Claire Polcrack

Yup Education Consultant

Emily Banks

Yup Education Consultant

Sharon Matsuoka

Tutor Quality Coordinator

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