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 learn transferable habits for problem-solving so that they can apply their math skills beyond the coursework at hand. Tutors accomplish this by establishing a UPSCR (Understand, Plan, Solve, Check, and Reflect) routine in students. These steps make sure that students take the time to understand their problem, create a plan to tackle it, solve it, utilize various methods to check for accuracy, and then reflect on what they’ve learned.

Visible Student Thinking

Yup tutors adhere to the NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) principles and ask purposeful questions to make student thinking visible. When this happens, the tutor can properly assess the student’s progress towards understanding. These questions engage students to make connections between multiple concepts and use the UPSCR (Understand, Plan, Solve, Check, and Reflect) routine to solve their problems.

Growth Mindset

Yup tutors help students build a Growth Mindset by encouraging them to embrace challenges and view them as opportunities to grow. A Growth Mindset encourages students to value the learning process as much as they value reaching the final answer. Yup tutors work with students to promote “productive struggle,” helping them to delve deeply into problem structure and relationships between mathematical concepts.


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.

Dr. Judah Schwartz

Yup Education Advisor

Kreg Moccia

Director of Academics

Claire Polcrack

Math Education Specialist

Sharon Matsuoka

Tutor Quality Coordinator

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