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Patrick Choi – Founder / Premier Tutor

Since 1999, Patrick Choi has helped thousands of students from around the world exceed their target scores on high-stakes admissions tests ranging from elementary school through graduate school. His passion to help students gain admission to their dream programs has led him across the country and all over the world! In addition to working with students, Patrick has trained hundreds of successful tutors as well as worked in R&D at one of the world’s leading test prep companies.

He has developed curriculum, written practice questions, and edited the following materials:

  • The Princeton Review LSAT Logic Games Workbook*
  • The Princeton Review SAT Course Workbook*
  • Cracking the SAT Biology
  • Cracking the TOEFL Exam
    Available only to TPR course students

He has conducted educational programs at a number of schools and universities including Northeastern University, Harvard University, Tufts University, Boston Latin Academy, Rindge Latin School, and Roxbury Latin.
Patrick decided to venture out on his own when he noticed a growing gap in the way that test prep companies were teaching: tutors were showing students how to solve specific problems but not really focusing on strategy. He also noticed the growing trend in the larger companies to focus on a one-size-fits-all model, while the smaller companies tended to force their do hundreds of questions without any real instruction.
“I know that each student is different. The tutor should be able to assess and address these concerns.”

Stephanie Doty

Operations Coordinator

Stephanie grew up in Arizona and majored in Women and Gender Studies and minored in Social Welfare at Arizona State University. She moved to California to see what life is like on the west coast. During her journey, she discovered a fondness for streamlining processes and a knack for operations. Stephanie’s passion is making sure students get the best education they can, and is excited about the work Kyo Standard is able to accomplish.

Yani C.


A former ESL student and also a former mentee of Patrick’s, Yani successfully launched her career in analytical writing and happily provides coaching support for students and professional from a wide range of cultural and academic backgrounds. She is in close liaison with our network of tutors and alums, and manages communications with international students and parents to ensure the effectiveness of our collaboration and the thriving of our students.



Jae Lee

Learning and Development Manager

Jae began his love affair with tutoring in high school where he started his own tutoring company to work with underserved students in Orange County. He has spent countless hours studying the SAT and the ACT learning what makes these tests challenging as well as how to help his tutors become better tutors.

He holds monthly professional seminars with our tutors to develop all of our tutors, and to keep everyone abreast of the changes that occur within the exams.

Shawn Jin

Student Manager

Shawn has been a Student Advisor for more than 5 years. Obtained his MA and BA in Japan, South Korea and China, Shawn have worked with diverse parent groups on all school levels. He enjoys meeting new students and parents and helping them connect with resources and setting them on the right path for success.

Hannah Fu

Marketing Specialist

Hannah is our marketing specialist. She is currently a graduate student at Northwestern University, finishing her Master degree in communication. Hannah has been working with various clients from different field culture background, and she will follow her passion at Kyo Standard Test Prep.

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