I'm Alex, a 28-year old with a passion for teaching science and for helping students conquer standardized tests. Since I began working as a physics, math, and SAT tutor with Varsity Tutors in 2011, I've found it incredibly rewarding to help my students develop sustainable study habits and realize their academic potential. I believe that a student's performance is largely influenced by their weekly study routine, and I make it a priority to help my students figure out a process that works well for them.
For a bit of background, I graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in Architecture & Environmental Studies. After college, I received a Fulbright Scholarship to study architecture at Cambridge University, where I got my Master's degree in Architecture. Due to some personal exposure I had to family illness, I decided to switch paths and pursue a career in medicine, and I'll be applying to medical school next year.
I've been helping students with physics, math, and SAT prep since college, and more recently I've been focusing on tutoring pre-medical subjects (Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Physics, Psychology/Sociology) and MCAT preparation. I understand how intimidating the mighty MCAT can feel. I help my students master both the content and strategy of the test, develop manageable study routines, and build the confidence they need to perform to their maximum potential on test day.
I scored a 2350 (99th percentile) on my SAT and a 520 (98th percentile) on my MCAT, and my undergraduate GPA was 3.87 (overall) / 4.0 (science).
I'm happy to meet up in Philly / suburbs or meet with you online. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Amherst College - Bachelor in Arts, Architecture; Environmental Studies
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1580
SAT Math: 750
SAT Verbal: 800
SAT Writing: 800
Soccer, guitar, hiking
High School Biology
High School Physics
What is your teaching philosophy?
I love helping students develop an effective study routine so that they can "learn how to learn," i.e., learn how to manage their study schedules and engage with their curriculum outside of our tutoring sessions.