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In 2004 I graduated magna cum laude from UC Berkeley with a degree in Integrative Biology. After graduating, I enrolled at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA but chose to withdraw after completing my third year. It is now my plan to obtain a PHD in Microbiology. I have several years of experience tutoring students of all ages in a variety of subjects. I first began tutoring my peers during study hall sessions at my high school and later tutored college students while working for my university as a drop-in tutor. In addition, I tutored and mentored a group of underserved students in Oakland, CA. I am proud to say that many of my students eventually became the first in their families to attend college. I also worked as a private in-home tutor for several high school students with documented learning disabilities. I believe what separates me from other tutors is the approach I take toward each student. My first goal is to capture their attention. Let's be honest, subject material can get dry and students can easily lose interest. Therefore it is key that students can find a way to relate to the material and find value in what they are learning. To do this, I emphasize to students that understanding "why" is key. It is not enough to just memorize lists and definitions and hope that students retain them. It is important to me that my students understand the concepts and mechanisms that underlie the material and that I spark a genuine curiosity within them. I am eager to share my passionate attitude towards education and to encourage students to embrace a life-long love of learning.

Alvin’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Berkeley - Bachelor in Arts, Integrative Biology


Mountain biking, backpacking, camping, taekwondo, snowboarding, golf, and fantasy football.

Tutoring Subjects


Anatomy & Physiology


College Biology


High School Biology

Life Sciences




SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M

SAT Subject Tests Prep


Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep