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I recently graduated from Columbia University with a degree in biology. I am currently working in a biochemistry lab at NYU Medical Center and applying to medical school, with hopes of training to be a pediatric surgeon in the future. I have worked as a teaching assistant for a Columbia biology lab course, taught ESL to immigrants from China, and tutored extensively in math, science, and test prep. I especially enjoy tutoring science because I believe that sometimes a little bit of personalized attention can go a long way when students are missing just one or two key points of understanding. I love seeing a concept click and inspiring confidence in my students as they advance through increasingly difficult topics. I also like tutoring test prep because there is no hiding behind the raw numbers, and I enjoy helping my students maximize their potential and achieve their goal scores. Sometimes, a little motivation is all that is needed for a student to excel, and I always work to relate what I am tutoring to a student's interests, both academic and extra-curricular. I rowed varsity crew for three years in high school and one year at Columbia; I also love learning new languages, exploring New York's culinary scene, and (attempting to) recreate some of the dishes on my own!

Alex’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Columbia University in the City of New York - Bachelor in Arts, Biology, General

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 2330

SAT Math: 770

SAT Verbal: 770

SAT Writing: 790

MCAT: 40

MCAT Biological Sciences: 14

MCAT Physical Sciences: 13

MCAT Verbal Reasoning: 13


Crew (Rowing), Cooking/Food, Foreign Languages

Tutoring Subjects



Anatomy & Physiology

AP Chinese

AP Physics 1



College Biology

College Chemistry

College English

College Essays

College Physics

Conversational Mandarin

MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing

General Biology


Graduate Test Prep

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Physics


ISEE- Middle Level

ISEE- Upper Level


Life Sciences

Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese 1

Mandarin Chinese 2

Mandarin Chinese 3

Mandarin Chinese 4


MCAT Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

MCAT Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

MCAT Verbal Reasoning

Middle School Math

Middle School Science



Physical Science



PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills



SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M

SAT Subject Test in Chinese with Listening

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2

SAT Subject Test in Physics

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language


Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep