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I am a rising sophomore at Columbia University in the City of New York, a member of the Ivy League, where I have compiled a track record of academic success across a variety of disciplines including my majors in History and Political Science. I currently maintain a 3.96 GPA, with especially strong success in social science related fields and English courses. I am living in our Writers House next year, a selective, competitive residential space for students interested in a career in writing.

I am extremely passionate about the process of learning - the philosophy of teaching, the value of academic discussion, the development of a true appreciation for the classroom and for intellectual advancement. I believe my track record as a successful student - as someone who has had a strong first year in the Ivy League, who is currently researching with two professors, and who has prior tutoring experience - displays my profound desire to learn and to help others learn. I have a strong standardized testing record which complements the skills and motivation I have to teach.

In my spare time, I am constantly trying to help myself acquire new skills and to expand my intellectual foundation, whether that be through reading novels, learning languages or perusing academic journals. I know firsthand how valuable tutoring is, as it was crucial in helping me develop an Ivy League-caliber course load before I applied to college. A tutor helped me pass an entrance exam I had initially failed to gain acceptance to the right level of high school mathematics. I hope to pass this forward and help other students realize the kind of success I have experienced.

Ultimately, I see myself in academia, and working for Varsity Tutors is an experience I am using to help me explore my passion for education.

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Alastair’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

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

Test Scores

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1580

SAT Math: 740

SAT Verbal: 800

SAT Writing: 800


Creative Writing, Russian Literature, Spanish Language

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Reading

ACT Writing

AP U.S. Government & Politics

AP United States History

AP US History

AP World History

College English

College Essays

College Level American History

College World History

Comparative Literature


Essay Editing

European History

High School English

High School Level American History

High School World History




SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Social Studies

World History


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