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Alec

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I'm a fun-loving, goofball nerd who's interested in everything math and science. My passion for teaching comes from a deep desire to understand and communicate fundamental truths about the wonderous and wacky world we inhabit. I thoroughly enjoy helping others achieve that moment of crystallization and clarity where the subject matter makes sense and everything clicks into place.

I have tutored since high school, calling myself Mathman and working with students of all ages. I continued as a Supplemental Instruction leader for General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry in college, and as a Teaching Assistant for graduate-level Biomolecules while earning an MS in Biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania.

I am very confident in my ability to tutor Math and Science, and I also have relevant experience in Computer Science and Statistics. I especially enjoy tutoring SAT/GRE prep because these skills include an extra layer of strategy and time-management. My teaching philosophy centers on identifying the right questions to ask, breaking the problem down into manageable steps, and focusing on comprehension of the fundamental concepts at the heart of the problem.

When I'm not tutoring, I like to create Portal levels, listen to silly and sciencey podcasts, and play board games with friends.

Alec’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Messiah College - Bachelors, Biology & Mathematics

Graduate Degree: University of Pennsylvania - Masters, Biophysics

Test Scores

GRE Quantitative: 800

Hobbies

science communication, board games, podcasts

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

Algebra 2

AP Biology

Applied Mathematics

Biochemistry

Bioinfomatics

Biology

Biomechanics

Biomedical Engineering

Biostatistics

Biotechnology

Cell Biology

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Chemistry

College Algebra

College Biology

College Chemistry

College Physics

Discrete Math

Engineering

Environmental Science

Evolutionary Biology

Finite Mathematics

Genetics

Geometry

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Quantitative

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

College Math

Life Sciences

Math

Microbiology

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Office

Molecular Biology

Neurobiology

Neuroscience

Nutrition

Organic Chemistry

Other

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

PSAT Prep

Python

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Subject Test in Latin

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2

SAT Subject Test in Physics

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Science

Special Relativity

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Elementary Level

SSAT- Middle Level

SSAT- Upper Level

Statics and Dynamics

Statistics

Statistics Graduate Level

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

Thermochemistry

Thermodynamics

Trigonometry


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy centers on identifying the right questions to ask, breaking the problem down into manageable steps, and focusing on comprehension of the fundamental concepts at the heart of the problem.