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Alexander

Education & Qualifications

Berwick Academy, High School Diploma

Colby College, BA in Chinese & Chinese

University of California, Los Angeles, JD

Associated College in China, Other in Chinese

SPECIALTIES

GRE

LSAT

SAT

ESL

Additional Languages

Chinese - Mandarin

Japanese

Alex is a JD candidate at UCLA. Alex attended Colby College for his undergraduate studies, where he studied Chinese, graduating with distinction in the major. He then spent five years studying and working in China, first as an English-Chinese interpreter for the president of a major multinational corporation, and then for the cast and crew of a 52-episode television series. Then Alex launched his career in test prep, tutoring ambitious students from China's best schools, seeking admission to the most competitive US prep schools, colleges and universities.

Alex especially enjoys identifying the unique needs of each individual student, and coming up with methods that address those needs with laser-like focus. He always strives to explain things as clearly, fully, and memorably as possible, but perhaps even more importantly, he puts the student in the driver's seat, so that the student is always actively practicing, rather than passively listening. Alex delivers exceptional score improvements (many near perfect scores) as well as students with acceptance letters from Harvard, Stanford, and other prestigious schools.

When not tutoring, Alex enjoys reading books in English, from literature to astrophysics, as well books in Chinese, on such subjects as the rise and fall of the Ming Dynasty. Recently he's been rock climbing pretty aggressively, and hopes to catch up ASAP with his equally aggressive rock climbing partner, who had a one year head start.

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  • "Drew was awesome. He was very patient, attentive, he explained things clearly, and was extremely encouraging. He also provided great structure, and homework assignments." (Sara, SAT, Boston)

  • "Drew is GREAT at making complex topics simple, and is very supportive. Drew is incredibly kind and patient, and I am grateful for his help and guidance. I feel like we became good friends over the course of tutoring, and my score improved dramatically. I feel confident and prepared going into my exam next week. My verbal when from a 157 on my first diagnostic to a 167 on final practice test." (Rachel, GRE, PhD applicant)

  • "Drew figured out my son's strengths and weaknesses as well as how much homework he was likely to do between sessions. My son really enjoyed working with Drew. We were very pleased." (Susan, SAT, Forest Hills Eastern High School, Michigan)

  • "Drew met me where I was. I had one month to prepare for a test that I was completely unprepared for. He knew the test well and could teach me content and strategy. He provided structure with homework each night and reviewed my questions in between our sessions. He made himself available to answer questions via email in between sessions and was super easy to schedule sessions with. I felt held and secure in the process, that he knew what he was doing. Drew is also a great listener and heard my concerns and anxieties and was sympathetic and helped me strategize around them." (Emily, GRE)

  • "Alex was phenomenal. I am not terribly gifted in math, and Alex is a math guru, which is exactly what I needed to prepare for the GMAT. Very well prepared for each session. Explained key math concepts clearly. Had a very positive and encouraging attitude throughout our prep together." (Andrew, GMAT)

  • "Alex was extremely approachable and did a great job of meeting me where I was at in terms of material and understanding. He was able to pinpoint very accurately where I could improve and gave very helpful strategies for approaching those areas. I found his explanations of answers to be much more helpful than those in any book, and his experience and library of info sheets were very valuable. I'm so pleased with my experience. Everyone throughout the process was helpful, respectful, and encouraging. The tutoring was an invaluable asset in my retake studying. I always felt valued and respected. Score went from 610 to 710." (Anonymous, GMAT)

  • "Alex did a great job at explaining concepts and helping mentally prepare for the exam. Alex was always prepared with an plan for the sessions and would follow up with a recap and assign homework. All of the sessions covered topics that I needed work on. I completed all of the assigned homework and did extra problem prep as well. We used the full hour session to work problems and go over different strategies. It was extremely helpful to have someone explain the problems I missed and teach me how to tackle the same type of problem in the future. Alex was very responsive and receptive. Score went from 144 Quant 145 Verbal to 157 Quant 153 Verbal." (Emma, GRE)

  • "Alex explained everything in a very simple and clear way. I especially liked how systematic our series of sessions were. Alex would email me all the details we went over during our session so I could compile them and review thereafter. This would also include all homework and resource recos he had for me based on the topics I wanted to improve on. In addition, Alex was very accommodating. I loved how I could email him some questions over the week and he would reply with the solution promptly. This really helped me move forward with my review at the pace I preferred. He was flexible in the sense that he was willing to adjust our set lessons in order to help me in the areas I felt I needed more help with. I could see a sizable improvement in my score at given intervals. Considering that I have not studied for a test with such a broad coverage in the last 20 years, I could say that the 3 months of studying with Alex was definitely a game changer for me." (Jacqueline, Executive Assessment)

  • Alex really cared about me doing well. He was responsible with our meetings, delivered what he promised, and followed up with his notes. He also was very encouraging and supportive. Alex diligently reviewed my test scores and provided feedback from his analysis. The whole experience was great. The admin staff was great and helpful. They are very professional and know how to simplify concepts for quick success.

  • "Alex was great at explaining the basics, which helped me understand more complicated stuff very easily. Also, it was super helpful how he wrote everything on the whiteboard and sent me notes, which were clear and I could review and study from them later. Finally, his knowledge of how to use my calculator (necessary for the course) was valuable. I felt like he knew exactly what I was expected to know for my test and he also had a great understanding of the topics. The lessons were very productive, we both knew there was little time and a lot to do." (Michalina, IB Mathematics HL (Applications and Interpretation) Student)

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