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Alexander S.

Berkeley, CA

$300/hour

Doctor of Law from UC Berkeley and 4.0 Undergrad for Essay Tutoring

20+ Hours
5.0 average from 14 ratings
Very thorough and supportive professional
— Philip, Malvern, PA on 11/12/16

$300/Hour


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UC Santa Barbara
Global Studies
UC Berkeley School of Law
J.D.

Education

UC Santa Barbara (Global Studies)

UC Berkeley School of Law (J.D.)

About Alexander

Hi! I am a passionate tutor with qualifications including: a UC Berkeley Law degree (J.D.), a 4.0 weighted undergrad GPA (Summa Cum Laude) from UCSB, an award from Xerox for innovation in information technology, several merit-based scholarships, guest lecturing experience at the college level, and access to over a hundred books on education and tutoring. My relevant experience includes working with a wide variety of students. I've helped students with learning disabilities, gifted students, international students, and homeschooled students. I started tutoring eight years ago and I continually refine and update my approach. I also served as an editor of a law review, where I worked with many talented people to improve their legal writing. I eat, breathe, and dream learning so I can distill everything into manageable and insightful roadmaps to your success.

My tutoring approach involves three essential steps. First, you should know what aspects of the material to focus on. If certain material is typically covered five times as much as other material on exams then you need to know that in advance. Too many students focus on everything equally, or only take into account what components of a class are the most difficult for them. This underestimates the enormous advantage that comes from working smart (and knowing where the easiest points can come from on an exam) as opposed to merely working hard (and simply putting the hours in). Time management books often talk about the "80/20" principle, which says that roughly 20% of the work accounts for 80% of the productivity. The only problem is it is rare for people to know in advance what is a part of that 20% and what is not. By hiring me, you delegate this task of finding what is most important to learn to me so that you can concentrate on the actual studying.

Second, I believe that every question on an exam can be thought of in one of two ways: a skills question or a memorization question. A skills question might involve testing your ability to do a specific type of math problem, while a memorization question might simply ask for your best recollection of someone's contributions to the arts. I'll tailor memory devices such as mnemonics to help you appear to have a near perfect memory of the most important details. I'll also show you a few apps and websites that help you create these memory aids on the fly. For skills questions, I'll analyze exactly what you do and do not understand about a given subject. Then, I'll reformulate what you don't know to match your learning style. This has the effect of dramatically increasing both how well and how quickly you can master a given subject.

Finally, I love showing students how to be long term thinkers and how to navigate their educational journeys to maximize their own benefits. I can show you how to design your schedules to maximize your odds of getting a dream job or acceptance into a selective academic program. I can also help with matters such as writing admissions essays, dealing with school administrators or teachers, applying for testing accommodations for a disability, deciding on what the next step should be in your education or career, or anything similar. My applicable credentials include a 4.0 undergraduate GPA and a J.D. degree from a top 10 law school.

My goal is to "stand on the shoulders of giants." In other words, I want to take from the best learning strategies in existence, make them a little better, and provide them to my students. I could not have come up with 99% of the sum total of the amazing learning resources out there, and neither could any other single person. What I can do is take in as much of the existing wealth of insight as I can, distill it into many roadmaps depending on the subject area and the student's learning strengths, and continuously experiment to improve it in ways that make digesting the material easier to understand. By delegating the science and theory of learning to me, all you have to worry about is following your personalized learning plans with my help.

Your GPA and standardized test scores affect the rest of your life. This makes your choice of a tutor one of the most important decisions you will make. By the time I entered my 4th and final year of college, I had already developed lots of my strategies for success. I received six A+ grades during this last year of college alone and was asked to guest lecture in several of my classes. My background has consistently shown me that the right approach to studying can make an enormous difference in people's lives. Don't hire someone just doing this to make some extra money. Hire someone that loves learning and helping students. That is the only way you'll get the benefit of hundreds of hours of behind the scenes experimentation to find the best pathway to your learning success.

I can help students with standardized testing preparation (including SAT and ACT preparation), final exam or term paper assistance, college admissions counseling, graduate school admissions counseling, resume writing, grant proposal, business proposals, learning/improving computer skills, and other help. I give discounts for weekly sessions, full day sessions, multiple subjects, online tutoring, or small groups.

With my strategies for practicing and preparing for the SAT math section, I believe almost anyone can do phenomenally even if math has never interested you in the past.

The SAT verbal section can be a huge source of stress to students, who often feel lost in a sea of almost unlimited potential traps for the unwary. My strategies will narrow down exactly what to study to maximize your potential. I scored in the 98th percentile on the SAT Critical Reading section due in large part to focused study on the right material.

Contact me today and I'll do my best to change your life!
Hi! I am a passionate tutor with qualifications including: a UC Berkeley Law degree (J.D.), a 4.0 weighted undergrad GPA (Summa Cum Laude) from UCSB, an award from Xerox for innovation in information technology, several merit-based scholarships, guest lecturing experience at the college level, and access to over a hundred books on education and Read more

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"Very thorough and supportive professional"

- Philip, Malvern, PA on 11/12/16
Math:
ACT Math, SAT Math
Science:
ACT Science, PSAT
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, Bar Exam,
Career Development,
College Counseling,
LSAT, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Business:
Career Development,
Law

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Bar Exam

I graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law. Berkeley is a top 10 law school. I am a California attorney who passed the California bar exam on my first try. Many people study for the bar exam using cookie-cutter approaches that don't take into account their strengths and weaknesses. My approach is to holistically examine each student and provide a comprehensive and guided plan for them to study for the exam.

Career Development

I graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a 4.0 weighted GPA (Summa Cum Laude) and earned a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law. I'm in the process of creating a career development course for a major instructional video company. The course will cover matters such as crafting the perfect resume, when to seek further education such as an M.B.A. as a career development tool, and leveraging offers from other companies for career advancement. I've worked with some amazing career development counselors at top schools and look forward to being an adviser in this highly interesting area.

College Counseling

I received a 4.0 weighted GPA from UC Santa Barbara and am familiar with virtually all aspects of the college process. I also worked as a Student Advocate, a paid position at UC Santa Barbara that involves counseling students and helping them to navigate the college process. I worked diligently and spent thousands of dollars in order to prepare for my own applications to various schools. I later graduated from a top 10 law school.

Law

I received my J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law. Berkeley is consistently ranked within the top 10 best law schools in the country. I also attended UC Santa Barbara where I graduated Summa Cum Laude after earning a 4.0 weighted GPA.

UC Santa Barbara
Global Studies
UC Berkeley School of Law
J.D.

Education

UC Santa Barbara (Global Studies)

UC Berkeley School of Law (J.D.)

Very thorough and supportive professional

Alex helped my daughter with her college application essays. He meticulously double checked information and corrected grammar. In addition he he gave her constructive advice, helping her to strengthen her approach. He was supportive and encouraging and gave invaluable insights regarding the college admissions perspective. He was reliable,prompt and easy to reach. in addition he had a friendly and

— Philip, Malvern, PA on 11/12/16

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Standard Hourly Rate: $300.00

Travel policy

Alexander will travel within 20 miles of Berkeley, CA 94704.