Alexander V.

Bio

Alex grew up in the suburbs of Boston and attended Harvard University as an undergrad, double-majoring in mathematics and music, and spending his spare time music-directing and accompanying productions for the Harvard-Radcliffe Drama Club. After college, Alex went on to pursue his Master’s degree in Musicology at Oxford University, where he researched Chopin’s use of harmonic progressions. Currently, Alex works full time as a math and standardized test preparation tutor. He has successfully helped students reach their academic goals for over six years.

Alex firmly believes that teaching is about being adaptable, and he tailors his teaching style to students’ individual needs. He also recognizes that taking a standardized test can be very daunting for many people, and he fosters a non-judgmental setting where students feel comfortable asking questions. At Cambridge Coaching, Alex’s area of specialty is the GMAT and GRE. He also has extensive experience tutoring high school and college-level math up through single-variable calculus.

Outside of tutoring, Alex still plays piano professionally, performing everything from Beethoven to Billy Joel. Alex is also passionate about travel and has visited Uruguay, Argentina, Canada, England, France, Spain, Italy, and Greece.

Education & Qualifications
  • Oxford University, MS in Musicology
  • Harvard University, BA in Mathematics and Music
Specialties
  • GMAT
  • GRE
  • Mathematics
  • Music
Testimonials
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "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."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Andrew, GMAT)
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "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."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Anonymous, GMAT)
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "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."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Emma, GRE)
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "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."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Jacqueline, Executive Assessment)