Andy was born and raised in the California Bay Area, from which he retains wistful memories of winters that were not soul-crushingly cold. He followed in the footsteps of his mother and grandmother by traveling to New York for his undergraduate degree at Vassar College (3.8/4.0 GPA), where he majored in neuroscience and minored in math. Next he traveled to Bethesda, Maryland for a stint as a postbaccalaureate researcher at the National Institutes of Health, before starting in the MD/PhD program at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in Manhattan.
Andy has been tutoring and teaching his colleagues in school on complex material for years, including neuroscience, genetics, computer programming, and statistics. He enjoys dissecting study material to find the most relevant and testable micro-topics, as well as developing strategies to optimize people's study habits. He has a particular interest in active learning, primarily through the use of the flashcard program Anki, for which he has made more than 30,000 flashcards and has done more than 500,000 flashcard reviews over the last 8 years. The topics that he most enjoys tutoring include the MCAT (scoring in the 99th percentile), and Step 1 (scoring a 255).
Outside of his academic interests, Andy enjoys browsing the internet way more than anyone should, going for hikes, and watching NBA basketball.