Ellen Y.

Bio

Ellen grew up in sunny Southern California, solely subsisting on a diet of boba milk tea and In-N-Out burgers. An early interest in science drove Ellen to pursue a degree in Chemistry at Caltech, where her passion for science and human engagement led her to consider a career in medicine. She is currently pursuing an MD-PhD at Harvard Medical School and conducts research on the dysregulation of cell death in cancer. Ellen dreams of one day serving as a pediatric oncologist, of guiding children and teenagers through one of the most grueling journeys that a person can face.

Ellen's affinity for the humanistic elements of science have led her to serve as a STEM tutor for high school and college students, a writing center tutor, and a laboratory teaching assistant. Whether the task at hand is an algebra worksheet, a history essay, or a lab report, Ellen has found the experience of supporting students through academic challenges to be deeply rewarding. By combining expertise and compassion, Ellen hopes to demystify complex scientific concepts and help students reach their true academic potential.

In her spare time, Ellen rocks out on keytar in a four-piece girl band called Panic! At the Library and daydreams about a side-career in medical illustration.

 

Education & Qualifications
  • Harvard Medical School, MD/PhD Candidate
  • California Institute of Technology, BS in Chemistry
Specialties
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Statistics
  • Expository Writing
  • SAT
  • MCAT
  • College Admissions
  • MD Admissions
Testimonials
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    "Ellen was really helpful at explaining concepts and creating a plan where I was able to go through all of the material and then have plenty of time to practice test. We always stayed really focused and got tons of information covered! I always left my sessions feeling so much better prepared. I was nervous about getting a tutor, and Ellen made it so easy! After all of our work together I walked into the MCAT feeling more confident then I ever could've imagined. After this I would absolutely recommend this to someone else. I am so glad I got a tutor and I think Ellen was a truly great match! Score went from 501 to 511."
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    (Lindsay, MCAT)
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    "Ellen was SO patient, and provided me with an abundance of very helpful resources that I wouldn't have had access to otherwise. Ellen always accommodated to what I was struggling with and was very flexible in that way of meeting my needs and working to best help me succeed. Cambridge Coaching admin staff were wonderful. Very attentive, easy to work with and easy to speak with someone if I needed to. Score went from 500 to 514."
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    (Rebecca, MCAT)
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    "Ellen was amazing to work with! I came in feeling uneasy about the amount of material on the exam, but Ellen broke it down in a way that was manageable and very helpful. She has an ability to make even the most difficult concepts easy to understand and provided me with useful explanations and visual aids that really helped me master the content. She was extremely flexible with my schedule and during our sessions she was patient, attentive, and incredibly supportive. It is so clear that she cares about the success of her students and I am so glad I got the chance to work with her."
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    (Marisa, MCAT)
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    "Ellen has been my rock through my medical school application process. She is the most focused and compassionate coach I have ever had the pleasure to work with; she knows how to identify and address your specific needs, and work with you to find your voice and use your resources in the most effective way. In a journey that is complicated and often discouraging, Ellen streamlines the experience and makes it not only doable, but fun. She is particularly good at strategy: helping you parse your experiences and thoughts into a narrative that truly represents you. I wish that I'd come into contact with her sooner. Her services are worth every penny. I couldn't have done this without her. If you're thinking about working with a consultant for your medical school applications, she is an extraordinary person to reach out to and you will be glad you did!"
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    (Julia, MD Admissions)
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    "Ellen was instrumental in my receiving several interviews and acceptances to medical school. Through her coaching, she taught me skills that took my personal statement and secondary applications from quite boring to pieces of writing to essays that I am genuinely proud of. She also sat down with me for serious mock interviews—asking me some tough questions, too—and then went over in detail a multitude of things I could improve on, such as little vocal quirks I had never noticed that I do when I get nervous. When the real interviews came, I felt more than prepared. She was very flexible with my erratic schedule and super responsive to any emails or questions I sent her. Her compassion, kindness, intelligence, and expertise made this stressful, discouraging process much easier. I cannot recommend Ellen enough!"
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    (Sarah, MD Admissions)
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    "Ellen has been an amazing coach and mentor throughout the MD application process. She is smart, kind and easy to talk to. She has made me feel very comfortable sharing my story. Ellen has helped me craft essays that I feel truly represent me and my desire to pursue medicine. As a first generation college student, Ellen has shared so much with me about applying to medical school and what to expect later on. I could not have done this without her help. From primaries to secondaries to interviews, Ellen has helped me every step of the way. Ellen is a wonderful person and coach. She identifies where her student’s needs help and challenges them to improve. My experience with her has been wonderful and I would recommend her services to anyone who is applying to medical school."
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    (Anita, MD Admissions)
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    "Ellen helped fill in my gaps in knowledge and gave me good test taking strategies. She was fully ready to make any changes to our schedule if I wanted to work on something different or if I picked up a topic really quick and we had extra time. Cambridge coaching is great because it feels more personal and specialized. The staff are responsive to all students needs and really do want you to succeed. It's not just about the money to them like it is for other test prep companies. If I were to study for the MCAT again I would choose to get a tutor again. The personalized help was great. Score went from 504 to 515."
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    (Megan, MCAT)