Ellen Y.


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
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Statistics
  • Expository Writing
  • SAT
  • MCAT
  • College Admissions
  • MD¬†Admissions
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "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."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Marisa, MCAT)