Weike

Bio

Weike, pronounced Why-Key, was born in Nanjing, China but spent her childhood in Australia, Canada and America. She is fluent in both Chinese and English. In high school, Weike completed an International Baccalaureate program (scoring 7’s on advanced English, math, chemistry and physics) and achieved a perfect ACT score. She went on to earn her BA in Chemistry and English at Harvard College and graduated cum laude. Weike recently completed her doctorate in cancer epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health as well as her MFA in creative writing at BU.

Weike tutors for the SAT, the ACT, the GMAT, the GRE and the MCAT, all tests that she has taken and scored within the highest percentiles. She has seen dozens of students through the testing process and has a proven track record of raising scores. Since each student, Weike spends a great deal of time preparing a personalized curriculum that hones strengths and targets weaknesses. She also believes that the right test strategies can propel a student into a smart and savvy test taker. Above all, Weike emphasizes the understanding of concepts over rote memorization. She has been able to help students grasp concepts that they thought were formally out of their reach.

In her free time, Weike writes--she has won creative writing awards from Harvard, Glimmer Train magazine, and her work has been published in Smokelong Quarterly, Redivider and Alaska Quarterly Review. She recently published her first novel, Chemistry, with Knopf.

Education & Qualifications
  • Harvard School of Public Health, PhD in Cancer Epidemiology
  • Boston University, MFA in Creative Writing
  • Harvard College, BA Chemistry & English, cum laude
  • Cambridge Coaching tutor since 2012
Specialties
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Creative Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • GRE
  • GMAT
  • MCAT
  • PSAT/SAT
Testimonials
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    "Weike was extremely great at communication: checking in regularly on progress, setting up times to meet, etc. She is also very patient in giving explanations and really targeting sessions towards weaknesses or more specific questions."
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    (Ming Qian, MCAT, Boston)
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    "Weike had an excellent working knowledge of the MCAT and strategies for my son to implement them. She was flexible and accommodated my son's compressed schedule."
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    (Marilyn K, Parent, Student at MIT)
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    "Weike provided very good structure and a schedule that helped me stay on plan and reach goals in advance of my test. Overall the service and Weike helped me improve my GMAT score by 40 points, and more importantly, get over 700 and exceed my goal. Appreciative of all the help!"
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    (Josh Selip, GMAT)
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    "Weike is so great at explaining math concepts. She made it easy! I would not have been able to break 700 without Weike! I was "stuck" in the high 600s and working with her is the reason I was able to get 730!"
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    (Mark, GMAT, Boston)
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    "Weike was great at explaining and boiling down the keys concepts I needed to learn. She was able to structure an excellent plan to get through the material, all the while being sensitive to my work schedule."
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    (Benjamin, MCAT, Boston)
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    "Weike was an excellent tutor. She focused on what I needed to practice the most for studying for the GRE. She was also a really nice and friendly person to work with. Both of our schedules were a bit crazy, but she was also really flexible about figuring out places and times for us to meet."
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    (Nellie, GRE, Boston)
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    "Weike was supportive but firm when she needed to be, and knew EVERYTHING on the exam backward and forward. I basically had a month to study for the MCAT and went from being totally unprepared to scoring in the 97th percentile (score of 518)."
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    (Nikki, MCAT, Boston)
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    "Weike knew ALL the content matter. She was outstanding at explaining any concept I ever needed help with, no matter how long it took. When certain concepts didn't make sense at first, she used different approaches, such as drawing things out on the whiteboard, which really helped. She had good strategies and always had a good game plan of what to do next. She was also very good for moral support. Everything Weike did met or exceeded my expectations."
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    (Anonymous, MCAT)
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    "Weike provided me with simple explanations, she boosted my confidence, and made it all seem not that bad. I actually can't imagine a better MCAT tutor. She was terrific in every way. Cambridge Coaching is AMAZING!!! So glad I found you all! Weike has given me the confidence to know that I can beat this test. And the strategy to effectively do so. While I don't know my score yet, I know for sure it would be much worse had I not worked with Weike. She has incredible patience and the great skill of explaining something quite complicated in very simple and easy terms. She is incredibly gifted and I cannot sing her praises highly enough!"
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    (Audrey Nebergall, MCAT, Boston)
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    "Weike was amazing in all areas! She was so supportive, encouraging, flexible, and knowledgeable."
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    (Sarah, Harvard College)
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    "Weike was fantastic with developing a study plan and helping me execute. I am a non-traditional applicant who is many years removed from college, so I was worried that the mcat would be a struggle for me. With Weike's help, preparation went better than I expected. She went over all topics on test and helped me grasp material that didn't come easily to me. Also whenever I had issues or bumps along the way, she was very understanding and helped me get back on track. She was a great tutor, and I have recommended her to others already!"
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    (Andrea, MCAT)
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    "[What did your tutor do well?] Provide proper guidance on what materials need to be covered and what type of practice is essential. I began at roughly a 504 and reached a 509 on the practice exams. I have not received my official score yet."
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    (Maryam, Pennsylvania State University, MCAT)
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    "Weike was fantastic at being proactive in developing a review schedule up until my test date. She was also very good at being reactive; as a non-traditional candidate for medical school, my full time work schedule often made it difficult for me to satisfactorily complete each week's assignments. Weike was great at listening to my concerns and, in turn, effectively implemented practical solutions and schedule adjustments. She was very flexible and accommodating, and knew the material really well. Weike really is the renaissance woman when it comes to test prep; in every facet of the grueling process, she has you 110% covered. As someone trying to study for a very demanding test two years removed from undergrad and working a full time job, I can't imagine anyone better to work with. I had been trying to study for the MCAT with other tutors and on my own for nearly four months, but I never saw any real improvement. This left me feeling completely demoralized about my prospects to perform my best for this test. But after meeting with Weike for the first time, I actually felt confident that I would be able to do well with her guidance and knowledge. Weike was superb at developing a doable study schedule with particular consideration given to my unique situation. She was extremely flexible and adaptive, and she knew the material very well. Not only was she an excellent and accommodating tutor, she was a steady source of moral support throughout the entire time I worked with her. I feel very fortunate to have found her through Cambridge tutors, and I would recommend her without any hesitations or reservations. She is the real deal!"
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    (Victoria, MCAT)
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    "I worked with Weike on GMAT prep for a single session that proved to be invaluable. My raw score was 710, and after working through over 1000+ official practice questions, I was still fluctuating between 680 and 730. There were two major areas in which Weike helped me: 1. Overcoming weaknesses in my test performance. She was able to quickly identify the major problems I didn’t realize I had (doing too much mental math, not drawing the correct graphs), dismiss red herrings (my assumptions about having trouble with graphs and statistics) , and help me overcome them in less than an hour. The advice she gave for the quant, reading, IR, and writing sections was all pinpoint-precise. 2. Diagnosing the validity of my practice test scores. She was familiar with all of the practice tests available online, and knew which ones tended to be harder or easier than the official test, as well as how accurately they reflected my familiarity with the materials. She was even able to point out why the specific questions on each test were similar to or different from the official standard. At the end of our session, she was able to provide clear next steps and recommend test prep materials that I should use for practice. As a result of working with her, I was able to lock in to the 740-760 range for my next four practice tests, and eventually achieve an official score of 750. I can safely say that, without the help I received from Weike, I would not have been able to guarantee myself such a high score. Even one session with her can be extremely helpful, and I wholeheartedly recommend her as a GMAT tutor."
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    (Sam, GMAT)
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    "Weike was very professional, very well prepared. She made sure I had enough materials to practice and study with and ensured that I was studying and doing practice sections every week. I put in a lot of effort in making sure I was keeping up with the work assigned, but also taking into account new strategies that I have discussed with Weike."
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    (Jordan, GRE)
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    "Weike was great at keeping my nerves down throughout this entire process and awesome at explaining things to me in a quick and effective way...[she] was always prepared, available, and willing to work with my schedule. She was also very quick with her responses via email or text...Weike was my mentor throughout these past few months and she did an exceptional job at keeping me at a good pace and challenging me in order to help me reach my fullest potential. I never thought I could ever attain such high scores on practice exams and I truly owe it to her teaching style and encouragement. Score went from 505 to 519."
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    (Deanna, MCAT)
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    "Weike was particularly good at explaining the importance of fundamentals. My score went from a 500 to a 513."
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    (Nandita, MCAT)
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    "Weike was so nice, helpful and flexible with our sessions to help me get the most of them. I had a particularly hard time with some of the physics concepts and genetics passages, and we kept going back to work on them and find ways to help me work through them in a systematic way each time. It would have been really difficult if I was on my own to learn how to think about them in a test-friendly way to make up for my weaknesses in the subject areas. She would break down the passages bit by bit to help me get a step by step logic pattern down so that when I would encounter more of them on my own in practice tests and the real exam I could be more successful with them. She had practice problems/passages in each session and she had a great google drive full of easy to access content. I genuinely really liked Weike and the sessions. They were excellent springboards for my own studies and review sessions of the problems I did on my own. Score went from 505 to 515."
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    (Summer, MCAT)
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    "Weike tailored everything to me! I love how she would give me a day by day schedule each week. This allowed me to stay on track and be productive without burning myself out. At first, I'll be honest, I wasn't the best at following through with the work. I had just graduated college and it was summertime. I wanted to enjoy being home. I also started a new job, was shadowing physicians, and became an active volunteer with two local organizations. It was tough to find a balance between everything, and at first, my studying kind of took the back burner. Once I found that internal motivation and learned how to balance all my activities, I was more prompt on following through outside of sessions. Weike was always prepared. We would typically go through the past week's work, with emphasis on the questions or problems I got wrong. She would answer all my questions thoroughly and go into detail when need be. She always made sure I understood before moving on. I always left the session knowing I got something out of it. Overall, I believe my course of study with my tutor was great. We started off with mainly Weike lecturing me, reading textbook material, doing short passages, and then transitioned into strictly practice and review. I thought this method was effective. I never had anything bad to say about Weike! Any questions or concerns I had, she made sure to address in a timely manner. She was always calm and reassuring. She truly helped ease a lot of my fears and worries, as well as help me gain confidence in myself! Beforehand, I didn't know anything about Cambridge Coaching. I just happen to find their website online, and after talking with Martha, I decided to give it a try. Martha, specifically, always checked in on me. It wasn't like she just helped me once and then forgot I existed. She consistently wanted to know how I was doing and how my sessions were going with my coaches. I appreciated her time-to-time check-ins! I wanted a tutoring company that was going to be genuine and keep me on track. All of my coaches - MCAT, strategy, and writing - have been phenomenal. The amount of guidance I've received has been outstanding and something I never got from my undergraduate institution. Without a doubt, it has been money well spent. Score went from 497 to 516."
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    (Taylor, MCAT)