Olivia graduated from Princeton University with a BA in chemistry and a minor in Mandarin (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), and she earned first prize in a nationwide Mandarin speech and talent competition with an oration about her villainous washing machine. She went on to earn a Master’s degree in linguistics (with distinction) from Oxford University on a Sachs Scholarship (awarded to one Princeton undergraduate per year). She has also worked as a software engineer at NPR and Microsoft and lived in India working as a rural journalist, supported by an American India Foundation Clinton Fellowship for Service. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Division, where she studies medical and humanitarian engineering. She has strong interests in global health and international development, and more often than not, you’ll find Olivia at the MIT D-Lab, where she gives tours and conducts research on poverty alleviation efforts in the developing world.

Olivia has a great deal of experience tutoring subjects across the sciences and humanities. She has served as a teaching assistant at both Oxford and MIT and was short-listed for a university-wide teaching award at Oxford. At Cambridge Coaching, her particular specialties include the GRE, the SAT, chemistry, computer science, and languages/linguistics.

In her free time, Olivia enjoys performing in musicals and Shakespeare plays, playing the violin in pit bands and chamber ensembles, singing early choral music, learning new languages, knitting rectangular things, and serving as a slave to her three excessively needy guinea pigs, Edith, Mabel, and Lola.

Education & Qualifications
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School, PhD Candidate in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics (Health Sciences and Technology Division)
  • University of Oxford Oxford, MSt in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology
  • Princeton University, BA in Chemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • GRE
  • SAT
  • Chinese
  • German
  • Italian
  • English as a Second Language