Director of Tutoring
Pace University, Masters of Science in the Teaching of Mathematics, 2006, 4.0 GPA; Yale University, 2004, major in African American Studies, graduated Magna Cum Laude with Distinction in the Major; perfect scores on SAT I Verbal, SAT Writing, Math II, Physics, and French Subject Tests; recipient of the AP Scholar Award for the student with the most and highest scores on Advanced Placement Exams in Illinois; score of 5 on AP exams in Physics C, Calculus BC, English Language, English Literature, French Language, French Literature, Economics, Art History, U.S. History, and European History.
Lily spent her time at Yale taking a wide range of classes from Anthropology to Mathematics. As a freshman, she was selected for the Directed Studies Program, a highly rigorous interdisciplinary course of study in the Philosophy, Literature, and Political Science of the Western tradition from Herodotus to Hannah Arendt. While pursuing her diverse educational interests, she also tutored in the New Haven public schools and started Ballroom Dance Outreach, a student group conducting free dance lessons in local high schools.
After graduating from Yale, Lily was accepted into the New York City Teaching Fellows Program and began teaching at the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School in fall, 2004, where she taught until spring, 2012. She simultaneously earned her Masters in Teaching and Professional Teaching Certificate. She has eight years of classroom experience teaching Mathematics and Physics, with subject areas ranging from Algebra remediation to calculus-based Physics, and has successfully shepherded her students through NYS Regents, SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, and AP exams alike.
As Director of Standardized Test Preparation, Lily brings to bear her years of experience with curriculum development, group instruction, and individual tutoring in both public and private schools to the challenging task of mastering standardized assessments, approaching them from both a strategic and a content-based point of view. She has worked to amplify and maintain test-specific guides totaling over 500 pages in length which focus on critical thinking skills and thorough understanding of content as a foundation, bridging the gap between the exercise of test preparation and the goal of becoming a well-educated and well-rounded student in any context. Students’ content mastery is bolstered by test-specific strategy and timed practice, which ensures accountability for students and their instructors and allows tutors to tailor their methods to the needs of each learner. Lily specializes in effective use of technology to add to students’ confidence and scores, and her review classes have helped test-takers maximize their performance and contributed to CET’s development of curricula based on detailed analysis of each exam’s structure and content. Additionally, she trains every one of CET’s test prep tutors and oversees their work with individual students, focusing on continuous improvement and expansion of CET’s teaching techniques.
Lily herself has helped dozens of students improve their test results both in and out of the classroom and has become one of the most sought-after tutors at CET with her unique blend of expertise and relatability. She has seen great improvements working with students in a wide variety of subjects and grade levels and knows that every student can and will learn with the right approach. Lily believes strongly in a conceptual, discovery-based, and student-focused approach to learning. She is well acquainted with the challenges and pressures of a rigorous academic atmosphere and works to engage students through both her own passion for the subjects she teaches and her naturally enthusiastic and supportive personality.
Lily considers boredom to be a sin and spends her non-teaching time immersed in her other career as a Latin Ballroom dancer. (She also teaches, performs, and competes in the cha cha, samba, rumba, paso doble, and jive!)
Columbia University, 2011, major in English and Comparative Literature, 3.96 GPA, graduated Magna Cum Laude with English Departmental Honors, Dean’s List Fall 2007-Spring 2011; member of Phi Beta Kappa; National Merit Finalist, 2007; Recipient of the Robert C. Byrd Scholarship, 2007; Near-perfect score of 2350 on SATs, (with perfect scores on Writing and Reading sections), 770 on Chemistry SAT Subject Test, 800 on Spanish SAT Subject Test; AP Scholar with Distinction: Score of 5 on AP exams in U.S. History, Latin, Spanish, and BC Calculus.
A lifelong academic high-achiever and extremely versatile and experienced tutor, Alice has worked with hundreds of students to help them excel in such diverse subjects as English, history, Spanish, geometry, chemistry, physics, algebra, trigonometry, precalculus, and calculus; she has also tutored dozens of students for the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, GRE, and various SAT subject tests with consistently spectacular results.
As a native New Yorker and graduate of the New York City private school system, Alice is well acquainted with the stress and anxiety created by its pressure-cooker academic environment. She employs empathy, humor, and enthusiasm to help her students solidify their skill sets and develop confidence in their own academic abilities, while having as much fun as possible along the way. Her methodology consists of a systematic, step-by-step breakdown and explanation of concepts and strategies, as well as a keen attention to the details of each student's unique personality and learning style.
When she is not tutoring, Alice may be found reading at home, running in various NYC parks, or pursuing her career as an actress/singer/dancer.
Princeton University, 2012, major in Religion with a certificate in Theatre, top quintile; Member of Phi Beta Kappa; Award for Outstanding Original Research in Islamic Studies, 2012; Sophomore Award for Excellence in Theatre, 2010; Shapiro Award for Academic Excellence as a Freshman, 2009; score of 5 on AP exams in Chemistry, BC Calculus, US History, and Psychology.
Clayton has worked with Competitive Edge since 2012, working with students in virtually every area of test prep and coursework. He is uniquely qualified to support students in both the humanities and advanced science and math courses, and shifts seamlessly between these disciplines. As a test prep tutor, Clayton has worked with students to prepare for the ACT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, Advanced Placement exams, Regents Exams, ISEE, and the SSAT. Though his plan for students is always based on their individual needs, Clayton strives to make his sessions fun and engaging, while also holding his students accountable. He takes great pride in letting his students gradually take more ownership over their test prep program, and has helped them gain admittance into some of the top colleges in the nation. Clayton loves to make personal connections during his sessions, and still regularly keeps in touch with many of his former students.
Prior to his work with Competitive Edge, Clayton tutored for three years as a Fellow with the Princeton University Writing Center, an undergraduate and graduate resource for academic writing. He worked individually with hundreds of students on a wide variety of academic papers, becoming known for his calm and approachable demeanor, and his ability to explain concepts clearly while letting students take ownership of their work. He later became a Head Fellow at the Writing Center, training other Fellows to become more effective at their craft.
Clayton is also a certified high school science teacher for the subjects of Physics, Biology, and Chemistry. He has experience teaching science in the classroom at Sharpstown High School, part of the Houston Independent School District. His passion for science dates back to the earlier years of his education, when he won the Bausch and Lomb Award for Excellence in Science in 2007. Through Competitive Edge, Clayton has designed curricula for and taught full classroom based courses on the ACT and the SAT Physics subject test. In the classroom setting, Clayton focuses on finding a balance between creating engaging content for all students, while making sure no students feel left behind.
Lastly, he is a nut for all things creative—he loves theatre, writing and music, so much so that he has trouble determining which of these is his true love! Currently, he is writing a book, while occasionally performing his award winning one man show at colleges along the East Coast.
Williams College, 2015, major in Biology with Biology Departmental Honors, graduated Cum Laude, Dean’s List 2011-2015, pre-medical coursework complete; score of 5 on AP exams in Chemistry, Biology, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, Statistics, and Literature and Composition; near perfect score of 35 on ACT; member of National Honor Society since 2009.
A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Becca developed her love of science at a young age and has long dreamed of going into medicine. While she fostered her love for science and medicine in both high school and college, it was during her time at Williams that she developed new passions in other subjects, for example, Global Health and Music. For Becca’s senior thesis, she studied the biological relevance of small molecule inhibitors developed in her lab. Since graduating, she has been working as a Medical Assistant for Tribeca Pediatrics in New York.
In high school, she tutored her peers one-on-one in coursework and exam preparation. In college, she delved into community service events that had teaching components that she found particularly rewarding. During two springs she tutored after-school science programs at the Williamstown local elementary school. For four years she also worked at William’s Math and Science Resource Center (MSRC) as a tutor in Biology, Organic and Physical Chemistry and as a mentor for specific courses, assisting students with homework problems, lab work, and general concept comprehension. For Competitive Edge, Becca focuses on Biology, Chemistry, and ACT Test Preparation.
In order to ensure the success of her students, she spends time, particularly at their initial meeting, learning the manner in which he or she best absorbs information. She teaches by asking questions and guiding students in the right direction to find correct answers. Becca also believes that allowing students to teach the teacher is an invaluable tool that offers both a sense of empowerment to the student and also elucidates how much material they are fully grasping.
In her free time, you can find her playing soccer, playing and listening to music, and frequenting as many boutique coffee shops as she can.
CUNY Graduate Center, currently matriculated, Ph.D. in Nanotechnology and Materials Chemistry; Rollins College, 2013, graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Chemistry and Mathematics; American Institute of Chemists’ Outstanding Senior Chemistry Major Award, 2013; Archibald Granville Bush Award (excellent standard in academic pursuits), 2011 & 2013; Thomas R. Baker Memorial Prize (excellence in chemistry), 2012; Centennial Award (academic excellence), 2009-2013; Cram Science Scholarship (excellence in the sciences), 2009-2013; Deans Scholarship, 2009-2013; CRC Press Chemistry Achievement Award, 2010; ranked 3rd in Deer Park High School, NY, 2009; scores of 5 on AP exams in Macroeconomics, English Language and Composition, Chemistry, Physics B, and US History; 800 on Critical Reading SAT I, 780 on Math SAT I.
While at Rollins College, Justin not only studied broad interdisciplinary concepts in an Honors Degree Program, but also specialized in science and mathematics. His understanding of the development and implementation of scientific reasoning allowed him to draw connections between intellectual and academic paradigms. As he made the transition from being a chemistry tutor for the Rollins Chemistry Department to a math, science, and test preparation tutor at a private tutoring company, this skill made it possible to develop novel strategies for students to have a more dynamic interaction with subject matter.
Justin’s approach lends itself especially to ACT and SAT test preparation. By showing his students the underlying patterns in the type and content of questions on standardized tests, he helps them establish the confidence and familiarity required to radically improve their scores. Once students realize that tests like the SAT and ACT are predictable, they see the benefit of practice and also lose the edginess that is so often associated with and detrimental to test taking. Justin prides himself on not only helping students achieve higher scores, but also on reducing any associated stress.
While tutoring dozens of students at Competitive Edge Tutoring, Justin has demonstrated the efficacy of his approach, with his students scoring up to and including a perfect 36 on the ACT. Additionally, he was able to prove his versatility by teaching an SAT II Physics prep course at a prestigious NYC school, Avenues: The World School. Despite setting a high bar for his students, and himself, his track record continues to improve.
Justin also works as an inorganic radiochemistry Ph.D. student at Hunter College, researching topics related to cancer imaging and nuclear fuel remediation. While his graduate work is far more advanced than the subjects he teaches, his research helps maintain and hone an intellectual edge, generating an intensity and passion that stimulates his students.
Beyond his work as a scientist and instructor, Justin is a voracious consumer of literature, fiction and non-fiction, as well as an avid outdoorsman.
University of Pennsylvania, currently matriculated, post-baccalaureate pre-medical studies; Dartmouth College, 2014, 3.5 GPA, major in Neuroscience and minor in Linguistics, graduated with honors in Neuroscience; Selected as 1 of 55 students from a national applicant pool of 600+ collegiate science majors to participate in Research in Science and Engineering (RiSE); Score of 5 on Advanced Placement exams in Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, French Language, French Literature, Psychology, European History, English, and Biology; Certified as a national emergency medical technician (EMT), 2012.
Olivia was salutatorian of Charlottesville (VA) High School, where she was president of the Spanish Club for three years, a leader in the French Club, and a member of her high school soccer team; and, as a consequence, the difficulties of balancing scholastic demands and extracurricular activities are very familiar to her. After exhausting the thirteen Advanced Placement courses offered at her high school, she began supplementing her high school curriculum with courses in Italian and Russian at the University of Virginia.
While at Dartmouth, Olivia was employed as a teaching assistant for three years. She began as a Spanish TA with her own class of students, teaching grammar and grading exams. After two and a half years in the Spanish department, she was promoted to TA in Linguistics, holding office hours, giving lectures, and tutoring Dartmouth undergraduates. She participated in RiSE during the summer of 2012, and researched how Arc protein distribution in the hippocampus correlates with different types of learning. During her senior year, Olivia wrote her honors thesis, conducting her own neuroscience experiment, which examined the effects of empathy on facial mimicry. In the same year, she also worked as a private tutor in the Hanover community, teaching pre-algebra, algebra, and writing to 5th graders.
At Competitive Edge, Olivia tutors the SAT, ACT, Writing, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Spanish, and French. She is a passionate teacher, striving to help her students not only to manage but also enjoy academic challenges by teaching them how to make memorable and creative connections.
In her spare time, Olivia enjoys playing with her pet hedgehog, reading, and cross-country skiing.
Sloan Kettering, currently matriculated, ph.D in Cancer Biology, Princeton University, 2009, major in Chemical Engineering and minor in Biological Engineering.
Scott’s enthusiasm for science and math are impossible to mistake. He has two publications (in 2007, a study involving crude oil Polymer additives and, in 2011, a study of the enzyme Mmel and DNA) and a resume of lab work conducted at Princeton University, Onconova Therapeutics (New Jersey), the University of Melbourne (Australia), Wuxi Pharmatech (China) and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Structural Biology. It was at Wuxi in Shanghai that Scott first discovered his love for teaching while informally instructing English classes during his lunch break. What excites him in particular is the challenge of introducing completely new subject matter in uncomplicated and understandable terms to his students.
Scott specializes in tutoring Mathematics—everything from Algebra to Multivariable Calculus—as well as Chemistry, Molecular Biology and Physics. He is an experienced test prep tutor for New York State Regents exams and SAT Subject Tests in Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Math I, and Math II. His teaching methodology is to help students understand the concept as a part of the larger picture, which improves comprehension and provides motivation to continue learning.
When he is not teaching, Scott enjoys sports. He was a member of both the Princeton Varsity Squash and Soccer Teams. Currently, he participates in the Metropolitan Squash Racquets Association Squash League and the Metro New York Men’s Soccer League.
Harvard, 2015, major in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, graduated Cum Laude, awarded language citation in German, 2015, David McCord Prize for Unusual Artistic Talent, 2015, Doris Cohen Levi Prize in Musical Theater, 2015, Office for the Arts at Harvard Developing Artist Fellowship, 2014, Weissman International Internship Program grant, 2014; 780 on SAT Writing section; 790 on Biology M SAT Subject Test; Score of 5 on AP exams in English Literature, Law and Government, US History, Biology, AB Calculus, and Spanish.
Elizabeth split her time at Harvard between biology and theater due to her fascination with both the literal and figurative study of life. A passion for evolutionary biology and conservation led her to enroll in numerous animal diversity classes. When she wasn’t rehearsing for a play or singing with her R&B a cappella group, Elizabeth could be found in the lab, attempting to understand the anatomy and behavior of a wide variety of organisms. In her favorite class, entomology, she was tasked with creating and cataloguing an insect collection, which she maintains and expands to this day. Elizabeth’s love of living creatures began in her AP biology class in junior year of high school, and she seeks to inspire that same passion in current high school biology students.
At the beginning of each academic year at Harvard, Elizabeth participated in a pre-orientation program for incoming freshmen. As an upperclassman, Elizabeth’s job was to create a welcoming environment for the newly matriculated students while introducing them to life on campus. Elizabeth’s upbeat attitude and the compassion she developed during the three years she mentored freshmen as well as her excellent academic record make her a fun, supportive, and articulate tutor.
Elizabeth primarily tutors test preparation with Competitive Edge. She approaches standardized test prep with long term benefits in mind. While preparing for the SAT and ACT may seem tedious, excelling at test preparation can help students develop great discipline and logic skills. In fact, she believes that her own preparation for the SAT not only helped to build her academic acumen but also taught her that being responsible and diligent was of paramount importance in reaching her goals.
When she’s not tutoring, Elizabeth can be found rehearsing for her next play, singing jazz standards at home, or collecting insects in Central Park.
Brooklyn College, 2015, Dietetic Internship Program; Hunter College, 2014, M.S. in Nutrition, 3.8 GPA; Cornell University, 2011, major in Biology & Society; The State University of New York at Stony Brook Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Scholarship recipient, 2007-2008; Score of 5 on AP Exams in Biology and Psychology.
During her senior year at Walt Whitman High School on Long Island, Michelle was accepted into the selective Stony Brook University Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program, a unique honors curriculum that seeks to increase the number of women in the fields of science, math, and engineering. As a WISE scholar, she gained intensive research experience through classroom instruction, as well as extracurricular participation in a cell biology and pathology laboratory.
She transferred to Cornell University the following year and took courses in a wide array of subjects, ranging from bioengineering to animal science to German language. She participated as a research assistant in several projects and was a staff photographer for the Cornell Daily Sun. During her tenure as menu steward of a vegetarian housing cooperative, Michelle became passionate about food and nutrition. Consequently, she joined on-campus organizations geared toward educating students and members of the Ithaca community about healthy eating.
While a graduate student, Michelle worked as an SAT, ACT, and biology tutor with a national franchise and, subsequently, with a small independent company. She has experience working individually with students, as well as in small group and classroom settings, which has solidified her propensity to be empathetic and patient. Since joining CET, she has worked with a plethora of NYC middle school and high schools students as they traverse the complexities of the high school and college admissions process. She sees her role as not only a test prep and academic subject specialist, but also as a mentor.
The first in her family to attend college, Michelle has a perspective on learning and academic achievement that can only be earned through self-directed goal setting and enduring tenacity. This perspective informs her tutoring philosophy, which is that once students believe they have the capacity to accomplish their goals, mindful planning, practice, and patience are the keys to success. Her ability to alleviate anxiety, while simultaneously encouraging intellectual growth and development, leaves a lasting impression on students, as they translate critical thinking skills into better academic performance and more confidence in their own abilities.
When she is not tutoring or spreading the gospel of healthy eating, Michelle enjoys art museums, musical performances, record collecting, yoga, cooking, and knitting.
Harvard Medical School, 2016 (expected); Columbia University, 2012, majored in Biomedical Engineering, 4.00 GPA, graduated Summa Cum Laude; Dean’s list all semesters; Engineering Honor Society (Tau Beta Pi) President and Fellowship Recipient; Stuyvesant High School graduate with above 700 on all sections of the SAT (with a perfect 800 in the Math section); Math II Subject Test 800; Physics Subject Test 710; Biology Subject Test 710; Scored 5/5 on 6 AP exams (English Language and English Literature, Biology, BC Calculus, Statistics, Psychology) and passed the first actuarial exam in probability before graduating high school; Scored in the 97th percentile on the MCAT; Research work recognized in Siemens/Westinghouse competition and New York City Science and Engineering Fair; published several academic papers on brain cancer, skin disease, and ultrasound imaging.
Dmitriy has worked as a tutor, teaching assistant, and mentor for the last 6 years in New York and Boston with dozens of high school and middle school students to help them excel in various subjects, including: Algebra, Geometry, Pre-calculus, Trigonometry, Chemistry, and Physics. He has also worked with students preparing for the SAT, ACT, SHSAT and SAT Subject Exams.
Dmitriy enjoys teaching students fundamental concepts that can be applied to multiple problems and explains how formulas are derived in order to minimize memorization. His students then reinforce what they learned through practice questions. Dmitriy takes an individualized approach with every student to accommodate their learning style and speed. At the end of every session, he also uses a “teach-back” method, during which his students teach him what they learned that day.
In his spare time, Dmitriy loves to play chess with his grandfather, explore New York City, learn new things, and teach others.
Harvard, 2015, major in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality; recipient of language citation in Chinese, 2015; recipient of Rockefeller International Experience Grant, 2012; 790 on Chemistry SAT Subject Test; 750 on Math II SAT Subject Test; Score of 5 on AP exams in Chemistry, BC Calculus, Environmental Science, Government and Politics, US History, Biology, and Latin.
At Chapel Hill High School in North Carolina, Karl was dedicated to rigorously studying science and mathematics. After he took every science and math class available, he enrolled part-time at UNC Chapel Hill to take more advanced college-level courses. In the summers of 2009 and 2010, he worked at the EPA building computational models to study how pesticides and other chemicals affect the liver.
At Harvard, however, after taking his first gender studies course, Karl was quickly drawn to the humanities as well. He took courses in Sociology and Literature, but also continued to study the sciences in courses like Endocrinology and Evolutionary Biology. One of Karl’s favorite classes—in part because it informed his passion for social justice--was “Women and Science,” which explored how scientific research and popular science shaped the way we understand gender. Karl’s goal at CET is to inspire his students with a similar intellectual curiosity and empower them to see science and humanities as disciplines that are in constant conversation to create meaning in our everyday environment.
Karl works with students to help them discover how they learn and study best. Besides mastery of content, his tutoring work ultimately helps students improve their organizational skills, study skills, and attitude toward studying. His theatrical experience in plays, comedy and musicals at Harvard has made him a better tutor by developing spontaneity and listening skills in his approach to teaching. He believes that standardized tests can be easily tackled once students acquire the confidence that comes from knowing the test inside out as well as knowing the strategies that work best for them.
When he’s not tutoring, Karl can be found rehearsing for his next play, binge-watching Netflix series, or catching Pokémon in Central Park.
Columbia University, 2016, Post-baccalaureate Premedical Program, 3.91 GPA; Tufts University, 2012, major in Quantitative Economics, graduated Magna Cum Laude; score of 521 on MCAT (99% percentile); AP Scholar with Distinction; member of National Honor Society 2007.
Danielle grew up in Mahopac, NY, and was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” at Lakeland High School, where she was captain of the Dance Team and member of the Math Team. She completed Advanced Placement coursework in World History, U.S. History, Macroeconomics, Physics B, Chemistry, English Language/Composition, English Literature/Composition, and Calculus AB. She played the piano competitively, and participated in both the New York State Music Teachers Association (NYSMTA) competition and New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) competition for several years.
While an undergraduate at Tufts University, Danielle pursued a major in Quantitive Economics. She completed a senior research paper titled "Impact of AIDS on Economic Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa," which sparked her interest in medicine. After graduating from Tufts, Danielle worked as a Private Banking analyst at J.P. Morgan for two years before enrolling in the Columbia Premedical Program to embark on the path to becoming a physician. While completing her premedical studies Danielle volunteered at Columbia University Medical Center as well as at Weill Cornell Medical Center as an emergency medicine research associate. She additionally worked as a medical assistant in a private dermatology practice. During her time at Columbia, Danielle thrived in both her lecture and laboratory courses, and is eager to share her academic interests with her students.
When tutoring in the sciences, Danielle helps students acquire an in-depth understanding of all requisite topics, providing them the skills necessary to approach complex problems with confidence. She encourages her students to ask questions, and strives to stimulate their intellectual curiosity.
In her spare time Danielle enjoys visiting New York City museums, especially the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural History. She is an avid reader of classic fiction, and her favorite place to unwind with a novel is Central Park.
Princeton University, 2011, major in Electrical Engineering with certificates in Materials Science & Engineering and Chinese Language & Culture; Sigma Xi Book Award for oral presentation at Spring 2011 Materials Research Society conference; National Merit Scholarship Winner; 800 on GRE Quantitative Reasoning; 800 on GRE Verbal Reasoning; 800 on SAT Writing section; 800 on SAT Mathematics Level 2 Subject Test; 800 on SAT Physics Subject Test; 5 on AP Physics B; 5 on AP Biology; 5 on AP Chemistry; 5 on AP Latin - Vergil; 5 on AP Calculus BC; 5 on AP Statistics.
Alfred grew up on Staten Island, New York, and attended Brooklyn’s Poly Prep Country Day School throughout middle school and high school. There, he developed a love for asking tough questions and sharing the answers he found with others. This, combined with his love for taking things apart, led him to pursue the path of engineer by day and journalist by night.
Alfred majored in Electrical Engineering at Princeton and spent much of his free time either interning at WABC radio’s John Batchelor Show or working for the news division of Princeton’s own student-run radio station, WPRB. He also taught math for Princeton's Freshman Scholar's Institute, where he welcomed incoming freshmen to campus and helped them gain the confidence they needed to tackle freshman year math coursework.
Upon graduation, he moved to Lexington, Kentucky, to work as an engineer for the printer maker Lexmark International. There, too, he maintained an interest in sharing his knowledge with others. On nights and weekends, he coached the University of Kentucky’s elite college athletes not in basketball—Coach John Calipari has that under control—but in math, physics and economics.
Alfred returned to New York in 2013 to attend Columbia Journalism School and to pursue his dream of asking questions for a living. When he’s not tutoring or pursuing a story, Alfred can usually be found rocking out to country music, hitting rails on the squash court, or cheering on his beloved Yankees.
Columbia University, 2018, Post-baccalaureate Premedical Program, 3.7 GPA; Full Scholarship Wofford College, 2015, major in mathematic and minor in economics, graduated cum laude, 3.6 GPA; AP Scholar with Distinction making 5’s on the Calculus BC, Physics C, Psychology, US History and Statistics exams; member of National Honor Society 2011.
Hayes grew up in Greenwood, SC, and attended Greenwood High School. At Greenwood, he graduated 3rd out of 400 students in his class and won the Kiwanis SAT Award for all of Greenwood County. While in high school, he served as the captain of the golf team and won MVP honors twice.
Hayes enrolled at Wofford College where he majored in mathematics and minored in economics. He also took many classes in the humanities, ranging from religion, to philosophy, to art history. As an undergraduate, he tutored other students in calculus, economics, and physics. He also served as a research analyst and later the portfolio manager of Wofford’s student-run investment fund. His desire to learn and experience new things took him on several travels throughout continental Europe and Thailand, where he studied art history, WWII, and cultural and religious diversity. Outside the classroom, Hayes served on Wofford’s financial affairs committee his sophomore and junior year and played for the men’s division I varsity golf team.
After graduation, Hayes went to work as a junior equity analyst at Dividend Assets Capital for a year-and-a-half before enrolling in Columbia University’s Premedical Post-Baccalaureate program to pursue a career in medicine. At Columbia, he tutors other Post-Baccalaureate students who know where to turn when they need help with the requisite math and science courses.
When tutoring, Hayes breaks complex problems down into several simple ones. He believes that starting with a strong grasp of fundamental concepts is vital to the solution of any problem. As opposed to memorizing specific formulas and algorithms, he has students derive theorems and “play” with variables in an equation, so they fully understand all aspects of the topic, an approach that lends itself well to math programs with emphasis on problem solving (e.g., Exeter Math). Hayes wants his students to ask questions, and he requires them to use logic to see if their answers actually make sense. Finally, he believes humor is essential to learning, especially when a student is lacking confidence
In his spare time, Hayes loves exploring New York’s food scene. He is also a voracious consumer of post-modern fiction.