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View Alex’s Tutoring Profile to learn more about her qualifications & teaching experience.Alex R. is an instructor at She is currently pursuing a major in Neuroscience at Brandeis University.

When did you know you wanted to study Neuroscience?

When I got to college, I knew I wanted to do some sort of science and knew that I was going to be completing pre-medicine classes. But, I wanted to try something new and different than the classic sciences like biology, chemistry and psychology, all of which I knew I already enjoyed. I tested out a class called Human Neuropsychology my sophomore year and fell in love. The brain is such an amazing thing and still so much has yet to be discovered.

What do you think is most unique about

I think what is most unique about is the accessibility to both student and tutor. I do not have a car on campus, so getting to and from tutee’s houses would really be a challenge for me. But with the ease of having access right on my computer makes it easier to get to as well as easier to fit in my schedule. I think the same goes for students. Between sports, volunteering or whatever extracurricular the student does, they are definitely busy. Being able to just have access to tutors without needing to leave the house is super convenient.

Why do you think teaching online is beneficial?

The internet is such a helpful tool for both tutors and tutees, I have often been able to find extra practice tests or helpful pictures for the tutee. Specifically, the online classroom makes it easy to interact with those documents found online, together. I usually find practice tests to work through with my tutees so that the material they get from their teachers can be used as extra practice. I also like to throw together practice tests of my own and I usually use pictures I find online. And these tests can be easily shared. I also like how the tutee and tutor can go back and view the files/sketches they’ve made. It makes a future session easier as well as helping the tutee study.

What are some of your teaching principles or strategies?

I think my main strategy is just ‘breaking it down’. Whether it be math, science or even Spanish. For math and science, problems can get very complicated. I like to give the tutee strategies, often ones that I have used, to take those problems piece by piece to make it simpler. The same principle goes for Spanish or history, I’ve learned if you can break concepts or words down and put them into your own words, you’ll be able to remember things better.

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Any advice for students or parents who are interested in

Reach out! I am always happy to answer questions or just talk with people on the fence about online tutoring, no pressure to schedule a session. Also, gives your first session free which is great to see if this fits for you!

What do you do outside of teaching with

Outside of teaching, the majority of my time is spent working in a cognitive neuropsychology lab. We focus on how dopamine plays a role in healthy aging. Next semester I will be starting to volunteer at the Mayo Family Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Center at Boston Children’s Hospital.