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PrepNow Tutor - Aleksandra K.

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Aleksandra K. majored in molecular biology and minored in Russian at Pomona College, where she was awarded the Endowed Raney Scholarship as well as the Eda May Haskell Library Prize for an essay on the role books have played in her life. She also won the Instructables Green Design Contest for a mobile solar energy generator and the Nest Challenge for an electric bike generator. Aleksandra is currently a PhD candidate in environmental sciences at the University of California, Riverside. An energetic and kind student, teacher, mentor, and tutor, she loves helping people achieve their goals in life. "I view it as a privilege if I get to be a part of their educational journey!"

As both a high school and college student, Aleksandra worked at the Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago in materials science and biochemistry laboratories. Since graduating from Pomona with her BA, she has built off-grid solar powered generators that have been used to power music, music festivals, and artwork in remote and urban areas. While living with her grandparents, she also tutored in Moscow, Russia at a center for students who were refugees. Aleksandra has also conducted research in an entomology laboratory, studying benthic invertebrates from freshwater streams and saline lakes.

Aleksandra got her start tutoring during her sophomore year of high school. Since that time, she has tutored and mentored students every year, working with more than one hundred students during the course of her tutoring career. In high school, she tutored middle school students in math and reading as well as adult Russian speakers who were learning English as a second language. She says, "I love watching students grow intellectually and master a topic or field of study. It gets me excited about learning all over again!" In college, Aleksandra tutored high school students in a wide range of subjects for four years. After graduating from Pomona, she has spent the past two years mentoring high school students on writing resumes and applying to college.

When asked to describe her approach, Aleksandra says, "My style of tutoring involves centering focus on the student for the entire duration of the lesson, adapting to the learning style and needs of the student, and creating a safe learning environment. No question is not worth asking, and I am here to help build confidence so that the student can ultimately achieve academic success as an individual!"

As a high school student herself, Aleksandra served as All School Vice President and played varsity soccer for all four years. At Pomona, she was the outdoor gear room staffer, an orientation leader, and a student representative on the Social Responsibility Committee. In her downtime now, she is a voracious reader and says, "I like ski touring with Bud the dog and am the caretaker of five beautiful succulent plants."

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