• Alex Brusher

    Alex Brusher

    Tutoring Profile

  • MCAT Score

    528 - perfect score

  • Tutoring Experience

    Hundreds of hours across a variety of subjects, including the MCAT, ACT, Organic Chemistry, Discrete Math, writing, and computer science.

  • Special Expertise

    MCAT prep for non-traditional students; Organic Chemistry TA as an undergrad

  • Undergraduate Studies

    Majored in Computer Science and completed medical school prerequisites at University of Michigan

  • Positions

    Premium Elite Tutor

  • Medical Education

    Applying in 2021-2022 cycle!

More About Alex

Hey, y’all, I’m Alex, and I can’t wait to help you open doors with your MCAT score! I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2016, where I majored in computer science and completed my medical school prerequisites. Since graduating, I’ve been working as a software engineer at Google, and while I LOVE my job, I always knew I would circle back to medicine. I prepared for the MCAT and achieved a perfect 528 while working full-time (and 5-8 years removed from my pre-reqs), so I’m familiar with some of the challenges of balancing MCAT prep with other responsibilities, especially for non-traditional students.

When I first started studying for the MCAT, I felt a little bit overwhelmed by the sheer volume of (often-contradictory) advice I found online. MCAT Self Prep helped me develop a healthy irreverence for “conventional” MCAT wisdom. I recognized that I couldn’t rely on others’ advice or accounts of what had worked for them -- I would need to become an expert on my own preparation. I encourage you to adopt a similar philosophy. The MCAT is such a uniquely diabolical exam that there are few (if any) universally useful strategies -- you need to figure out what works best for you, and I’m here to help you do so!

My tutoring style is individualized and socratic -- I like to identify points of confusion for my students, and then ask leading questions to help them bridge gaps for themselves! I’ve spent hundreds of hours tutoring the ACT, Organic Chemistry, Discrete Math, writing, and several computer science classes, and my students have unanimously appreciated my unique ability to “meet them where they are.”

Outside of the MCAT and software worlds, I’m an avid UM/Detroit sports fan (yes, I am a Lions fan, and no, I’m not proud of it). I enjoy anything active and outdoors -- running, playing soccer, cycling, hiking -- and I recently took up guitar. I also volunteer regularly at an intensive outpatient mental health treatment clinic in San Francisco, and I’m a counselor for Peer Collective, a startup building a peer-to-peer mental health support platform.

I can’t stress enough how important it is to continue to devote time to the people and activities that bring joy and purpose to your life during your MCAT preparation. There’s a pervasive “grind” culture surrounding the MCAT, but I genuinely don’t believe you need to suffer in your preparation to achieve your long-term goals. When you’re living your best life as a doctor in thirty years, you won’t regret foregoing a few hours of studying here and there in favor of something or someone you love.

If you are interested in working with me, go ahead and sign up for the tutoring package of your choice! Or, if you have questions before signing up, feel free to reach out for a free 10-minute phone consultation using the form at the very bottom of the page.

I’m looking forward to talking with you soon!

Alex

Hear What Alex's Students are Saying About Him

  • “Alex is an excellent tutor who is able to lead a meaningful discussion on a topic covered during a session. Unlike other tutors, Alex emphasized the importance of understanding the fundamental mechanisms behind phenomena instead of merely regurgitating information, which aided me in problem-solving and critical thinking on exams. Alex is receptive to suggestions and, if necessary, willing to quickly implement changes in order to maximize the efficacy of his time with students. He will be an exceptional educator to any medical school applicant who seeks to improve their score.”

    Kyle

    Kyle

  • “Alex was a phenomenal tutor. I'd been dreading organic chemistry since my parents used to tell me the horror stories of how hard it was back in their pre-med days. Alex made it simple. I still remember the first session that he led when he took us through how to draw resonance structures. He taught me not just how to solve the problems, but how to really think about chemistry. I actually looked forward to our meetings because all the confusing and convoluted material would finally make sense once Alex took me through it. His help led me to succeed and I'd highly recommend him for anyone looking to improve their MCAT score.”

    Tyler

    Tyler

  • “When I have trouble understanding a concept, Alex does his best to reword his explanation or slow things down so I can eventually learn. He is extremely respectful and encouraging, and has never once made me feel dumb. Our sessions are dynamic and I don’t feel hesitant to ask questions because he works at your pace instead of giving a lecture. He is genuinely invested in your growth and I 100% recommend him as an MCAT tutor because he is patient, easy-going, and a great teacher.

    Jess

    Jess

  • Organic chemistry has a reputation as being very difficult, but I ended up finding it both accomplishable and enjoyable, in no small part due to Alex. He clearly explained complicated mechanisms, and encouraged an understanding of processes rather than memorization. He also utilized multiple formats (drawings, discussions). For me, these skills led to better comprehension and in turn, better scores. I would absolutely recommend him as a tutor for anyone looking to do well on the MCAT.”

    Allie

    Allie

  • “Alex has the ability to encourage others to succeed in his tutoring sessions. I struggled a lot with having a foundational knowledge of chemistry while connecting the new concepts I would learn. Alex adjusted his method for each student, and explained each and every topic in a way that was easy to understand, and made it feel manageable. It's not often that you find a tutor that not only helps you understand the material, but makes you feel confident about it. He has been a huge blessing, and I am very grateful for his help. I highly recommend him to everyone!”

    Jeff

    Jeff

  • “Alex is a dedicated tutor and was prompt, prepared and positive at every session. Even when I felt the impending doom of the exam, he provided calm and reassuring guidance by breaking down concepts in a way that helped me understand. He is flexible in his tutoring technique and often explained ideas with a fresh and varied approach to help myself and my colleagues learn in a way that catered to our learning styles. I would recommend Alex to anyone seeking success on the MCAT!”

    Anna

    Anna

  • “Alex was a great tutor, and I would highly recommend him for his ability to articulate the most complex science topics. Working with him, I felt challenged but supported, and always felt that my knowledge was expanded from his explanations of focus topics. Alex facilitated a team based learning experience with a diverse group of students of different levels of understanding. I believe every student believed his study group was a value-added and worthwhile. I would highly recommend him to any student looking for success on the MCAT!”

    Kelsey

    Kelsey

  • “Alex is very knowledgeable and created a very comfortable and open learning environment. Best help I have ever received, after trying 6 different sources.

    Jamal

    Jamal

  • Alex was always engaged and easy to ask questions to, and super helpful to my success. I would like to nominate him for any award you have readily available for instructors. Alex Brusher for president.”

    Corinne

    Corinne

  • Alex was great at helping me figure out the method to getting the right answer instead of just telling me the answer. He also created a nice, relaxed environment, and was overall a wonderful tutor.”

    Ella

    Ella

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Premium Elite Tutoring Packages

  • 1 Tutoring Session
    $ 399.99 /session
    • Recommended for:

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    $ 319.99 /session
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    $ 219.99 /session
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Frequently Asked Questions

Which plan is right for me?

If you are not sure which plan is right for you, simply request a free consultation with Andrew and he will point you in the right direction. He’s worked with hundreds of students and knows what you’ll need to achieve your goal in your unique situation.

What are sessions like?

Each Elite Tutoring session will include the following:

Meticulous Preparation. Before the session even starts, your tutor will look through your Study Portal as they prepare an individualized lesson plan.

Pivotal Adjustments. At the beginning of each hourlong session, your Premium Elite Tutor will examine your progress and help you adjust your study plan using the Study Plan Spreadsheet.

Individualized Training. Your Premium Elite Tutor will spend the bulk of the session focused on teaching you the strategies and content that address your exact needs.

Can a tutor help me with my study plan?

Our Elite Tutors’ primary focus is on helping you know what and how to study in order to achieve MCAT success. They understand that having an effective study plan is the number one determining factor regarding whether you will reach your goal MCAT score. For this reason, they will focus on helping you develop and follow a customized study plan unique to your needs. They all scored in the 97th+ percentile using the MCAT Self Prep Program, so they know what it takes to achieve MCAT success.

Will Elite Tutoring help me during my final month of MCAT studying?

Yes! The final month of studying is actually the best time to take advantage of Elite Tutoring. You will be doing many full-length practice exams during your final month, and your Elite Tutor can review the toughest passages and questions with you. Study Plan Advising is also extremely helpful as you try to decide what and how to study during the final month. Students find that working with someone who has already conquered the exam to be very reassuring during the most stressful period of studying.

I need help with the CARS section. Can an Elite Tutor help me with that?

Yes! Our Elite Tutors are trained to help you with every section of the MCAT.

How do I start meeting with a tutor?

To start meeting with your tutor, simply add Elite Tutoring to your cart, and complete the checkout process. Afterwards, you will receive an immediate confirmation email with detailed instructions for getting started.

You can immediately start our Create-your-own Study Plan Course, which will walk you through developing a rough draft study plan using the Study Plan Spreadsheet.

After that, you can schedule a your first at your convenience so that you can discuss your study plan with one of our Elite Tutors in a one-on-one setting.

How often will I meet with a tutor? How does scheduling a session work?

The great thing about our program is that it offers you the flexibility to study at your own pace and on your own schedule. You do not need to meet with your tutor at the same time every week for a set number of weeks. You are able to choose any available tutoring slot from your tutor’s calendar, whether that slot is two months from now or two days from now. You choose the time that works for you! Students love having this flexibility.

Is there any way to meet in person with my tutor?

All of our tutoring sessions are conducted online, and our students find this to be just as effective, if not more effective, than meeting in person. Students really enjoy the fact that they can visit with their tutor without having to ever leave their apartment!

What materials will I receive as part of this tutoring program?

As soon as you enroll in Elite Tutoring, you will receive immediate and free access to all of the following:
  • Our MCAT Video Collection, which covers ALL the MCAT topics as listed by the AAMC.
  • All ten of our online content modules (Biology I, Physics II, etc) as well as MCAT Bootcamp with customization.
  • Create-your-own Study Plan Course, which includes our Create-your-own Study Plan Spreadsheet and Score Tracker.

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