Andrew Merrell

Team Leader

I grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, before moving south to Portland, Oregon, to attend Lewis & Clark College. There, I began tutoring my peers in biology and chemistry classes. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, I moved to central Oregon to tutor math and standardized test preparation. During these years teaching Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 curriculum chapter-by-chapter, I appreciated the opportunity to explain concepts to students in ways that connected related ideas. Demonstrating with examples and explaining the reasoning of each step are key values at the core of my tutoring philosophy.

Because I had not yet gotten enough of classes and school, I went on to obtain my Master’s degree in Biology from Stanford University. During graduate school, I continued to tutor algebra and geometry with AJ Tutoring and SAT-prep at The Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula. I further developed my classroom teaching skills as a Teaching Assistant in the Biology Department at Stanford.

As a tutor, I respect and welcome diverse learning styles, and I recognize that ideas can click for a variety of reasons for different students. I strive to consider each student’s current understanding and perspective, and I avoid answering “why” questions with insufficient “because those are the rules” answers. Rather, I realize that concepts are retained when a student truly understands the deeper meaning, and I believe that new skills ought to be developed in the context of previous foundations.

In my free time, I enjoy hiking and skiing with my wife in the incredible mountains of California. Our dog tags along (or leads the way!) wherever she is allowed.

Subjects Tutored

SAT Subject Math2
SAT Subject Literature
SAT Subject Biology E/M
Academic Algebra 1
Academic Geometry
Academic Algebra 2
Academic Pre-Calculus
Academic Biology
Academic Environmental Science
AP Biology
AP Environmental Science

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