Adam Liebendorfer

Tutor/Essay Specialist

Subjects

  • Application Essays
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English
  • Math
  • Writing

Tests

  • AP Exams
  • PSAT
  • SAT
  • SSAT, HSPT & ISEE
  • Subject Tests

Locations

  • Bethesda, MD
  • McLean, VA
  • Tenleytown, DC

Bio

Hailing from Ohio, Adam worked for years as a reporter before transitioning to biomedical research. He has written for The Washington Post, NPR, and The Indianapolis Star. Academically, he earned a B.S. in Magazine Journalism from Ohio University and later received a Fulbright Award to obtain an M.A. in International Journalism in the United Kingdom. Later, he completed premedical classes at Goucher College and a two-year research fellowship at the NIH where he used computer science and genomics to help diagnose patients with rare diseases. In the years since graduating from college, he has helped dozens of students excel in STEM classes while also helping them find their voices when writing personal statements, essays and grant proposals. He specializes in college preparation.

When he’s not conducting research or tutoring, he can be found running the trails of the D.C. area, volunteering in the mental health field in Maryland, and freelancing as a science reporter.

 

Philosophy

There was a joke we had at the college newspaper: that journalists are so bad at math that we need calculators just to order a coffee. Nowadays, most of everything I do revolves around math. My shift from journalism to medicine has shown me that the proper preparation and a drive to follow up on areas in which we don’t feel confident can lead us to achievements that may even surprise us. The key is thoughtfulness at every step—the awareness to admit to guessing an answer on a practice standardized test, the clarity to see when a go-to study technique has lost its usefulness, the openness to ask the right questions about a homework assignment. Cultivating this thoughtfulness spills over into other aspects of a student’s life. When it comes time to take the big test or start polishing the college essay, it’s this stamina and discipline from thoughtful preparation that will make the difference.

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