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Donald M.

Weston, MA

$360/hr

Harvard 2X: Success for Business, English, Law, Math, and Test Prep

Background check passed as of 5/18/14
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Harvard 2X: Success for Business, English, Law, Math, and Test Prep

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Students tell me that I help them to become more successful than they ever thought possible.

I have long been sought by the most effective people in the world to help them advance the state of the art in what they do. From these experiences, I have a unique perspective on what it takes to be extraordinarily effective in important tasks. I take delight in meeting and sharing these insights with young people and seeing them excel beyond their dreams.

The difference between someone who is outstanding in performing a task and someone who is average can usually be found in only two to eight practices ... which are unique to that individual. My strength is quickly identifying these differences and demonstrating easy ways to eliminate them. Consequently, my students rapidly become the highest performers in their classes and schools. When it comes time to apply to a highly competitive college, professional or graduate school, or for a job, these students are highly sought by admissions officers and employers. My students obtain merit scholarships and bonuses seldom offered to others.

I am good at explaining subjects in simple English in many different ways so that it's simple and fast for someone to learn. For instance, in standardized test preparation, students who can quickly stop doing old practices have told me that they achieved their target scores after only one tutoring lesson. English and writing students usually advance two grade levels within three months. Students who have worked with other tutors say that they learn four to five times faster with me.

Each student is different, and I adjust each session to focus on what will help that student the most. My philosophy is to teach the student to excel beyond what occurs in a classroom ... rather than just cover the subject from the text's perspective.

I love it when my college and high school students send e-mails for help with papers due in a few hours. It's never too late to create a great paper.

Since I teach students to become outstanding and don't need much time to do it, the total cost of working with me is less.

I have an undergraduate degree in history from Harvard with high honors. My thesis was placed in the permanent Harvard archives. I am also a graduate of Harvard Law School. While in law school, I studied marketing and strategy at Harvard Business School.

I am an author or coauthor of 14 nonfiction books, write professionally about business and education as well, and have one global best seller (The 2,000 Percent Solution). Many people describe me as the most popular book reviewer in the world.

I have been a part-time online business, economics, history, law, science, social sciences, and writing professor and tutor for graduate students in more than 60 countries around the world during the last ten years. One of my tutees won the Texty award for writing the best new physics textbook for college students. For over a decade, I've also been teaching art, business, problem solving, and reading in local adult education classes.

Over 50 of my clients for whom I did career counseling went on to become CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.

I'm the founder of the 400 Year Project (working since 1995 to develop ways to accomplish 20 times more with the same or less time, money, and effort). Successful breakthroughs have been accomplished in more than 60 countries by people applying the project's methods.

I am also an entrepreneur who has started more than 100 businesses. My main enterprise is a management consulting firm. I am considered an expert on business innovation, business-model innovation, and entrepreneurship. Rather than being someone who just teaches how to do better, I'm someone who has led a life of high accomplishment.

I'm a member of the Massachusetts bar.

Testimonials

"Excellent Tutor"

- Christin, Hampstead, NH on 10/28/14

"Great tutor. Helped my son to get a very high ACT score."

- Massie, Newton Center, MA on 8/14/14
Donald replied on 10/9/2014

Massie's son earned the enviable composite on the ACT that should get him into any school he chooses.

"Great Tutor"

- Homaira, Boylston, MA on 7/14/14

"Amazing ACT Tutor!"

- Parisa, Brookline, MA on 7/10/14

"Great algebra 2 tutor "

- Deb, Sudbury, MA on 6/17/14

"The most amazing tutor you will ever have!"

- Melissa, Somerville, MA on 4/19/14

"Stellar Tutor"

- Dianne, Weston, MA on 3/16/14

"One of the best teachers/scholars I have ever met."

- Rakesh, Southborough, MA on 11/24/13

"The best tutor we have ever hired!!"

- Justin, Lexington, MA on 7/21/13

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"Very relaxed!"

- Griff, Chestnut Hill, MA on 6/4/13
Donald replied on 9/29/2013

Griff was a student then at a very highly regarded college taking its introductory course in economics. I was able to help him turn the theoretical knowledge presented in lectures and in the text into practical understanding that he could use to devise effective solutions and to answer test questions correctly.

"Good tutor with effective teaching method"

- Michelle, Wellesley, MA on 5/13/13

"Very knowledgeable "

- Chloe, Andover, MA on 4/21/13

"The shortcut for all recent immigrants who want to learn English and American culture!"

- Steven, Weston, MA on 4/7/13

"Very patient and comfortable for my son to work with."

- Shari, Burlington, MA on 1/15/13

"Encouraging, knowledgeable tutor!"

- Theresa, Sharon, MA on 1/8/13

"Brilliant!"

- Mira, West Newton, MA on 11/19/12

"Easy to reach, very knowledgeable."

- Tania, Brookline, MA on 11/13/12

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- Nita, Westwood, MA on 10/10/12
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ACT English

This is a test where speed and accuracy count. By practicing and locating where you make the most incorrect decisions, you can focus your attention on quickly improving your score. By strengthening your understanding of grammar, punctuation, and spelling, I can help you do much better with relatively little effort. One of my most recent students earned a 35 on this part of the ACT. Many people don't think they can learn grammar, punctuation, and spelling if they aren't native speakers. I helped a recent student improve by 8 points who is not a native speaker.

ACT Math

I like the thorough way that ACT math tests pre-algebra, elementary algebra, intermediate algebra, coordinate geometry, plane geometry, and trigonometry. Anyone who has a good grounding in these topics and reads the questions carefully can do almost perfectly. It's a great feeling to prepare a student to do so. One of my most recent students earned a 35 on this part of the ACT. Another of my recent students improved by 10 points on this part of the test after our work together.

ACT Reading

ACT Reading calls for making judgments about what authors are trying to accomplish and what their words mean. You'll focus more on the big picture than the little one, a quality that can frustrate some people who like to make fine distinctions. Work with me, and you'll know just how to characterize these reading questions. One of my recent students earned a 34 on this part of the ACT. Many students find it hard to read and answer the questions in the time allowed. I have helped several students to increase their speed in reading and accurately answering questions by more than 100 percent.

ACT Science

As an attorney with training in science, I am familiar with the logic and proofs involved in drawing conclusions from scientific evidence and exhibits. The questions on ACT Science test for understanding such observations and correctly interpreting them in a brief amount of time. I can develop and explain examples in many different scientific contexts to help students. I can show ways to answer the questions faster, as well as more accurately. One of my recent students earned a 35 on this part of the ACT. Another of my students improved by 12 points after tutoring with me.

Algebra 1

I love to help youngsters learn Algebra I because it provides so many helpful tools for finding solutions to everyday problems. There's also an element of reading and thinking carefully that helps develop a sense of logic that can be used in other subjects. Also, once someone grasps these concepts, they are rarely forgotten, even late in life. Most students understand almost everything they need to know, but lack enough practice with all types of problems to develop skill and confidence sufficient to do well on math tests. I can easily explain what's missing and provide the necessary practice. Most students don't need many lessons from me to be able to handle this subject on their own.

Algebra 2

These are valuable skills to master for higher mathematics. I encourage students to develop a very firm grounding before moving on to other forms of math. Drills are very useful for identifying misunderstandings about how to perform various operations. There are also many resources for obtaining additional insights into how to do this work. I also direct students to those resources when appropriate.

American History

As part of my undergraduate training in history, I studied under many of the world's leading scholars in American history. I'm also the leading online reviewer of American history books. I've read widely in American history and have visited the sites of many major events.

My specialty is improving essay writing. History essays are different than English ones, relying more on logic and factual evidence. There are also more subtle issues of interpretation. I am happy to help students improve in these areas.

Art History

Art history has been a passion of mine since I first visited an art museum as a youngster. I've read hundreds of books on the subject, collect art, and write about it.

I have especially deep knowledge of 19th and 20th century art.

Bar Exam

I'm a member of the bar in Massachusetts and have practiced here for over 40 years. I am a graduate of Harvard Law School. I can sharpen your ability to answer bar exam questions by helping you review the law, prepare efficient study plans, and gain insights into more efficient ways to develop correct answers.

Bible Studies

Bible studies have many great benefits: appreciating God's plan for each of our lives, being aware of the deeper meanings of well-known histories and stories, increasing ability in drawing lessons from Scripture, and applying Biblical lessons to daily issues and problems. Even if you know little or no Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, you can appreciate more of what you read by adding understanding from those languages. I can also assist with reading multiple English translations to gain additional insights.

Even if you have no religious interest in the Bible, knowing Scripture will add many valuable dimensions to your other reading. Almost all Western authors draw references from the Bible to enrich their writing.

I've spent many hours daily in Bible studies for over ten years and have learned many different methods for doing so. I've also studied under many of the most respected Bible scholars.

Business

I hold a full professorship in graduate business studies at an online university where I teach MBA and DBA students in strategy, entrepreneurship, making breakthroughs, and marketing. I am the author or a coauthor of seven business books, including a global bestseller. My specialties are adding and retaining customers, acquisitions, business model development, cost reductions, developing new offerings, entrepreneurship, leadership, management, market research, problem-solving, project management, reducing investment needs, stock-price improvement, and strategy.

I bring a lot of practical knowledge to your business subjects and issues. From these perspectives I can help you grasp case studies and paper topics at a more fundamental level.

Career Development

I am a professor at an online university where I tutor mid-career graduate students and provide career counseling advice. I have also written a book about career development, 2,000 Percent Living. Career development benefits from working in several activities including (1) becoming aware of career choices (2) adding relevant skills and knowledge (3) becoming more effective in working with others (4) obtaining regular feedback in personal and team effectiveness, and (5) improving in hiring and developing others. I enjoy working with individuals in all these aspects.

College Counseling

I teach graduate school students at an online university and serve as a faculty advisor for them in preparing their courses of studies, filling in for any gaps in their skills and knowledge, and helping them to focus on their most productive interests. I enjoy the counseling part of this work the most. I find that many high school students need someone who wants to get to know them to help direct their exploration of college choices in the most helpful ways. Having guided four children of my own and the children of countless friends, I know what you want from a college counselor.

Criminal Justice

I trained in criminal law at Harvard Law School. I'm a member of the bar in Massachusetts. I'm familiar with criminal justice issues and the history of jurisprudence in this area.

Economics

My specialty is microeconomics as applied to business. I'm a business professor at an online university with students in over 50 countries. I have founded over 100 businesses.

I can explain economics in many different ways until I find one that makes easy sense to a student. From then on, progress is rapid.

Elementary Math

I like teaching elementary math. It's a great way to lay a solid foundation for higher math later on. Students can also learn to read more carefully, adding to their understanding of all their work.

I favor teaching to the student's unique needs, rather than just laying out the subject matter.

Elementary Science

Teaching elementary science for me is an opportunity to help create a sense of wonder about the world around us. I love to explain how science develops, how scientists think, and how science can make everyday life better. Youngsters become more interested when they understand how they can use science in day-to-day life.

I look forward to assisting your elementary science student.

English

I'm very committed to reading, having read and written book reviews of over 4,000 works. I love to share my enjoyment with young people so that they can find joy in English studies, as well. Whether it's reading faster, gaining comprehension, capturing information in more useful forms, writing, or applying what is learned, it's all English to me!

ESL/ESOL

One of my pleasures in life is helping people improve their English reading, speaking, and writing. I like to adjust how I do this to help with the applications that most interest each student. Building from such a base, greater skill quickly spreads into other aspects of English communications. Please let me help you to enjoy and command English.

I also teach the cultural information needed to apply English more successfully in the United States. Many students find this information of even more value than their improved command of English.

European History

I was a modern European History major at Harvard, graduating magna cum laude in that field. I wrote an undergraduate thesis involving original research that was much admired. I have good language skills in French. I have been through three years of tutoring to prepare me to do original research and writing in history. My undergraduate thesis is part of the permanent Harvard collection at Widener Library.

GED

Passing the GED is a wonderful achievement for those who do. I love to make it a little easier by providing methods that make finding the right answer more certain.

A little applied work in grammar, reading comprehension, punctuation, and arithmetic can make a huge difference. Let me help you!

Geography

I like to enrich learning about geography by helping students appreciate the culture and beauties of each nation. I had a teacher who did this for me, and it has led me to many wonderful journeys.

Geology

Geology is one of my favorite sciences. You can feel like a scientific Sherlock Holmes at times in evaluating what's available today to determine what happened in the past ... or what you might be able to accomplish in the future. Field trips are a special joy ... to be out enjoying nature.

Geometry

I enjoy teaching geometry because of the logic involved. It's a great tool for finding ways to solve problems by adding perspectives together to draw bigger conclusions. Once students understand the process, they usually find the subject to be a lot of fun and relaxing.

GMAT

I find that the key to improving GMAT performance is to identify what mistake patterns occur with which style of questions so that better analytical strategies can be learned and practiced. Eighty percent of errors will occur from fewer than 20 percent of the question styles. In this way, eighty percent of errors can be eliminated with relatively little effort. Let me help you to diagnose what is causing your errors and then to become effective in avoiding those errors.

Many people feel that they can only do well on the math portions by mastering a wide variety of math skills. If you are weak in math, I can show you ways to score quite well without mastering all those specific skills.

Government & Politics

Understanding American government and politics is based on knowing history and law. As a Harvard trained historian and lawyer, I'm especially well prepared to assist you to understand and address governmental and political questions and issues.

I also have extensive knowledge of government and political processes in most major nations during the 19th through the 21st century.

Grammar

Grammar can seem daunting to youngsters and those for whom English is not a native language. There are short cuts to making rapid progress that I can show you. If you also study writing with me, I'll begin by noting which grammar rules you don't seem to understand and provide you with easy ways to remember what to do in such circumstances. From there, I'll teach you rules that will make other parts of your writing easier to do. After that, I'll show you how to find out and apply the rules for yourself.

GRE

The GRE is a great test to take for graduate school. If English isn't your first language, you may need extra help in preparation. Most questions have a language component that can trip you up.

Otherwise, like any test, you'll have more trouble in some areas than others. After identifying what those areas are, I can help you quickly become expert in performing those tasks.

I can also show you ways to score higher without developing lots of basic skills that you may not have.

Law

Studying law is something that I found quite difficult to learn, but once I knew how, I was thrilled to see how easy it can be. I will be glad to help you develop the kind of helpful habits that made legal studies so much easier for me.

When you first study law, it can seem quite hard to understand. I can explain legal principles in simple, practical ways in ordinary English that will make sense to you.

I can save you lots of time preparing for exams and writing papers, while gaining much better results.

Literature

One of the most moving applications for reading skills is for appreciating and learning from literature. Through short stories, plays, and novels, we can appreciate important questions and lessons that cannot be captured in any other way.

Your enjoyment of reading is greatly increased by how much literature you read and how much analysis you make of its contents.

I'm one of the world's most popular online reviewers of English literature. I draw on that experience and knowledge to help you read literature to gain more from it, to understand more, and to write well about it.

Let me know how I can help you.

LSAT

LSAT logic questions are different from what many people are used to seeing. As a result, answering the questions can be slow and mistakes are likely. Earning a high score requires becoming adept at a new set of skills and learning short-cuts that save time and errors. Careful reading is also rewarded. Practice under time pressure helps by increasing mental stamina in what is a very demanding test for all but logic students. As someone who scored well on this test, went to a top law school, and is a member of the bar, I can help you succeed where many others cannot. I've helped students improve by as much as 20 points in two weeks. All my students have improved by at least 10 points.

Marketing

I studied marketing at Harvard Business School. I'm a business professor at an online university where marketing is one of my specialties. I've written or coauthored seven business books that look at superior ways to accomplish marketing. I'm particularly interested in two aspects of marketing: Finding ways to add customers quickly and retain them, and minimizing the cost of acquiring and retaining customers. I see the solutions as usually coming from employing new kinds of information development activities, testing, and involving nontraditional marketing means in innovative business models.

Philosophy

Studying philosophy is an especially rewarding activity. You learn the foundations of thinking, understanding, and truth. You gain a lot in terms of careful reading and critical thinking. Your writing becomes much more precise and accurate.

One of my strengths is being able to explain philosophers and their ideas in simple terms that are easy to remember.

My students find me to be a great help in developing their thinking about what to include in papers.

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is a wonderful subject to teach because mastering these skills opens the door to doing well with algebra and adding a lifelong set of useful tools. As someone who has been teaching algebra for many years, I often see deficiencies in prealgebra skills that need to be remedied.

Precalculus

I enjoy drilling those who study math on the concepts in precalculus that give them the most trouble. With practice, these calculations and simplifications become second nature. There are also many resources available to help students between tutoring assignments, and I enjoy directing students to such resources when appropriate for additional assistance.

Proofreading

As the author or primary coauthor of thirteen nonfiction books and countless professional articles, I have become adept at proofreading. In addition, I often assist my Ph.D. students to proof their dissertations and books. Many people tell me that I'm the best proofreader they have ever met.

PSAT

Many colleges and universities require the SAT test. The PSAT is an excellent way to identify how well prepared you are for the SAT, while also allowing you qualify for a National Merit Scholarship. I was a National Merit Scholar, and I appreciate how valuable that accomplishment was for opening college doors.

Although you won't use the PSAT directly to get into college, I recommend you take preparing for it seriously. I can teach you skills that will be a great help for the SAT and the rest of your life.

Public Speaking

I've been training public speakers for in-person, on radio, and on television occasions for decades. I especially value helping speakers master speaking in sound bites and reviewing with them videos of their speaking. With practice and coaching, most people can become highly effective speakers and shed a lot of anxiety in the process. I can help with the nervousness, as well. Let me help you!

Reading

I am considered an extremely talented reader in terms of speed, comprehension, recall, and ability to apply what I read. As evidence, my online reviews of books garner more "helpful" votes than any other reviewer in the world. I've read many thousands of books.

I work with a friend who has developed a superior technology for improving reading among those who don't have an easy facility ... so it can be rapidly gained.

Once someone has such facility, I can help develop superior reading skills that few can teach.

If you want your youngster to be able to learn well from others, my tutoring can make an important difference.

SAT Math

Doing well on SAT math is different from doing well on math in courses. Certain types of questions repeat, designed to test your ability to apply a few basic rules of math. Learn to identify what type of problem you are facing and the easiest way to apply the appropriate rule, and most questions can be done quite quickly. I look forward to helping your student gain such facility. My most recent student earned an 800. I've helped students improve by more than 125 points from prior tests.

SAT Reading

I love to read and enjoy helping others build such affection for the written word, as well. SAT reading tests for vocabulary, sentence structure, grammar, and logic. There are also analytic skills you can use to score better -- even when you don't know the answer. I can help you master all of these skills, as well as guide you to improving your everyday reading for more fun and understanding. I am flexible in how I teach so I'll fit the student's favorite learning style. My most recent student earned an 800. I've helped students improve by more than 150 points in this part of the SAT.

SAT Writing

SAT writing is really testing understanding of vocabulary, grammar, colloquial English, and common usage. These can all be learned quite easily. Most students have weaknesses in just a few areas. By identifying and concentrating on those areas, rapid improvements can be made. I can also help with writing an essay that will impress colleges, beyond your grade level and overall SAT score. My two most recent students earned an 800 and a 780 overall. I've helped students improve by as much as 180 points on this part of the SAT.

Social Studies

I have an undergraduate degree in Modern European History, with a specialty in the social history of 19th century France. For my work, I apply microeconomics and do lots of survey work. I have developed my own applications of statistics in the field of valuation. I also learned decision-making during graduate school and can help with that, as well. Social studies includes many different disciplines. I find that the most useful way to understand what's going on is to become familiar with more of these disciplines, to understand the methodologies that each discipline employs, and to look for confirmations from at least three disciplines to draw the correct conclusions. In many social studies curricula, the number of disciplines employed is too limited. It's ultimately all about people, and you should have a wonderful time learning in the process.

Spelling

Many people see spelling as a waste of time in an age of spellcheckers. It's actually still needed. The spell checker will give you a choice of words, and you still have to pick the right one. Trouble with spelling can also be a sign of reading difficulties, and those should be addressed. So it's worth taking a little time to appreciate what's going on with someone who has difficulties with spelling. I love to help!

SSAT

I enjoy helping youngsters prepare for the SSAT. It's a good way to diagnose ways to improve their reading and thinking methods. In addition, practice allows them to take the test with more confidence. In the process of learning, students increase their interest in doing well in high school. I like to adapt the studies to focus just on those areas where a student can make major improvements.

Study Skills

Most people can improve their study effectiveness by more than 20 times through better scheduling, improving reading speed, increasing reading comprehension, taking better notes, and organizing study materials. Those with stalled performance in certain subjects (such as math and writing) can also benefit from finding a learning resource that provides more comprehension and structure. I'm delighted to assist with all these things. I've been helping students improve study skills for many years. I also wrote a book that contains information on the subject.

Tax Preparation

Tax was my specialty in law school. Since being admitted to the bar in Massachusetts, it has been my primary area of practice. I often assist public companies to develop tax-based strategies to increase the value of their enterprises. I am also well-informed on tax policy issues and have helped draft legislation related to telecommunications.

TOEFL

I love the way that TOEFL tests for skill in English. The exam is very fair and students who prepare for it will also improve their English proficiency in useful ways. I enjoy helping those who would like to gain more command over English and to score well on this test. In doing so, I focus on teaching the student... rather than just the subject.

My most recent student improved her score by 19 points after two months of tutoring.

If you absolutely have to reach a certain score level for a professional qualification or to be admitted into a school you want to attend, I can get you there quickly.

Vocabulary

Learning a new word can add ways of appreciating things from a different perspective. It can also open the door to better presenting your ideas. You will also be able to read better books and learn from them. When it comes time to take standardized tests, you'll do even better than you would otherwise. I'll help you add a thousand helpful words very quickly, with little effort.

World History

World history has always fascinated me by the way studying the past provides clues to better alternatives for today and tomorrow. I also love to learn about different cultures and ways of thinking. I was a history major at Harvard and have always benefited from that training. I enjoy sharing what I've learned with youngsters who are just developing an interest in and knowledge of world history.

My AP world history students rapidly improve in their scoring on the multiple choice questions and the essays without doing much additional work.

Writing

In high school, my English teacher predicted that I would flunk out of college because I was such a poor writer. Well, I felt encouraged to improve. And I did. I graduated near the top of my class, with much praise for my undergraduate thesis that was selected to be placed in the Harvard archives.

In the process, I became aware that the way most people teach writing makes it harder -- not easier. In recent years, I've helped people who didn't think they could write to create works that are viewed as outstanding by everyone who reads them.

Whether the problem is finding a topic, getting organized, putting the words down, or straightening out a draft, I can make it much simpler and more fun.

Most of my students advance two grade levels within three months. While I can't promise that all students will, that will be my goal.

Harvard (AB magna cum laude)
European History
Harvard Law School
J.D.
Harvard Business School
Graduate Coursework

Education

Harvard (AB magna cum laude) (European History)

Harvard Law School (J.D.)

Harvard Business School (Graduate Coursework)

Excellent Tutor — Don has been a fantastic tutor and we couldn't be happier that we chose him to help with our daughter’s math SAT prep. After just a few sessions with Don, our daughter’s confidence in her abilities increased as did her speed in solving math problems. When my daughter first met Don, he began by observing her work through math problems so that he could understand how her thought process worked. I ...

— Christin, Hampstead, NH on 10/28/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $360.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

Minimum lesson lengths apply for meeting at your location.

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Donald will travel within 40 miles of Weston, MA 02493.


About Donald

Students tell me that I help them to become more successful than they ever thought possible.

I have long been sought by the most effective people in the world to help them advance the state of the art in what they do. From these experiences, I have a unique perspective on what it takes to be extraordinarily effective in important tasks. I take delight in meeting and sharing these insights with young people and seeing them excel beyond their dreams.

The difference between someone who is outstanding in performing a task and someone who is average can usually be found in only two to eight practices ... which are unique to that individual. My strength is quickly identifying these differences and demonstrating easy ways to eliminate them. Consequently, my students rapidly become the highest performers in their classes and schools. When it comes time to apply to a highly competitive college, professional or graduate school, or for a job, these students are highly sought by admissions officers and employers. My students obtain merit scholarships and bonuses seldom offered to others.

I am good at explaining subjects in simple English in many different ways so that it's simple and fast for someone to learn. For instance, in standardized test preparation, students who can quickly stop doing old practices have told me that they achieved their target scores after only one tutoring lesson. English and writing students usually advance two grade levels within three months. Students who have worked with other tutors say that they learn four to five times faster with me.

Each student is different, and I adjust each session to focus on what will help that student the most. My philosophy is to teach the student to excel beyond what occurs in a classroom ... rather than just cover the subject from the text's perspective.

I love it when my college and high school students send e-mails for help with papers due in a few hours. It's never too late to create a great paper.

Since I teach students to become outstanding and don't need much time to do it, the total cost of working with me is less.

I have an undergraduate degree in history from Harvard with high honors. My thesis was placed in the permanent Harvard archives. I am also a graduate of Harvard Law School. While in law school, I studied marketing and strategy at Harvard Business School.

I am an author or coauthor of 14 nonfiction books, write professionally about business and education as well, and have one global best seller (The 2,000 Percent Solution). Many people describe me as the most popular book reviewer in the world.

I have been a part-time online business, economics, history, law, science, social sciences, and writing professor and tutor for graduate students in more than 60 countries around the world during the last ten years. One of my tutees won the Texty award for writing the best new physics textbook for college students. For over a decade, I've also been teaching art, business, problem solving, and reading in local adult education classes.

Over 50 of my clients for whom I did career counseling went on to become CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.

I'm the founder of the 400 Year Project (working since 1995 to develop ways to accomplish 20 times more with the same or less time, money, and effort). Successful breakthroughs have been accomplished in more than 60 countries by people applying the project's methods.

I am also an entrepreneur who has started more than 100 businesses. My main enterprise is a management consulting firm. I am considered an expert on business innovation, business-model innovation, and entrepreneurship. Rather than being someone who just teaches how to do better, I'm someone who has led a life of high accomplishment.

I'm a member of the Massachusetts bar.

Testimonials

"Excellent Tutor"

- Christin, Hampstead, NH on 10/28/14

"Great tutor. Helped my son to get a very high ACT score."

- Massie, Newton Center, MA on 8/14/14
Donald replied on 10/9/2014

Massie's son earned the enviable composite on the ACT that should get him into any school he chooses.

"Great Tutor"

- Homaira, Boylston, MA on 7/14/14

"Amazing ACT Tutor!"

- Parisa, Brookline, MA on 7/10/14

"Great algebra 2 tutor "

- Deb, Sudbury, MA on 6/17/14

"The most amazing tutor you will ever have!"

- Melissa, Somerville, MA on 4/19/14

"Stellar Tutor"

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Donald replied on 9/29/2013

Griff was a student then at a very highly regarded college taking its introductory course in economics. I was able to help him turn the theoretical knowledge presented in lectures and in the text into practical understanding that he could use to devise effective solutions and to answer test questions correctly.

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Education

Harvard (AB magna cum laude)
European History
Harvard Law School
J.D.
Harvard Business School
Graduate Coursework

Education

Harvard (AB magna cum laude) (European History)

Harvard Law School (J.D.)

Harvard Business School (Graduate Coursework)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
36 hours notice required

Minimum lesson lengths apply for meeting at your location.

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Weston, MA 02493

Donald’s Subjects

Language:
ESL/ESOL,
TOEFL
Art:
Art History,
Theatre

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