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Michael F.

HARVARD/MIT TUTOR: ECON, FINANCE, ACCOUNTING, WRITING/EDITING

Brooklyn, NY (11211)

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Economics - Finance - Accounting - Statistics - Writing

Hi All!

For eight years, I've tutored 70+ students from 30+ schools (see the list below), while working as an economics and marketing researcher at HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL and MIT. I've also worked as a Financial Management Consultant at IBM Global Business Services.

Teaching is my passion and I dedicate myself to my clients. I teach these topics because they are what I know and I know them well.

-Mike


I'VE TUTORED STUDENTS FROM:

HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL
HARVARD LAW SCHOOL
HARVARD KENNEDY SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT
HARVARD COLLEGE
BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY
BABSON COLLEGE
BENTLEY COLLEGE
TUFTS UNIVERSITY
BOSTON COLLEGE
BOSTON COLLEGE'S CARROLL SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
BOSTON UNIVERSITY
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY
GEORGETOWN'S MCDONOUGH SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
THE LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS
THE WHARTON SCHOOL
HOWARD UNIVERSITY
...and many more

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Michael’s subjects

Math:
Probability, Statistics
English:
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
General Computer, Macintosh, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Web Design
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Vocabulary
Test Preparation:
Corporate Training:
Accounting, Business, Career Development, Economics, Finance, General Computer, Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Statistics, Web Design

Accounting

If you’re looking for an accounting tutor you should be looking for two things: someone who knows accounting and someone who knows how to TEACH accounting.

Over the past two years I’ve developed several methods of teaching accounting concepts that your professor and textbook don’t use--because they don’t know about them yet.

Here’s a secret that your university isn’t telling you: most accounting professors are hired because they’re expert accountants or expert accounting researchers, NOT expert accounting TEACHERS. I think of myself as an expert accounting teacher.

My goal is to digest complex material into something easily understood, and to DO SO BETTER THAN YOUR PROFESSOR OR TEXTBOOK.

I've been doing this for five years, and I know the various teaching styles professors use, and why they cause confusion.

Let me make something very clear: IF YOU DON'T LEARN FROM ME. I DON'T CHARGE YOU.

My experience in accounting is three-fold:

i) A degree in economics and finance, with multiple courses in financial accounting, and a 4.0 (A) GPA in all of them.

ii) More than two years of corporate accounting at Citizens Bank/The Royal Bank of Scotland and IBM.

iii) Tutoring accounting to college and graduate/MBA students at:

Harvard Business School (HBS)
Boston College (Carroll School of Management)
Boston University (SMG)
Babson College
George Washington University
George Mason University
The University of Maryland
The University of Southern New Hampshire.

Business

I have a degree in Economics from American University, including a minor in Finance from the Kogod School of Business.

Since then, I worked as a management consultant for IBM. I have also managed several of my own private ventures, including providing free-lance market research and economic writing for a consultant to the credit card industry, launched my own economics blog, and managed my tutoring business with WyzAnt.

I've been a sitting member on American University's Young Alumni Board since 2010, and served as its Secretary in 2011. As part of this role, I planned and spoke at a free lecture on Personal Finance for Young Professionals at American University's Kogod School of Business.

I've been featured in several business-related publications as a behavioral economics expert.

Career Development

Over the past five years I’ve made it my job (literally) to test career strategies. I’ve worked for a consulting firm, a bank, and the business schools at Harvard and MIT, before becoming a private MBA tutor, consultant, and career coach.

In my experiences interviewing with Wall Street money managers, the biggest hedge fund in the world, Harvard Business School, the Sloan School of Management, Dow Jones, a handful of major consulting firms, and IBM, I’ve learned about what it takes optimize your probability of getting hired, but more on that later.

I have coached clients through career transitions in IT, management consulting, political management/public policy, and sports management. I’ve worked with COOs, writers, MBAs, JDs, MDs, professors at Harvard and MIT, and newly-minted liberal arts students prepping for interviews with investment banks.

Economics

If you’re looking for an economics tutor, you should be looking for two things:
i) Someone who knows economics well
ii) Someone who knows HOW TO TEACH economics well

Here’s a secret your school probably isn’t telling you (but you may have noticed): economics professors are hired because they’re excellent economists, not necessarily excellent teachers.

Your professor and I are both great at economics, but our goals are different. Your professor’s goal is to get through the curriculum. My goal is to get you to UNDERSTAND the curriculum.

Over the last seven or so years, I'VE DEVELOPED A DIFFERENT METHOD TO TEACHING ECONOMICS. My style is different from your professor’s or your textbook’s because it’s built on the psychology of how human beings learn. (Besides economics, psychology is my other area of expertise.)

Your professor is an expert at DOING economics (which really means researching). I think of myself as an expert at TEACHING economics.

Let me make one thing very clear: IF YOU DON’T LEARN FROM ME, I DON’T CHARGE YOU.

And so you have an idea of my background/experience with economics:

I’ve worked as an research assistant on some eight different economic studies at Harvard Business School, MIT and American University in Washington, DC.

I have a degree in Economics & Finance from American University and have had coursework at the London School of Economics.

I have worked in economics and/or finance for:
-IBM
-MIT Sloan School of Management
-Harvard Business School
-Citizens Bank/Royal Bank of Scotland
-The US Navy
-The Harvard Program on US-Japan Relations

For seven years, I’ve tutored economics to students at (and this is just some of them):
-Harvard College
-Harvard Business School
-Harvard Law School
-Harvard Kennedy School of Government
-MIT
-Boston College – Carroll School of Management
-Boston University – School of Management
-Tufts University
-Georgetown University
-Johns Hopkins University – School for Advanced -International Studies
-The London School of Economics

Finance

As of now, I’ve tutored students at top-tier institutions including:

Harvard University & Harvard Business School
The London School of Economics
Georgetown University
Johns Hopkins University
American University in Washington, DC
George Washington University
Boston College
The University of Maryland

Broadly speaking, since 2007, I've worked for people at the following organizations doing financial analysis or economic research:

Harvard Business School
MIT's Sloan School of Management
IBM
RBS/Citizen's Bank
U.S. Navy

Additionally, I’ve worked for or trained:
Two PhD economists at American University
The Head of Patient Advocacy at George Washington University Hospital
A special assistant with the World Bank in Washington DC.

Microsoft Excel

I train academics and working professionals in Microsoft Excel. I have trained clients come from:

-Harvard Business School
-Boston College's Carroll School of Management
-The Head of Patient Advocacy at The George Washington University Hospital
-IBM
-Citizens Bank

At IBM, I trained numerous consultants in my department on various Excel functions from basic to advanced levels. I've also trained, of course, clients from WyzAnt including: working professionals, MBA students, master's degree candidates, and undergraduates; in subjects including: accounting, finance, statistics, economics, and public policy.

More broadly, I've tutored and trained:

-The Head of Patient Advocacy at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC.

-A special assistant at the World Bank in Washington, DC.

-Numerous management consultants at IBM in Virginia.

-A commercial lending group at Citizens Bank in Boston.

-Students from: Harvard University, The London School of Economics, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, The University of Maryland, George Washington University, Howard University and American University in Washington, DC.

Microsoft PowerPoint

I have instructed, tutored for, and developed PowerPoint presentations for a range of clients. Between 2013 and 2014 I supported an economics professor at Harvard, storyboarding, designing, and writing PowerPoint presentations for MBA students at Harvard Business School.

I have also prepared PowerPoint presentations for professors and managers at MIT's business school, and the Harvard Program for US-Japan Relations.

I have developed a short syllabus of PowerPoint curriculum, which I use to train students and working professionals alike in: creating slides and order slides; switching and selecting slide layouts; adding text, graphics, charts, tables, videos and other media; adding animated transition effects; changing themes (the "look and feel" of the presentation) and more!

Proofreading

A BIT ABOUT ME:

ACADEMICS:
I've supported the work of both graduate and undergraduate students with thesis papers, term papers and admissions essays, for the following institutions:

-Harvard University
-Columbia University
-The London School of Economics
-Georgetown University
-Johns Hopkins University
-George Washington University
-New York University (NYU)


BUSINESS PUBLICATIONS:
I am a freelance writer, having appeared in a recently published personal finance book (Stuff About Money: No BS Financial Advice for Regular People), I launched my own social science blog in 2011, which I've been writing for ever since. My writing has also appeared on various websites, mostly discussing issues in personal finance and business strategy.


OTHER BUSINESS EXPERIENCE:
In addition to tutoring and writing support, I have worked for the following institutions since 2007:

IBM
RBS/Citizens Bank
American University
The Massachusetts House of Representatives

Public Speaking

Public speaking isn't easy. It's actually quite rare to find someone for whom public speaking comes completely naturally.

What you may not know is that public speaking is a skill which can be greatly improved-upon in people who might otherwise shudder at the thought of having to stand in front of a crowd.

Using a few simple rules (no, I'm not going to tell you to imagine the audience as fish or a crowd of naked people) I will show you how deliver an effective message to practitioners in business, government and academia (all groups I've worked for, written for, and spoken in front of).


A BIT ABOUT MY BACKGROUND...

I'm a writer on business, policy and economic topics, doing so for several consulting firms, blogs and as of this year, a book. In the past, I have given classroom-style lectures on Government Financial Management to both private-sector and federal government clients.

I have consulted for graduate-student applicants on their written personal statements to numerous universities, including:

-Harvard Business School (HBS)
-Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS)
-Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
-The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
-Georgetown University
-George Washington University
-New York University (NYU)


I have also served as a recruiting speaker for IBM, talking to prospective candidates about the subject matter of our department, what experience are valued and what they can expect when working in our department, in addition to fielding their questions.

I have spoken to a group of university graduate- and undergraduate students in, "Personal Finance for Young Professionals" at the Kogod School of Business in Washington, DC. I also served as the Public Relations Chairman for several student organizations at American University.

Statistics

If you’re looking for an statistics tutor, you should be looking for two things:
i) Someone who knows statistics well
ii) Someone who knows HOW TO TEACH statistics well

Here’s a secret your school probably isn’t telling you (but you may have noticed): statistics professors are hired because they’re good statisticians, not necessarily excellent teachers.

Your professor and I are both great at statistics, but our goals are different. Your professor’s goal is to get through the curriculum. My goal is to get you to UNDERSTAND the curriculum.

Over the last seven or so years, I'VE DEVELOPED A DIFFERENT METHOD TO TEACHING STATISTICS. My style is different from your professor’s or your textbook’s because it’s built on the psychology of how human beings learn. (Besides statistics, psychology is my other area of expertise.)

Your professor is an expert at DOING statistics (which really means researching). I think of myself as an expert at TEACHING statistics.

Let me make one thing very clear: IF YOU DON’T LEARN FROM ME, I DON’T CHARGE YOU.

And so you have an idea of my background/experience with stats:

I’ve worked as an research assistant on some eight different statistical studies at Harvard Business School, MIT and American University in Washington, DC.

I have a degree in Economics & Finance from American University and have had coursework at the London School of Economics.

I have worked on statistics for:
-IBM
-MIT Sloan School of Management
-Harvard Business School
-Citizens Bank/Royal Bank of Scotland
-The US Navy
-The Harvard Program on US-Japan Relations

For seven years, I’ve tutored business stats to students at (and this is just some of them):
-Harvard Law School
-Harvard Kennedy School of Government
-MIT
-Boston College – Carroll School of Management
-Boston University – School of Management
-George Washington University

Writing

If not developed correctly, writing can be deceptively cumbersome—even for the smartest of people (you won’t believe the atrocious writing I’ve seen from some Harvard professors!).

Learning a few simple steps can DRAMATICALLY improve your material’s style, flow, and voice (how your audience perceives you). Of course, I don’t neglect teaching editing and proofreading either (this is actually a big chuck of what many students neglect).

Having served as an editor for Harvard Business School last year, I now coach published authors as well as students—graduate and undergraduate (and occasionally high-school).

I have launched and written for two blogs, am a featured expert in a 2012 book on personal finance, and have coached applicants writing admissions statement to Harvard, Boston College, Columbia, NYU, The University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown, George Washington U, King’s College, and The London School of Economics.

Here are a few examples of what I teach students:

-Write your first draft, then immediately go through and delete unnecessary words.

-Next, go through and delete intensifiers like “very” and “extremely”. (A friend’s law-school professor told him, “The word ‘very’ is very un-useful.”)

-Keep sentences short. Use small words rather than big words. Psychology research shows that readers regard writing as LESS intelligent when big words are used unnecessarily!

I will teach you how to implement these and the five other rules I’ve developed from my experience as an author, editor, proofreader and writing coach.

*I’ll also proofread your work, provided you have permission from your school in the case that you’re a student.

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Education

American University (Economics)

London School of Economics (Graduate Coursework)

Best Tutor I've Ever Had Very knowledgeable and patient. He can explain concepts in many different ways and uses real-world examples to make abstract concepts more tangible. Easy to get in touch with and always punctual. ...

— Louis from Washington, DC on 3/28/12);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $119.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Only $69/hour for groups of 2 or more. Your first lesson is FREE!

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 40 miles of Brooklyn, NY 11211.

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