"The best tutor imaginable!"
Amy from Wellesley Hills, MA on 5/27/12
According to my son, Matt is the best teacher he's ever had for anything, anywhere. And he is not prone to overstatement! Matt helped him get back up to speed on Algebra I after he'd missed a fair amount of school for health reasons, and the results could not have been better. My son loved the way Matt explained concepts, had my son articulate his reasoning to be sure he'd really grasped those concepts, and keyed right in to when my son had mastered something and was ready to move on. We would use Matt again in a heartbeat!
"Very easy to understand and thorough! "
Tiffany from Cambridge, MA on 3/4/14
Working with Matt not only helped me pass my Statistics 101 class, but helped me earn an 87 on my final exam!! He is very talented at breaking down information into digestible parts, and during each session, he helped me to stay focused on the fundamentals of Statistics rather than let me get bogged down by all of the math. He was extremely accommodating and always made an effort to see me before any assignments were due. He was a great sounding board for all of my questions, and I highly recommend his expertise to anyone who needs clarification, practice, or a better understanding of Statistics. Definitely couldn't have grasped this material without his help and guidance.
"Outstanding teacher! Four weeks with Matt raised my GRE by 20 percentile points."
Dan from Belmont, MA on 1/24/14
I contacted Matt in mid-December with a tall order: improve my GRE Quantitative Reasoning score by 20 percentile points in four weeks. Matt responded immediately and was very accommodating despite a busy schedule.
I found Matt's approach to teaching unique and very effective. Instead of providing questions and correcting my answers, he insisted on watching me work through each problem. I was initially skeptical that this was the best use of our time together, but Matt quickly proved me wrong.
Matt wanted to understand how I approached a problem and derived the solution. He constructed problems on the fly to refine our understanding of my strengths and weaknesses and hone my skills. His ability to quickly gauge my cognitive and intuitive math skills and individual learning style was phenomenal. This allowed us to leverage my strengths and make the best use of my limited study time by focusing on specific methods and subject areas.
After each session, Matt provided me with a variety of his custom packets which he designed for his students. Each packet is very thoughtfully constructed and forced me to think critically about the material. Throughout the packets, and during tutoring sessions, Matt prompted me to develop a narrative to explain math concepts and problems. This was very useful. Each of Matt’s packets typically elicited several “ah-ha” moments – those wonderful breakthroughs in learning.
Perhaps the best way to describe Matt's approach is this: rather than provide a list of ingredients and set of recipes to cook from, Matt helped me understand how the ingredients interact together, why the recipes work, and what my unique cooking strengths are. And this proved less complicated and time-consuming than one might think. I was surprised at how quickly he was able to help me begin to master the material using this approach.
Matt’s combination of an extraordinary intellect; a passion (and talent) for teaching; and a friendly, patient, and unassuming personality make him an exceptional tutor and a delight to work with. As a kid, I struggled with school. If any of my teachers had been like Matt, I expect my life would have taken a different trajectory.
Oh, and not only did I have a lot of fun working with Matt, but I also met my goal and improved my GRE score by an impressive 20 percentile points in a month!
Meredith from Dover, MA on 12/30/13
We engaged Matt for Psat tutoring. The first time results in sophomore year were low 600s in critical reading and low 700s in Math. We focused on Math, the area of highest interest. My daughter received an 80 in Math, 770 in grammar and 720 in critical reading, qualifying for National Merit. We look forward to further tutoring to raise reading and writing scores in SATs this spring.
"Highest Possible Recommendation"
Greg from Bronxville, NY on 12/30/13
My daughter improved her college freshman calculus grade from a B- to an A. Matt helped her to actually understand the process for problem solving versus memorization. Matt was responsive and timely for all tutoring sessions.
"Straight up miracle worker."
Sarah from Boston, MA on 12/9/13
I've been studying for the GMATs on and off for over a year now. Throughout the course of my studies I've two tutors: One from MGMAT and another that I found on craigslist. I wasn't particularly impressed with either tutor. I felt like I could study more effectively on my own so I chose to do so. I soon discovered that my quantitative deficits were beyond me though (I scored in the 33rd percentile on the quant section of the gmats). For the third (and final) time, I searched the internet for a gmat tutor. It was during this time that I came across Matt's profile on wyzant. His claim of being one the best tutors a student would ever find was alluring, but I wasn't actually convinced until I met him. I knew from our first session that if there was anyone who would be able to help me break a 700 it would be him. He teaches things in what I would best describe as a "for dummies" format. He is able to break up complex and seemingly daunting topics into smaller, digestible pieces that even I (someone who could barely add fractions prior to meeting Matt) can understand. I've made more progress in the last three months than I made in the past year. I owe this progress to two things: 1. my tutoring sessions with Matt and 2. The homework he assigned to me out of HIS OWN PACKETS. His packets I could literally write another paragraph about because they were so life changing to my studies, but they are basically chapters that he wrote himself on each major topic of math (algebra, combinatorics, word problems, etc.). They aren't like the other prep company books which give you tips and tricks either. Each packet goes back to the basics and builds your knowledge page by page. Without those packets and his tutoring I'd still be one of those people on the beat the gmat forums wondering why I was studying so much and not seeing results. I wouldn't have ever attained the level of knowledge that I have now because I would've continued to memorize formulas and strategies rather than gain an understanding of the deeper themes. If you want to score over a 700 on the GMAT's and are willing to put in the work, Matt can make that happen for you. GUARANTEED. He is without a doubt the best tutor you will ever find. If my written review doesn't convince you then maybe my change in scores will.
Before my sessions with Matt my scores were as follows:
Total 570/ 52%
After working with him for 5 months I took the exam again and received the following scores:
"Up 26 percentile points on the GRE in less than a month!"
Michelle from Somerville, MA on 10/29/13
I had originally been prepping for the GRE using only the Kaplan and Barron's books, but that method clearly did not work when I received a very low math score the first time I took the test. I was thoroughly confused because I had spent so much time prepping, but the results did not show. Unclear of what to do next, I came to Matt with a nearly impossible goal: I had to increase my math score about 20 percentile points within one month. After meeting with him for one weekend, my score the next time I took the test increased by 14 percentile points. And after 2 more meetings, my score increased by another 12 percentile points. So working with Matt increased my score by 26 percentile points in less than a month. I am so happy with my score now, and I have to say that working with Matt made all the difference.
During my first couple meetings with Matt, I immediately realized that I had wasted so much time working with the Kaplan test prep material, and should have just worked with Matt from the beginning. He really has a deep understanding of all the math concepts on the GRE, and teaches you to understand the material and background concepts, not just to memorize facts and formulas. My problem before was that I was just memorizing, but that can only get you so far. While working with Matt, I felt like I was truly learning how to do math, and not just how to take a standardized test.
Matt was also really quick to pick up on which areas I should focus on studying, and gave me valuable material that specifically targeted my weaknesses. I worked really hard at improving those areas, and it all paid off in the end! I have to say that working with Matt saved me so much time.
To anyone who is taking the GRE, please avoid those silly test prep books and work with Matt instead! Achieving a high score on the GRE is not just about brute effort and spending lots of time studying. You need to be working with the right material from the beginning. And you need to understand WHY you are having difficulty on certain problems, and build a solid foundation to achieve true understanding. The results will show!
"BEST TUTOR AROUND!!"
Rives from Cambridge, MA on 9/14/13
Matt is not only incredibly intelligent, but he is also a better teacher. His foremost strength is "dumbing" down the information so one can properly understand it. He is extremely invested in his students, and will do everything in his power to help one understand the material at hand. I asked to team me advanced algebra and calculus from scratch in about a two week period after having no experience since high school (I am a college grad student)! I highly recommend Matt for any subject that he is willing to help you out with- you will absolutely not be disappointed!!
Matt replied on 9/17/2013:
Rives sells himself short in this review: he actually tackled much more than "advanced algebra and calculus," covering as he did a majority of the important applied topics of undergraduate mathematics -- from Lagrange multipliers and constrained optimization (in multivariable calculus) to eigenvalues and their applications to diagonalization (in linear algebra) to the analysis of autocorrelated time series (in stochastic processes) -- in only a few days! It was a tall order, but it was a pleasure to help someone so dedicated do it.
Julie from Cambridge, MA on 9/7/13
Matt is an excellent tutor. He has been wonderful at recognizing my strengths and weaknesses and catering our lessons to my individual needs. His knowledge base is unlike any tutor I have ever worked with before. I feel confident that through his tutelage, I will perform to the best of my abilities on the gmat. I simply cannot sing his praises enough.
"Insightful, effective and well worth the money."
Ahmad from Chestnut Hill, MA on 8/24/13
Matt displays a lot of depth with a great ability to adapt his support (form and substance) to the student's requirements. His gentle style allows him to bond well with his students. He is quick to figure out the gaps and focus on the basics needed to close them. He provides useful insight into the 'tricks' used during the actual tests and provides good advice on what to look for and how to best tackle questions of varying complexity.
The only challenge with Matt is that he is heavily loaded so you need to plan the sessions well ahead of time although he tries to accommodate your preferred schedule as much as possible.
Thanks Matt for the valuable support.
"Perfect GMAT tutor for all stages of the preparation cycle"
Giuseppe from Malden, MA on 7/22/13
I have been utilizing Matt for nearly a month now, and since we started working together my GMAT score and confidence has positively progressed. Matt properly and quickly assesses at what stage you are at "skill wise," and designs an immediate / effective approach at attaining whatever your desired score is.
Not only does he have an in depth / true understanding of all of the GMAT prep material out there (and hand picks whatever exact material you need based on weaknesses), but he also produces HIS OWN material that cuts through all of the other approaches out there and focuses on the fundamentals needed to master each respective topic, for both the Quant and Verbal section(s). He will literally sit with you, show you effective problem solving strategies, and draw out new problems on demand until you truly have mastered a particular topic. Matt's aggressive strategy has aided me in mastering certain topics, and I continue to master topics that I never could have imagined mastering.
I seriously recommend Matt to anyone that is serious about improving their GMAT score. He is worth every penny because he will literally cut to the chase with what you need to improve your score, and he will help you every step of the way as you prepare to improve your score. Aside the tutoring, his own proprietary material that he provides in and of itself is worth the cost of hiring him!
Susan from Boston, MA on 7/2/13
Matt tutored our 15 year old daughter on a weekly basis during the Winter and Spring terms. His focus was on her fundamental understanding of algebra. We were interested in hiring a tutor who could relate to a 15 year old girl in a professional way, but also have a sense of humor and understanding of what goes through a teenager's mind. Matt did a wonderful job. He was extremely patient, but also firm in his teaching style. His standards were high, but he was not rigid or unforgiving. He is very personable, relaxed and easy going. Even our dog eventually liked him (after several weeks of growling). Most importantly, our daughter's math grades improved significantly from a "B" student to an "A" student from the Fall to Spring semesters. We hope to continue to use Matt next year and highly recommend him to others who are looking to hire an experienced yet fun tutor.
"Best tutor I've ever had."
George from Milton, MA on 5/31/13
I am a rising junior at a prestigious university majoring in economics. Matt Lord has been extremely helpful in tutoring me through very difficult classes such as Statistics and Econometrics. Matt always comes to our meetings extremely prepared and timely. He is also very easy to contact which makes working with him even better. He has a gift of teaching very difficult material in a clear and concise way. I have been very impressed with his ability to teach me material that I never thought I'd be able to fully understand. Needless to say, I look forward to continuing my sessions with Matt.
"Best Tutor Around"
Drew from Chestnut Hill, MA on 5/23/13
I recently started working with Matt on SAT prep. He is hands down the best tutor I have ever worked with. I have worked with other tutors in the past and found that I didn't really get much out of their lessons. With Matt, I feel like both my knowledge and confidence for the SAT grows exponentially with every session. After the very few times I have worked with Matt, my test scores have increased by upwards of a 100 points in each section. Today my SAT scores came back for the second time and I received a 2330 overall. The first time I took the test, before I started working with Matt, I received a 2070. My scores increased over 250 points and I could not have done it without him. He is truly amazing at what he does and he never ceases to amaze me with his incredible intellect. Anyone who feels like they are really struggling with the SAT, or anyone who just wants to bump up their scores should not hesitate to work with Matt. He is truly the best tutor around!
"Stop looking, and pick this tutor, NOW!"
Andrea from Hingham, MA on 5/23/13
My daughter took the SATs after studying on her own, and although she did well, she was frustrated and felt she could have done better. All her friends have tutors, so I decided to search for someone, and stumbled across the WyzAnt website. My daughter is super critical, both of herself and of anyone who would have the dubious honor of trying to coach her, so I had not a little trepidation when I chose Matt. However, with his glowing reviews, his impressive background, and humble demeanor, I decided to take a chance. He responded promptly, and we had set up out first meeting within a few days. My daughter instantly liked him, feeling both challenged and encouraged (which is a feat), and she worked hard at the variety of tasks and exercises he assigned her. We only had a few weeks before the retake, but Matt met with us every week, even increasing the weekly time spent with her. He provided packets and pointers, essays and evaluations, all with an eye to not only learning the appropriate material, but mastering technique, as well. Her anxiety level was much reduced prior to the retake, and afterwards she felt confident she had improved, all attributed to the time spent with Matt. Her scores came back today - 99th percentile, with a perfect score in Math! She is over the moon, and her mother is even more so, for as I am sure all parents who read this can relate, although I clearly want my child to excel academically, the joy and relief evident on her face today is worth far more, and not really repayable to Matt. I recommend him absolutely, without hesitation.
Julia from South Hamilton, MA on 5/17/13
With Matt's help, I went from failing my class to getting an A in it! Matt was an unbelievable tutor - not only was he very knowledgeable about the subject (econometrics), but he was also patient, flexible, and clear. He answered all my questions, and created great review sheets to study from. I am very happy to have chosen Matt as a tutor and I really encourage everyone to do the same!
"Very good SAT Tutor!"
Elizabeth from Newton Highlands, MA on 5/1/13
Thank you to Matt for all he did to give my daughter confidence in taking the SATs for the second time. I will get back to you when we get the scores in!
"Very Cool Guy, Amazing Tutor!"
David from Chestnut Hill, MA on 3/29/13
When I first started with Matt, I wasn't just stuck in low scores; I was also stuck in low confidence. I was nervous, and too unmotivated to sit down and study. I just couldn't do it all on my own. The Critical Reading section was especially hard for me, which never broke higher than a 730. After two weeks with Matt, I noticed a 100 point jump overall, and while it took another month of hard work to fix my critical reading, I finally got the scores I was looking for. After taking the SAT on March 9th, I got the 800 in critical reading. There's no doubt in my mind that I couldn't have gotten there without Matt. He invigorated me to work, learn, and study.
Now, Matt and I are working on AP statistics, and soon we'll start working on my other SAT 2/AP tests. His intense, profound knowledge and general expertise with College Board's standardized tests aren't just impressive on paper. Matt will help you as a thinker, as a student, and as a test taker. But best of all, if you're willing to put in the work, Matt can boost your scores like no other tutor can. I highly, highly recommend him to anyone looking for standardized test or academic help!!
"Such a big help, a great tutor. Patient, helpful and efficient"
Holly from Brighton, MA on 3/22/13
A brilliant tutor and has been a tremendous help already after only two lessons. Very patient and explains concepts in a way that is simple and easy to understand.
Drazen from Cambridge, MA on 3/7/13
Working with Matt has been a pleasure and extremely helpful. He has helped me tremendously with Calculus and knows how to explain difficult concepts without making them seem overwhelming. He is very familiar with how Calculus is taught at secondary schools and knows exactly how to supplement the material given in class. He is very easy to get in touch with and responds quickly to emails. All in all working with Matt has been a terrific experience. A+
"Terrific calculus tutor."
Rebecca from Brookline, MA on 3/3/13
Our daughter has always done fine at math, but she's never had a really easy time and after a year of wrestling a bit with pre-calc, we decided a tutor would be a good idea as she took on AP Calc. Matt has been just perfect -- patient, clear, and encouraging, explaining things so well that (admittedly in combination with having a really good teacher at school) our daughter considers Calculus "no big deal," and has been getting a straight-A. She's even said she "liked Calculus" once or twice, and after last year I never thought I'd hear those words from her. Thank you, Matt!
"Great Tutor "
Chrissie from Boston, MA on 2/25/13
Matt L. was an amazing tutor that really helped me with my understanding on Microeconomics. Without him, I would not have ANY understanding of the subject. He has really helped me.
"Incredible GRE Tutor"
Myra from Boston, MA on 1/7/13
I've had the opportunity to work with Matt for just under a month now, and it's been nothing short of incredible. Matt is thoughtful, brilliant, and patient. He is a natural teacher, and a devoted tutor. In fact, his lessons are so impressive that someone at the table next to us interrupted to comment on Matt's teaching style as one in which his son/daughter could greatly benefit.
After every lesson, Matt follows up with concept drills and practice materials which he has created. They are thorough, and far more helpful than any commercial resource on the GRE. He has materials on every imaginable sub topic, and without fail, emails after every lesson with the relevant materials. His lessons are organized and meaningful - I feel like I'm learning for 2 hours straight. Matt is far and away the most impressive tutor that I've come across. It's obvious that he has mastered anything that could possibly come up on the GRE. Matt teaches theory behind the practice, but not in a pedantic sort of way. In a way that really helps you understand and wrap your head around some of these topics that at one point were relatively familiar, but have since been lost. I had a relatively negative experience with a tutor previous to Matt (and not from WyzAnt) so I was hesitant to spend more money, but Matt has made every penny count and then some.
Pamela from Boston, MA on 1/2/13
Wow after this session my daughter felt like she was soaring like an eagle. She was happy with the review of materials from the last meeting and looking forward to your next meeting . The practice test was just what she needed. Thank you Matt for being patient with her and I am sure she will do well.
Axell from Cambridge, MA on 12/11/12
He is very patient and he knows how to explain stuff. He was able to understand the course material. Fantastic tutoring, it is worth it.
Linda from Bedford, MA on 12/2/12
Matt can really tell what I get and don't get in pre-calculus and draws me to the next level by explaining the meaning and logic of what is behind the formulas. He is fluent in every topic that comes up no matter how obscure. I tried working with other tutors, but none were as knowledgeable or understanding of my particular needs in math. His enthusiasm for the subject is infectious and I leave feeling inspired and smarter. I'm really grateful to have found him.
Richard from West Newbury, MA on 9/3/12
My son is entering a new prep school, and they sprung a few chapters of Calculus on the test at the last minute. Over Labor Day weekend, we contacted Matt L and arranged for him to tutor my son on Monday (Labor Day). Matt spent over 4 hours reviewing Pre-calculus and teaching my son Calculus. Matt did a great job, leaving my son with an understanding of Derivatives and Integrals.
"Great Tutor, even for the most reluctant of students"
Debbie from Sudbury, MA on 6/26/12
My son is a high school junior, and taking the typical pre-college standardized tests (SAT, SAT subject tests). He didn't want to take a standard prep class or use a tutor, and swore up and down that he could prepare himself for the tests. We bought him an SAT prep book so he could work through it. After a couple of months and a lot of nagging on our parts, he took the SAT and did very well, but his math score was not quite where he wanted it to be for the colleges he wanted to apply to. He insisted that he could bring his math score up when he retook the SAT, but being a typical teenager, he was interested in improving his scores, but not in actually doing any more prep work. Out of a desire to reduce the nagging and stress in the house, we began to consider hiring a tutor.
We found Matt, saw his excellent reviews, and thought he was worth a try. My son initially tried to refuse to use a tutor, but eventually agreed to try one session with Matt.
Well, that one session was enough to convince my very reluctant teen that he was wrong to continue to drudge through the prep work on his own, and he happily agreed to more sessions with Matt. He was completely sold by Matt's teaching technique and innovative insights on the tests themselves.
After just 4 SAT prep sessions and 1 SAT subject test session, my son's Math SAT and Math Level II subject test scores climbed to the level he wanted. We would not hesitate to recommend Matt to anyone.
Diana from Cambridge, MA on 4/3/12
Great tutor with thorough review sheets. Also helped decide timing of SAT tests to take and which Math subject test to take.
Joseph from Hanover, MA on 3/5/12
Matt L has worked with my son Matt 3x for 6 hours and after each session my son comments on how great it went and how efficiently Matt L tackles the areas he needs work on. My son is taking SAT this Saturday and is confident that he knows where to focus his last week of prep to achieve the best outcome. I would recommend Matt L without reserve as his ability to focus on the areas that need work is excellent and he easily communicates his thoughts with the student.
Linda from Lincoln, MA on 2/26/12
My kids have had 3 sessions with Matt so far. He is exceptionally talented. My daughters have been in high level math classes throughout high school. Unlike their high school teachers, they feel Matt explains things so that they really understand - not just how to get the answer, but why it works.
Matt is very flexible and tries to accommodate the needs of the student. We have been really pleased and would recommend him highly to anyone looking for a great tutor.
"great tutor across the board"
Madeleine from Natick, MA on 12/5/11
Thank you Matt for all your help this year and I know that Madeleine really appreciates it and has found it very helpful. You have done a great job and we wish you a happy holiday. Thanks!
"Fantastic Tutor, Great Learning Experience!"
Jillian from Cambridge, MA on 11/14/11
Matt is a very smart and accommodating tutor. He utilizes every minute of the study session effectively and provides great resources for extra study. He truly cares about the student's needs, and zones in on weak areas of study, providing great insight, hints, and tricks to solve problems. He tailors his lessons to the student's learning style and ensures the student is comfortable with the material and pace of the lesson. I would definitely recommend Matt to anyone who needs extra help!
"The Absolute Best!"
Erin from Cambridge, MA on 10/6/11
Matt is an exceptional tutor. He is kind, patient, funny and beyond knowledgeable. He was able to give me the confidence I need to do well on the GRE's (in all three subjects). He was able to assess my current ability and determine what would be the best use of our time. He is able to create practice problems on the spot and has a great way of simplifying seemingly complex problems. If you are serious about getting a tutor you should not pass up Matt L.! He is the best and will help you to reach your goals!
Laura from Newton Center, MA on 8/18/11
Matt is an extremely helpful and patient tutor! He was always available when I needed him to be and helped me raise my scores on all three sections on the GREs.
"Great tutor: effecftive and focused"
Spencer from Cambridge, MA on 7/14/11
Matt came over to intensively tutor our son in Algebra toward the end of the school term in 10th grade. He was having difficulty with concepts and his grades were not very good. Matt's approach was patient consistent and very focused. Gradually our son's understanding improved and he did very well on his final exam. We were very pleased with Matt's approach and the results. Our son also found the experience was positive. We would certainly select him in the future.
Michael from Reading, MA on 6/29/11
Matt met with my son for several sessions to help him prepare for his final exam in Calculus I. He was a great tutor. My son was having difficulty with several concepts and Matt was able to clarify them for him. My only regret is not calling Matt sooner! I would definitely use him again.
Deborah from Belmont, MA on 3/28/11
Matt is really just the best. We contacted him a month before our daughter was going to take the SAT, after finally having to fire another service. Matt saved her!! He is absolutely right-on in his knowledge, style, preparation, focus, ease, sensibility and sense of humor. SAT scores come out this week, and we're sure she has improved as she felt very good about the actual test. You will be sorry if you don't choose Matt to tutor your child.
"Incredibly Talented Tutor!!!!"
Christopher from Newtonville, MA on 3/5/11
Matt is truly gifted and has a knack for navigating through difficulties in a way that is easy to understand. I've been away from Algebra for 22+ years and feel after a several sessions with Matt that I am quickly regaining my long-lost skills and love of math. Matt is worth every penny.
Tom from Cambridge, MA on 1/27/11
Matt got me through the first semester at MIT... Great attitude, extensive knowledge. Very patient. Easily accessible by phone and email. Flexible with the hours. Worth every penny!
Alka from Boston, MA on 10/21/10
Matt is a fantastic tutor because he has a sharp insight into the fundamentals of math. Whereas some tutors have a superficial understanding, Matt is quick to get at the basic principles being tested. GRE and GMAT are about getting the common rules of math, and instead of being focused on the small picture, Matt can easily explain the big principle rules that you will see in many questions. He is a very sharp guy, always on time, likable, and easy to reach. I highly recommend him.