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Matt L.

Boston, MA

$250/hour

MIT/Harvard Grad for Academic Tutoring & Test Prep

3000+ Hours
5.0 average from 1037 ratings
The best tutor imaginable!
— Amy, Wellesley Hills, MA on 5/27/12

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Math, Literature, Philosophy
Harvard University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Math, Literature, Philosophy)

Harvard University (Graduate Coursework)

About Matt

I'm an independent tutor in my late twenties. I specialize in academic tutoring and test preparation for high school, college, and graduate students. I have ten years and thousands of hours of experience working with hundreds of students around the world, and I look forward to helping you!

BIO: I studied theoretical math, literature, and philosophy at MIT and Harvard. I’m also the first person in my family to go to college. My interests span the sciences and humanities. I've done labwork in molecular biology, biomedical engineering, cognitive neuroscience, and natural language processing at NASA, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, and MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. I'm also an editor at a literary and political magazine, where I work on essays on books and ideas, from literature and philosophy to science and culture; I’ve edited three books of nonfiction and a collection of poetry. This is the long-winded way of saying I love learning!

PHILOSOPHY: I try to help all my students develop deep mastery and lasting understanding, not just better grades and test scores. My style is interactive and rigorous. I never use a script, and I always focus on critical reasoning. No matter the subject, I emphasize logical and conceptual foundations and clear and creative thinking, never rote memorization or mechanical rule-following.

LOGISTICS: I'm very flexible. I schedule meetings both in person and online. We can meet as frequently or as infrequently as you want, for as long or as little as you need. I don't require, and don’t recommend, committing to a set number of hours in advance.
I'm an independent tutor in my late twenties. I specialize in academic tutoring and test preparation for high school, college, and graduate students. I have ten years and thousands of hours of experience working with hundreds of students around the world, and I look forward to helping you!

BIO: I studied theoretical math, literature,
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

I don't have a car & must meet all students in Boston or Cambridge; otherwise we can Skype. I assess a cancellation fee for the entire booked time for any cancellation without 24 hours notice.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Boston, MA 02116
Background Check: Passed

"The best tutor imaginable!"

- Amy, Wellesley Hills, MA on 5/27/12

"superior content knowledge"

- Jennifer, Dublin, OH on 10/30/17

"Leason 1: So far, so great!"

- Matt, Boston, MA on 10/10/17

"So lucky we found Matt"

- Cathy, North Sioux City, SD on 11/4/16

"Fantastic GMAT tutor"

- Tom, Boston, MA on 10/31/16

"Dedicated to and excellent at providing conceptual clarity"

- Perry, Chestnut Hill, MA on 9/19/16

"Best MIT Tutor!"

- Josh, Cambridge, MA on 5/19/16

"Incredibly knowledgable"

- Haseeb, Boston, MA on 5/8/16

"One of a kind"

- Shafi, Cambridge, MA on 4/27/16

"Is able to understand and tutor me in the way my class teacher presents the material. Just much, much better."

- Max, Melrose, MA on 4/16/16

"An exceptional tutor!!!"

- Anna, Boston, MA on 4/14/16

"Best Tutor"

- Michael, Newton Center, MA on 3/22/16

"Most Knowledgeable Tutor I Have Met. Was able to increase my score from C to A."

- Ahmed, Cambridge, MA on 3/11/16

"Making GMAT fun!"

- Kettianne, Medford, MA on 3/1/16

"Helpful"

- Chris, Boston, MA on 1/25/16

"Brilliant intellect combined with extraordinary teaching talent!"

- V, Belmont, MA on 10/27/15

"Responsive"

- Charles, Portland, OR on 10/26/15

"Where learning becomes a hobby!"

- Anshuman, Bedford, MA on 8/13/15

"Thoughtful, well organised and very good at conveying knowledge"

- Viji, Quincy, MA on 8/1/15

"Absolutely the confidence boost I needed!"

- Andrew, Boston, MA on 7/11/15

"Excellent Tutor!!!"

- Trip, Boston, MA on 6/29/15

"Superior tutor in every aspect"

- Nathaniel, Boston, MA on 1/13/15

"Great Linear Algebra Tutor!"

- RC, Canton, MA on 12/15/14

"Amazing. Any issue in stat, this is THE guy to hire!"

- Kathleen, Dallas, TX on 12/9/14

"Great First Time!"

- Jeff, Chestnut Hill, MA on 5/4/14
Matt replied on 6/29/2014

Jeff's son was a pleasure to work with: he worked very hard in a short amount of time (only one month) to prepare for the June 7 SAT, and I'm happy to report that his hard work paid off! He improved his SAT writing score 140 points from the 70th to the 95th percentile and boosted his essay score from an 8 to an 11 (out of 12). Few students see such impressive gains in so little time. He has my congratulations and best wishes!

"Boston's Best Tutor"

- Shelly, Boston, MA on 4/26/14

"Very easy to understand and thorough!"

- Tiffany, Cambridge, MA on 3/4/14

"Outstanding teacher! Four weeks with Matt raised my GRE by 20 percentile points."

- Dan, Belmont, MA on 1/24/14
Matt replied on 3/14/2014

I just heard some good news from Dan, so I have to brag about him! Dan has already had a distinguished career in public service, despite not having a college degree. But he hired me to help him boost his GRE to have a better shot at getting into the Mid-Career MPA program at the Harvard Kennedy School. I'm thrilled to announce he's been admitted!

Dan is far and away one of the most driven and intelligent clients I've worked with: he impressed me time and time again in his ability to handle the very rigorous work I assign, outshining almost all the college and post-college students I've worked with. I'm so grateful to have been a very small part of his remarkable journey, and I look forward to hearing what he goes on to accomplish after Harvard.

"Excellent tutor."

- Meredith, Dover, MA on 12/30/13

"Highest Possible Recommendation"

- Greg, Bronxville, NY on 12/30/13

"Straight up miracle worker."

- Sarah, Boston, MA on 12/9/13
Matt replied on 3/27/2014

I'm happy to report that all of Sarah's hard work paid off! Today I found out she was admitted to Harvard Business School for her MBA.

Of all the students I've worked with the last few years, Sarah stands out to me as the most disciplined and assiduous. She read and reflected on every word of the material I assigned her, engaged thoughtfully with the ideas we studied, and asked probing questions. I look forward to seeing what she goes on to accomplish after Harvard.

"Up 26 percentile points on the GRE in less than a month!"

- Karen, Somerville, MA on 10/30/13
Matt replied on 7/22/2014

Michelle was a pleasure to work with, and she has my congratulations as she starts a PhD program at Harvard Business School this fall!

"BEST TUTOR AROUND!!"

- Rives, Cambridge, MA on 9/15/13
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.

"Excellent Tutor"

- Julie, Cambridge, MA on 9/7/13
Matt replied on 7/24/2014

Julie was a great student who reached her target score on the GMAT and now will be heading to her dream graduate program at Cornell! I'm excited to see what she goes on to accomplish.

"Insightful, effective and well worth the money."

- Ahmad, Chestnut Hill, MA on 8/25/13

"Perfect GMAT tutor for all stages of the preparation cycle"

- Giuseppe, Malden, MA on 7/23/13

"Wonderful tutor."

- Susan, Boston, MA on 7/2/13

"Best tutor I've ever had."

- George, Milton, MA on 5/31/13

"Best Tutor Around"

- Drew, Chestnut Hill, MA on 5/24/13

"Stop looking, and pick this tutor, NOW!"

- Andrea, Hingham, MA on 5/23/13

"Terrific Experience!"

- Julia, South Hamilton, MA on 5/17/13

"Very good SAT Tutor!"

- Elizabeth, Newton Highlands, MA on 5/1/13

"Very Cool Guy, Amazing Tutor!"

- David, Chestnut Hill, MA on 3/30/13
Matt replied on 3/28/2014

David was such a pleasure to work with, bright and driven, yes, but also curious and magnanimous. He is a model student and a constant source of enthusiasm. I'm thrilled to have gotten the chance to work with him, and I'm happy to report that I just heard he's been admitted to Princeton, Yale, Dartmouth, the University of Chicago, Williams, and Amherst.

Few students could win the attention of so many excellent schools. I couldn't be more excited for him!

"Such a big help, a great tutor. Patient, helpful and efficient"

- Holly, Brighton, MA on 3/23/13

"Wonderful!"

- Drazen, Cambridge, MA on 3/7/13

"Terrific calculus tutor."

- Rebecca, Brookline, MA on 3/3/13

"Great Tutor"

- Chrissie, Boston, MA on 2/25/13

"Incredible GRE Tutor"

- Myra, Boston, MA on 1/7/13

"Very effective."

- Pamela, Boston, MA on 1/2/13

"Excellent teacher"

- Axell, Cambridge, MA on 12/11/12

"Inspiring"

- Linda, Bedford, MA on 12/3/12

"Great tutor"

- Richard, West Newbury, MA on 9/3/12

"Great Tutor, even for the most reluctant of students"

- Debbie, Sudbury, MA on 6/26/12

"Great tutor"

- Diana, Cambridge, MA on 4/3/12

"Great tutor"

- Joseph, Hanover, MA on 3/5/12

"Great teacher"

- Linda, Lincoln, MA on 2/26/12

"great tutor across the board"

- Madeleine, Natick, MA on 12/5/11

"Fantastic Tutor, Great Learning Experience!"

- Jillian, New York, NY on 11/15/11

"The Absolute Best!"

- Erin, Cambridge, MA on 10/6/11

"Great Tutor"

- Laura, Newton Center, MA on 8/18/11

"Great tutor: effecftive and focused"

- Spencer, Cambridge, MA on 7/14/11

"Great Tutor"

- Michael, Reading, MA on 6/29/11

"Cracker Jack!"

- Deborah, Belmont, MA on 3/28/11

"Incredibly Talented Tutor!!!!"

- Christopher, Newtonville, MA on 3/6/11

"Amazing Tutor!"

- Tom, Cambridge, MA on 1/27/11

"Insightful Tutor"

- Alka, Boston, MA on 10/21/10
Science:
Physics
English:
English, Literature
Test Preparation:
GMAT,
GRE,
LSAT

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Calculus

I studied math at MIT, and I've taught every level of calculus -- from elementary to AP (both AB and BC), to advanced multivariable calculus at MIT, to calculus on differentiable manifolds for applications in mathematical physics -- for more than ten years. I help my students acquire real mastery by fitting the specific topics they study into a bigger picture.

Differential Equations

I studied math at MIT, and I've tutored ordinary and partial differential equations to math, physics, and engineering majors at many Boston-area colleges.

Discrete Math

I have a degree in theoretical math from MIT and have taught discrete math to students at most of Boston's colleges.

Econometrics

I took econometrics at MIT and have tutored the subject to many graduate students in the area; I'm especially familiar with the course given at BU.

GMAT

I earned a 790 on the GMAT (51 quant, 48 verbal). I studied math, literature, and philosophy at MIT and Harvard and have taught all sections of the GMAT for years. As in all my test prep teaching, I emphasize conceptual mastery and problem-solving ability. My students develop the higher-order critical thinking skills they need to master even the most difficult problems on the GMAT.

GRE

I earned a perfect score on the GRE (170 math, 170 verbal, 6.0 writing) and studied math and literature at MIT and Harvard. As in all my test prep teaching, I focus on conceptual mastery and problem-solving ability. My students learn the higher-order critical reasoning skills they need to tackle even the most difficult GRE problems.

Linear Algebra

I studied theoretical math at MIT and have taught linear algebra to students at many of Boston's colleges, including BU, BC, Northeastern, MIT, Harvard, Wellesley, Suffolk, and Simmons.

LSAT

I scored a 178 on the LSAT, studied math, literature, and philosophy at MIT and Harvard, and have thousands of hours of experience teaching logical reasoning, argument analysis, and reading comprehension to college and graduate students. My students learn the high-level reasoning skills they need to master all three sections of the LSAT.

Macroeconomics

I earned A+'s in Econometrics and Microeconomics at MIT. My teaching focus is in mathematical economics, including multivariate statistics, regression, and convex analysis. I specialize in helping college and graduate students who lack the advanced mathematical background required for higher-level coursework in economics.

Microeconomics

I earned A+'s in Econometrics and Microeconomics at MIT. My teaching focus is in mathematical economics, including multivariate statistics, regression, and convex analysis. I specialize in helping college and graduate students who lack the advanced mathematical background required for higher-level coursework in economics.

Physics

I studied math at MIT, specializing in mathematical physics -- the study of the mathematical structures and techniques that underlie theoretical physics. I have hundreds of hours of experience teaching classical mechanics, electromagnetism, and quantum mechanics.

Precalculus

I studied math at MIT and have hundreds of hours of experience teaching precalculus. As in all my teaching, I focus on conceptual and logical understanding and problem-solving skills.

Statistics

I studied math at MIT and have taught probability theory and statistics to high school, college, and graduate students for ten years.

Trigonometry

I studied math at MIT.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Math, Literature, Philosophy
Harvard University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Math, Literature, Philosophy)

Harvard University (Graduate Coursework)

The best tutor imaginable!

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

— Amy, Wellesley Hills, MA on 5/27/12

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $250.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

I don't have a car & must meet all students in Boston or Cambridge; otherwise we can Skype. I assess a cancellation fee for the entire booked time for any cancellation without 24 hours notice.

Travel policy

Matt will travel within 10 miles of Boston, MA 02116.