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Dean L.

Cambridge, MA

$75/hour

All Things Biology, SAT/ACT/GRE, College Apps with this Harvard Guy!

20+ Hours
Background check passed as of 5/26/17
5.0 average from 13 ratings
Patient and very knowledgeable!
— Sam, Cambridge, MA on 5/15/17

$75/Hour


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University of California, Los Angeles
Neuroscience
Harvard University
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of California, Los Angeles (Neuroscience)

Harvard University (Graduate Coursework)

About Dean

Hello there! Thank you for considering me for your tutoring and college counseling needs!

----- A Bit About Me -----

I graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor's in Neuroscience in 2011. I am now at Harvard pursuing a graduate degree in neuroscience, with a focus on neurodevelopment.

In my non-working hours, I train for the occasional 10K or half marathon and aspire to stay connected with my friend/family network.

----- Teaching Experience -----

I have been a biology and test prep tutor ever since I graduated from college. After I began my graduate studies at Harvard, I worked for two years as a volunteer instructor for the AP Biology Hinton Scholars Program, an after-school program at Harvard for AP Biology students from Boston public schools. I thoroughly enjoyed working with students in this age group, and look forward to more teaching experiences like these! Apart from WyzAnt, I also work with several test prep and tutoring companies in the Boston area and have been a TA for three biology courses at Harvard. I have accumulated over 400 hours of teaching experience.

My teaching goals are always:
1. Assess exactly what you need through an in-depth conversation and drills, if applicable.
2. Make a concrete study plan that feels consistent and feasible to you, given your schedule constraints.
3. Dive into content!
4. Gradually hand over the reins to you, the student, to make you an independent learner. This is counterintuitive, since making you self-sufficient puts me out of a job, but I believe that is the goal of teaching.

----- College Advising Experience -----

I sympathize with all the parents and students out there who feel overwhelmed by the college admissions process! Having navigated the entire process by myself, I can advise you on how to create an outstanding academic/extracurricular profile without adding even more hours to your already crammed schedule, how to assess whether a school is a "good fit," how to tell a coherent story with every part of you application, and common financial aid misconceptions. I have also been an advisor to Harvard undergrads for three years, and I can help you anticipate the personal, social, and academic challenges in the transition from high school to college.

Please don’t hesitate to message me!

*Because I have enough students working with me online, I am now not prioritizing engagements that require significant driving/traveling. HOWEVER, I am more than happy to meet you in person a few times before transitioning to an online platform for more flexibility.
Hello there! Thank you for considering me for your tutoring and college counseling needs!

----- A Bit About Me -----

I graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor's in Neuroscience in 2011. I am now at Harvard pursuing a graduate degree in neuroscience, with a focus on neurodevelopment.

In my non-working hours, I train
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Cancellation
12 hours notice required

Cancellations with less than 12-hours notice, 1 hour charge. No-show, charged for entire session.

Travel Radius
Travels within 2 miles of Cambridge, MA 02139
Background Check: Passed

"Patient and very knowledgeable!"

- Sam, Cambridge, MA on 5/15/17
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary Math, GED, Geometry, GMAT,
GRE,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math,
Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Biochemistry, Biology,
Chemistry, Elementary Science, Genetics,
PSAT
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, College Counseling,
GED, GMAT,
GRE,
PSAT, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Language:
Reading, Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Reading, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Writing
Business:
GMAT,
GRE,
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Biology

My undergrad major was in the life sciences at UCLA, and right now I am a PhD student in Harvard's neuroscience doctoral program. I have tutored students in general and AP Biology, and have also taught small after-school AP Biology classes through the AP Biology Hinton Scholars Program (Harvard Medical School). I have also served as a TA for three biology courses (2 undergraduate, 1 graduate) at Harvard.

College Counseling

I went to UCLA for my undergraduate work and am now at Harvard University for graduate school. In both cases, I navigated the entire application process on my own, so I can sympathize with all the parents and students out there who feel overwhelmed by this process! I am very familiar with the college application process and can advise clients on how to create an outstanding academic/extracurricular profile, how to assess whether a school is a "good fit," how to tell a coherent story with every part of the application, and common financial aid pitfalls. I have read over 70 application files (including personal statements, recommendation letters, standardized test scores, GPA, etc.) of students admitted to Harvard and know what admission officers at the most selective private American universities are looking for. In addition, I have been on the Board of Freshman Advisors at Harvard College for three years and have advised over 70 first-year students here on a variety of social and academic adjustment issues. I have seen first-hand what students struggle with when they transition from high school to college. I have also observed personally what attitudes the most successful, well-adjusted students at Harvard tend to have. This advising experience allows me to advise parents and students how best to prepare themselves for a smooth transition to college.

Genetics

I have excelled in both undergraduate- and graduate-level genetics. I have used genetic tools extensively in my graduate research. I have also taught experimental designs to test gene function in a Harvard biology course.

GMAT

I scored a 720 on the GMAT (94th percentile) after less than two weeks of studying. I did not have to study more because of my familiarity with other standardized tests (GRE, LSAT, SAT, ACT). The same critical reasoning and quantitative analytical skills from these other tests all carry over to the GMAT. These are the exact skills you can pick up with me!

I can help students create an aggressive study plan leading up to their GMAT test date. I will also pinpoint and review content areas that need more work. My specialty is reframing quantitative ideas so that they become intuitive to students, making it easy for them to apply it in tense testing conditions.

GRE

I scored a 166 (92nd percentile) on the Quantitative Reasoning section, a 167 (97th percentile) on the Verbal Reasoning section, and a 5 (93rd percentile) on the Analytical Writing section of the GRE, for a total score of 333 out of 340. I was able to obtain these scores after less than a month of preparation. My approach to improving someone's GRE score has three parts. First, I use the student's performance on a diagnostic to identify the areas with the greatest potential for improvement. Second, we set up a study schedule so the student knows exactly how many hours of work a week is needed to reach the goal. Then, we dig into topic-specific drills so that the student master one category of GRE problems at a time. We will take GRE practice tests periodically in order to measure progress.

SAT Math

I scored an 800 on the SAT Math section and on the SAT Math Level 2 Subject Test. I have tutored over 15 students in SAT Math in the Boston area just in the past 6 months. I work well with students both in-person and online. I specialize in teaching students how to break down each math problem into smaller chunks that can be solved more easily. At the end of each session, I work with the student to synthesize what we covered into a step-wise approach that can be applied to all other math problems of the same category (i.e. quadratics, circles, systems of equations).

SAT Reading

I scored an 800 on my SAT Verbal section.

SAT Writing

I scored a 760 on the SAT Writing section. I have taught students in this topic at C2 Education in southern California. For my undergraduate honors thesis written at UCLA, I received the Highest Departmental Honors notation. In graduate school, I have written four research grants with my thesis advisor, who is a tenured professor at Harvard. I am well-trained in observing grammatical conventions, selecting appropriate diction, and streamlining sentence/paragraph structure, all of which are major topics in the SAT Writing section.

University of California, Los Angeles
Neuroscience
Harvard University
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of California, Los Angeles (Neuroscience)

Harvard University (Graduate Coursework)

Patient and very knowledgeable!

Dean knows his material and has his own way of teaching you the concepts. He asks questions to make sure you actually understand it and isn't hesitant to explain things again if you didn't get it the first time. Dean is extremely patient and a very knowledgeable tutor. I highly recommend him to anyone who is struggling in biology!

— Sam, Cambridge, MA on 5/15/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $75.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Cancellations with less than 12-hours notice, 1 hour charge. No-show, charged for entire session.

Travel policy

Dean will travel within 2 miles of Cambridge, MA 02139.