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Dean L.

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

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

$100/hour

  • 90 hours tutoring

  • Cambridge, MA 02141

About Dean


Bio

Hello there! Thank you for considering me for your tutoring 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 an SAT/ACT/GRE and biology tutor ever since I graduated...

Hello there! Thank you for considering me for your tutoring 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 an SAT/ACT/GRE and biology tutor ever since I graduated from college in 2011. As a graduat student 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. At Harvard, I have been a TA for three biology courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; this culminated in a teaching certificate from the Derek Bok Center at Harvard. I have accumulated over 675 hours of teaching experience.

----- What You Can Expect From Me -----

1. A free, 30-minute consultation to determine if we are a good fit.
2. Careful assessment of which areas need the most work, followed by exercises targeting those areas.
3. Weekly updates on your progress.
4. Personal and realistic study plans, made with your time constraints in mind.

----- What I Expect From You -----

1. Commitment. Half-hearted students don't get good results.
2. Before each session, send me all materials (Ex. practice test results, lecture slides) relevant to the engagement. I will use them to thoroughly prepare for each session.
3. Come prepared, with all of the work assigned from the previous session done exactly as instructed.

If this is what you are looking for, let's chat!


Education

University of California, Los Angeles
Neuroscience
Harvard University
Graduate Coursework

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $100
  • Rate details: Cancellations with less than 24-hours notice: 1-hour charge. No-show: charged for entire session.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 3 miles of Cambridge, MA 02141
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 5/26/2017

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

GRE

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.

Corporate Training

Grammar, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills

English

SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I scored an 800 on my SAT Verbal section.
SAT Writing,

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.
ACT English, ACT Reading, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, Spelling, Writing

Homeschool

Biology,

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.
SAT Math,

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,

SAT Reading

I scored an 800 on my SAT Verbal section.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Writing

Math

SAT Math,

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).
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Trigonometry

Most Popular

Biology,

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.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, Study Skills, Writing

Other

College Counseling,

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.
Study Skills

Science

Biology,

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.
Genetics,

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.
ACT Science

Special Needs

Study Skills

Summer

Biology,

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.
SAT Math,

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).
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, GED, Geometry, Reading, Study Skills, Writing

Test Preparation

College Counseling,

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.
GRE,

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,

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,

SAT Reading

I scored an 800 on my SAT Verbal section.
SAT Writing,

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.
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GED, PSAT

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A very well-rounded tutor!

Dean was excellent. He took the time to really analyze my work and point out my strengths and more importantly, patterns of weakness. We spent a lot of time analyzing problems, and also ways to build up my confidence. I particularly appreciate that he has me think out loud as I work my way through the problem so that he can understand my thought process and instead of telling me the answer, he will encourage me to think it through and will guide me in the right direction. This really strengthens my analytical skills and improves my endurance. Believe it or not I was exhausted after our first session! That’s how I know we’re making progress though. It was a very productive and I would even say therapeutic session. There is no doubt in my mind that I will score high 160s using the tactics and strategies he’s taught me. I look forward to more sessions with Dean!

Desiny, 2 lessons with Dean

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

Dean is a fantastic tutor, who is flexible and takes the time to get to know you. GRE practice with him is a delight. Encouraging, a great listener, and knowledgeable! All around 10/10.

Rachelle, 7 lessons with Dean
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$100/hour

Dean L.

$100/hour

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Response time: 26 minutes