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Amir B.

Highly Qualified Harvard Tutor in Science, Math, Music, and ACT

Highly Qualified Harvard Tutor in Science, Math, Music, and ACT

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  • Cambridge, MA 02138

About Amir


Bio

I am a Harvard biophysics PhD student who recently graduated Summa Cum Laude in physics, also at Harvard. My undergraduate GPA was nearly 4.0, and I received honors such as induction into Phi Beta Kappa, as well as the John Harvard and Harvard College Scholarships. I also received a minor in music. I have been playing piano for 15 years, composing music for over 8, and I am very adept in music theory. I have substantial experience in tutoring college and high school level mathematics, physic...

I am a Harvard biophysics PhD student who recently graduated Summa Cum Laude in physics, also at Harvard. My undergraduate GPA was nearly 4.0, and I received honors such as induction into Phi Beta Kappa, as well as the John Harvard and Harvard College Scholarships. I also received a minor in music. I have been playing piano for 15 years, composing music for over 8, and I am very adept in music theory. I have substantial experience in tutoring college and high school level mathematics, physics, and biology, and have also worked with younger kids.

My goal while tutoring students is to prioritize understanding where facts come from, as opposed to memorization. I think this is crucial because mindless memorization will not help a student when they encounter a nontrivial problem. To fully understand a concept, a student needs to appreciate how it follows from and relates to other concepts he/she already understands. This approach helped me tremendously when I first studied special relativity--a highly nonintuitive subject. By studying how the formulas in relativity were derived and what physical conditions they assumed, I was able to use them much more comfortably. .In other cases, a student understands a concept, but may not feel comfortable applying it. In this case, I guide his/her thinking, providing feedback but never answers. This is a method that my piano teacher used when we worked on shaping musical phrases. He asked me to look for "clues", such as harmony, and decide for myself how a phrase should go, while responding to my ideas. I find this method much more empowering than imitation, not only in music but in all subjects.


Education

Harvard College
Physics
Harvard University Biophysics PhD
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Subjects

Corporate Training

Spanish

Spanish

I am a native Spanish speaker--my father is Mexican, originally of Chilean descent. I also scored a 5 on the AP Spanish exam. I greatly enjoy working with students in Spanish, not only to improve their grammar and speaking skills, but also to introduce them to Latin-American culture and discuss topics of interest.

English

ACT English,

ACT English

I took the ACT and attained a score of 34 on this portion during my first sitting.
English

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

As a physics major at Harvard, I make ample use of math. The skills I learned in Algebra 1 serve as the foundation for much of the arithmetic I perform in my current work. Algebra is indispensable for me, and I see it again and again, so I am very comfortable with it.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

As a physics major at Harvard, I make ample use of math. The skills I learned in algebra 2 serve as the foundation for much of the arithmetic I perform in my current work. Algebra is indispensable for me, and I see it again and again, so I am very comfortable with it.
Biology,

Biology

I am currently a biophysics major at Harvard, and I am passionate about solving biological problems. I had a very strong AP biology program at my high school (Brookline High School) and I scored a 5 on the AP exam, as well as an 800 on the biology SAT II. More recently, I have taken quite a few classes at Harvard in biology, chemistry, and physics, and have attained an A average in these. I have also worked in a neurobiology lab at the Harvard Medical School.
Calculus,

Calculus

I took BC calculus at Brookline High School, which has one of the strongest and most rigorous high school calculus programs in the country. I attained an A in the class and a 5 on both parts of the BC exam. I also received one of Brookline's top math awards for my achievements in this and other math classes. I am currently a sophomore at Harvard majoring in physics, so calculus continues to play a major role in my math and science classes. I am thus still very comfortable with single and multi-variable calculus. Since calculus is so often motivated by the physical world, I like to have calculus students conceptualize what is going on by encouraging them to have a concrete physical picture of many problems. Yet at the same time, calculus is among the most mathematically interesting fields from a theoretical standpoint, so I want to make sure my students really understand why the formulas work/where they come from, so that they can use them intelligently, rather than just through memorization.
Physics,

Physics

I am currently a biophysics major at Harvard, and I am passionate about applying the mathematical and logical tools of physics to solve scientific problems. I had a very strong AP Physics C class at my high school (Brookline High School) and I scored a 5 on both the Mechanics and Electromagnetism portions of the AP exam, and got an A in the course. More recently, I have taken quite a few classes at Harvard in biology, chemistry, and physics, and have attained an A average in these. I have also worked in a neurobiology lab at the Harvard Medical School, which applied quantitative methods not unlike those used in physics to understand the visual system.
Piano,

Piano

I have been playing piano and taking lessons for over 14 years. I have previously tutored a young beginner piano student. I especially worked with him on learning new music. First, I would make sure he knew how to read music (he didn't very well initially, so I taught him note durations, rests, and the notes themselves/where they are located on the piano, and had him practice identifying notes and tapping rhythms). Once he was stronger at reading music, I had him learn piano pieces hands separately at first, then I had him put the hands together slowly, gradually bringing the piece up to tempo. I generally worked on pieces in reasonable chunks (usually a phrase), and would make sure there were no mistakes before he went on.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I am a physics major at Harvard, and I continue to apply what I learned what I learned in precalculus on a daily basis in my math and physics classes. I did quite well in my high school precalculus class, and my comfort with this elementary math has enabled me to get an A average in my math and physics classes so far. Having tutored math before (for the math portion of the MCAS exam) and helped my tutee attain a top score, I am certain that I would be comfortable helping a student their precalculus work and exam preparation.
Spanish,

Spanish

I am a native Spanish speaker--my father is Mexican, originally of Chilean descent. I also scored a 5 on the AP Spanish exam. I greatly enjoy working with students in Spanish, not only to improve their grammar and speaking skills, but also to introduce them to Latin-American culture and discuss topics of interest.
Chemistry, English, Prealgebra

Language

Spanish

Spanish

I am a native Spanish speaker--my father is Mexican, originally of Chilean descent. I also scored a 5 on the AP Spanish exam. I greatly enjoy working with students in Spanish, not only to improve their grammar and speaking skills, but also to introduce them to Latin-American culture and discuss topics of interest.

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

As a physics major at Harvard, I make ample use of math. The skills I learned in Algebra 1 serve as the foundation for much of the arithmetic I perform in my current work. Algebra is indispensable for me, and I see it again and again, so I am very comfortable with it.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

As a physics major at Harvard, I make ample use of math. The skills I learned in algebra 2 serve as the foundation for much of the arithmetic I perform in my current work. Algebra is indispensable for me, and I see it again and again, so I am very comfortable with it.
Calculus,

Calculus

I took BC calculus at Brookline High School, which has one of the strongest and most rigorous high school calculus programs in the country. I attained an A in the class and a 5 on both parts of the BC exam. I also received one of Brookline's top math awards for my achievements in this and other math classes. I am currently a sophomore at Harvard majoring in physics, so calculus continues to play a major role in my math and science classes. I am thus still very comfortable with single and multi-variable calculus. Since calculus is so often motivated by the physical world, I like to have calculus students conceptualize what is going on by encouraging them to have a concrete physical picture of many problems. Yet at the same time, calculus is among the most mathematically interesting fields from a theoretical standpoint, so I want to make sure my students really understand why the formulas work/where they come from, so that they can use them intelligently, rather than just through memorization.
Physics,

Physics

I am currently a biophysics major at Harvard, and I am passionate about applying the mathematical and logical tools of physics to solve scientific problems. I had a very strong AP Physics C class at my high school (Brookline High School) and I scored a 5 on both the Mechanics and Electromagnetism portions of the AP exam, and got an A in the course. More recently, I have taken quite a few classes at Harvard in biology, chemistry, and physics, and have attained an A average in these. I have also worked in a neurobiology lab at the Harvard Medical School, which applied quantitative methods not unlike those used in physics to understand the visual system.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I am a physics major at Harvard, and I continue to apply what I learned what I learned in precalculus on a daily basis in my math and physics classes. I did quite well in my high school precalculus class, and my comfort with this elementary math has enabled me to get an A average in my math and physics classes so far. Having tutored math before (for the math portion of the MCAS exam) and helped my tutee attain a top score, I am certain that I would be comfortable helping a student their precalculus work and exam preparation.
Prealgebra

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Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

As a physics major at Harvard, I make ample use of math. The skills I learned in Algebra 1 serve as the foundation for much of the arithmetic I perform in my current work. Algebra is indispensable for me, and I see it again and again, so I am very comfortable with it.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

As a physics major at Harvard, I make ample use of math. The skills I learned in algebra 2 serve as the foundation for much of the arithmetic I perform in my current work. Algebra is indispensable for me, and I see it again and again, so I am very comfortable with it.
Biology,

Biology

I am currently a biophysics major at Harvard, and I am passionate about solving biological problems. I had a very strong AP biology program at my high school (Brookline High School) and I scored a 5 on the AP exam, as well as an 800 on the biology SAT II. More recently, I have taken quite a few classes at Harvard in biology, chemistry, and physics, and have attained an A average in these. I have also worked in a neurobiology lab at the Harvard Medical School.
Calculus,

Calculus

I took BC calculus at Brookline High School, which has one of the strongest and most rigorous high school calculus programs in the country. I attained an A in the class and a 5 on both parts of the BC exam. I also received one of Brookline's top math awards for my achievements in this and other math classes. I am currently a sophomore at Harvard majoring in physics, so calculus continues to play a major role in my math and science classes. I am thus still very comfortable with single and multi-variable calculus. Since calculus is so often motivated by the physical world, I like to have calculus students conceptualize what is going on by encouraging them to have a concrete physical picture of many problems. Yet at the same time, calculus is among the most mathematically interesting fields from a theoretical standpoint, so I want to make sure my students really understand why the formulas work/where they come from, so that they can use them intelligently, rather than just through memorization.
Physics,

Physics

I am currently a biophysics major at Harvard, and I am passionate about applying the mathematical and logical tools of physics to solve scientific problems. I had a very strong AP Physics C class at my high school (Brookline High School) and I scored a 5 on both the Mechanics and Electromagnetism portions of the AP exam, and got an A in the course. More recently, I have taken quite a few classes at Harvard in biology, chemistry, and physics, and have attained an A average in these. I have also worked in a neurobiology lab at the Harvard Medical School, which applied quantitative methods not unlike those used in physics to understand the visual system.
Piano,

Piano

I have been playing piano and taking lessons for over 14 years. I have previously tutored a young beginner piano student. I especially worked with him on learning new music. First, I would make sure he knew how to read music (he didn't very well initially, so I taught him note durations, rests, and the notes themselves/where they are located on the piano, and had him practice identifying notes and tapping rhythms). Once he was stronger at reading music, I had him learn piano pieces hands separately at first, then I had him put the hands together slowly, gradually bringing the piece up to tempo. I generally worked on pieces in reasonable chunks (usually a phrase), and would make sure there were no mistakes before he went on.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I am a physics major at Harvard, and I continue to apply what I learned what I learned in precalculus on a daily basis in my math and physics classes. I did quite well in my high school precalculus class, and my comfort with this elementary math has enabled me to get an A average in my math and physics classes so far. Having tutored math before (for the math portion of the MCAS exam) and helped my tutee attain a top score, I am certain that I would be comfortable helping a student their precalculus work and exam preparation.
Spanish,

Spanish

I am a native Spanish speaker--my father is Mexican, originally of Chilean descent. I also scored a 5 on the AP Spanish exam. I greatly enjoy working with students in Spanish, not only to improve their grammar and speaking skills, but also to introduce them to Latin-American culture and discuss topics of interest.
Chemistry, English, Prealgebra

Music

Piano,

Piano

I have been playing piano and taking lessons for over 14 years. I have previously tutored a young beginner piano student. I especially worked with him on learning new music. First, I would make sure he knew how to read music (he didn't very well initially, so I taught him note durations, rests, and the notes themselves/where they are located on the piano, and had him practice identifying notes and tapping rhythms). Once he was stronger at reading music, I had him learn piano pieces hands separately at first, then I had him put the hands together slowly, gradually bringing the piece up to tempo. I generally worked on pieces in reasonable chunks (usually a phrase), and would make sure there were no mistakes before he went on.
Music Theory

Science

Biology,

Biology

I am currently a biophysics major at Harvard, and I am passionate about solving biological problems. I had a very strong AP biology program at my high school (Brookline High School) and I scored a 5 on the AP exam, as well as an 800 on the biology SAT II. More recently, I have taken quite a few classes at Harvard in biology, chemistry, and physics, and have attained an A average in these. I have also worked in a neurobiology lab at the Harvard Medical School.
Physical Science,

Physical Science

I am a physics major at Harvard entering my junior year. I have received A grades in all of my physics and math courses, and have acquired a deep understanding of the material. I strongly believe it is important to question concepts in physics in order to understand them thoroughly--this is much more important (and interesting) than simply memorizing formulas.
Physics,

Physics

I am currently a biophysics major at Harvard, and I am passionate about applying the mathematical and logical tools of physics to solve scientific problems. I had a very strong AP Physics C class at my high school (Brookline High School) and I scored a 5 on both the Mechanics and Electromagnetism portions of the AP exam, and got an A in the course. More recently, I have taken quite a few classes at Harvard in biology, chemistry, and physics, and have attained an A average in these. I have also worked in a neurobiology lab at the Harvard Medical School, which applied quantitative methods not unlike those used in physics to understand the visual system.
ACT Science, Chemistry

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

As a physics major at Harvard, I make ample use of math. The skills I learned in Algebra 1 serve as the foundation for much of the arithmetic I perform in my current work. Algebra is indispensable for me, and I see it again and again, so I am very comfortable with it.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

As a physics major at Harvard, I make ample use of math. The skills I learned in algebra 2 serve as the foundation for much of the arithmetic I perform in my current work. Algebra is indispensable for me, and I see it again and again, so I am very comfortable with it.
Biology,

Biology

I am currently a biophysics major at Harvard, and I am passionate about solving biological problems. I had a very strong AP biology program at my high school (Brookline High School) and I scored a 5 on the AP exam, as well as an 800 on the biology SAT II. More recently, I have taken quite a few classes at Harvard in biology, chemistry, and physics, and have attained an A average in these. I have also worked in a neurobiology lab at the Harvard Medical School.
Calculus,

Calculus

I took BC calculus at Brookline High School, which has one of the strongest and most rigorous high school calculus programs in the country. I attained an A in the class and a 5 on both parts of the BC exam. I also received one of Brookline's top math awards for my achievements in this and other math classes. I am currently a sophomore at Harvard majoring in physics, so calculus continues to play a major role in my math and science classes. I am thus still very comfortable with single and multi-variable calculus. Since calculus is so often motivated by the physical world, I like to have calculus students conceptualize what is going on by encouraging them to have a concrete physical picture of many problems. Yet at the same time, calculus is among the most mathematically interesting fields from a theoretical standpoint, so I want to make sure my students really understand why the formulas work/where they come from, so that they can use them intelligently, rather than just through memorization.
Physics,

Physics

I am currently a biophysics major at Harvard, and I am passionate about applying the mathematical and logical tools of physics to solve scientific problems. I had a very strong AP Physics C class at my high school (Brookline High School) and I scored a 5 on both the Mechanics and Electromagnetism portions of the AP exam, and got an A in the course. More recently, I have taken quite a few classes at Harvard in biology, chemistry, and physics, and have attained an A average in these. I have also worked in a neurobiology lab at the Harvard Medical School, which applied quantitative methods not unlike those used in physics to understand the visual system.
Piano,

Piano

I have been playing piano and taking lessons for over 14 years. I have previously tutored a young beginner piano student. I especially worked with him on learning new music. First, I would make sure he knew how to read music (he didn't very well initially, so I taught him note durations, rests, and the notes themselves/where they are located on the piano, and had him practice identifying notes and tapping rhythms). Once he was stronger at reading music, I had him learn piano pieces hands separately at first, then I had him put the hands together slowly, gradually bringing the piece up to tempo. I generally worked on pieces in reasonable chunks (usually a phrase), and would make sure there were no mistakes before he went on.
Spanish,

Spanish

I am a native Spanish speaker--my father is Mexican, originally of Chilean descent. I also scored a 5 on the AP Spanish exam. I greatly enjoy working with students in Spanish, not only to improve their grammar and speaking skills, but also to introduce them to Latin-American culture and discuss topics of interest.
Chemistry

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

I took the ACT and attained a score of 34 on this portion during my first sitting.
ACT Science

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Knowledgeable, patient tutor - Highly recommended

We hired Amit in June 2016 to help our son prepare for the SAT II Biology subject test. Our son had taken the AP Bio class, but he never took an intro bio class and as such needed to catch up on some things. Amir was highly knowledgeable and patient and a true pleasure to work with. My son was very impressed with Amir and thought he was very helpful. We just got the results and he scored 790!

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