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Matthew

I am a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, MA. I received my Bachelor of Science in pre-health Biology with a minor in Psychology. I plan on starting medical school in the Fall of 2017. I have dedicated much of my time over the last four years to cancer research with the hope of finding new targets for drug development. I am also a certified SCUBA divemaster. This has given me the opportunity to teach students of all ages skills and techniques used to explore the underwater world. My SCUBA training has allowed me to travel all over the globe, from the Caribbean to Malaysia, where I have been able to interact and learn from a variety of unique cultures. My passions have always focused on the sciences, how and why things work. I enjoy Biochemistry, Physics, Chemistry, and Psychology individually, but am most fascinated about how they are all connected. My teaching style reflects this, by connecting larger concepts to create a clear big picture that then makes it easy to see how small details fit. I spend my free time reading, hiking, diving, and playing ice hockey.

Undergraduate Degree:

Northeastern University - Bachelors, Biology, General

MCAT: 519

Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems: 132

Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems: 130

Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior: 131

Traveling, SCUBA diving, hiking, reading

College Biology

MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

High School Biology

MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

Social Sciences

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe the best way to learn is to understand how large concepts connect. Understanding the big picture makes it easier to see how and where the small pieces fit.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

It is important to determine strengths and weaknesses to create a study plan that will be the most successful. I think it is important to get to know the student on a personal level to make each session more directed and fun.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

As a tutor, it isn't my job just to teach information, but to teach the student how to study. I have countless test-taking and study tips and tricks that every student can implement for success.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

If a student does not understand a certain topic, I think the best approach is to try and figure out why the student is struggling. Looking at the topic in a new and different way can help the student as well. But my approach of linking big concepts together allows students to connect the dots, making difficult topics much easier to grasp.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

The best advice is to read more. Read everything and anything: articles, journals, newspapers, etc. Getting used to reading dense material is a skill like anything else, and one that is often the easiest area to improve.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I have access to a vast amount of test prep materials, from practice exams to flashcards. I think it is best to use a variety of tools, but to have the student's preference in mind.