Dean L.

Dean L.


Cambridge, MA 02141

Will travel 3 miles

$150 per hour.

5.0 41 ratings

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

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 and from Harvard University with a Master's in Neuroscience in 2018. I am now exploring the intersection of neuroscience, genetics, and statistics in my work at an academic biology lab at Harvard. In my non-working hours, I train for the occasional 10K or half marathon and aspire to stay connected with my friend/family network. ----... [more]

Algebra 1

Algebra 2


My undergrad major was in the life sciences at UCLA, and my Harvard master's degree was in neuroscience. Right now, I am working as a staff researcher in a behavioral neuroscience lab at Harvard. 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.






Study Skills



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).


I scored a 170 on the Quantitative Reasoning section, a 168 (98th percentile) on the Verbal Reasoning section, and a 5 (93rd percentile) on the Analytical Writing section of the GRE, for a total score of 338 out of 340. For those who are interested in business school, this is equivalent to an 800 on the GMAT. 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 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.


I scored a 760 on the GMAT (99th percentile) after less than two weeks of studying. To achieve this result, I borrowed concepts and techniques from other standardized tests (GRE, LSAT, SAT, ACT) that are directly applicable 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.



ACT Reading

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Science

Elementary Math

Elementary Science

College Counseling

I have been a private consultant for college applications for two years, and have helped students craft applications leading to admissions to NYU, UT Austin, Northeastern, and their peer institutions. I advise students on how to create an outstanding academic/extracurricular profile, how to assess whether a school is a "good fit," and how to tell a coherent story with every part of the application. To gain insight into what the most selective universities are looking for, I have studied over 85 application files (including personal statements, recommendation letters, standardized test scores, GPA, etc.) of students already admitted to Ivy League schools and have followed up with these students via personal interviews. I have also been serving on the Board of Freshman Advisors at Harvard College for 5 years and have advised over 120 students on their academics. My contact with successful applicants gives me insight into how each student translated who they are in real life into a highly competitive profile on paper, as well as which part of the university's social and academic culture they fit into. I understand how students can present themselves on paper to best fit the university's ideals, and I use that knowledge to maximize each applicant?s competitiveness.


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.