EducationUCLA MD/PhD student. Currently in the MD portion.
Tutor with 7 years of experience.
Brain Tumor Researcher at Columbia University
Graduated magna cum laude from Haverford College in 2010
Phi Beta Kapa Society
Majored in English literature and Chemistry
Overall GPA: 3.85
Major GPA: 3.89
Minor GPA: 3.88
Science GPA: 3.86
SAT Composite: 2240
SAT Math: 740
SAT Verbal: 760
SAT Writing: 740
Attending UCLA MD/PhD program (PhD in neuroscience).
Nominated for the Rhodes Scholarship in 2010.
Published in the journals Science, Neuro-Oncology, and Journal Immunotherapy.
ExperienceFor 7 years I have been tutoring students from high school through graduate school in subjects ranging from organic chemistry to English literature. Throughout my time at Haverford College I was nominated by the respective science departments to tutor students in General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Microbiology, and Physics. I also worked at the college's writing center for two years.
I understand that each student learns concepts in different ways and at different paces. Having developed a mastery over the material that I teach, I am able to tailor my approach to the student's needs. When it comes to learning complex material, such as that in chemistry or physics, there is more to the process than simply understanding what is given explicitly. My role is to help form the proper conceptual framework that is necessary to truly understand the material. This often involves drawing on concepts from other subjects in order to generate a tight network of global comprehension. For example, in organic chemistry, it is not possible to fully understand molecular bonding or chemical reactions without having at least a basic understanding of certain general chemistry and physics precepts. Rather than serving simply as an adjunct to a professor who may not draw on other subjects to present the material, I will help explain concepts so that the student has a core framework with which to understand material presented in the future in both this course and others that draw on it.
In college I majored in English Literature and Chemistry. I also took all pre-medicine classes (including macrobiology, microbiology, physical chemistry, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and advanced physics) and received a 4.0 in every class. I wrote my thesis on James Joyce's Ulysses.
During my summer between my second and third years in college I volunteered at a clinic in rural Nepal with a non-profit organization based at Yale University, named Nyaya Health. While there, I implemented a health educational program for children and ensured that the clinic would obtain adequate power through solar energy.
I studied abroad during my junior year in France and, while there, took up sculpting (which I still love to do in my free time).
HobbiesI spend the majority of my time writing creatively, volunteering at St. Luke's Hospital, reading, sculpting, and acting. Throughout my time at Haverford College I wrote four plays, one of which I directed and performed in. I also volunteer as a Rape Crisis Counselor at St. Luke's Hospital, a position that entails my being on call twice a month in twelve hour shifts. On Friday nights I host a book club. We are currently reading Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace and in the past have read Heart of Darkness, literary criticism by Derrida, and sociological writings by Paulo Freire.
Client Reviews (6)
The tutor contacted me promptly and we have gotten together several times. I found him extremely pleasant, well informed and easy to understand. He came prepared and very knowledgeable. He was prompt and not in a hurry to leave when my time was up. I would recommend him highly and expect to continue to use him for as long as I can.
I was skeptical of finding a tutor online, but I finally decided to contact Ben because he seemed very knowledgable and accomplished (which he is). I am a premed at NYU and really don't like physics, but somehow he managed to explain it to me so that it was bearable. I met with him weekly and then twice before each test. He was great about meeting if I was freaking out last minute or had forgotten about an assignment. Definitely the best tutor I've had.
I wanted to improve my critical reading and writing scores on the SAT after receiving my scores from my first test in November. Ben was a great tutor and very accommodating to my schedule. I worked with him twice a week for about 2-3 hours each session. I had difficulty completing critical reading sessions within the time limit, and Ben came prepared with passages to work through together. He showed me great ways to break down passages and identify and categorize grammar structures that I frequently missed in writing practice tests. My practice scores have increased significantly and I feel well prepared for my retake in March. Ben is very reliable and extremely smart. I will definitely ask for his help again when I am writing my applications this fall!
Ben is a great tutor. I hired him to tutor my son in SAT preparation and he did much better the second time around. He is very kind, respectful, and often stayed late without extra charge. I have another son who is taking the PSAT to get into the CTY program, and I intend to have Ben tutor him as well. I highly recommend Ben as a tutor.
Ben is a phenomenal tutor. He tutored my son in high school physics and was far better than any tutor I've hired in the past. He went above and beyond what I expected and even helped my son with his college essays. Ben is smart and presents the material clearly. I highly recommend him.
Benjamin tutored me for a semester in pre-med physics. I go to NYU and am applying to medical school next year. My grades improved significantly when he started tutoring me. He was also basically on call, as I would sometimes call him when I had a difficult homework assignment and he would often make himself available very last minute. I intend to have him tutor me for the MCAT as well. Overall, Benjamin is energetic, charismatic, and easy to get along with. He truly cares about tutoring and about the material itself, which comes across in his clear explanations of very difficult topics.
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