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Given our proximity to Harvard, MIT, Harvard Medical School, and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), we have the luxury of hand selecting our tutors for the wide range of biological sciences from a highly selective pool of overly qualified individuals. While our tutors may think that biology is the most important and most fun subject offered to students, we realize that not every student loves their biology class. With this in mind, our tutors strive to make biology relevant to their students by drawing from examples from daily life, rather than from the textbooks. While biology classes are often focused around memorizing formulas and anatomical systems, our tutoring never is. Memorization is a necessary skill that our tutors can help students master, however, learning how to think about biology is a much more important skill that will make memorization of secondary importance. Our tutors are very familiar with common standardized subject tests such as Advanced Placement AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and the SAT II’s as well as premedical requirements and help their students learn how to master not only their subjects and their classes but also these often tricky exams that can determine college course placement and credit.
High school level courses: Anatomy and Physiology, Biology I, Biology II, Biological Chemistry
College level courses: Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry, Biology I, Biology II, Cell Biology, Environmental Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Organic Chemistry, Neurobiology, Zoology, Genetics
Standardized tests: AP Biology, AP Chemistry, IB Biology SL/HL, IB Chemistry SL/HL, SAT II Biology E/M, SAT II Chemistry, MCAT, ACT Science
Tutors Available for Biological Sciences Tutoring:
Originally from southern California, Charles went to MIT at age 16, majored in chemical engineering and was one of the first students ever to complete the biomedical engineering minor--all while playing varsity volleyball and contributing to various research projects, including a stint at Suntory in Osaka, Japan. After undergrad, he worked in engineering consulting for a few years before returning to MIT for a PhD (2009) in molecular pharmacology, where he characterized the metabolic and pharmacokinetic profiles of an experimental prostate cancer drug candidate. Since then, Charles has been doing postdoctoral research studying carcinogenesis and tumor growth kinetics at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton.
- Recently published a research paper in Theoretical Biology and Medical Modelling describing the ramifications of cell type heterogeneity in a mathematical model of solid tumor growth
- Was associate producer and music director for the MIT OpenCourseWare documentary series "Chem Lab Boot Camp," chronicling the progress of 15 freshmen in an intensive introductory chemistry lab course
- Has had multiple responses and a speed puzzle published in MIT's Technology Review Puzzle Corner
- Co-authored a script describing the strategy behind chemotherapy for an animated short video on ed.TED.com
Karina holds a Masters degree from the University of Buenos Aires in Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology and a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology from Brandeis University. For the last twenty years, Karina has excelled as a teacher in a variety of biology courses at the University of Buenos Aires, Brandeis University, and Boston University, including Introduction to Biology, Introduction to Molecular and Cell Biology, Genetics, Ecology. She is currently a Biology professor at Boston University and the AP Biology teacher at Buckingham, Browne and Nichols Schools in Cambridge. She is a passionate scientist and teacher, who also performs research on science education, trying to understand how students learn and overcome misconceptions. Karina is fluent in Spanish, English, and Hebrew.
- Summer Curriculum Development Award: Granted for designing of “The Biology of Cancer” course, Boston University. Boston, MA.
- National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences, National Academies of Science. Washington, DC.
- VisionU: Visualizing Science in Our Non-major Undergraduates, BU Educational Technology Grant. Boston University. Boston, MA
- Gillette Fellow for The Outstanding Student in the Molecular and Cell Biology Program. Brandeis University, Waltham, MA.
Maggie was the valedictorian of the 2006 graduating class at Notre Dame Academy in Hingham, MA. She graduated cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in Chemical and Physical Biology and a GPA of 3.8 in 2010. In 2012, she earned her Master’s in Secondary Education with a 4.0 GPA from Arizona State University. She is currently applying to medical school and scored a 38P on the MCAT. For the past two years, she taught integrated science, general chemistry, and AP chemistry as a Teach for America teacher. Maggie was a regional semi-finalist for the Sue Lehmann Excellence in Education Award and the recipient of the Paula Jennings Hardison Community Leadership Award.
- Graduated cum laude from Harvard with a degree in Chemical and Physical Biology (2010)
- Has a Master's in Secondary Education
- Taught two years of high school chemistry and AP Chemistry
- Patient and flexible
Irit graduated with two degrees from MIT (S.B. in Brain & Cognitive Sciences and S.B. in Linguistics), with a minor in Spanish and a Concentration in Japanese, all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. She earned her Ph.D. from the Program in Neuroscience at Harvard in May 2009, with research focusing on Parkinson's disease. Irit loves to learn, though not by memorization; she always wants to understand how and why things work, and her tutoring style reflects this enthusiasm.
- Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard
- Loves to teach
- Patient, creative, clear communicator
- Raised in bilingual household (Hebrew and English)