Donald M. - Harvard 3X: Expert in LSAT, SAT, ACT, and Earning Merit Scholarships

Cal Tech Donald M. Tutors California Institute of Technology Students in Pasadena, CA
$500 / hr
Weston, MA
(1270)
40 miles Travel Radius
In-person + Online
Students tell me that I help them with admission tests and applications to become more successful than they ever thought possible in being admitted to their number one choices of law schools and colleges, as well as going on to have outstanding careers. I especially enjoy helping those with uncommon learning characteristics.

How? I teach everyone to understand what the test makers and admissions officers have in mind and customize my approach to fit their specific strengths. As a graduate-sc...
Reviews
I came to Don for help on maximizing my LSAT score. He provided me with the skills, methods, and tips that allowed me to excel on the day of my test. Don's patience and understanding is what sets him apart. He is able to accurately diagnose the flaws in your thinking process which result in immediate improvements. I owe much of my success to Don and his help. I have since secured a full tuition Dean's Merit Scholarship to a top school of my choice, and I expect to receive more positive results as decisions roll in. Thanks for all your help Don!
- Vaughn G. from West Harwich, MA
I came to Don for help on maximizing my LSAT score. He provided me with the skills, methods, and tips that allowed me to excel on the day of my test. Don's patience and understanding is what sets him apart. He is able to accurately diagnose the flaws in your thinking process which result in immediate improvements. I owe much of my success to Don and his direction. In addition to helping me make huge improvements on my LSAT score, Don also guided me through the law school application process. I have since secured a full tuition Dean's Merit Scholarship to a top school of my choice, and I expect to receive more positive results as decisions roll in. Thanks for all your help Don!
- Vaughn G. from West Harwich, MA
I was extremely privileged and fortunate to have Don as my mentor for my college application to Columbia University where I was accepted to. Don thoroughly crafted a personalized plan for me to approach college admission smartly. He recognized my strengths and qualities, and inspired me to maximize the shine of these qualities in the expression of writing. Don's passion in helping others goes beyond the scope, and the results simply speak for themselves. Unlike many other college counselors, Don truly cares about his students and their future. Don did research on the school and program that I was applying to, and made sure that it was not only the right fit, but also the place where I would be thriving and happy. Don knows how to demonstrate a convincing case to colleges that the student is who they are looking for. During my sessions with Don, I gained nothing but true help and guidance to succeed not only in college admission but also in life. Don's compassion, wisdom, and incredible generosity in helping others inspire me to become a better individual everyday. He truly changed my life! I can't thank Don enough.
- Bonnie X. from New York, NY
Don understands students' needs and patiently teaches to those needs. Aside from the LSAT tutoring, Don helped me obtain the confidence to switch careers and succeed in law school. The journey is not just about the LSAT. Don adds immeasurable value for that part of the process.
- Andrea J. from Carlisle, MA
There is no doubt in my mind that without Don's help on my LSAT, my score would have been much lower. He has a rare level of intelligence which lets him design test taking strategies based off of your own way of thinking. To say he is worth the investment would be an extreme understatement. As a result of working with Don, I gained knowledge and know-how (not just about the LSAT) which will improve my life for years to come. I am incredibly thankful to have met and worked with Don.
- Sean S. from Austin, TX
I did one session with Don and already learned a bunch of strategies that will surely help me. His understanding and true passion for education goes along way. If you can afford it, I would 100% recommend Don.
- Spencer D. from Cambridge, MA
Don very quickly sized up my 13 year old son, and came up with a clear strategy to help him not only accomplish his SSAT goals but also do better as a student at school. He strikes exactly the right tone and I can readily imagine that his tone is tailored for each individual learner with whom he works. I believe my son will learn much more efficiently with Don than he would in an SSAT course, so time and attitude saved giving good luck a chance to happen.
- Caroline B. from Lexington, MA
Mr. Donald M. has diagnosed the possible causes of errors and slowness in the diagnostic test, which is very helpful! Thank you so much for your help, Donald!
- Nancy G. from San Jose, CA
Once you embark on the LSAT and law school journey, you will understand the time, effort, dedication and persistence that needs to go into the process. However, an experience I would only recommend going about with Don. I am no stranger to school and all that it entails, I am currently working towards a dual graduate degree in Chicago and imagined that preparing for my next leg of education would follow a similar process. Rather, after scoring in the low 130's on a diagnostic LSAT I was crushed, discouraged, even embarrassed because who would want to work with someone with such low score? Was there any hope? I knew that with my schedule I needed an online tutor - which I was skeptical about, because being a student you are used to having hands on experience. Moreover, I came across Don's profile and without even a second guess knew that he was the tutor for me. His biography resonated with me and what I was looking for. I Instantly reached out and we hit the ground running within a few days. Don is the most supportive, tentative and receptive educator I have ever had the honor and privilege of working with. From day one he got to know me as a person, who I was, what my history was like in order to have a better understanding of my mind and how it works. The open and honest environment he provides allows you, as a student, to ask questions, adjust strategies that aren't working and continue to make progress all at once. The remarkable thing is that this is all happening online, I am receiving the most eye opening experience through Skype, something I never imagined. I started my first lesson with Don at the end of January and will take my LSAT in early June. With the time that has progressed I am currently scoring at the 170's (WOW - my thoughts exactly). Never in my wildest dreams did I picture an improve such as this. However, it is countless hours of practice on my behalf - but Don is the number one reason for this success. He showed me that it was okay to make mistakes along the way (this is normal!), that it was going to be an up hill battle for improvement, but a journey we would take together due to it being an exam that is very different from most standardized test. Don is there every step of the way, through the successful times and setbacks, he will be your biggest advocate, while giving you the straight forward opinion you need to push forward. It is hard to put into words the amount of respect and appreciation I have for Don. He sees each of his students as a bright and worthy person, not a number and wants them to achieve that personal satisfaction they are looking to seek. I look forward to each of my lessons with Don because I know I am walking into an environment that is going to provide me with the foundation I need to grow and develop. If you are looking for someone who wants you to succeed just as much as you do - Don is for you. You will get everything you can expect and more from your time with Don, I will promise you that. So, Don, thank you for being such an influential light on this experience for me - for that I am unconditionally thankful.
- Morgan O. from Chicago, IL
Don is really helping me get better at answering questions as well as giving me the confidence I need. He provides great feedback and is able to show me minor tweaks in my test strategies. I have learned a lot from him so far and thankful for his help.
- JUSTIN S. from Hopkinton, MA
Donald went through the case with me and helped me find out the root of the problems. He taught me how to think critically and analytically. I learned a lot from him, and I always feel motivated by his teaching style.
- Coco M. from Boston, MA
I came to Don in late July to get some assistance with studying for the LSATS. I had little to no prior knowledge of how to approach the test and within a month and a half, Don had me improve my LSAT score by 15 points with just about a dozen lessons or so. He is a very patient and knowledgeable man who takes his time in making sure all areas of the test are covered. He is one of the best tutors I've had the privilege of working with and truly cares about the well-being of his students. The level of detail he helps you to understand with the material really makes you feel comfortable and confident in doing well on the test.
- Kevin Y. from Andover, MA
Don is an excellent tutor, especially for the LSAT. His knowledge, expertise, and understanding of the LSAT are unmatched by any other tutor I had encountered. He is patient, kind, and works hard to see his students grow. He spent time learning my learning style in order to teach me the most effective methods and strategies. Thanks to Don's help and guidance I felt extremely well prepared for the LSAT.
- Ariana F. from Middleton, MA
Don was very accommodating with our schedule. He is very very personable. Remarkable really, given his amazing background. We will schedule more. this was just the first eval. we need to postpone our son's SAT exam to buy us more time with Don.
- Joan K. from Stow, MA
I met with Donald for a number of months while preparing for the LSAT. During that time, the scores on my practice tests improved almost 20 points. Don helped me accomplish this by targeting my weaknesses and developing a comprehensive strategy to fix them. By the end, some of the questions I found hardest when I first started studying were some of the easiest. I think at the root of his effectiveness was his ability to identify how I think, and tailor an appropriate method around it. Rather than just telling me why a problem was right or wrong, he helped me attack problems in a different way, resulting in extraordinary results. By far the best tutor I have ever worked with. I would recommend Don to anyone trying to improve their score on the LSAT.
- Michael M. from Cambridge, MA
It was amazing!!!He really applied it to me and my learning ability!
- Don H. from Salt Lake City, UT
Don focused right in on my daughter's strengths and weaknesses. In just two hours, we now have a plan to help her improve her test performance. Well worth the money!
- Sheila C. from Wayland, MA
I had my first lesson with Don today to discuss my personal statement for my law school applications. He asked thought provoking questions, made me feel very comfortable in answering candidly, and even made some great suggestions in regards to potential career options with my law degree based upon our conversation. I'm incredibly excited to see what our next lessons have in store, and I will write a more comprehensive review in a couple of months after I have taken the LSAT. Judging by his other reviews and our interaction thus far (multiple emails and a Skype session), I believe my 5 star rating is going to stand.
- Lindsey R. from North Reading, MA
Once I began working with Dan, complex LSAT problems are easier to understand. The tutorials are well structured and tailored to my way of learning. He also is flexible and adjusts his teaching style to me.
- Anna K. from Elmhurst, IL
Don provided some of the best advice that I have ever received. He cares deeply about his clients succeeding in this game of life. I couldn't be more appreciative of the insight and wisdom that he shared.
- Brandon Y. from Carmel, IN
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