Dan W.


Dan hails from the Boston area, an ardent Red Sox fan and even more ardent consumer of its delicious food. At Yale, he grew fascinated with the brain. Dan decided to major in Cognitive Science with a focus on the cognition of impulsivity. He recently graduated with Phi Beta Kappa distinction. His thesis work on the relationship between dopamine and BMI earned the Angier award for outstanding senior essay on a psychological topic. He also served for one year as Science & Technology Editor for the Yale Daily News, and as a research analyst at the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Genetics at the Broad Institute of Harvard & MIT. He is currently pursuing his MD/PhD degree at Harvard Medical School. 

His tutoring interests focus around the new 2015 MCAT, on which he scored in the 100th percentile overall, and its associated academic subjects, including biochemistry, psychology, and research methods. Dan’s tutoring experience includes two years as a one-on-one tutor through the volunteer organization New Haven Reads.

When Dan is not reading up on the newest research about the genetics of brain disorders, you might find him seeking out a new hot restaurant, figuring out which new hot restaurant he will seek out next, or reading The New Yorker magazine.

Education & Qualifications
  • Harvard Medical School, MD/PhD Candidate
  • Yale University, BA in Cognitive Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Statistics & Probability
  • ACT
  • MCAT
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "Dan was always prepared for our sessions and was knowledgeable about the information. He was also very flexible in our meeting times and schedule. He balanced being supportive and being frank about what I needed to do better well. He was consistently supportive, but also spoke plainly about what I could be doing better and where I needed to improve. It was a good balance. He kept me focused throughout the time I was studying, which was a big help."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Caroline Ross, Boston, MCAT)
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "I could not have asked for a better tutoring experience! Dan went above and beyond to help me with both strategy and content, taking a significant amount of time outside of our official sessions to prepare for each lesson. He came to each session with a well thought out lesson plan and made sure to heavily stress strategy and high yield content. If I had any content questions or questions on practice tests, he was quick to answer them in person or over email. He responded to email so quickly! He was extremely encouraging and supportive. If I didn't get a concept immediately, he was patient with me and worked with me until I understood. Before meeting with Dan, I had zero MCAT strategy, and now I feel like even I could help someone with strategy for the MCAT! I'm really lucky to have worked with a tutor who worked hard to make sure that I had as best a chance as possible to improve my MCAT score."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Becca, Brown University, MCAT)
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "I really liked how Dan organized the sessions, focusing on content first then strategies. He really knew the material and the test very well. He seemed very prepared with a lesson plan and practice questions to work on. I really spent quite a lot of time studying. I really thought the tutoring sessions were beneficial. They really helped me raise my practice scores up. He listened to my feedback and adjusted our plan based on it. I worked full time so my study time was limited but I spend multiple hours before and after work studying and I was able to get my assignments done. A really easy company to work with."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Abigail, MCAT)
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "Dan was great to work with! Dan really prompted for reflection on the test and material, which I found very helpful because it caused me to not only review material but also review how I learn/take the test. This definitely helped during the actual test. I put in a lot of effort outside of sessions, especially regarding CARS. I spent time actively reviewing my practice tests after taking them and making notes about them as well as doing additional practice that Dan recommended, which was incredibly beneficial. Everyone at Cambridge Coaching was very polite and supportive as I prepared for the MCAT, which I really appreciated and think helped because it gave an extra boost of confidence for when the actual exam came."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Jack, MCAT Student, Score went from 519 to 526)