James L.

Bio

James was born and raised in New York City. He was an undergraduate at Yale, where he fell in love with organic chemistry (yes, he was that kid). After majoring in chemistry and graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude, he was awarded a Marshall Scholarship to continue his studies at the University of Oxford. There he completed a PhD in Organic Chemistry, before attending Harvard Medical School. He is presently a resident physician in Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

James's research uses the tools of organic chemistry to probe biological interactions. He tutored chemistry undergraduates at Yale and taught courses in biophysics and organic chemistry at Oxford. At Cambridge Coaching, James is first and foremost an MCAT tutor, though he also loves working with students on related subjects, such as biology, chemistry and physics. He also advises medical school applicants at all stages of the process, with a particular emphasis on interview preparation.

In his free time he enjoys jogging along the Charles River and attempting to cook.

Education & Qualifications
  • Harvard Medical School, MD candidate (Harvard/MIT HST program), expected May 2017
  • Oriel College, University of Oxford,¬†Doctor of Philosophy, Organic Chemistry
  • Yale University,¬†BS and MS in Chemistry, summa cum laude
Specialties
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Admissions Coaching (MD)
  • MCAT
Testimonials
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "James is an extremely intelligent individual and helped me greatly. He was very flexible with hours and great with explanations. He was extremely knowledgable in all aspects of the MCAT (which is saying a lot) and had some very useful tips. Thank you James and Cambridge Coaching for the help!"
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    (Imad Awan, MCAT, Boston)
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "James really got to the root of the problem when there were questions I didn't understand why I got wrong. He helped me out so much."
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    (Christopher Yasso, MCAT, Boston)
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    "James was awesome! He not only prepared me and gave me great advice, but he also calmed me down. I felt much more prepared and confident going into my interview."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Gianpaolo Rufo, MD Coaching, Boston)
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "James really went beyond being a tutor leading up to test day and became a coach reviewing game plans and offering support."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Melissa Lloyd, GMAT, Boston)
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "James is very knowledgable on the whole medical school application process. When I first started, James was great in describing each stage of the process, as well as discussing strategies to make my application look its best. I knew my application material would be a challenge going in (lower grades), but James did not hesitate in giving me his raw opinion on what I had to do to get into medical school. During my application preparation, he gave me a realistic picture of my acceptance chances and what kinds of schools I should apply to in order to increase my chances of getting in. Some people may have described him as blunt, but I appreciate his truthfulness; sometimes, the truth isn't pretty, but it's exactly what I needed to face when applying to medical schools. In addition, he helped me prepare for my medical school interview by conducting multiple mock interviews with many challenging questions. He offered constructive feedback and advice that were essential to my preparation; I went to the interview feeling confident and unafraid. Working with James was a great experience, and I would recommend him to anyone else in my same situation."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Amanda, MD Coaching, Boston)
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    "James has an incredible breadth of knowledge and really knows how to teach the tough concepts. James was always very easy to schedule with and always made it a point to check in after a long week of studying."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Sivana, MCAT, Boston)
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "James made me much more comfortable with the interview process and I look forward to continue to work with him!"
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    Sivana, Bowdoin College, MD Applicant