Michael G.


Mike was born and raised in upstate New York, where his parents taught him to water-ski shortly after teaching him to walk. He studied physics at Amherst College and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. After working as an automation engineer for two years, Mike enrolled at Harvard University to pursue a PhD in physics.

While at Amherst, Mike enjoyed tutoring local high school students and serving as a resident physics tutor for the college’s academic help center. Using a combination of individual instruction and group sessions, Mike helped students to become comfortable with the abstract nature of physics. In his brief foray outside of academia, he coached the local middle school team in the state Science Olympiad. While at Harvard, he has continued to tutor high school and college students in physics and math. At Cambridge Coaching, Mike enjoys translating his love of math and physics into digestible lessons for his students. He also prepares students for the GRE, and relishes helping math-shy students find their aha moments.

Mike is currently working to probe the quantum mechanical properties of defects in diamond. When he’s not in the lab, he enjoys cycling, reading, and taking full advantage of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s student card.

Education & Qualifications
  • Harvard University, PhD candidate in Physics
  • Amherst College, B.S. Physics, phi beta kappa
  • Cambridge Coaching tutor since 2012
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • GRE
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "Michael is brilliant. Working with him gave me a lot of confidence because I knew I had access to someone who would have the answers I needed. He also did a great job creating a study plan, and was gracious when my work schedule required occasional changes to that schedule. Lastly, I really appreciated him lending me some of the study materials!"
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Lauren Ortosky, GRE, Boston)
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "Michael was extremely organized and prepared. He meticulously prepared our schedule, and even before our first session had arranged materials and prepared a tentative syllabus. Michael did not just improve my understanding of the test material, but he also showed me how to use my knowledge in the best way possible to answer test questions efficiently."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Simon, GRE, Boston)
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "Mike addressed directly the subject material for the class and focused on weaknesses for the student. He made him do and learn the work vs. just telling answers or showing him how to do it. Mike was outstanding. He helped encourage John and his mentoring influenced his overall school performance (i.e. other subjects not tutored)."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Ed, Math, Online)