Michael M.

Bio

Michael was born into an Argentine family but raised in New Mexico and Maryland. His grandmother was one of the first women chemistry professors in Argentina in the first half of the 20th century, and served as Michael’s first inspiration to study chemistry. Michael received dual degrees in chemistry (high honors) and biology (magna cum laude) from the University of Maryland. As an undergraduate, Michael performed full-time research in organic chemistry in the area of diazo chemistry. Michael attended Harvard University for graduate school, where he obtained a Masters degree and a PhD in chemistry.

Michael has co-authored over ten peer-reviewed papers in the field of organic chemistry and has over ten years of teaching chemistry and introductory biology to undergraduates as both a teaching assistant and personal tutor. At Maryland, Michael taught organic chemistry laboratory sections and was the head of a general chemistry course. At Harvard, Michael received four teaching awards for his service to undergraduates. Michael is also fluent in Spanish and teaches Spanish conjugation and grammar, including imperative, subjunctive, and conditional tenses.

In his spare time, Michael enjoys swimming in chlorinated waters and playing with dachshunds.

Education & Qualifications
  • Harvard University, PhD in Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology
  • Harvard University, MA in Chemistry
  • University of Maryland, BS in Biology and Chemistry
Specialties
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Spanish
Testimonials
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    Even at my lowest points in learning the challenging subject of chemistry, Michael would continue to work with me. No matter how long it would take, or how frustrated I would get with myself, Michael would continue to push me to reach my potential while accommodating every possible misunderstanding I might've had along the way. What's special about Michael's teaching method is he doesn't just teach you how to do a problem; he enables you to fully conceptualize the idea behind what you are learning and then apply it to various problems. Michael's confidence in me to do well along with his exceptional teaching ability has taken me from a student who believed learning chemistry was hopeless, to a student who has now discovered a new adoration for a subject.
    Testimonial Source: 
    Nicole Cook, Chemistry, Boston University
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    During my second semester, I was having quite a difficult time with my Chemistry II class. Although I made efforts in grasping onto the course material and concepts, I had been struggling immensely due to my professor’s hard-to-retain teaching style. My family and I came across Cambridge Coaching in which the management team, Martha and staff, immediately paired me with a brilliant tutor named Michael. Gratefully, with Michael’s utmost help and guidance along the way, I was finally able to comprehend, learn and apply both fundamentals and complex concepts of Chemistry II. He was more than able to provide easy to understand explanations, and taught very thoroughly. He would persistently review practice problems, plus, he was willing to work longer with me until I was able to fully grasp on the material! He was able to translate the confusing material my professor gave me, and helped me view these teachings in a relatable, understandable and engaging manner. In just 4 weekends, my academic performance in this class significantly improved. With Michael’s patience, knowledge and leadership, it is great to say that he went above and beyond, and I cannot recommend him enough, especially for those who struggled greatly like myself! Thank you Michael and the management team at Cambridge Coaching!
    Testimonial Source: 
    Brittany, PharmD, MCPHS University
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "I can honestly say that he was exactly the right man for the job. Organic Chemistry is difficult during the best of times, but during a pandemic and with an unbelievably tough professor, it can be overwhelming. My son clicked with Michael immediately and began to understand the concepts more clearly. Michael worked with my son for as many hours as he needed and made himself available at a moment’s notice. He gave Jordan the confidence to push through and the skills to succeed. We are so grateful to Michael for going above and beyond in every way. Thank you for another wonderful Cambridge experience!"
    Testimonial Source: 
    Wendi, Organic Chemistry