Ethan tells people he grew up in Portland, OR, but recently passed the tipping point of having spent the majority of his life in Massachusetts. He attended Amherst College, where he majored in anthropology and biology and graduated summa cum laude in 2012. His research on dementia and caregiving received the Donald S. Pitkin Prize for best thesis in anthropology. He is now an MD/PhD student in anthropology at Harvard. 

Ethan has extensive tutoring experience with students ranging from middle school to post-college. He has worked in a variety of teaching settings, including the Amherst Biology Department, an Israeli middle school, a community development program in Sierra Leone, and as an independent tutor in Portland, OR. His teaching strengths are in biology, test preparation, and essay writing, including admissions essays for medical and graduate school. He has also worked with many younger students on developing the all-around study skills that will help them thrive as they advance through high school, college, and beyond.

In his free time, Ethan enjoys reading science fiction, powerlifting, and playing with his Yorkie, Garbanzo. 

Education & Qualifications
  • Harvard University, MD-PhD Candidate in Anthropology (expected 2021)
  • Amherst College, BA in Anthropology & Biology (summa cum laude, with Distinction)
  • Biology
  • Expository Writing
  • Sociology
  • MD Admissions
  • College Admissions
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "Ethan was my MCAT tutor for four months and subsequently helped me prepare my essays for medical school applications. While I was studying for the MCAT, he helped me organize my workload, tackle difficult concepts, familiarize myself with the format of the exam and work through specific passages and questions. As a writing tutor, Ethan helped me improve the overall quality of my personal statement, choose the most relevant content to include, and customize my essays to each of the schools I applied to. Thanks to his support, I was able to improve my MCAT score by ten points, and was accepted into medical school. Throughout our time working together, Ethan was always very reliable and easily reachable by e-mail. He was always very thorough in his explanations and took the time to make sure I understood all the concepts. He was also very encouraging and made sure to give me positive feedback and moral support during a process which was long, stressful and frustrating.”
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Rachel Biesse, MD Applicant)
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "Very good tutor. He helped me understand the material very well. I highly recommend him to others struggling with biology."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Nikki Shapiro, Biology Student)
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "Ethan did a great job helping me brainstorm ideas for my essays. Specifically, he often lead me in the right direction, while still allowing me to develop my own ideas."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Liam, Harvard)
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "Ethan was incredibly knowledgeable about the entire application process. His explanations were clear and thorough, and he helped me create a realistic study schedule that kept me on track without burning out. My MCAT score improved 12 points! He was really flexible and happy to vary the structure of our sessions week to week based on what I needed (ex. practicing questions together vs concept review vs test-taking strategies). I really couldn't have asked for a better tutor. Ethan really helped me stay motivated and I absolutely would not have met with such success if it weren't for him!"
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Annie, MCAT and MD Admissions)