Daniel is a resident physician in Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan, where is he involved in medical student education, clinical and healthcare economic research, and hospital operations/quality improvement projects. Before moving to Ann Arbor, he completed both his MD and MBA at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and Columbia Business School from 2010-2015. During his time in New York, Daniel was able to develop his interests in medical research, education, and technology. Daniel graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2010 from Washington University in St. Louis with a BA in Biology and minors in Art History and Anthropology. He studied jazz piano performance and was engaged in a number of basic science and translational research projects at the Washington University School of Medicine. Daniel has over 9 years of teaching experience in the advanced sciences and standardized medical and admissions testing. Daniel consistently receives rave reviews from students, who appreciate his ability to engage with students of all learning styles in order to design a customized approach to their test preparation. His students find him both "reassuring and encouraging" despite being "challenging" as he helps them push the through their boundaries in order to achieve and exceed their goals. His passion and investment in his students throughout test preparation has made a significant difference in their scores. In addition, he has had great success as an admissions counselor and coach for students in undergraduate, medical, and business school admissions, helping them create a personal brand that coherently tells their unique stories through strong experience in creative nonfiction writing.
Teaching methods will be specific to the student and subject of interest. However, I believe it is critical to spend in-session time not just on review of material but on the application of the material to question based practice. To this end, I tend to take an approach to teaching that emphasizes examples and practice questions. This helps students both retain information and better prepares them to assimilate new knowledge and answer new questions in the future.
Using MCAT as an example, I would start by performing an in-depth analysis of the students strengths and weaknesses in both knowledge and question analysis. After choosing the optimal reading and question resources, I would create a specific and custom schedule around which our tutoring sessions would revolve. Tutoring lessons would use questions and examples as a springboard to interactive discussion as opposed to strict lecturing in most cases, depending on the needs of the student. This structure is effective for a number of reasons-the organization of our study plan will focus on layering experience through examples and questioning on top of a strong foundation and knowledge base. Interactive sessions ensure that I can keep track of progress and truly determine whether the current regimen is maximally effective.
Daniel was born and raised in Rockland County, New York, and began studying music at age 4. He has maintained his passion for jazz piano, and continues to study and perform. In addition, Daniel has a special interest in health and physical fitness both on a personal and entrepreneurial level. He has been involved with entrepreneurship in the health and wellness space since his tenure at Columbia Business School. He continues to enjoy running, weight training, spinning, and tennis.
11:47 AM 13/Jun/15
Daniel Southren and I were introduced via a medical school tutoring company when I was searching for a tutor and mentor to help me tackle the MCAT. Before our first meeting had even ended, I felt confident that I was in the right hands. Daniel, having just been through the process of medical school applications himself, was not only helpful as a tutor of the material itself, but was also able to provide advice and insight concerning the exam and the steps ahead. He was very professional and goal-oriented, always being sure to clarify the topics that we would cover at our next meeting so that he could review them and prepare extra materials for me to work with. He made sure to keep our meetings on time and accomplish all we had set out to do within the timeframe, but was also flexible enough to go over-time if I was struggling with something specific that day, which I greatly appreciated. Besides his professionalism, it was also comforting and encouraging to know that Daniel's mastery of the material never faltered. Not only did he know the material forwards and backwards, but he also had innovative and useful ways of breaking it down into understandable and memorable basics. Further, because of his vast experience with so many standardized tests (MCAT, GRE, USMLE Step Exams, etc.) and their respective practice question banks, he has vast knowledge of many different types of themes and tricks that one might see on an exam. It becomes obvious that having someone with this much experience opens up many different ways to just get questions correct, even when the answer is not always obvious, which was extremely helpful for me. Lastly, I think that there is a lot to be said for having a tutor who not only has a mastery of the material and a gift for teaching, but also one who genuinely wants to see you succeed and is invested in that goal. I think that is something unique that I found in Daniel that I had not necessarily seen with my tutors in the past. I highly, highly recommend him for anyone looking for support and teaching throughout their exam preparation, I assure you that you will be in great hands.
13:50 PM 26/May/15
Daniel S. tutored me to help me prepare for the MCAT exam. I had already taken the exam once, but I wanted to improve my score. Working with Daniel was a huge help. I was self-motivated to study, but I really benefitted from being able to ask questions to Daniel, clarify concepts I did not understand and review all of the information. Daniel helped me to review my practice tests so that I could learn from my mistakes- something that I was not as successful at doing when I studied by myself the first time. I also really liked how Daniel presented information. I could tell that he is very smart and understood the information well himself. He also helped me understand how the MCAT material is relevant to practicing medicine, which made me enjoy the studying more. I ended up improving my MCAT score from a 31 to a 36. I will be studying at Harvard Medical School in the fall. I would definitely recommend working with Daniel S. as a tutor.
21:10 PM 22/May/15
Daniel was an all-around excellent tutor. I am a medical student who was a student of Daniel's while studying for my MCAT exam and felt he was instrumental in my improvement. He quickly identified my specific weaknesses that we could work on and subsequently addressed these with practical, straightforward teaching that was complete, concise, and easy to understand. As a thinker, he is incredibly smart and forward-thinking. He clearly understands and embraces the goal-oriented approach to academic studying and standardized test-taking and takes his job of guiding you towards your goal very seriously. As a person, he is flexible, friendly, and fun and easy to work with. I highly recommend Daniel as a tutor to anyone looking for practical strategies and great teaching.