I started professional tutoring three and a half years ago, coming from a background as a research scientist, and, more recently, working with classmates to complete projects. I have also done a little undergraduate teaching. With those whom I teach, students, classmates and coworkers, I have always made my explanations as clear and straightforward as possible. My main strength in tutoring is giving students a clearer understanding of the subject, and, when teaching biology and chemistry, some practical understanding of how some scientific techniques actually work.
In the technical subjects that I'm licensed to teach, I've always found that success involves developing a solid understanding of the concepts and accumulating some experience in basic problem-solving techniques for the subject. Combining that with what I've written above, I'm great at helping a student who is struggling with their teacher's or textbook's approach to the subject, who needs help with learning how to do common homework problems, or just needs someone to help get them unstuck when they get hung up on some issue or problem. I can help people in a calm, relaxed, gentle way which works well with my most successful student-tutor relationships.
As of Summer, 2014, I have very limited mobility: Working out of the Bridle Trails neighborhood of Kirkland, I currently mostly see students online, although I do travel to downtown Kirkland, Redmond, and Bellevue (and any areas reasonable close to the 245 or B-line bus routes).
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