I graduated from Brown University in 2008 with a B.A. in Biology
and straight A's in all of my science
classes, but believe it or not, I was science-phobic as a high schooler. It wasn't until I discovered the power of studying with classmates that I began to fully understand calculus
and biology -- the classes I had so despised as a teenager.
As someone who's been there, I can help you improve your grades and intuitively understand the terrible and beautiful complexities of nature. I began teaching and tutoring over ten years ago. While a student at Brown, I was a teaching assistant for four biology classes, and I volunteered in adult ESOL
classrooms. My foray into adult education led to a job as a GED
instructor, where I learned how to diversify my instruction for folks with a range of educational backgrounds and learning abilities.
Since early 2012, I have tutored UW student athletes in geology
, biology, physics, math
, and biological anthropology
; in this position, I am assigned primarily to at-risk students. I have been voted "Students' Choice Awards: Favorite Tutor" by my UW students for two years in a row and have received numerous accolades from supervisors, students, and colleagues for my patience and skillful instruction.
These days, unfortunately, standardized testing is a necessary evil in our pursuit of education; however, I do my best to make the test prep process as painless as possible. I offer tutoring for SAT
, SAT II
Subject Tests, MCAT
and GED, as well as AP and IB exams in biology and chemistry. I have also helped young students prepare for the CogAT (Cognitive Ability Test), an assessment for placement into gifted programs.
I specialize in tutoring high school science and math: biology, chemistry, earth science
, physics, and math through calculus. I also offer reading
support for students through high school. Through my work as an adult basic education instructor, I have been formally trained to help students improve their intermediate literacy skills.
College Coursework / Adult Learning
I can tutor all first-year college biology and chemistry courses offered at the University of Washington and Seattle Colleges. I have also tutored UW classes in genetics
, evolutionary biology, biological anthropology, geology, anatomy
, physics, and biochemistry
My Tutoring Methods
My first priority is to set both short-term and long-term goals with my students. If you are studying for a standardized test, I will help you determine an ambitious, yet realistic score goal, and together we will develop a study plan to get you there. I then quickly assess whether my student has any weaknesses in knowledge, skills, or organization
and get to work remedying those. If appropriate, I prepare additional study materials, homework, and feedback for my students and offer 24-hour email
support at no additional cost.