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My name is Rick, and I'm a recent graduate from the University of Washington Department of Biology. I specialized in ecology, evolution and conservation, but have professional experience primarily in molecular biology as I work as a staff researcher in a UW pathology lab. My tutoring methods are simple; I need to know what the student is struggling with specifically, and then I can easily work out a way to get through to them, even with the most difficult of subjects. If the student is struggling with an entire subject, then I am more than willing to start from the very basics and build from there. It may be, however, that the student really just needs someone to pinpoint areas of improvement rather than cover a broad range of subject matter, and I am also very on board with doing this.
Other than biology I also have a fair bit of college-level creative writing and professional-level technical writing experience. My GRE vocab score was in the 92nd percentile, meaning I did very well in the subjects of reading comprehension, writing (there were several separate writing assignments) and vocabulary. Not only do I consistently score highly in these subjects, I REALLY enjoy them. I read constantly, from news articles to science fiction to modern literature and non-fiction. Nothing does a brain more good than lots of reading. I firmly believe that my life-long passion for reading is the direct cause of my success in English-language courses and tests.
Outside the realm of school subjects, I also play a lot of volleyball. I was assistant coach for the women's club team at UW for a year, and played for the men's team all four years I attended. My experience playing is primarily as a middle hitter, but I have also played every other position other than libero.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to shoot them my way. I live in the north Greenlake area, and am available in the from the early afternoon onwards every weekday, as well as most weekends (depending of course on volleyball tournaments).
I've been playing volleyball for 16 years, though only really became a competitive player about eight years ago. As the tallest person, I've always played middle hitter, but have experience also playing opposite (right side) and a lot of time in the past few years playing doubles both outdoors and indoors. I coached the UW women's club volleyball team the 2011-2012 season as the assistant coach, so I coached the second team at tournaments and specialized in coaching all the hitting positions during practice.
I've competed in a ton of tournaments through the club teams I played for, including four years on the UW men's club team where I was a first team starting middle hitter. With the UW women's club team I traveled to all their tournaments as well as running the home tournament.
I could be of most help to players looking to improve their hitting and blocking, overall understanding of the game both offensively and defensively, serving and all the foundational mechanisms of the game including passing and setting. I'm willing to travel to gyms within a reasonable distance, specifically the UW IMA gyms at which I have a membership.
University of Washington
Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00
Cancellation: 4 hours notice required
Richard will travel within 10 miles of Seattle, WA 98103.
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