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).
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