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Holly B.

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I tutored part time throughout college as I obtained my B.S. in Biochemistry, both independently and through a company in the greater Los Angeles area. Between 2006-2010 I also T.A'd for multiple college level courses in Biology and Chemistry, including Organic Chemistry. Throughout my graduate program (M.Sc. in Biology, thesis in Microbiology) I continued to tutor in both science and social studies because I find it to be one of the most rewarding ways to spend my time!

I am currently enrolled in the University of Washington School of Medicine program and cannot think of a better way to spend my summer than to work alongside students to help them achieve their potential. Over the years I have worked with all ages, boys and girls from kindergarten to primary school to junior high and high school to college attending adults.

As an extremely results-oriented person, I will work with you or your child to set goals and see that those goals are achieved. Some of my students have gone from Ds/Fs to Bs/As; others have gone on to Ivy League universities. Within the past month I had one student who was close to failing out of chemistry and missing graduation, but he pulled his grade up to a B because of how well I was able to help him do on the final. Also within the past month, I have helped a freshman go from the C/B range to getting over 95% on his past 3 exams.

There is nothing like seeing someone's eyes light up for the first time when they realize they *can* understand a topic and their confidence begins to grow. I do not tutor to do homework for students, but to teach them the skills they need for me to be "out of a job," study skills that will last for life.

Please contact me if you are looking for a dynamic, engaging, results-driven tutor with many years experience across a breath of topics and a wide range of ages. My clients have yet to give me anything but positive feedback, and I look forward to accommodating your situation.

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Holly’s subjects

ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
ACT Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Nutrition, Organic Chemistry, Physical Science, Physiology, Psychology, Sociology
American History, Geography, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Biology, Chemistry, Elementary (K-6th), English, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, ACT Science, MCAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading

Bible Studies

I attended Azusa Pacific University, a private Christian school, for my undergraduate degree. I was either 1-2 classes short of obtaining a minor in Biblical Studies, but over my four years there I took "Foundations of Christian Ministry," "Exodus/Deuteronomy Honors," "Luke/Acts," "Contemporary Christian Thought," and "Ethics and the Sciences" for my senior seminar. Additionally, while abroad at Oxford University, I took "The General Epistles." In every lecture, Biblical Studies course or otherwise, there were required "Integrated Faith" assignments related to theological or ethical considerations of the Bible and its application to the subject being studied.

Elementary (K-6th)

Between the years of 2006-2012 I have tutored a 1st, 2nd, 4th, and three 6th grade students in the Los Angeles and Tacoma regions as well as in Saudi Arabia. My extensive nannying/babysitting experience has also given me a lot of exposure to this age group and the unique developmental benchmarks that characterize learning ability throughout this critical time in brain development. It is especially important with this age group to build their confidence and shower them with encouragement when they are frustrated, because learning is so much fun! Comprehension skills and experimenting with different learning styles are two areas I focus on with this age group.


With a B.Sc. in Biochemistry and a M.Sc. in Biology, I have taken several courses related to Genetics including "General Biology" (I and II), "Cell Biology" while I was abroad at Oxford University, "Biochemistry" (I and II) and of course "Genetics." Throughout my four years of undergrad I carried out genetic experiments related to eye development with the genes HOX and PAX6. I T.A.'d for several undergrad science courses as well, including General Biology lab.

At the graduate level, the genetics-related courses that I took were "Biophysics," "Genomics," "Fundamentals of Cell Biology," "Pathogen Genomics," and "Molecular Biology and Microbial Ecology." One of my Directed Research projects was carried out in Rome via the Dulbecco Telethon Institute, Italy's premier research consortium, and involved epigenetic investigation of PolyComb proteins in both Drosophila (fruit flies) and mammalian (mouse) cells.


I took the MCAT in August 2012 under the stress of flying into a new country for the first time (Qatar) and scored in the 93rd percentile, with my Verbal and Biological Sciences scores falling in the 95th percentiles. My score was sufficient to land me interviews at Columbia, Albert Einstein, and University of Washington, among others, as I had scored on par with or higher than the section averages for accepted students into top medical schools.

I gave myself only 3 months to study, using such tools as ExamKrackers, Princeton Review, and Kaplan, resources that I still have on hand. As someone who has "been there, done that," I can help you streamline your studying to maximize efficiency and boost your score in the shortest amount of time possible! A combination of developing test-taking skills, specific for the MCAT, as well as devoting time to the MCAT material, is critical for success. It is crucial to begin well in advance of your test date so that you can blast through the steep learning curve and maximize your score.

Depending on how much time you have until your test date, I will cover MCAT-specific material in depth, alternating between section practice tests and full length practice tests (which I have on hand). Once I get a feel for your weaknesses, we will focus on those topics/test taking skills, and re-prioritize our time to fill in gaps in your knowledge.

Beginning to study for the MCAT can be intimidating, but I can get you on track to reach for that 45! Positivity is key.

Organic Chemistry

I took Organic Chemistry Theory (and Lab) I and II, with a 3.8 GPA average across those four sections. I was a Teaching Assistant for Nursing Organic Chemistry and worked alongside the professor to answer questions during lecture, assist during team problem solving assignments, grade homework, and create quizzes.

I am currently tutoring two high school boys in Organic Chemistry so it is fresh on my mind! Although at the college-level, OChem is often a "weeding out" course, I believe that with a lot of effort and dedication, the majority of students can do quite well. It does take perseverance, and I am ready to give you the support you need to succeed.


I attended Azusa Pacific University, a private Christian school, for my undergraduate degree. I was either 1-2 classes short of obtaining a minor in Biblical Studies, but over my four years there I took "Foundations of Christian Ministry," "Exodus/Deuteronomy Honors," "Luke/Acts," "Contemporary Christian Thought," and "Ethics and the Sciences" for my senior seminar. Additionally, while abroad at Oxford University, I took "The General Epistles." In every lecture, Biblical Studies course or otherwise, there were required "Integrated Faith" assignments related to theological or ethical considerations of the Bible and its application to the subject being studied.

I have recently lived for 3 years in Saudi Arabia, which is an Islamic state. Although I have not formally studied religions other than Christianity, I have a lot of exposure to Islam as well as other world religions throughout my travels to Israel, Nepal, India, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Jamaica, etc. At the high school age and younger I can give your child plenty of real-life examples to keep the material interesting and relevant! Additionally, I tutored a high school age boy for three years in Religion.

Social Studies

I have been tutoring middle school through high school age students in social studies for the past 7 years. From geography to history to language arts, my focus on working with students who need help in this area is to develop study skills. I have consistently helped children go from Fs/Ds/Cs to As/Bs - all it takes is time committed to completing homework assignments, guidance throughout school projects, and development of test taking strategies so that their attitude becomes "this is my time to show my teacher what I have learned!" By meeting your child's needs through matching appropriate study habits with her/his learning style, a higher grade is within reach, but more importantly, your child's confidence will grow and they will be set up for success in many other subjects as well, not only social studies.


I attended a Liberal Arts university for my Bachelor's degree and elected to take a number of sociology courses, including "Human Diversity" and "Women and Men in U.S. Society." These courses were life-changing for me and I am quite passionate about the material covered in sociology courses (as anyone who is Facebook friends with me could see!).

At the undergraduate level, I can help students tackle reading assignments, break down terminology, study for exams, and, probably most importantly for this topic, prepare essays to demonstrate knowledge of sociological concepts. It is a very exciting field full of controversy and potential for personal growth. It would be my pleasure to tutor anyone seeking assistance in a course under this discipline.

(*note: I am not qualified to tutor at the graduate level.)

Study Skills

I have honed my own study skills over the years as I went from being the valedictorian of my high school graduating class to a Biochemistry B.S. candidate, and then again as I attended graduate school on a full scholarship. I would not have made it to medical school without the study skills I have developed over time to get me through all the science courses and standardized tests I've had to take over the years! (and enjoyed)

These study skills are teachable and translatable across all subjects, as I have firsthand accounts of through my 8 years of tutoring experience. From tutoring K-12 and college attending adults, I know that the most important study skill to practice is positivity so that motivation stays high. With high motivation, almost any objective can be reached with the proper amount of strategizing and dedication.

In general, the study skills I can pass on are how to prioritize tasks (start with the most difficult!), build comprehension so that assignments can be done in a more time efficient manner, and reduce test/general anxiety through visualization and relaxation techniques. Organizational skills last a lifetime, and whether you are looking for a tutor for your primary school child to help her/him complete school projects, or for yourself as a college student to map out a game plan for passing a science course, developing study skills is always a good investment.

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Azusa Pacific University (Biochemistry)

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Master's)

University of Washington School of Medicine (Enrolled)

Very patient and organized tutor — I worked with Holly for a few times, and she is a very nice tutor. She has great time management, and she is very organized. She helped me to make my study schedule better, and she helped me to find about my weakness and work on it. I would definitely recommend her! ...

— Vincy, Seattle, WA on 9/12/14

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