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Clifton H.

Seattle, WA

$35/hr

The Study of Life and all things Science

Background check passed as of 11/13/14
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The Study of Life and all things Science

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A recent graduate and two-term AmeriCorps member, my passion for the outdoors is solely matched by my drive to explore its scientific intricacies. I believe that through hands-on experience and relatable examples, many scientific or mathematical concepts can easily become less intimidating. Having personally struggled with and overcome the rigid structure of traditional educational methods, I understand the stark importance of alternative teaching approaches for some individuals. I am creative, flexible, and willing to work with you or your student to find their ideal learning environment.

Having graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz's Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department with a Bachelor's degree in Marine Biology, I specialize in the ecology of marine systems. I recently completed a yearlong internship with the WA Dept. of Ecology's Marine Monitoring Unit, where ongoing research is conducted on Puget Sound sediments and water quality. I hope to continue my development through graduate study at the University of Washington, where I am currently building a rapport with potential advisors.

My respect for teaching stems from my mother, who works as a Resource teacher in an SDC classroom. Her patience and creativity reaches out to each student's unique needs, and she has been an inspiration to me over the years. Through classroom volunteerism and college-level education coursework, I have developed a passion for sharing my enthusiasm for the science of nature. From Physics, to Chemistry, Math and Biology, everything can be related back to the world around us. I believe that through a tangible relationship with these processes, students can take their knowledge to a level that supersedes the memorization of words that will be forgotten with time.

I am a relatively new tutor, hoping to learn and grow alongside you or your student. I am qualified to teach up to High School-level science or math, and college-level Ecology and Biology. I am happy to meet to discuss your needs, and see if I will be a good fit for you or your student. Many thanks for considering me!

Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Prealgebra
Elementary Education:
Elementary Science
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Biology,
Chemistry,
Physics,
Prealgebra

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Algebra 2

Having taken and completed college-level math courses through multivariable calculus, I am equipped to build the conceptual math foundation your student may need. While I personally struggled with this subject through school, I managed to find success in a quantitative field. Through the development of helpful tricks and an understanding of numerical relationships, math can become less intimidating. I find this to be the biggest hurtle for students having trouble in the subject.

Biology

I have always had a passion for biology. From medical and plant science to molecular and bio technologies, the subject title literally means "the study of life."

Through high school I took standard, honors, and AP Biology. I scored a 4/5 on the AP exam, indicating above average proficiency. General biology college courses further solidified my understanding of biological relationships in nature. My upper-division university coursework was rigorously thorough, and involved extensive practice in experimental design, field methods, and data analysis.

Professional experience with the Department of Ecology augmented my training, providing a practical understanding of not only the subject, but also the field.

Chemistry

During my time at UC Santa Cruz, I took a pre-chemistry course before tackling the official 3-course subject series. This training provided a firm base of knowledge in the building blocks of chemical thinking. I believe that a solid understanding of basic concepts such as stoichiometry and balancing reactions goes a long way in this subject.

Having worked as a TA in a middle-school physical science classroom through the UC CalTeach program, I often worked with students on chemistry classwork. This gave me an understanding of the concepts with which most students struggle during the early stages.

Ecology

Ecology is where I find my true calling. This subject is the study of interactions within our natural environment. From plants to animals, and all the rocks and bugs and water in-between, ecology seeks to explain these relationships in a way that we can better protect our valuable natural resources.

Having studied marine ecology in particular, I hope to eventually work in fisheries management or in the designation of protected marine environments. I am well versed in the logic behind ecological thinking, and am highly qualified to tutor in this subject.

Physics

Having taken honors physics in high school, followed by a general physics series in college, I am comfortable tutoring in this subject. I find that success in physics relies on a firm understanding of the mathematical "tools" available, and when and where to apply them.

Though I have not practiced much of this subject since college, I still have a conceptual grasp of the physical rules of our natural world. I would be happy to work with your student to build an understanding like mine, that provides a lasting relationship with the subject, while simultaneously honing their current skills to obtain the desired grade.

Zoology

I studied invertebrate zoology through coursework at UC Santa Cruz. Following this experience, I spent 1 year conducting taxonomic research on marine invertebrates through the WA Dept of Ecology. This research was aided by weekly workshops with a regional polychaete expert. Near-daily microscope use has made me proficient in dissection, tissue extraction, complex identification and scientific illustration.

Clifton’s Resources

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Calculate volume (answer)

First, let's make sense of the Volume equation for a cylinder. This shape is a tube, flat on two ends like a toilet paper roll (with ends) or a drum. If you imagine this shape as a stack of horizontally placed circles, you can see that the equation is simply the area of a circle (A=Πr2)...

In this question, the volume of the bottle is unnecessary information. Word problems will often try to confuse you with extra numbers.   The definition of the word "percent" is actually "..out of 100." In other words, 1% is 1/100 or 0.01.   Therefore,...

University of California, Santa Cruz
Marine Biology

Education

University of California, Santa Cruz (Marine Biology)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Clifton will travel within 7 miles of Seattle, WA 98103.


About Clifton

A recent graduate and two-term AmeriCorps member, my passion for the outdoors is solely matched by my drive to explore its scientific intricacies. I believe that through hands-on experience and relatable examples, many scientific or mathematical concepts can easily become less intimidating. Having personally struggled with and overcome the rigid structure of traditional educational methods, I understand the stark importance of alternative teaching approaches for some individuals. I am creative, flexible, and willing to work with you or your student to find their ideal learning environment.

Having graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz's Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department with a Bachelor's degree in Marine Biology, I specialize in the ecology of marine systems. I recently completed a yearlong internship with the WA Dept. of Ecology's Marine Monitoring Unit, where ongoing research is conducted on Puget Sound sediments and water quality. I hope to continue my development through graduate study at the University of Washington, where I am currently building a rapport with potential advisors.

My respect for teaching stems from my mother, who works as a Resource teacher in an SDC classroom. Her patience and creativity reaches out to each student's unique needs, and she has been an inspiration to me over the years. Through classroom volunteerism and college-level education coursework, I have developed a passion for sharing my enthusiasm for the science of nature. From Physics, to Chemistry, Math and Biology, everything can be related back to the world around us. I believe that through a tangible relationship with these processes, students can take their knowledge to a level that supersedes the memorization of words that will be forgotten with time.

I am a relatively new tutor, hoping to learn and grow alongside you or your student. I am qualified to teach up to High School-level science or math, and college-level Ecology and Biology. I am happy to meet to discuss your needs, and see if I will be a good fit for you or your student. Many thanks for considering me!

Education

University of California, Santa Cruz
Marine Biology

Education

University of California, Santa Cruz (Marine Biology)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 7 miles of Seattle, WA 98103

Clifton’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Prealgebra
Elementary Education:
Elementary Science
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Biology,
Chemistry,
Physics,
Prealgebra

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Clifton’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Clifton. View all of Clifton’s resources

Calculate volume (answer)

First, let's make sense of the Volume equation for a cylinder. This shape is a tube, flat on two ends like a toilet paper roll (with ends) or a drum. If you imagine this shape as a stack of horizontally placed circles, you can see that the equation is simply the area of a circle (A=Πr2)...

In this question, the volume of the bottle is unnecessary information. Word problems will often try to confuse you with extra numbers.   The definition of the word "percent" is actually "..out of 100." In other words, 1% is 1/100 or 0.01.   Therefore,...


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