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Alex B.

Experienced Tutor and PhD Microbiologist-Turned-Journalist

Experienced Tutor and PhD Microbiologist-Turned-Journalist

$80/hour

  • 124 hours tutoring

  • Maple Leaf Seattle, WA 98125

About Alex


Bio

I have 250+ hours of in-person and online tutoring experience. I have tutored everyone from middle schoolers to college students in math, chemistry, and biology. Tutoring is a passion that flows from my natural ability to break down complex topics into smaller pieces that anyone can understand. That's why my day job is science journalism*. Seeing the "light bulb go on" is what I enjoy most about tutoring. I have a PhD in microbiology and a minor in chemistry. My teaching style is to make s...

I have 250+ hours of in-person and online tutoring experience. I have tutored everyone from middle schoolers to college students in math, chemistry, and biology.

Tutoring is a passion that flows from my natural ability to break down complex topics into smaller pieces that anyone can understand. That's why my day job is science journalism*. Seeing the "light bulb go on" is what I enjoy most about tutoring.

I have a PhD in microbiology and a minor in chemistry. My teaching style is to make sure that students understand each step before progressing to the next in solving a problem. For abstract concepts, I employ visual analogies to everyday objects.

Students seem to enjoy working with me. I hope to hear from you!

*More about me: I primarily write for the American Council on Science and Health, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. I also write for USA Today, where I serve on the Board of Contributors, as well as for Wall Street Journal, BBC News, and The Economist. Previously, I worked for RealClearPolitics as the founding editor of RealClearScience. I have explained science to millions of people through guest appearances on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and the nationally syndicated Michael Medved Show.


Education

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Microbiology
University of Washington
PhD

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $80
  • Rate details: Negotiable
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 8 miles of Seattle, WA 98125
  • Lesson cancellation: 1 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

GRE

GRE

Hi. I took the GRE back in January 2003. Here are my scores: Verbal 570 (78th percentile) Math 740 (80th percentile) Written 5.5 (82nd percentile) So, I'm no whiz at the GRE, but I think I could lend a hand to somebody who needs a lot of help. I'm also a Ph.D. student at the Univ. of Washington, so I guess I was good enough for them. :)

Corporate Training

Statistics

Statistics

I am working toward a professional certificate in Applied Biostatistics at UW. I also took basic stats as an undergraduate.

History

Geography, Government & Politics, Philosophy

Homeschool

Statistics,

Statistics

I am working toward a professional certificate in Applied Biostatistics at UW. I also took basic stats as an undergraduate.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math

Math

Statistics,

Statistics

I am working toward a professional certificate in Applied Biostatistics at UW. I also took basic stats as an undergraduate.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry

Most Popular

Statistics,

Statistics

I am working toward a professional certificate in Applied Biostatistics at UW. I also took basic stats as an undergraduate.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus

Other

Geography, Government & Politics, Philosophy

Science

Biochemistry,

Biochemistry

I am a microbiology Ph.D. student at the University of Washington. As an undergraduate, I majored in microbiology (and minored in chemistry) and took a semester-long introductory biochemistry class. Everyday in the lab, I do biochemistry-like experiments. I extract lipids from bacteria, I perform DNA gel electrophoresis, etc. I also attend seminars and journal clubs, many of which have biochemistry principles in them (e.g., protein folding, etc.). While I don't remember an awful lot from the actual class (like formulas, metabolic cycles, etc.), I did make an "A" in the class, and I am confident that I would be able to tutor a student in introductory biochem after I did a little brushing up.
Microbiology,

Microbiology

I have a PhD in microbiology and I am a Science journalist.
Biology, Chemistry, Philosophy

Summer

Statistics,

Statistics

I am working toward a professional certificate in Applied Biostatistics at UW. I also took basic stats as an undergraduate.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Geometry, SAT Math

Test Preparation

GRE,

GRE

Hi. I took the GRE back in January 2003. Here are my scores: Verbal 570 (78th percentile) Math 740 (80th percentile) Written 5.5 (82nd percentile) So, I'm no whiz at the GRE, but I think I could lend a hand to somebody who needs a lot of help. I'm also a Ph.D. student at the Univ. of Washington, so I guess I was good enough for them. :)
SAT Math

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews

EXCELLENT MICROBIOLOGIST

Alex was just terrific. I have enlisted his assistance on several occasions for help with the topic of microbiology. He explains very well and makes concepts very easy to understand. I would recommend Alex to everyone who has difficulty with microbiology.

Cameron, 3 lessons with Alex

Extremely gifted teacher who produces quick results

Alex is a highly talented instructor who brings expertise, patience, and creativity to his lessons. My son was panic-struck with math anxiety--which Alex very quickly relieved. After just a few sessions with Alex we are caught up and confident. Alex is also a published scholar in immunobiology so we'll also be using him for science help. He's the best and we recommend him highly.

Anne, 20 lessons with Alex

Very Good Tutor

Alex is friendly and patient and has been able to communicate difficult concepts well. My daughter feels he has been very helpful and easy to understand, giving her a good grasp of materials that had been confusing.

Ruth, 5 lessons with Alex

Easy Going

Stephen seems very relaxed around Alex and therefore absorbing more. THANK YOU! R

Roxanne, 4 lessons with Alex

$80/hour

Alex B.

$80/hour

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