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Alex B.

Seattle, WA

$80/hour

Experienced Tutor and PhD Microbiologist-Turned-Journalist

100+ Hours
4.4 average from 5 ratings
EXCELLENT MICROBIOLOGIST
— Cameron, Aiea, HI on 8/20/09

$80/Hour


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Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Microbiology
University of Washington
PhD

Education

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (Microbiology)

University of Washington (PhD)

About Alex

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.
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
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Policies
Cancellation
1 hour notice required

Negotiable

Travel Radius
Travels within 8 miles of Seattle, WA 98125

"EXCELLENT MICROBIOLOGIST"

- Cameron, Aiea, HI on 8/20/09

"Extremely gifted teacher who produces quick results"

- Anne, Seattle, WA on 7/19/09

"Very Good Tutor"

- Ruth, Seattle, WA on 1/13/09

"Easy Going"

- Roxanne, Mercer Island, WA on 5/23/08
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, GRE,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Statistics,
Trigonometry
Science:
Biochemistry,
Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology,
Philosophy
Test Preparation:
GRE,
SAT Math
History:
Geography, Government & Politics
Business:
GRE

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.

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.

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. :)

Microbiology

I have a PhD in microbiology and I am a Science journalist.

Statistics

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

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Microbiology
University of Washington
PhD

Education

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (Microbiology)

University of Washington (PhD)

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, Aiea, HI on 8/20/09

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $80.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Negotiable

Travel policy

Alex will travel within 8 miles of Seattle, WA 98125.