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Alex B.

Seattle, WA

$100/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

$100/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

Hi--

I took stats back as undergraduate. I made an "A" in the class. I can help people with basic, introductory stats (e.g., mean, median, mode, basic probability, standard deviation, normal curve, chi square, t-test).

--Alex

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: $100.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Negotiable

Travel policy

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