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Rachel P.

Seattle, WA


Accomplished Tutor in Biology, Chemistry, Math, and Reading

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Background check passed as of 2/12/14
4.9 Avg. Rating
86 Ratings
2hrs Response Time
Very Personalized!
— Rachel, Mercer Island, WA on 8/11/14

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Brown Unversity


Brown Unversity (Biology)

About Rachel

I will be available for summer tutoring Monday-Thursday and occasional weekends from July 5 through Labor Day.

About Me
I graduated from Brown University in 2008 with a B.A. in Biology and straight A's in all of my science classes, but believe it or not, I was science-phobic as a high schooler. It wasn't until I discovered the power of studying with classmates that I began to fully understand calculus, chemistry, physics and biology -- the classes I had so despised as a teenager.

As someone who's been there, I can help you improve your grades and intuitively understand the terrible and beautiful complexities of nature. I began teaching and tutoring over ten years ago. While a student at Brown, I was a teaching assistant for four biology classes, and I volunteered in adult ESOL classrooms. My foray into adult education led to a job as a GED instructor, where I learned how to diversify my instruction for folks with a range of educational backgrounds and learning abilities.

Since early 2012, I have tutored UW student athletes in geology, biology, physics, math, and biological anthropology; in this position, I am assigned primarily to at-risk students. I have been voted "Students' Choice Awards: Favorite Tutor" by my UW students for two years in a row and have received numerous accolades from supervisors, students, and colleagues for my patience and skillful instruction.

Test Prep
These days, unfortunately, standardized testing is a necessary evil in our pursuit of education; however, I do my best to make the test prep process as painless as possible. I offer tutoring for SAT, ACT, SAT II Subject Tests, MCAT, GRE, ISEE and GED, as well as AP and IB exams in biology and chemistry. I have also helped young students prepare for the CogAT (Cognitive Ability Test), an assessment for placement into gifted programs.

K-12 Coursework
I specialize in tutoring high school science and math: biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, and math through calculus. I also offer reading and writing support for students through high school. Through my work as an adult basic education instructor, I have been formally trained to help students improve their intermediate literacy skills.

College Coursework / Adult Learning
I can tutor all first-year college biology and chemistry courses offered at the University of Washington and Seattle Colleges. I have also tutored UW classes in genetics, evolutionary biology, biological anthropology, geology, anatomy and physiology, physics, and biochemistry.

My Tutoring Methods
My first priority is to set both short-term and long-term goals with my students. If you are studying for a standardized test, I will help you determine an ambitious, yet realistic score goal, and together we will develop a study plan to get you there. I then quickly assess whether my student has any weaknesses in knowledge, skills, or organization and get to work remedying those. If appropriate, I prepare additional study materials, homework, and feedback for my students and offer 24-hour email support at no additional cost.
I will be available for summer tutoring Monday-Thursday and occasional weekends from July 5 through Labor Day.

About Me
I graduated from Brown University in 2008 with a B.A. in Biology and straight A's in all of my
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12 hours notice required

I offer discounts to students based on financial need. Late cancellations and rescheduling are subject to a $25 penalty, equivalent to a half hour lesson.

Travel Radius
Travels within 3 miles of Seattle, WA 98144
Background Check: Passed

"Very Personalized!"

- Rachel, Mercer Island, WA on 8/11/14

"Knowledgeable, very nice"

- Annie, Seattle, WA on 7/11/15

"Rachel is fabulous, patient and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend her. She helps guide without just giving the answers."

- Isabel, Seattle, WA on 6/15/15

"Highly Recommended"

- Jaime, Seattle, WA on 6/12/15

"Reliable, Professional, Friendly & Qualified"

- Laura, Mercer Island, WA on 6/12/15

"Outstanding, professional, exemplary"

- Lisa, Edmonds, WA on 2/15/15

"Goes Above and Beyond Everytime"

- Howard, Seattle, WA on 2/3/15


- Jean, Seattle, WA on 6/18/14

"Talented, bright, energetic, and responsible"

- Joelle, Seattle, WA on 6/3/14

"Very resouceful and patience"

- Sue, Bellevue, WA on 3/11/14

"Dependable, efficient and knowledgeable!"

- Kit, Seattle, WA on 5/23/12
ACT Math,
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math,
Statistics, Trigonometry
ACT English, ACT Reading, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
ACT Science, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biology,
Microbiology, Nutrition, Organic Chemistry, Physical Science, Physics,
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology,
Calculus, Chemistry,
Geometry, Physics,
Piano, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
Spanish, Statistics, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math,
ACT Reading, ACT Science, GED,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Spanish, Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

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ACT Math

I scored at 34 on the Math section of the ACT back in 2002.


I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Biology from Brown University in May of 2008. While a student at Brown, I worked as a teaching assistant for four biology courses: Genetics, Evolutionary Biology, Foundation of Living Systems, and Human Evolution. I facilitated weekly lab and discussion sections, graded exams and papers, and held regular office hours for students access additional support.

For high school students who are new to science, I often use multiple representations (drawings, words, pantomime) to help them intuitively grasp the concepts presented in their class and textbooks. I often assign a small amount of vocabulary homework to ensure that they are diligent about memorizing new words each week.

I am passionate about this subject and would love to help you learn it! Please feel free to email me if you have any questions about my instructional methods or my background.


I have successfully tutored students in A.P. Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, and the SAT II Chemistry subject test.

I took one full year of general chemistry and a year of organic chemistry as part of my undergraduate degree in Biology.


I have broad experience teaching ESOL. My students have ranged from absolute beginners to advanced learners pursuing higher education. I can teach the components of basic and intermediate literacy skills.

In 2004, I began teaching beginner ESOL classes to adults with a mix of native language literacy skills. For over five years, I wrote curricula and planned lessons that capitalized on learners' multiple intelligences and incorporated music, dance, games, theater, multimedia, worksheets and quizzes into my classroom activities.

From 2008 to 2010, while teaching Adult Basic Education and pre-GED classes, I received professional training in reading and writing instruction for adult intermediate readers (levels 4-8). I can assess specific areas of weakness and can help students strengthen their vocabulary, alphabetics, comprehension, and fluency skills to achieve their learning goals.


I created and ran a pre-GED and GED program in Providence, RI. Many of my former students have successfully continued their studies in higher education.


I worked as a teaching assistant for the genetics course at Brown University for two years in a row. My subject area knowledge includes transmission of genes and chromosomes, mutation, structure and regulation of the expression of genetic material, elements of genetic engineering, and evolutionary genetics.

As a teaching assistant in this course, I graded exams and led weekly laboratory sections in which students learned typical molecular lab techniques.

I currently tutor students in Genome 361 at the University of Washington.


I have tutored over 300 hours of ESS101 at the University of Washington.


I have tutored several students in lower level and upper level ISEE exams. I also have an extensive background helping students prepare for other standardized tests and have found those skills to be quite relevant to prepping for the ISEE.

I typically assess my student's skill level in reading, vocabulary, math, and writing, and then determine a course of study accordingly. If my student is at or exceeding grade level in terms of her skill set, then I primarily focus on test preparation.


I took the MCAT in 2014 and scored a 37 (98th percentile). The breakdown for my score was 11 on Physical Sciences, 13 on Verbal Reasoning, and 13 on Biological Sciences.


I have tutored high school general physics, as well as algebra-based physics at the college level: Physics 114-116 at UW and Seattle Colleges. Physics is a subject that requires the simultaneous use of quantitative and visual-spatial skills. I assess my learners to determine their learning style and present information capitalize on their strengths.

SAT Math

I have taught test prep with several tutoring agencies for over two years. Although I took the SAT over 10 years ago, I have recently taken a diagnostic test, on which I scored 780. I am also trained to teach the New SAT, which differs significantly from the current SAT and will launch in 2016.

SAT Reading

Aside from the requisite strong vocabulary and reading comprehension abilities, preparation for the SAT requires a few simple test-taking skills and practice, practice, practice. Unfortunately, the SAT reading and writing sections are designed in a way that positions English language learners at a serious disadvantage. I have helped ELL students, as well as native English speakers, succeed on these portions of the SAT. I can help you develop and strengthen your vocabulary, and I can give you concrete strategies that will improve your comprehension of difficult reading passages.

My advice is to students who struggle in this area is to begin your studying early, only take on a few vocabulary words at a time (five a day at most), and make it a habit to read at least one challenging article or short every day.

SAT Writing

Back in 2001, when writing was only tested as an SAT II subject test, I scored an 800 in this section. Writing has always been a passion of mine (I've even won a few awards!), and I still find the subtleties of English grammar to be utterly delightful.

That being said, I know how frustrating this section can be. Most of us were never explicitly taught English grammar in school, and none of us were expected to answer multiple-choice improving sentence questions! So how can you succeed in SAT Writing? Again, the key is practice. Well, practice and a little brush-up on your grammar rules.

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Brown Unversity


Brown Unversity (Biology)

Very Personalized! — I came to Rachel for help with the verbal section of my MCAT. I received a 6 when I took the exam, and was having a very hard time grasping the main ideas of the passages. The first few sessions we worked together to find a personalized approach that would work for me. After finding a way that we thought worked best for me, my scores increased dramatically!! I was shocked! I went from getting a 6 ...

— Rachel, Mercer Island, WA on 8/11/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

I offer discounts to students based on financial need. Late cancellations and rescheduling are subject to a $25 penalty, equivalent to a half hour lesson.

Travel policy

Rachel will travel within 3 miles of Seattle, WA 98144.

Background Check Status for Rachel P.

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