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I graduated from Tufts University, where I received a Bachelor of Science and double majored in Biology and English. While at Tufts, I was the Arts editor for the Tufts Daily and was part of the Writing Fellows program. I helped students with their assignments in classes ranging from Introduction to Community Health, to Junior Biomedical Engineering. I also volunteered as a math tutor. I moved to Seattle two years ago to pursue biotech research. Until recently, I worked at a startup designing a new DNA sequencing technique. I am now in the process of applying to doctoral programs. My personal interests vary from day to day, but I spend most of my free time hiking, wandering around the city, trying new recipes and reading. I???ve also gotten into yoga, and I???m trying to learn how to do a headstand!

I firmly believe that gaining the ability to communicate information to another person ??? regardless of subject matter ??? is crucial to an education. That in mind, I find that many students learn well when encouraged to explain a concept to their tutor, or to visually organize their knowledge before tackling an essay or challenging problem. I love helping students craft concise, strong essays, but I also enjoy the burst of gratification that accompanies a student suddenly understanding a new test-taking technique, or being able to explain a complicated biological process.

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Melissa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Tufts University - Bachelor of Science, Biology and English

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 2240

SAT Math: 700

SAT Verbal: 740

SAT Writing: 800

AP Biology: 5

AP French: 4

AP English Literature: 5

AP Macroeconomics: 4

AP Microeconomics: 4

SAT Subject Test in Chemistry: 700

SAT Subject Test in Literature: 760

SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 700

GRE Verbal Reasoning: 170

GRE Analytical Writing: 6


Gardening, cooking, reading, hiking

Tutoring Subjects

AP English Language and Composition


College Biology

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature

Creative Writing



English Grammar and Syntax

Environmental Science


Essay Editing

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Analytical Writing

GRE Verbal

High School Biology

High School English


HSPT Language Skills Prep

HSPT Math Prep

HSPT Quantitative Prep

HSPT Reading Prep

HSPT Verbal Prep


ISEE- Lower Level

ISEE- Middle Level

ISEE- Upper Level

Life Sciences



Middle School Math


PSAT Writing Skills

Public Speaking


SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M

SAT Subject Test in Literature

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language



SSAT- Elementary Level

SSAT- Middle Level

SSAT- Upper Level

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

The first session is a critical opportunity for the student and tutor to get to know each other personally and to establish how the tutoring sessions will go in the future. This first session provides a chance for the tutor to learn the student's learning style, their academic and intellectual goals, and the expectations of the student's class(es). Finally, depending on the age of the student, the first session is also a chance to get to know the student's parent(s) and to learn how the student, tutor, parent(s), and teacher(s) can best work together to ensure the student's academic success. A strong first session can help lay the groundwork for productive, enjoyable sessions in the future!

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