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I am originally from Boulder, Colorado, and grew up with the Rocky Mountains at my fingertips. Growing up in a family that respected learning and a community that lived closely with nature inspired me to study biology: an endeavor that led me to Seattle as an undergrad. I graduated from UW Seattle with a B.S in Physiology, a major which captivated my interest through the study of biological systems. Though biology is my degree, I am also passionate about language, art, and social sciences. These combined studies have led me to medicine, and I am currently in the application process to attend medical school. As a teacher, I translate my life experiences- a year living in Mexico, my love for poetry, initially struggling in college- into a means of relating with my students so as to efficiently relay knowledge, promote a passion for learning, and instill lasting study skills. MCAT Score 516. 94 percentile.

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Caterina’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Washington-Seattle Campus - Current Undergrad, Physiology


Running, climbing, art, and medicine

Tutoring Subjects

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

AP Biology


College Biology

Conversational Spanish

MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

Graduate Test Prep

High School Biology

High School English

High School Writing


MCAT Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior



Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Listen to students with patience and empathy, encourage them with enthusiasm and passion, and guide them with purpose and resolve.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By helping them understand their strengths and weaknesses in studying, and developing a tailored plan to improve their results.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By staying positive and encouraging! Also, developing some short and long term goals so that students can reach milestones and have tangible results.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Explain the question in a larger context and provide examples. Try to have them explain it back to me once they grasp the concept more clearly. Finally, approach the concept again at a later time to make sure that it stuck.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

First and foremost, be PATIENT. Reading comprehension is one of the hardest things to teach, and the best way to keep students from getting frustrated is to work with them at their own pace, while explaining the broader concepts presented in the text. Another key is making sure that the students don't get too caught up in the individual words but can withdraw the important pieces of information. In order to develop this skill, I encourage selective underlining at perceived "important" clauses.

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