Rachel Dwinal

Team Leader, Test Prep & Academic Tutor


My affinity for language studies has presented many opportunities that have carried me across the globe. At seventeen years old, I was one of twelve students awarded a nation-wide scholarship to study Persian in Tajikistan. At twenty, I spent eight months in Ecuador perfecting my Spanish and studying volcanoes. This passion for language flowered into a BA in Spanish and Chemistry (with a focus in biochemistry) at Willamette University.

While my education in world languages has broadened my understanding of the world on a macroscopic level, my studies in chemistry have granted me access to the sub-microscopic world of protons, neutrons, and electrons. Chemistry is a field in which the most successful people – the Nobel Laureates and cancer researchers – are the ones who never stop asking questions. The same is true for students in introductory chemistry classes. By repeatedly asking the question “why?”, I work with students to reinforce their knowledge of fundamental principles while making broader connections between them.

As a student who excelled in science, math, reading, and writing, I was frequently asked throughout high school and college to explain complex topics to my peers. As a student with a learning disability, I developed techniques to help myself study more effectively. Through these personal experiences, I have learned to cultivate the unique abilities of my students to help them succeed in an academic environment and effectively prepare for standardized tests. I find that the 1-on-1 tutoring atmosphere at AJ is ideal for tailoring each lesson to fit the individual learning style of my student.

In my spare time I enjoy hiking, reading, and cooking. I also enjoy playing the cello, doing puzzles, and visiting new places!

Subjects Tutored

SAT
ACT
PSAT
SAT Subject Math2
SAT Subject Literature
SAT Subject Chemistry
SAT Subject Spanish
Academic Chemistry
Academic Environmental Science
Academic Spanish
Academic Spanish 1
Academic Spanish 2
Academic Spanish 3
AP Chemistry
AP Environmental Science
AP Spanish Language

Offices Served

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