Hi folks! My name is Ryan. I'm a full-time tutor and former physicist/astronomer with an excellent background in math, science, economics, and English composition. I have considerable teaching and tutoring experience at high school and college undergraduate levels. My primary subjects are physics, math (from Algebra 1 to Calc II), English writing, and SAT/ACT test prep. I also do some chemistry and economics. Availability Update: I will be out of town until Aug. 10, and Aug. 18-20. I've re... [more]

Algebra 1

Teaching experience: taught course at the high school level in Algebra 2 Tutoring experience: private tutor of five students in algebra 2

Algebra 2

Teaching experience: taught course in Algebra 2 at the high school level Tutoring experience: private tutor of algebra 2 Textbooks owned: Algebra and Trigonometry, 7th edition (Sullivan) Algebra and Trigonometry, 4th edition (Sullivan and Sullivan)

Biology

5 on AP Biology Exam College coursework: Evolutionary Biology (passed out of introductory biology with proficiency exam) Tutoring experience: private tutor of college-level introductory biology.

Calculus

5 on AP Calculus AB exam College coursework: Calculus; differential equations; linear algebra; multivariable calculus; Fourier series and boundary value problems (partial differential equations) Teaching experience: taught course in AP Calculus at the high school level Textbooks owned: Vector Calculus Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems Applied Complex Analysis with Partial Differential Equations Linear Algebra and Its Applications

Chemistry

Received a 4 on AP Chemistry test (independent study) College coursework: two semester courses of college chemistry Tutoring experience: private tutor of college-level chemistry Textbooks owned: Principles of Modern Chemistry (Oxtoby and Nachtreib)

Vocabulary

Grammar

Geometry

Experience: high school teacher of geometry Tutoring experience in geometry Textbooks owned: Discovering Geometry: An Investigative Approach Glencoe Geometry

Physics

Bachelors of Science in Physics (high honors) Teaching experience in high school physics Tutoring experience in high school and college physics Undergraduate coursework: Introductory mechanics; special relativity; electricity and magnetism; quantum mechanics (two courses); field theory; theoretical mechanics; statistical mechanics and thermodynamics; lab coursework in mechanics; quantum mechanics; electricity and magnetism; optics; electronics; observational astronomy; general relativity; fluid mechanics Graduate coursework: electrodynamics; quantum mechanics; various astrophysics courses Related coursework: calculus; differential equations; partial differential equations; linear algebra Textbooks owned: Physics. Vol. 1 and 2 (Halliday, Resnick and Krane) College Physics (Serway and Faughn) various others...

Prealgebra

Precalculus

Teaching experience in high school precalculus Tutoring experience in precalculus Textbooks owned: Precalculus (Foerstter) Precalculus: 2nd edition (Blitzer)

Reading

Trigonometry

Trigonometry is typically not taught as a standalone subject. It is usually folded into a precalculus/math analysis class taken the year after Algebra 2. By far, student regularly cite this as the most challenging portion of a precalculus class. It requires a great deal of memorization and an ability to juggle multiple equations/identities. I usually spend a great deal of time drilling students in the unit circle. We then transition to the basic and intermediate identities. Proving an identity is typically the hardest task. Once students develop their basic knowledge sufficiently, I give them a set of guidelines that provide possible strategies against trig identity problems. Note that the nature of the problems means that there is not a strict hierarchy of superordinate/subordinate rules. Rather, there are a few things that students can try on each problem. I make certain to teach *how* a student can recognize which tools are more likely to work in a given situation.

Writing

I have extensive experience tutoring high school and college students in writing essays. I also have experience teaching and tutoring high school ESL students in English writing. I received a 5 on the AP English Literature and Composition Exam, and a 5 on the AP English Language and Composition Exam. I have experience and a successful track record writing grant and funding applications.

Astronomy

Experience: Tutoring experience: tutored students at college level in introductory astronomy B.S. in Physics (high honors) with an emphasis on astronomy. Relevant coursework:introductory astrophysics, planetary astrophysics, x-ray astronomy, observational astronomy, optics, quantum mechanics M.S. in Astrophysics and Space Sciences Relevant coursework: galactic astrophysics; planetary astrophysics; infrared and optical instrumentation; electrodynamics. Field experience: Optical observations at Table Mountain Observatory; Near-IR observations using adaptive optics and aperture masking interferometry at Palomar Observatory. Textbooks owned: Introduction to Astronomy (Carroll and Ostlie) Planetary Sciences (De Pater and Lissauer) and many, many more.

Statistics

5 on AP Statistics test Tutoring experience in college statistics College coursework: Probability and statistics Textbooks owned: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (Gravetter and Wallnau)

Geography

English

Government & Politics

Psychology

SAT Math

I scored an 800 on SAT math. I was a tutor for both SAT I math and SAT II Math IIC. I was an SAT instructor at camp in South Korea - Summer 2013. I am a former high school math teacher.

Literature

World History

College concentration in history Undergraduate coursework: History of the Roman Empire; European History: Rome to 1648; Philosophical Roots of European Fascism; Philosophy of Liberty and Equality; History of the Soviet Empire; Europe and the Transatlantic Alliance Graduate coursework: History of Military Revolutions Strong personal interest in world history Recently read books: Diplomacy (Kissinger) Empire by Integration: The United States and European Integration, 1945-1997 "Constitution of Europe" A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World ...the Heavens and the Earth: A Political History of the Space Age The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations

Proofreading

SAT Reading

Total SAT score (2000) of 1580 (780 Verbal, 800 Math) SAT instructor at a Korean test prep camp during summer 2013

SAT Writing

Physical Science

Probability

PSAT

ACT Reading

I have tutored several students in ACT across all four subjects. My experience has been that students tend to find the English and Reading portions slightly easier than the corresponding sections on the SAT. However, despite its name, the science section tests quick reasoning and data interpretation, not scientific knowledge per se. Most students, even those with a strong science background, experience the most time pressure on that subject. I've also advised students and parents regarding the different approaches schools take with regard to accepting scores. Many schools superscore the SAT, while most schools do not do that with the ACT.

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Science

Elementary Math

Elementary Science

Macroeconomics

Experience: Tutoring experience at college level for macroeconomics and microeconomics. Undergraduate level coursework in introductory macroeconomics and microeconomics. Undergraduate and graduate level coursework in game theory and behavioral economics. Related skills: Fluent in Excel, calculus, statistics, and partial differential equations. Strong personal interest in economics Recent relevant reading: In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke's War on the Great Panic A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World Textbooks owned: Economics: 12th edition (McConnell and Brue) Strategies and Games: 2nd Edition (Dutta)

Microeconomics

Experience: Tutoring experience at college level for macroeconomics and microeconomics. Undergraduate level coursework in introductory macroeconomics and microeconomics. Undergraduate and graduate level coursework in game theory and behavioral economics. Related skills: Fluent in Excel, calculus, statistics, and partial differential equations. Strong personal interest in economics Recent relevant reading: In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke's War on the Great Panic A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World Textbooks owned: Economics: 12th edition (McConnell and Brue) Strategies and Games: 2nd Edition (Dutta)

Study Skills

I have experience generating calendars, schedules, and programs of study for high school and college students. I instruct students on how to read a text, how to take notes, how to create formula sheets for their personal use, how to store information for later use and citation in a paper, and how to organize their answers on a page. As a student, teacher, and tutor, I have learned the art of focusing on the urgent and important (Stephen Covey's method) and prioritizing academic work.

College Counseling

I have worked with five separate high school students to help them prepare for the college applications process. Together, we generate a schedule and study plan that will improve performance on the required standardized tests. I also provide guidelines as to the content, tone, and structure of the personal statement. Finally, I also provide guidance about the heavier importance most students should place on financial aid, and guide them through this process. I do not discourage scholarship applications, but I manage expectations, and provide guidance about essay content tailored to the specific scholarship.

CBEST

I took the entire CBEST in one sitting and passed with high scores (Reading 80, Math 73, Writing 63) in each subject. My experience in teaching SAT provides an excellent foundation for teaching this subject, with the modifications for more subtle grammar on reading/subtle reading comprehension work on math.