Hi prospective students, my name is Ricky, and I have over ten years of experience as a professional tutor. I am passionate about tutoring because it helped me achieve academic success in my own life. I struggled with certain subjects when I was a child, but ended up being valedictorian when I graduated from Woodside High School in the Class of 2005, received top scores on my AP exams, and was admitted to 10 universities across the country. I pride myself on my easygoing and effective tutor... [more]
I have worked with 30+ students on all levels of Spanish curriculum. I have lived in Mexico, Panama, and Ecuador for extended periods of time, so not only is my Spanish fluent, I am attuned to the cultural and linguistic nuances of the language.
Writing is powerful tool of self-expression. I help my students gain the confidence to write this way. For my part, I have years of journalism experience, and I received a perfect score of "5" on both the AP English Language and Literature exams. Essay writing is a key expertise of mine -- I help students from the initial phases of brainstorming and outlining through the revising of essay drafts. I help students craft well-written, powerful essays that meet the requirements detailed in the assignment/prompt. At the same time, I reinforce key writing techniques so that the student improves his or her overall writing abilities in the process. Writing can be such a fun, dynamic, and expressive endeavor - I help students feel confident and enthusiastic about putting pen to paper!
I received a perfect score of "5" on both the AP English Language and Literature exams. Essay writing is a key expertise of mine -- I help students from the initial phases of brainstorming and outlining through the revising of essay drafts. I help students craft well-written, powerful essays that meet the requirements detailed in the assignment/prompt. At the same time, I reinforce key writing techniques so that the student improves his or her overall writing abilities in the process. Writing can be such a fun, dynamic, and expressive endeavor - I help students feel confident and enthusiastic about putting pen to paper!
I have been an ESL tutor since working with immigrants during college at Santa Clara University back in 2005. I have since tutored at least 30 students from countries of origin as varied as Mexico, Japan, France, India, China, Korea, South Africa, Spain, and more. I enjoy working with immigrants and foreign exchange students to improve their English skills so they can thrive here in the United States. This is a passion of mine, and I have seen my students make huge strides - oftentimes achieving proficiency or even fluency.
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I have worked with a variety of students on social studies curriculum at all grade levels. I am intimately familiar with the material so I can focus on how best to convey the information to you or your child. I match my teaching style with my students' learning style so they can grasp and retain the content. This could include visual aids, making flashcards, supplementary materials/worksheets, practice tests, kinesthetic/auditory/visual strategies, and other creative means of helping each of my students achieve mastery of the material.
I am qualified to tutor Elementary (K-6th) because I have direct experience tutoring children in this age range. I worked with Newton, The Children's Learning Center, Inc. (headquartered in Foster City, CA) and worked with this age group at Baywood Elementary School in San Mateo, CA. I tutored children each day during this after-school program (from 2:30-6 PM). I worked with children in a variety of grades and helped them learn mathematics, reading and writing skills, science, and more. My methods included asking questions as a diagnostic gauge of their understanding and then teach them a concept in a patient and lighthearted manner. Gaining a child's trust and attention is just as important as didactically teaching material. My experience tutoring children in multiple subjects and at these grade levels qualifies me to tutor Elementary (K-6th). Now my K-6th tutoring focuses on working with students in their homes through WyzAnt tutoring sessions.
I am qualified to tutor students in study skills because I have helped numerous tutees significantly improve their study techniques, leading them to higher scores on their tests, quizzes, and final exams. My tutoring methods emphasize effective study habits: making a thorough plan about what needs to be covered, in what order, and then executing on that plan. I have helped students become more disciplined, systematic, and focused in their study skills. I follow up with students between tutoring sessions to check in on their studying. I provide homework assignments for some of my students and use this tool to measure their study skills over time. I look over their assignments and discern how they are studying. I affirm what they are doing well and offer tips and suggestions in terms of improvements. Typically, making a plan and reviewing its execution has been the most effective way to help students improve their study habits and achieve better outcomes.
I am qualified to tutor in Sociology because I took many sociology classes while attending Santa Clara University and excelled in them. I included a variety of sociology courses in my Peace and Justice Studies degree and successfully completed all the courses. I have tutored numerous students in various sociology classes and have the skills to help them analyze and understand the concepts involved.