Hi prospective students, my name is Ricky, and I have over seven 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 tutoring style: being patient, encouraging, and empowering. I work with students to internalize concepts, not just memorize them. When a student begins to cognitively understand something for herself/himself, real learning happens. I am committed to this form of student-centered, top-notch tutoring that gets the best results over time. If the student/parent prefers, I am also happy being more didactic and instructive in my style. Oftentimes, it is a balance that works (with a focus on empowerment and student-centered learning). Finally, I tailor my approach to the student's own learning style, which is critical for academic success. Whether auditory, visual, or kinesthetic, each student learns differently.
In terms of my own academic path, I was honored to receive the Harvard Book Award and to attend Stanford University's Institute on Journalism
. I later graduated from Santa Clara University with academic honors and two degrees. Academics are very important to me; my passion for teaching comes from my passion for learning. I love to see the "lightbulb" go off in a student's head as well as helping others reach their own epiphanies and develop by means of a well-rounded education.
My tutoring expertise includes reading
, listening, and speaking in English
or advanced English) and Spanish
. I have tutored students of all ages, from elementary school through college. As an academic tutor in a local after-school program, I worked with 4th and 5th graders at a local elementary school close to the border of San Mateo and Hillsborough. Previously, I was employed as a professional tutor by the Drahmann Learning Resources Center while I attended Santa Clara University, often tutoring students older than myself. I tutored students in a variety of subjects, including English, Spanish, writing, reading comprehension, political science
, environmental studies, sociology
and more. In addition, I have also tutored many adults (ESL, Spanish, and other subjects). I have recently tutored students (children and adults) from a variety of countries around the world, including Korea, France, China, Japan, Russia, Mexico, India, Bangladesh, and more. It is a pleasure to work with students from such diverse backgrounds.
Please contact me with tutoring opportunities or with questions. I am very accessible and look forward to working with you or your child to achieve academic success.