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Harvard College, Cambridge, MA (B.A.)
The University of Chicago, Chicago IL (Master's)
The University of Chicago, Chicago IL (PhD)
I greatly enjoy working with students, having tutored, taught, and coached students for the past thirty years. My degrees are from Harvard College (B.A.) and the University of Chicago (M.A., Ph.D.). During the past six years I have tutored for Wyzant, and several other tutoring services.
When I begin a new tutorial, I take a few minutes to become familiar with the student and her/his interests. After asking about things the student likes to do for fun, I let the student do most of the talking -- usually about non-academic topics, such as sports, games, movies, crafts, etc. -- unless the student prefers to discuss academic interests.
After learning about the student's interests in doing well elsewhere, I ask the student to discuss the courses s/he is currently taking and tell how s/he approaches various courses (or homework problems). I ask about assignments and for the student to describe and evaluate how s/he has been doing. When it becomes clear where the student needs assistance, we get down to work in a spirit of collaboration.
While working together, I usually learn much more about the student's aptitudes, including level of knowledge and ability to learn. I take mental notes about how to improve subsequent sessions, often by finding helpful resources.
I have always marveled at how the love of learning emerges when students and teachers work together and find fun and fulfillment in their teamwork. I greatly enjoy working with students, having tutored, taught, and coached students for the past thirty years. My degrees are from Harvard College (B.A.) and the University of Chicago (M.A., Ph.D.). During the past six years I have tutored for Wyzant, and several other tutoring services.
When I begin a new tutorial, I take a few… Read more
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After several lessons, we have found Richard to be the consummate professional – always communicative, organized and punctual. He is respectful and kind to both parent and student and has developed good rapport with our child. He is teaching classic grammar, vocabulary and writing technique to our 8th grader and doing a wonderful job of explaining topics and giving concrete examples.
Richard is very professional and passionate in teaching. He has been tutoring my girls (fifth and second grade) reading and writing for one year. Not only did the girls show a lot of improvement in reading and writing but also now they are very enthusiastic to read and write more. Richard is very knowledgeable about literature that is suitable, useful and interesting for students at different levels, which is very helpful for parents who are not native English speakers. My girls have been reading all the books he recommended and are looking forward to read the books he recommends at the next level. Richard encourages the girls to think during the reading by providing relevant questions for the book, and he encourages the girls to write about the story and their thoughts about the story after finish reading. With Richard’s help, the girls not only learn how to read but also learn about life, about how to be a good person from these books. He helps the girls in grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure and logic thinking while reviewing their writings so the girls learn this fundamental knowledge in an interactive and fun way. Whenever possible, Richard supplies the girls with historical knowledge links to their reading and writing.
Even my girls are still very young, Richard has been providing us useful information about future school (scholarship) applications and test preparation, which are very helpful to know early. Richard introduced SAT critical reading to my fifth grader, and taught her tricks for solving the problems from time to time during the lessons. I could not believe that my fifth grader could already do (and guess) pretty well when I gave her a SAT critical reading example recently!
Richard is very reliable and flexible as well for the lessons. He is intelligent, knowledgeable, experienced and patient. My girls look forward eagerly to their sessions with Richard every week. As parents, we feel Richard genuinely cares about my children and wants to help them success not only now but also in the future. We will definitely keep him for a long time.
Richard has been tutoring my two sons for several months. He is a good communicator and very articulate. He makes every lesson interesting for my sons. He helped with homework assignments when we asked. He brought relevant material to the lessons if we had no particular request. I am very pleased with the tutoring so far.
Richard is by far the best tutor that we had for either my son or my daughter! My son absolutely loves him and can't wait to meet him the next time.
Very professional, he really helps my son to develop appropriate writing techniques and the correct approach to writing essays. He is extremely knowledgeable in not only language arts, but in many other subjects as well!
Arguably the smartest, kindest, and most knowledgeable tutor and instructor I've ever experienced in my 16+ years of education. Richard has helped me gain confidence in courses ranging from history to statistics, and in projects ranging from my senior thesis to my various extracurricular pursuits. I consider myself extremely blessed to be one of his students, and I highly recommend him to anyone looking for help in any subject. He's a treasure trove of insight and experience for anyone and everyone hungry to learn as much as they can from him. Five stars!
Richard is a true professional and sympathetic person. He was very attentive and helped me understand my problems with pronunciation and grammar. I rate each of our meetings 5 stars. I highly recommend Richard as a professional and a person who can really help you.
Richard is helping our son on his English. We find Richard to be very knowledgeable, patient, and he understands the student very quickly and teaches according to the needs. Our son looks forward to the tutoring sessions and that is a sign he is enjoying the sessions. Thank you, Richard.
Richard has been very nice with my son and extremely helpful. He is intelligent and engaging. He always puts things into a relatable way for my son to understand. Thank you.
Richard has the unique combination of being a true intellectual, while possessing a warm and caring personality that works well with children. His love of history, languages, and learning is infectious and our daughter has thrived under his tutelage. We feel very lucky to have found Richard!
Richard is an excellent tutor and his support has been invaluable! I received an "A" in every class he tutored me in, which is excellent, as these are graduate level classes. He is very reliable and always willing to support.
Mr. Richard (as we call him) is a fantastic tutor. He has an ingrained knowledge of everything of-importance to help my 5th grader with his homework. He can easily move from math, to English, to social studies and back again. He's extremely flexible and friendly, and is always on time. Mr. Richard was an awesome find for us, and I highly recommend him.
Richard is extremely knowledgeable in the subject of AP European History. He doesn't need a textbook to discuss a topic! He has really been of great help so far. We will continue to have him work with our daughter as long as we can afford it!
Richard has been amazing about scheduling appointments around our busy schedule. He is always on time and comes with a patient, positive attitude and a sense of humor. He's given my daughter many test-taking tips and helped her study for the ISEE test. He knows how to explain math concepts thoroughly, and has great advice about how to write a memorable essay. We are so grateful for Richard's help!
I can't sing enough praises for Richard. He was the perfect match for my son as he prepared for the HSPT exam. He helped him prepare and taught him techniques that he would not have discovered on his own. Richard not only conveyed great information, but also related to my son on a level that was easy for him to understand. He even thanked us for hiring Richard... miracles do happen! Thank you, Richard.
Richard is a great tutor who helped me get through AP European History. He's very helpful when it comes to analyzing different aspects of history in ways that I wouldn't think to.
I was a visiting student researcher at Stanford and wanted to improve my writing and speaking skills for academic purposes. Richard is just the best for that! He is very knowledgeable, patient, enthusiastic, not to mention that he's also a great listener and speaker! I found out many interesting things not only about English language, but also about the U.S. history, politics and everyday life. Highly recommend him for all foreign students!
Richard conveys great enthusiasm about the topics
he teaches, whether it is Norse mythology, German
grammar, or history. He has passed on a love of
knowledge and an ear for language to my son, who
is in 7th grade. Richard also displays a true
historian's sense of a particular time period--
he is able to invoke curiosity about what it was
like to live in that time period, and how things
were both similar to and different from the present.
Richard has tutored my high school senior in AP Government. Richard is always punctual. His knowledge base of the subject matter is very in depth and professorial. Richard is like having a college professor visit your home. He is above all kind and concerned about the student. I would highly recommend him anytime.
We are very fortunate to have found Richard. My son is applying for a scholarship and needed help for SAT study and essay writing. Richard worked patiently and diligently with him to prep for the SATs. He made it fun and interesting, especially when helping increase my son’s vocabulary. My son ended up improving his score by over 100 points! When it comes to help with essays, Richard is really good about letting my son take the lead and do the actual writing but he helps him if he is stuck and gives great suggestions along the way. My son really enjoys working with Richard and I highly recommend him.
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I'm very enthusiastic about tutoring history. My degrees are all in this area, and I have taught this subject at all levels, from fourth-graders to graduate students, for thirty years.
I've coached younger Little League teams in San Francisco, Burlingame, San Mateo, and Hillsborough. My coaching philosophy is to show how much fun baseball activities can be. Throwing and fielding come first -- as parallels to communication, helpfulness, and thoughtfulness. Learning proper arm motions and "getting in front of the ball" are necessary basics. Batting comes next as a combination of seeing, arm movement, and weight-shifting. The separate motions all need to work together -- as if in teamwork -- to have fun while improving and excelling.
I've taken the CBEST twice and am very familiar with its sections. I have helped students prepare for standardized and essay testing in the ISEE, HSPT, SSAT, SAT, SCAT, AP History, AP English, and GRE. I've taught elementary and secondary education students who would have had to take the CBEST. I have advanced degrees in History and have been tutoring in History and English for seven years. I have published articles on the history of standardized testing.
I have helped numerous students read, critique, and express their views on a broad range of classic works. My degrees are in History, and I have specialized in intellectual currents, including the original meaning and enduring significance of the greatest literature. Classic epics, mythology, history, philosophy, poetry, plays, and novels are both timeless and time-bound, meaning across time and meaning in times: in the times they first appeared and in later times when they are read and discussed anew.
As a college professor, I took special care to instruct my students in writing essays. I published an essay in the freshman orientation handbook on the topic of writing essays for college essay tests. As a published biographer, I am very interested in personal narratives, and I counsel students by encouraging students to express and present their individual strengths.
My degrees are in U.S. History, and I am a first year law student who has taken criminal law. In college, I researched and wrote about the prisoner furlough system in Massachusetts for James Q. Wilson.
My K-6th experience includes teaching 4th and 5th grade English and Social Studies at Merryhill School in San Jose, CA; substitute teaching in various (preschool and) Kindergarten through 6th grade classrooms for Teachers on Reserve; and teaching English language arts to various grade levels at Enopi Learning Center in San Mateo, CA).
I have taught English language skills to elementary, middle, high school, and college students. As a college professor, I required essay tests in all of my courses -- in order to ensure that my students would practice and learn more about writing. Students should not learn grammar, syntax, and punctuation rules just to learn rules; they should learn them in order to become aware of the functions and relations of words within sentences. Development of foundational language skills makes writing much easier, as this basis allows students to write with confidence.
I have helped numerous foreign students learn to pronounce English more effectively. I also have helped them with other English language arts and skills, such as vocabulary, grammar, syntax, public speaking and writing styles.
I took French every year in grade school and high school, receiving honors in French upon graduation. I have taught beginning French, in which I emphasize vocabulary, pronunciation, spelling, inflection, and sentence formation. I enjoy showing students how their knowledge of English vocabulary and grammar readily grows as they learn French.
Although raised in America, I learned German in order to remain in contact with my father's family in Germany and the Tyrol. As a graduate student in history, I studied seven months at the Goethe Institut and a semester at the University of Innsbruck. I very much enjoy teaching German because of the many ways in which it is like -- and unlike -- English, a ("Germanic") language I also teach.
During my college years, I worked in state government and politics. I was a paid assistant to the Lieutenant Governor of Missouri, and I was a paid researcher in the first successful Senate campaign of John C. Danforth. I also interned in the office of the Massachusetts House Minority Leader. More recently I have participated in local city council campaigns.
I have taught grammar to elementary, middle, high school, and college students. As a college professor, I required essay tests in all of my courses -- in order to ensure that my students would learn more about writing. Students should not learn grammar and syntax rules just to learn rules; they should learn them in order to become aware of the functions and relations of words within sentences. A knowledge of grammar makes writing much easier, as this foundation allows students to write with confidence.
I have helped numerous students prepare for the GRE (as well as many other admissions, achievement, and aptitude tests). I can help most effectively in preparing students for the Critical Writing (issue and argument essays) and Verbal (text completion, sentence equivalence, and reading comprehension) sections.
I have helped a number of youngsters -- from early grades through middle school -- improve their handwriting. Use of model-tracing sheets and a molded "grip" on the end of the pencil can be helpful devices for many, but not all, students. It's exciting to help young writers learn cursive, as the process is much more efficient and the product much more aesthetically appealing than mere printing. If an articulate person is one who easily connects words in complete sentences, it seems obvious that skill in cursive writing, which connects letters so readily, would be very helpful for the development of articulation.
I currently am helping students prepare for the ISEE and the SSAT. The focus of our work is on vocabulary, sentence completion questions, analogies, reading comprehension strategies, and preparation for the essay component.
Over half of all words in English derive from Latin, one of the most logical and widely-spoken languages ever created. Study of Latin will help English-speaking students understand their own language much better and provide them with a window into French, Spanish, Italian, and other languages. I enjoy teaching students this Mother Language by using the Seventh Edition of 'Wheelock's Latin' and its accompanying workbook.
Trained in history, I've taught the history of psychology and published in several psychology journals and encyclopedias, including American Psychologist, Applied Psychology: An International Review, and the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, Encyclopedia of Psychology, and the Encyclopedia of Human Intelligence.
The individualized teaching context of tutoring is very helpful for building student confidence in reading. I give students brief passages that contain interesting stories and ample specific detail (who did what when, where, how, and why?). After they have completed the passage, I have them turn it over, and I ask questions on the overall story and its particular facts. I've had great success with this method. It trains students to be active "hunters and gatherers" of facts and events, and it builds their confidence for reading they do on their own.
I have helped students prepare for the SAT for the past seven years. As a former college professor and high school teacher, I am very knowledgeable of the verbal and writing skills expected of SAT takers. I also have published articles on the history of standardized testing.
My degrees are in history, but I have always required and evaluated student writing in every course I have given. I have helped scores of students improve their writing skills in order to prepare for the SAT essay section. After reviewing grammar, syntax, and word choice, the skills I emphasize are, first, demonstrating one's thesis or argument with specific detail, and second, developing one's thesis from introduction to conclusion.
My graduate degrees are in history, where my training included a seminar in social (and quantitative) history. I have taught courses on the history of social thought and pioneering sociologists. For several years I served as an officer of Cheiron, the International Society for the History of the Behavioral and Social Sciences, and the Forum for the History of Human Science.
I have taught and tutored for over 30 years, during which time I have excelled as a student advisor and received outstanding service awards. I enjoy helping students identify and focus on the practical steps they need to take in order to excel in their schoolwork. A fulfilling education requires the development of reflection in the individual student, and there is no better place for reflection to start than in the conscientious keeping of an assignment book and organized class and reading notebooks. The reflective student will also keep a journal for entering new vocabulary and accounts of new experiences.
I became interested in World History at an early age, as both my parents and (one set of) grandparents grew up on separate continents. My degrees are in History, and I enjoy helping students understand their culture better by encouraging them to take greater interest in their own roots. I have always promoted writing as a key historical skill, as I believe it is essential that students become their own historians, actively writing their own histories.
I've helped numerous people improve their writing, such as when they need to craft their personal (application) essays; it's a delight to interview clients, discover the experiences that define them, and help them organize and express these experiences.
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