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Robert R.

Somerville, MA

$40/hr

MAs math & writing, 5 yrs exp in K-12 sciences, math, english

Background check passed as of 12/13/12
Usually responds in about 8 hours

MAs math & writing, 5 yrs exp in K-12 sciences, math, english

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My name is Robert. I have recently relocated to Boston from Los Angeles.

I have a MFA in playwriting and an MA in mathematics because I am passionate about teaching and discovery. I have taught and tutored all ages from preschool through college, in all levels of biology, mathematics, physics, reading, and writing.

For the past five years, I was the in-house substitute teacher for students preschool through grade 6 at Lesley Ellis School in Arlington. My nickname was “Wobert the Wascally Wabbit” because I'm silly, but also gentle, kind and dedicated. Substituting has made me comfortable with a wide range of students over a wide range of subjects. I am happy to provide parent and teacher references from Lesley Ellis.

My passion for learning stems from my firsthand experiences with students. In past summers, my students and I have counted trees, collected bugs, and banded chicks. This past winter we pruned trees with the Charles River Conservancy. In the spring, my Cambridge Science Festival exhibit let passers-by explore and imitate birdsong.

Working in these diverse environments has taught me how to guide children to discover and then to let them explore, how to teach a new idea and then get out of the way. In addition, my experiences as an actor and a playwright have taught me how to inspire students to uncover their own ideas and express them.

My goal is to get students excited about learning, the world, and the future. I truly appreciate your time. Thank you!

Testimonials

"Reliable."

- Kevin, Santa Monica, CA on 5/27/13

"Awesome tutor"

- Sam, Arcadia, CA on 11/30/12
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, English,
Proofreading,
Reading,
Writing
Science:
Biology,
Physical Science, Physics
Music:
Piano
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Reading
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math, ACT Reading, GED
Corporate Training:
Proofreading,
Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

I have taught SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, and LSAT for many years. I help students assess strengths and weaknesses in the skills being tested. Our first goal is to improve those skills. Next, we move on to taking practice exams and developing strategies that are specific to taking these tests. Those strategies include using the answers to streamline and check work as well as relaxation and time management.

Algebra 1

I have taught and tutored Algebra 1 for high school and college students. In addition, I have written textbooks and study guides for Algebra 1.

Algebra 2

For the past five years, I have taught and tutored algebra as well as written and edited algebra textbooks, study guides, and test prep booklets.

Biology

I have worked as a field biologist in river systems, with captive and wild birds, and at zoos and aquariums. In addition to traditional tutoring, I taught biology to students K-12 in these natural and applied settings.

Calculus

I have taught calculus both in high school and at the University of New Mexico. In addition, I created an online calculus course for a community college.

Discrete Math

For the past five years, I have taught and tutored discrete math for middle school, high school, and college students.

Elementary (K-6th)

For the past five years, I have taught in early childhood and
elementary classrooms at Lesley Ellis School. Lesley Ellis embraced emergent and anti-bias curriculum as well as art exploration inspired by Reggio Emilia. Their philosophy and guidance helped me learn how to gently lead children to explore and then to step out of their way.

I am deeply committed to education. In past summers, my students and I have counted trees, collected bugs, and banded chicks. This past winter we pruned trees with the Charles River Conservancy. In the spring, my Cambridge Science Festival exhibit let passers-by explore and imitate birdsong.

My goal is to excite children about discovering the world around them.

Elementary Math

I have an MFA in Playwriting and an MA in Mathematics because I am passionate about writing and solving problems in creative ways.

For the past five years, I taught preschool through grade 6 at Lesley Ellis School, where we embraced emergent and anti-bias curriculum as well as art exploration inspired by Reggio Emilia. During that time, I taught and tutored reading, writing, English, and mathematics. I have also worked as an editor of elementary mathematics textbooks and study guides.

I encourage students to build on their natural way of thinking, writing, and problem-solving. My goal is to get them excited about finding solutions and discovering the world.

English

I am deeply committed to writing. This past summer, I completed my MFA in creative writing. In addition, for the past five years, I have worked as an educational writer and editor as well as a teacher and tutor of writing. My experience includes scientific, literary, and personal essays and research papers. My goal is to help students learn how to express themselves through writing.

Geometry

I have taught and tutored Geometry for high school. In addition, I have written study guides for Geometry.

Linear Algebra

I have a masters in math and have taken three levels of Linear Algebra. I have taught the course and designed online courses for linear algebra. In addition, I have written several solutions manuals for linear algebra textbooks as well as solved every problem in the text.

Logic

As I earned my BA and MA in math, I took four logic classes -- both in Philosophy and in Mathematics. Since that time, I have taught and tutored logic for several years. In addition, I designed and developed an online course in logic.

Physics

I have tutored high school physics as well as engineering students at Cal State LA. In addition, I helped write an online physics course for a community college.

Piano

I have studied music and piano since childhood. In particular, I studied music theory as an undergraduate and graduate student and musical performance as part of my acting performance training. I have performed as singer and musician on stage for over 10 years. In particular, I have taught preschool and early elementary students piano for two years.

Prealgebra

I have taught and tutored prealgebra for middle school students. In addition, I have written textbooks and study guides for prealgebra. I currently tutor several middle school students over a wide range of prealgebra topics.

Precalculus

I have taught algebra, precalculus, trigonometry, and calculus both in high school and at the University of New Mexico. In addition, I created an online courses and written and edited textbooks and study guides for precalculus.

Probability

I have tutored probability on and off since college, where I minored in statistics and probability. I have tutored both high school and college students, often in applied settings like economics.

Proofreading

I've worked as a writer, proofreader and editor for several years. Having just completed my MFA in Creative Writing in June, my writing, tutoring, and study skills are freshly honed. My experience includes scientific, literary, and personal essays, research articles, and textbooks.

I encourage students to build on their natural way of thinking, writing, and problem-solving. My math background helps me teach students how to identify arguments when they read and make arguments when they write.

Reading

For the past five years, I have taught reading to students from preschool to grade 6 at Lesley Ellis School and as a private tutor to students of all ages. I work using phonics, prior knowledge, and experience to guide the student toward comprehension, independence, and mastery.

Statistics

As a field researcher, I have applied statistics to analyze the tendencies of a wide variety of ecosystems, from river systems to old growth forests to food chains.

Trigonometry

I have taught and tutored trigonometry for the past five years. I have taught students in middle school, high school, and college in both pure math classes and applied settings, like physics.

Writing

I am deeply committed to writing. This past summer, I completed my MFA in creative writing. In addition, for the past five years, I have worked as an educational writer and editor as well as a teacher and tutor of writing. My experience includes scientific, literary, and personal essays and research papers.

In addition, my math background helps me teach students how to identify arguments when they read and make arguments when they write.

My goal is to help students learn how to express themselves through writing.

University of California, Berkeley, CA
University of Hawaii, Manoa
Master's
Lesley University
Master's

Education

University of California, Berkeley, CA

University of Hawaii, Manoa (Master's)

Lesley University (Master's)

Reliable. — Did his job like it should be done. He gives good feedback, I recommend him to friends, definitely gets the job done. ...

— Kevin, Santa Monica, CA on 5/27/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Robert will travel within 20 miles of Somerville, MA 02145.


About Robert

My name is Robert. I have recently relocated to Boston from Los Angeles.

I have a MFA in playwriting and an MA in mathematics because I am passionate about teaching and discovery. I have taught and tutored all ages from preschool through college, in all levels of biology, mathematics, physics, reading, and writing.

For the past five years, I was the in-house substitute teacher for students preschool through grade 6 at Lesley Ellis School in Arlington. My nickname was “Wobert the Wascally Wabbit” because I'm silly, but also gentle, kind and dedicated. Substituting has made me comfortable with a wide range of students over a wide range of subjects. I am happy to provide parent and teacher references from Lesley Ellis.

My passion for learning stems from my firsthand experiences with students. In past summers, my students and I have counted trees, collected bugs, and banded chicks. This past winter we pruned trees with the Charles River Conservancy. In the spring, my Cambridge Science Festival exhibit let passers-by explore and imitate birdsong.

Working in these diverse environments has taught me how to guide children to discover and then to let them explore, how to teach a new idea and then get out of the way. In addition, my experiences as an actor and a playwright have taught me how to inspire students to uncover their own ideas and express them.

My goal is to get students excited about learning, the world, and the future. I truly appreciate your time. Thank you!

Testimonials

"Reliable."

- Kevin, Santa Monica, CA on 5/27/13

"Awesome tutor"

- Sam, Arcadia, CA on 11/30/12

Education

University of California, Berkeley, CA
University of Hawaii, Manoa
Master's
Lesley University
Master's

Education

University of California, Berkeley, CA

University of Hawaii, Manoa (Master's)

Lesley University (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Somerville, MA 02145

Robert’s Subjects

English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, English,
Proofreading,
Reading,
Writing
Science:
Biology,
Physical Science, Physics
Music:
Piano
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Reading
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math, ACT Reading, GED
Corporate Training:
Proofreading,
Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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