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I am a certified k-12 teacher of Mathematics and scored in the top 15% nationally for the Praxis II Math (teaching test for math). I've been tutoring in Mathematics and SAT for 2 years or so. I've also coached on and off in Taekwondo, Wrestling, and Brazilian Jujitsu.
I have loved to learn and show others what I know since I was very young. I believe the best way to learn is to teach yourself and others, but if you're struggling to find that way that works best for you, I'm happy to help. The problem in educating yourself first is that sometimes you never learned how; the failings of the American Education system! As a tutor, I think it's important to fairly (in other words, not charge an exorbitant amount) offer help not only in a subject, but also to offer materials that help students self-educate.
Self-Education is the key. In that way, students of any subject free themselves, feel they can understand the intuition of material on their own, and become empowered. To get there, students might need a little nudge from tutors like myself. A little help lets someone get a little understanding, and that sparks an interest. What I think I give that is unique in my personality is the curiosity of a child, the logic of an adult, and good intuition and empathy for others' needs.
I graduated college with a Mathematics degree. I could not learn or practice in high school and coasted (this does not work in college!). I had to force myself to see how I learned and how I could orient myself to make time to learn, to take an interest in learning. Now it seems to get easier and easier.
To summarize, I want to bestow in my lessons: ways to study that work for you as a student, materials (mostly internet) that can help you learn if a tutor or teacher isn't around, and then of course the content knowledge itself.
Algebra II is often a challenging topic for students because it is the transitional piece from "basic" math to "advanced". As an undergraduate in mathematics all algebra II topics rear themselves again and again in Precalculus, Calculus, Statistics and so on. Because of this I have a great understanding and a multitude of practice.
I have extensively independently studied nutrition, exercise/fitness (particularly with resistance, and stretching). I was also the president of my high school's weightlifting club (for 3 years), to which our club helped train a member to 2nd in the state for his weight-class (in power-lifting).
I have been tutoring all types of Mathematics since I was a sophomore in college. I worked in my university's tutoring center and also tutored privately for many ranges of Math as well as many ages. On my exams for math teaching, my highest scores of which were in Calculus, I placed in the top 15% in the country. I feel I can help any student with any Mathematical topic.
I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, have three years of Varsity Wrestling experience, and have the equivalent of a blue belt in Brazilian Jujitsu currently (am studying).
I have extensive knowledge in the areas of diet and exercise, and have even conducted research and experimentation on particular diets (particularly psychotropics and their affect on the human brain). I also have received A's in all exercise or nutrition related courses I've taken.
I have a grand slam score in all areas of the Praxis I, as well as a virtuoso understanding in its Math segment as I am a Math major. Also it is practically a copy of the SAT, of which I have tutored and taken to great success.
Precalculus is the backbone of Calculus and introduces students to many topics including Matrix Algebra. I have an excellent understanding of this course because it's referenced and used repeatedly in all the math courses after it.
I speak to crowds in different venues. I was a student ambassador for a year and had to speak in front of 40-150 students at many times, and on many topics (from studying, to college transition, and a few others). Speeches were improvised many times, and also prepared just as many times. I also represented my college and had to speak in front of crowds professors and even some politicians for small stints.
All speaking related courses in college I've received an A or B+.
I scored in the top 15% nationally in the Praxis II. I feel prepared to teach any material from the SAT math because the Praxis II for Math is essentially a college version of the SAT math. The SAT math portion covers all topics up to Algebra II, all of which I am well acquainted.
Kean University (Mathematics)
Great Tutor — Ricardo is a great tutor. He is patient with my son. The once-a-week tutoring session helps my son gain more solid knowledge about Geometry. Ricardo always thinks how to improve on tutoring. We all like him! ...
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Ricardo will travel within 20 miles of Bridgewater, NJ 08807.
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