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Richard W.

Yale PhD Grad Rich makes science and math easy

Astoria, NY (11106)

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I graduated with my MPhil and PhD in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University in 2010 and my BA in Biochemistry summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College in 2004. Since I was in high school, I’ve loved tutoring both kids and adults in a variety of settings. I started out as a tutor at my local community college as well as at the Special Education Department of Congers High School in Rockland County. Later, I went on to teach classes at Yale as a Teaching Assistant where I won my department’s Excellence in Teaching Award. While at Yale, I also worked as a Graduate Writing Tutor to help students iron out kinks in their papers for class as well as for publication. Finally, I’ve mentored both high school and undergraduate students in the laboratory both at Yale and at The Rockefeller University where I’m currently a postdoctoral fellow.

My specialty is the natural sciences. Specifically, I am well-versed in mathematics, chemistry, and biology. I also have an extensive degree of experience writing papers and grants for publication as well as editing theses and dissertations. I routinely provide these services and can guide my students through the process of writing: not just grammar and vocabulary, but techniques for battling procrastination as well.

My teaching philosophy centers on three points: clarity, excitement, and patience. If something isn’t clear, then there’s no way the student will understand it. If it’s not exciting, then it won’t leave a lasting impression and the student will be quick to forget about it. If the tutor isn’t patient, then the student will become frustrated and not want to be there anymore.

I present material clearly by putting things in context and sometimes by using props or stories. I make topics exciting by being funny and sharing anecdotes as well as by showing the student why the concepts we’re talking about are useful every day. I take the time to make sure that I tailor my explanations to the frame of reference of each student because everyone learns differently.

I am happy to accommodate scheduling changes assuming I’m notified 24-hours in advance. My schedule is reasonably flexible so holding makeup sessions is not a problem for me. I’m also willing to schedule a free consultation with you online so you can get a feel for my teaching style.

Feedback is very welcome and I will do everything I can to optimize the learning experience for my students.

I’m based in Astoria, Queens, and happy to travel to surrounding neighborhoods and to Manhattan / Brooklyn.

Please feel free to get in touch with me if you’d like to know more or setup an appointment. I hope to speak with you soon!

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Richard’s subjects

ACT Math

I did very well on my ACT examination in 1999: I scored a 33 in the mathematics section. Furthermore, I've practiced the same principles tested on the exam in the lab for years. Finally, I've taught the material before in schools and as a private tutor many times.

ACT Science

I did very well on my ACT examination in 1999: I scored a 36 in the science section. Furthermore, I've practiced the same principles tested on the exam in the lab for years. Finally, I've taught the material before in schools and as a private tutor many times.

Algebra 1

As part of my job working in a laboratory, we're required to use Algebra all the time. Over the years, I've become very good at Algebra and actually am glad that I learned it so well in high school. I've tutored many students in Algebra as well and am confident I can make the material clear and interesting to any student.

Algebra 2

As part of my job working in a laboratory, we're required to use Algebra all the time. Over the years, I've become very good at Algebra and actually am glad that I learned it so well in high school. I've tutored many students in Algebra as well and am confident I can make the material clear and interesting to any student.

Biochemistry

I received my undergraduate education and PhD in Biochemistry and am an active researcher in a structural biology laboratory. My GPA in college was 3.78 and I scored an 83rd Percentile on the Biochemistry Subject GRE Exam. Additionally, I've taught the subject before at Yale University to wide acclaim.

Biology

I received my undergraduate education and PhD in Biochemistry and am an active researcher in a structural biology laboratory. My GPA in college was 3.78 and I scored a 740 on my SAT II Biology exam. Additionally, half of my major consisted of biology classes like biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and protein chemistry. I'm confident that I can teach this material well and help any student who is having trouble grasping the material.

Calculus

As part of my job working in a laboratory, I'm constantly required to use and understand Calculus. I use X-ray crystallography as a primary technique in the laboratory and using it involves having a strong grasp of waves and how to sum them in three-dimensional space (a process that requires a lot of Calculus). Over the years, I've had lots of time to practice and explain Calculus. I am very confident that I can make the material clear and interesting to any student.

Chemistry

I received my undergraduate education and PhD in Biochemistry and am an active researcher in a structural biology laboratory. My GPA in college was 3.78 and I scored a 730 on my SAT II Chemistry exam. Additionally, in college I took two semesters of General Chemistry (A/A), two semesters of Organic Chemistry (A-/B+), two semesters of Physical Chemistry (A/B+), and one semester of Protein Chemistry (A-). I'm confident that I can teach this material well and help any student who is having trouble grasping the material.

English

I have extensive experience tutoring English writing and grammar. I worked for a number of years as a graduate writing tutor and academic writing fellow at Yale University. Furthermore, I have copy edited dissertations and many manuscripts for publication. In terms of writing, I can help you with style, organization, grammar, and clarity.

Geometry

As part of my job working as a structural biologist, I am required to use geometry on a regular basis. Over the years, I've had lots of time to practice both doing geometry and explaining it to others. I am very confident that I can make the material clear and interesting to any student.

Physical Science

I received my undergraduate education and PhD in Biochemistry and am an active researcher in a structural biology laboratory. I'm confident that I can teach physical science material well and help any student who is having trouble grasping the material.

Prealgebra

As part of my job working in a laboratory, I'm constantly required to perform calculations (especially non-complex ones involving heavy arithmetic). Over the years, I've had lots of time to practice both doing the calculations and explaining them to others. I am very confident that I can make the material clear and interesting to any student.

Precalculus

As part of my job working in a laboratory, I'm constantly required to perform calculations (especially non-complex ones involving heavy arithmetic). Over the years, I've had lots of time to practice both doing the calculations and explaining them to others. I am very confident that I can make the material clear and interesting to any student.

Proofreading

I have extensive experience tutoring English writing and grammar. I worked for a number of years as a graduate writing tutor and academic writing fellow at Yale University. Furthermore, I have copy edited and proofread dissertations and many manuscripts for publication. I am well-equipped to proofread any piece of material of any length or level of complexity.

Reading

I have extensive experience tutoring English reading, writing, and grammar. I previously worked with learning disabled children at a special education department of an elementary school and have years of experience tutoring.

Trigonometry

As part of my job working in a laboratory, I'm constantly required to perform calculations (especially non-complex ones involving heavy arithmetic and trigonometry). Over the years, I've had lots of time to practice both doing the calculations and explaining them to others. I am very confident that I can make the material clear and interesting to any student.

Writing

I have extensive experience tutoring English writing and grammar. I worked for a number of years as a graduate writing tutor and academic writing fellow at Yale University. Furthermore, I have copy edited dissertations and many manuscripts for publication. In terms of writing, I can help you with style, organization, grammar, and clarity.

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Education

Vassar College (Biochemistry)

Yale University (Other)

Yale University (PhD)

Great tutor, very accessible, friendly, approachable Rich did a tremendous job of clarifying a complex research project. He was right on the project as soon as we met and delivered earlier than expected. I would certainly contact him again. ...

— Jan from Bronx, NY on 7/20/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $95.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

My rate is negotiable and I'm willing to adjust it for groups and for lessons that run multiple hours.

Travel policy

Richard will travel within 5 miles of Astoria, NY 11106.

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