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Richard W.

Yale PhD Grad Rich makes science and math easy

Astoria, NY (11106)

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Hourly fee
$75.00
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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

Algebra 1

In high school, I scored a 33/36 on my ACT Math exam and a 720 on the SAT II MathIIC examination as well as a 4 on my AP Calculus AB Examination. Recently, 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

In high school, I scored a 33/36 on my ACT Math exam and a 720 on the SAT II MathIIC examination. Recently, 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.

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.

Prealgebra

In high school, I scored a 33/36 on my ACT Math exam and a 720 on the SAT II MathIIC examination as well as a 4 on my AP Calculus AB Examination.

I am very confident that I can make the material clear and interesting to any student. I have extensive experience working one on one with students of a variety of age groups from elementary school children through adults who are continuing their education. Finally, I maintain a calm demeanor while teaching that allows me to keep my students relaxed and focused during our lesson.

Trigonometry

In high school, I scored a 33/36 on my ACT Math exam and a 720 on the SAT II MathIIC examination as well as a 4 on my AP Calculus AB Examination. I am well-equipped to explain any topics in Trigonometry due to both my education and my aptitude on the ACT Math exam and SAT II MathIIC exam. Both of these exams require an extensive knowledge of Trigonometry and are a good measure of understanding of that topic.

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 (Master's)

Yale University (PhD)

Knowledgeable and helpful tutor — Richard W. is not only a knowledgeable tutor, but also a great one. He is extremely helpful and supportive of the student's needs. He is well prepared and even researched materials to give to the student so they can study. I highly recommend this tutor to everyone. He is indeed an excellent tutor. ...

— Haresh from South Richmond Hill, NY on 10/13/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $75.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

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

Travel policy

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

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