Hi prospective students, my name is Ricky, and I have over six years of experience as a professional tutor. I have tutored students of all ages, from elementary school through college. I have also tutored adults (ESL, Spanish, and other subjects). I graduated with academic honors from Santa Clara University in 2009 with two degrees. I have worked for Newton, The Children's Learning Center, Inc., headquartered in Foster City, CA. I worked as an academic tutor in Newton's after-school program at Baywood Elementary School close to the border of San Mateo and Hillsborough. Previously, I was employed as a professional tutor by the Drahmann Center while I attended Santa Clara University, often tutoring students older than myself. I tutored students in a variety of subjects, including English, Spanish, writing, reading comprehension, and other subjects.
I am passionate about tutoring, because it helped me achieve academic success in my own life. I struggled with certain subjects when I was a child, but ended up being valedictorian when I graduated from Woodside High School in the Class of 2005, received top scores on my AP exams, and was admitted to 10 universities. I pride myself on my easygoing and effective tutoring style: being patient, encouraging, and empowering. I work with students to internalize concepts, not just memorize them. When a student begins to cognitively understand something for herself/himself, real learning happens. I am committed to this form of student-centered, top-notch tutoring that gets the best results over time. If the student prefers, I am also happy being more didactic and instructive in my style. Oftentimes, it is a balance that works (with a focus on empowerment and student-centered learning). Finally, I tailor my approach to the student's own learning style, which is critical for academic success. Whether auditory, visual, or kinesthetic, each student learns differently.
Please contact me with tutoring opportunities or with questions. I am very accessible and look forward to working with you or your child to achieve academic success.
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