Over 800 tutoring hours

Richard A.

Burlingame, CA


Experienced, Results-Oriented Language Tutor

Background check passed as of 1/26/15
5.0 average from 346 ratings
Ricky is amazing!
— SHARON, Burlingame, CA on 7/13/15

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Santa Clara University
Environmental Studies


Santa Clara University (Environmental Studies)

About Richard

Hi prospective students, my name is Ricky, and I have over eight years of experience as a professional tutor. 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 across the country.

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/parent 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.

In terms of my own academic path, I was honored to receive the Harvard Book Award and to attend Stanford University's Institute on Journalism. I later graduated from Santa Clara University with academic honors and two degrees. Academics are very important to me; my passion for teaching comes from my passion for learning. I love to see the "lightbulb" go off in a student's head as well as helping others reach their own epiphanies and develop by means of a well-rounded education.

My tutoring expertise includes reading, writing, listening, and speaking in English (ESL or advanced English) and Spanish. I have tutored students of all ages, from elementary school through college. As an academic tutor in a local after-school program, I worked with 4th and 5th graders at a local elementary school close to the border of San Mateo and Hillsborough. Previously, I was employed as a professional tutor by the Drahmann Learning Resources 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, political science, environmental studies, sociology and more. In addition, I have also tutored many adults (ESL, Spanish, and other subjects). I have recently tutored students (children and adults) from a variety of countries around the world, including Korea, France, China, Japan, Russia, Mexico, India, Bangladesh, and more. It is a pleasure to work with students from such diverse backgrounds.

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.
Hi prospective students, my name is Ricky, and I have over eight years of experience as a professional tutor. 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 Read more

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Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Burlingame, CA 94010
Background Check: Passed

"Ricky is amazing!"

- SHARON, Burlingame, CA on 7/13/15

"Spanish lessons"

- Xiaoyan, Burlingame, CA on 12/2/15

"Amazing Tutor"

- Becky, Burlingame, CA on 9/17/15

"Kind, patient, helpful"

- Cassie, San Mateo, CA on 6/24/15


- Jennifer, San Mateo, CA on 6/10/15

"Very patient and engaging, my freshman daughter enjoys her sessions with him"

- Claudia, Atherton, CA on 6/4/15

"Sharp, engaging, knowledgeable; Got along with kids very well."

- Natalia, San Mateo, CA on 5/31/15

"He understands how to make a real connection."

- Wendy, San Mateo, CA on 2/10/15

"Very intelligent and patient"

- Koi, San Mateo, CA on 11/14/14

"Outstanding Tutor!"

- John, San Carlos, CA on 11/11/14

"It was a Great session"

- Tetsuo, San Mateo, CA on 7/31/14

"Richard provides great insights and assistance."

- Bruce, Los Altos, CA on 10/11/13

"Kind and Patient Tutor"

- Polly, Burlingame, CA on 10/9/13
Elementary Math, Prealgebra
Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology
ACT English, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
ESL/ESOL, Spanish,
American History, Geography, Government & Politics, Political Science, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Elementary (K-6th)

I am qualified to tutor Elementary (K-6th) because of experience tutoring children in this age range. I worked with Newton, The Children's Learning Center, Inc. (headquartered in Foster City, CA) and worked with this age group at Baywood Elementary School in San Mateo, CA. I tutored children each day during this after-school program (from 2:30-6 PM). I worked with children in a variety of grades and helped them learn mathematics, reading and writing skills, science, and more. My methods included asking questions as a diagnostic gauge of their understanding and then teach them a concept in a patient and lighthearted manner. Gaining a child's trust and attention is just as important as didactically teaching material. My experience tutoring children in multiple subjects and at these grade levels qualifies me to tutor Elementary (K-6th).


I am qualified to tutor in Sociology because I took many sociology classes while attending Santa Clara University and excelled in them. I included a variety of sociology courses in my Peace and Justice Studies degree and successfully completed all the courses. I have tutored numerous students in various sociology classes and have the skills to help them analyze and understand the concepts involved.


I am approved/certified by WyzAnt as a Spanish tutor.

Study Skills

I am qualified to tutor students in study skills because I have helped numerous tutees significantly improve their study techniques, leading them to higher scores on their tests, quizzes, and final exams. My tutoring methods emphasize effective study habits: making a thorough plan about what needs to be covered, in what order, and then executing on that plan. I have helped students become more disciplined, systematic, and focused in their study skills. I follow up with students between tutoring sessions to check in on their studying. I provide homework assignments for some of my students and use this tool to measure their study skills over time. I look over their assignments and discern how they are studying. I affirm what they are doing well and offer tips and suggestions in terms of improvements. Typically, making a plan and reviewing its execution has been the most effective way to help students improve their study habits and achieve better outcomes.

Santa Clara University
Environmental Studies


Santa Clara University (Environmental Studies)

Ricky is amazing! — Ricky is a spectacular tutor - he immediately established a connection with my daughter (who was initially reticent about tutoring)....gave me a thorough synopsis of their session afterward...and was very flexible and understanding about our family's scheduling situation. He is upbeat, positive, very capable, and resonates GREAT with kids. He's also incredibly organized and "together", which I rea ...

— SHARON, Burlingame, CA on 7/13/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $120.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Richard will travel within 10 miles of Burlingame, CA 94010.