Harvey Mudd/Cornell grad; multi-subject, empathetic tutor

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Harvey Mudd/Cornell grad; multi-subject, empathetic tutor

Ryan Y.
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## Knowledgeable and Patient!

Cori, 132 lessons with RyanRyan has been an excellent tutor for my daughter. He has helped her in physics, AP Calculus, and SAT prep. She looks forward to his tutoring sessions and he is knowledgeable in many subjects. He is able to explain difficult concepts on her level. Ryan is helpful, patient, and punctual. He has been flexible with my daughter's busy schedule. I would highly recommend him.

Hi folks! My name is Ryan. I'm a full-time tutor and former physicist/astronomer with an excellent background in math, science, and English composition. I have 12 years teaching/tutoring experience with high school and college students. My primary subjects are physics, chemistry and math (from Algebra 1 to Calc II and Stats). I also consult with students on essays for college and scholarship/fellowship applications.

Update 9/26/2022: I am resuming limited in-person tutoring under certain...

Physics

Masters

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Macroeconomics,
#### Macroeconomics

Experience:
Tutoring experience at college level for macroeconomics and microeconomics.
Undergraduate level coursework in introductory macroeconomics and microeconomics.
Undergraduate and graduate level coursework in game theory and behavioral economics.
Related skills:
Fluent in Excel, calculus, statistics, and partial differential equations.
Strong personal interest in economics
Recent relevant reading:
In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke's War on the Great Panic
A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World
Textbooks owned:
Economics: 12th edition (McConnell and Brue)
Strategies and Games: 2nd Edition (Dutta)

Microeconomics,
#### Microeconomics

Experience:
Tutoring experience at college level for macroeconomics and microeconomics.
Undergraduate level coursework in introductory macroeconomics and microeconomics.
Undergraduate and graduate level coursework in game theory and behavioral economics.
Related skills:
Fluent in Excel, calculus, statistics, and partial differential equations.
Strong personal interest in economics
Recent relevant reading:
In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke's War on the Great Panic
A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World
Textbooks owned:
Economics: 12th edition (McConnell and Brue)
Strategies and Games: 2nd Edition (Dutta)

Public Speaking
#### Public Speaking

I was first introduced to public speaking in 4th grade, when my teacher, sensing an opportunity to break someone of the stereotype of the shy, nerdy kid, required me to deliver multi-page assembly speeches from memory.
I have delivered multiple public outreach talks, technical presentations, and lay sermons at churches.
I am also a proud member of Toastmasters International, an organization dedicated to promoting public speaking. I hope to receive my Competent Toastmaster (CTM) certification later this year.

Macroeconomics,
#### Macroeconomics

Experience:
Tutoring experience at college level for macroeconomics and microeconomics.
Undergraduate level coursework in introductory macroeconomics and microeconomics.
Undergraduate and graduate level coursework in game theory and behavioral economics.
Related skills:
Fluent in Excel, calculus, statistics, and partial differential equations.
Strong personal interest in economics
Recent relevant reading:
In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke's War on the Great Panic
A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World
Textbooks owned:
Economics: 12th edition (McConnell and Brue)
Strategies and Games: 2nd Edition (Dutta)

Microeconomics,
#### Microeconomics

Experience:
Tutoring experience at college level for macroeconomics and microeconomics.
Undergraduate level coursework in introductory macroeconomics and microeconomics.
Undergraduate and graduate level coursework in game theory and behavioral economics.
Related skills:
Fluent in Excel, calculus, statistics, and partial differential equations.
Strong personal interest in economics
Recent relevant reading:
In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke's War on the Great Panic
A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World
Textbooks owned:
Economics: 12th edition (McConnell and Brue)
Strategies and Games: 2nd Edition (Dutta)

Public Speaking,
#### Public Speaking

I was first introduced to public speaking in 4th grade, when my teacher, sensing an opportunity to break someone of the stereotype of the shy, nerdy kid, required me to deliver multi-page assembly speeches from memory.
I have delivered multiple public outreach talks, technical presentations, and lay sermons at churches.
I am also a proud member of Toastmasters International, an organization dedicated to promoting public speaking. I hope to receive my Competent Toastmaster (CTM) certification later this year.

Statistics,
#### Statistics

5 on AP Statistics test
Tutoring experience in college statistics
College coursework: Probability and statistics
Textbooks owned:
Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (Gravetter and Wallnau)

Proofreading
Study Skills,
#### Study Skills

I have experience generating calendars, schedules, and programs of study for high school and college students. I instruct students on how to read a text, how to take notes, how to create formula sheets for their personal use, how to store information for later use and citation in a paper, and how to organize their answers on a page. As a student, teacher, and tutor, I have learned the art of focusing on the urgent and important (Stephen Covey's method) and prioritizing academic work.

Elementary Math,
Elementary Science
ACT Reading,
#### ACT Reading

I have tutored several students in ACT across all four subjects. My experience has been that students tend to find the English and Reading portions slightly easier than the corresponding sections on the SAT. However, despite its name, the science section tests quick reasoning and data interpretation, not scientific knowledge per se. Most students, even those with a strong science background, experience the most time pressure on that subject.
I've also advised students and parents regarding the different approaches schools take with regard to accepting scores. Many schools superscore the SAT, while most schools do not do that with the ACT.

Public Speaking,
#### Public Speaking

I was first introduced to public speaking in 4th grade, when my teacher, sensing an opportunity to break someone of the stereotype of the shy, nerdy kid, required me to deliver multi-page assembly speeches from memory.
I have delivered multiple public outreach talks, technical presentations, and lay sermons at churches.
I am also a proud member of Toastmasters International, an organization dedicated to promoting public speaking. I hope to receive my Competent Toastmaster (CTM) certification later this year.

SAT Reading,
#### SAT Reading

Total SAT score (2000) of 1580 (780 Verbal, 800 Math)
SAT instructor at a Korean test prep camp during summer 2013

Writing,
#### Writing

I have extensive experience tutoring high school and college students in writing essays. I also have experience teaching and tutoring high school ESL students in English writing. I received a 5 on the AP English Literature and Composition Exam, and a 5 on the AP English Language and Composition Exam. I have experience and a successful track record writing grant and funding applications.

ACT English,
Proofreading,
SAT Writing
Algebra 1,
#### Algebra 1

Teaching experience: taught course at the high school level in Algebra 2
Tutoring experience: private tutor of five students in algebra 2

Algebra 2,
#### Algebra 2

Teaching experience: taught course in Algebra 2 at the high school level
Tutoring experience: private tutor of algebra 2
Textbooks owned:
Algebra and Trigonometry, 7th edition (Sullivan)
Algebra and Trigonometry, 4th edition (Sullivan and Sullivan)

Calculus,
#### Calculus

5 on AP Calculus AB exam
College coursework: Calculus; differential equations; linear algebra; multivariable calculus; Fourier series and boundary value problems (partial differential equations)
Teaching experience: taught course in AP Calculus at the high school level
Textbooks owned:
Vector Calculus
Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems
Applied Complex Analysis with Partial Differential Equations
Linear Algebra and Its Applications

Chemistry,
#### Chemistry

Received a 4 on AP Chemistry test (independent study)
College coursework: two semester courses of college chemistry
Tutoring experience: private tutor of college-level chemistry
Textbooks owned: Principles of Modern Chemistry (Oxtoby and Nachtreib)

Geometry,
#### Geometry

Experience: high school teacher of geometry
Tutoring experience in geometry
Textbooks owned:
Discovering Geometry: An Investigative Approach
Glencoe Geometry

Macroeconomics,
#### Macroeconomics

Experience:
Tutoring experience at college level for macroeconomics and microeconomics.
Undergraduate level coursework in introductory macroeconomics and microeconomics.
Undergraduate and graduate level coursework in game theory and behavioral economics.
Related skills:
Fluent in Excel, calculus, statistics, and partial differential equations.
Strong personal interest in economics
Recent relevant reading:
In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke's War on the Great Panic
A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World
Textbooks owned:
Economics: 12th edition (McConnell and Brue)
Strategies and Games: 2nd Edition (Dutta)

Microeconomics,
#### Microeconomics

Experience:
Tutoring experience at college level for macroeconomics and microeconomics.
Undergraduate level coursework in introductory macroeconomics and microeconomics.
Undergraduate and graduate level coursework in game theory and behavioral economics.
Related skills:
Fluent in Excel, calculus, statistics, and partial differential equations.
Strong personal interest in economics
Recent relevant reading:
In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke's War on the Great Panic
A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World
Textbooks owned:
Economics: 12th edition (McConnell and Brue)
Strategies and Games: 2nd Edition (Dutta)

Physics,
#### Physics

Bachelors of Science in Physics (high honors)
Teaching experience in high school physics
Tutoring experience in high school and college physics
Undergraduate coursework: Introductory mechanics; special relativity; electricity and magnetism; quantum mechanics (two courses); field theory; theoretical mechanics; statistical mechanics and thermodynamics; lab coursework in mechanics; quantum mechanics; electricity and magnetism; optics; electronics; observational astronomy; general relativity; fluid mechanics
Graduate coursework: electrodynamics; quantum mechanics; various astrophysics courses
Related coursework: calculus; differential equations; partial differential equations; linear algebra
Textbooks owned:
Physics. Vol. 1 and 2 (Halliday, Resnick and Krane)
College Physics (Serway and Faughn)
various others...

Precalculus,
#### Precalculus

Teaching experience in high school precalculus
Tutoring experience in precalculus
Textbooks owned:
Precalculus (Foerstter)
Precalculus: 2nd edition (Blitzer)

SAT Math,
#### SAT Math

I scored an 800 on SAT math. I was a tutor for both SAT I math and SAT II Math IIC. I was an SAT instructor at camp in South Korea - Summer 2013. I am a former high school math teacher.

SAT Reading,
#### SAT Reading

Total SAT score (2000) of 1580 (780 Verbal, 800 Math)
SAT instructor at a Korean test prep camp during summer 2013

Statistics,
#### Statistics

5 on AP Statistics test
Tutoring experience in college statistics
College coursework: Probability and statistics
Textbooks owned:
Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (Gravetter and Wallnau)

Study Skills,
#### Study Skills

I have experience generating calendars, schedules, and programs of study for high school and college students. I instruct students on how to read a text, how to take notes, how to create formula sheets for their personal use, how to store information for later use and citation in a paper, and how to organize their answers on a page. As a student, teacher, and tutor, I have learned the art of focusing on the urgent and important (Stephen Covey's method) and prioritizing academic work.

Writing,
#### Writing

I have extensive experience tutoring high school and college students in writing essays. I also have experience teaching and tutoring high school ESL students in English writing. I received a 5 on the AP English Literature and Composition Exam, and a 5 on the AP English Language and Composition Exam. I have experience and a successful track record writing grant and funding applications.

Prealgebra
Algebra 1,
#### Algebra 1

Teaching experience: taught course at the high school level in Algebra 2
Tutoring experience: private tutor of five students in algebra 2

Algebra 2,
#### Algebra 2

Teaching experience: taught course in Algebra 2 at the high school level
Tutoring experience: private tutor of algebra 2
Textbooks owned:
Algebra and Trigonometry, 7th edition (Sullivan)
Algebra and Trigonometry, 4th edition (Sullivan and Sullivan)

Calculus,
#### Calculus

5 on AP Calculus AB exam
College coursework: Calculus; differential equations; linear algebra; multivariable calculus; Fourier series and boundary value problems (partial differential equations)
Teaching experience: taught course in AP Calculus at the high school level
Textbooks owned:
Vector Calculus
Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems
Applied Complex Analysis with Partial Differential Equations
Linear Algebra and Its Applications

Geometry,
#### Geometry

Experience: high school teacher of geometry
Tutoring experience in geometry
Textbooks owned:
Discovering Geometry: An Investigative Approach
Glencoe Geometry

Physics,
#### Physics

Bachelors of Science in Physics (high honors)
Teaching experience in high school physics
Tutoring experience in high school and college physics
Undergraduate coursework: Introductory mechanics; special relativity; electricity and magnetism; quantum mechanics (two courses); field theory; theoretical mechanics; statistical mechanics and thermodynamics; lab coursework in mechanics; quantum mechanics; electricity and magnetism; optics; electronics; observational astronomy; general relativity; fluid mechanics
Graduate coursework: electrodynamics; quantum mechanics; various astrophysics courses
Related coursework: calculus; differential equations; partial differential equations; linear algebra
Textbooks owned:
Physics. Vol. 1 and 2 (Halliday, Resnick and Krane)
College Physics (Serway and Faughn)
various others...

Precalculus,
#### Precalculus

Teaching experience in high school precalculus
Tutoring experience in precalculus
Textbooks owned:
Precalculus (Foerstter)
Precalculus: 2nd edition (Blitzer)

SAT Math,
#### SAT Math

I scored an 800 on SAT math. I was a tutor for both SAT I math and SAT II Math IIC. I was an SAT instructor at camp in South Korea - Summer 2013. I am a former high school math teacher.

Statistics,
#### Statistics

5 on AP Statistics test
Tutoring experience in college statistics
College coursework: Probability and statistics
Textbooks owned:
Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (Gravetter and Wallnau)

Trigonometry,
#### Trigonometry

Trigonometry is typically not taught as a standalone subject. It is usually folded into a precalculus/math analysis class taken the year after Algebra 2.
By far, student regularly cite this as the most challenging portion of a precalculus class. It requires a great deal of memorization and an ability to juggle multiple equations/identities.
I usually spend a great deal of time drilling students in the unit circle. We then transition to the basic and intermediate identities. Proving an identity is typically the hardest task. Once students develop their basic knowledge sufficiently, I give them a set of guidelines that provide possible strategies against trig identity problems. Note that the nature of the problems means that there is not a strict hierarchy of superordinate/subordinate rules. Rather, there are a few things that students can try on each problem. I make certain to teach *how* a student can recognize which tools are more likely to work in a given situation.

ACT Math,
Prealgebra,
Probability
Algebra 1,
#### Algebra 1

Teaching experience: taught course at the high school level in Algebra 2
Tutoring experience: private tutor of five students in algebra 2

Algebra 2,
#### Algebra 2

Teaching experience: taught course in Algebra 2 at the high school level
Tutoring experience: private tutor of algebra 2
Textbooks owned:
Algebra and Trigonometry, 7th edition (Sullivan)
Algebra and Trigonometry, 4th edition (Sullivan and Sullivan)

Calculus,
#### Calculus

5 on AP Calculus AB exam
College coursework: Calculus; differential equations; linear algebra; multivariable calculus; Fourier series and boundary value problems (partial differential equations)
Teaching experience: taught course in AP Calculus at the high school level
Textbooks owned:
Vector Calculus
Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems
Applied Complex Analysis with Partial Differential Equations
Linear Algebra and Its Applications

Chemistry,
#### Chemistry

Received a 4 on AP Chemistry test (independent study)
College coursework: two semester courses of college chemistry
Tutoring experience: private tutor of college-level chemistry
Textbooks owned: Principles of Modern Chemistry (Oxtoby and Nachtreib)

Geometry,
#### Geometry

Experience: high school teacher of geometry
Tutoring experience in geometry
Textbooks owned:
Discovering Geometry: An Investigative Approach
Glencoe Geometry

Physics,
#### Physics

Bachelors of Science in Physics (high honors)
Teaching experience in high school physics
Tutoring experience in high school and college physics
Undergraduate coursework: Introductory mechanics; special relativity; electricity and magnetism; quantum mechanics (two courses); field theory; theoretical mechanics; statistical mechanics and thermodynamics; lab coursework in mechanics; quantum mechanics; electricity and magnetism; optics; electronics; observational astronomy; general relativity; fluid mechanics
Graduate coursework: electrodynamics; quantum mechanics; various astrophysics courses
Related coursework: calculus; differential equations; partial differential equations; linear algebra
Textbooks owned:
Physics. Vol. 1 and 2 (Halliday, Resnick and Krane)
College Physics (Serway and Faughn)
various others...

Precalculus,
#### Precalculus

Teaching experience in high school precalculus
Tutoring experience in precalculus
Textbooks owned:
Precalculus (Foerstter)
Precalculus: 2nd edition (Blitzer)

Study Skills,
#### Study Skills

I have experience generating calendars, schedules, and programs of study for high school and college students. I instruct students on how to read a text, how to take notes, how to create formula sheets for their personal use, how to store information for later use and citation in a paper, and how to organize their answers on a page. As a student, teacher, and tutor, I have learned the art of focusing on the urgent and important (Stephen Covey's method) and prioritizing academic work.

Writing,
#### Writing

I have extensive experience tutoring high school and college students in writing essays. I also have experience teaching and tutoring high school ESL students in English writing. I received a 5 on the AP English Literature and Composition Exam, and a 5 on the AP English Language and Composition Exam. I have experience and a successful track record writing grant and funding applications.

Prealgebra
College Counseling,
#### College Counseling

I have worked with five separate high school students to help them prepare for the college applications process. Together, we generate a schedule and study plan that will improve performance on the required standardized tests. I also provide guidelines as to the content, tone, and structure of the personal statement. Finally, I also provide guidance about the heavier importance most students should place on financial aid, and guide them through this process. I do not discourage scholarship applications, but I manage expectations, and provide guidance about essay content tailored to the specific scholarship.

Study Skills
#### Study Skills

I have experience generating calendars, schedules, and programs of study for high school and college students. I instruct students on how to read a text, how to take notes, how to create formula sheets for their personal use, how to store information for later use and citation in a paper, and how to organize their answers on a page. As a student, teacher, and tutor, I have learned the art of focusing on the urgent and important (Stephen Covey's method) and prioritizing academic work.

Astronomy,
#### Astronomy

Experience:
Tutoring experience: tutored students at college level in introductory astronomy
B.S. in Physics (high honors) with an emphasis on astronomy.
Relevant coursework:introductory astrophysics, planetary astrophysics, x-ray astronomy, observational astronomy, optics, quantum mechanics
M.S. in Astrophysics and Space Sciences
Relevant coursework: galactic astrophysics; planetary astrophysics; infrared and optical instrumentation; electrodynamics.
Field experience: Optical observations at Table Mountain Observatory; Near-IR observations using adaptive optics and aperture masking interferometry at Palomar Observatory.
Textbooks owned:
Introduction to Astronomy (Carroll and Ostlie)
Planetary Sciences (De Pater and Lissauer)
and many, many more.

Chemistry,
#### Chemistry

Received a 4 on AP Chemistry test (independent study)
College coursework: two semester courses of college chemistry
Tutoring experience: private tutor of college-level chemistry
Textbooks owned: Principles of Modern Chemistry (Oxtoby and Nachtreib)

Study Skills
#### Study Skills

I have experience generating calendars, schedules, and programs of study for high school and college students. I instruct students on how to read a text, how to take notes, how to create formula sheets for their personal use, how to store information for later use and citation in a paper, and how to organize their answers on a page. As a student, teacher, and tutor, I have learned the art of focusing on the urgent and important (Stephen Covey's method) and prioritizing academic work.

SAT Math,
#### SAT Math

I scored an 800 on SAT math. I was a tutor for both SAT I math and SAT II Math IIC. I was an SAT instructor at camp in South Korea - Summer 2013. I am a former high school math teacher.

Writing
#### Writing

I have extensive experience tutoring high school and college students in writing essays. I also have experience teaching and tutoring high school ESL students in English writing. I received a 5 on the AP English Literature and Composition Exam, and a 5 on the AP English Language and Composition Exam. I have experience and a successful track record writing grant and funding applications.

ACT Reading,
#### ACT Reading

I have tutored several students in ACT across all four subjects. My experience has been that students tend to find the English and Reading portions slightly easier than the corresponding sections on the SAT. However, despite its name, the science section tests quick reasoning and data interpretation, not scientific knowledge per se. Most students, even those with a strong science background, experience the most time pressure on that subject.
I've also advised students and parents regarding the different approaches schools take with regard to accepting scores. Many schools superscore the SAT, while most schools do not do that with the ACT.

College Counseling,
#### College Counseling

I have worked with five separate high school students to help them prepare for the college applications process. Together, we generate a schedule and study plan that will improve performance on the required standardized tests. I also provide guidelines as to the content, tone, and structure of the personal statement. Finally, I also provide guidance about the heavier importance most students should place on financial aid, and guide them through this process. I do not discourage scholarship applications, but I manage expectations, and provide guidance about essay content tailored to the specific scholarship.

SAT Reading,
#### SAT Reading

Total SAT score (2000) of 1580 (780 Verbal, 800 Math)
SAT instructor at a Korean test prep camp during summer 2013

ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Science,
PSAT,
SAT Writing
Ryan has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering **14 questions** submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

## Effective Teacher and Highly Knowledgeable

Ryan provided tutoring for me in the area of Game Theory. I needed help understanding a complex Game Theory study for a research paper--he was able to decode the study's convoluted language and graphs for me, making the concepts tangbile enough for me to understand. I will definitely be booking sessions with him in the future!

Megan, 1 lesson with Ryan

## Effective Teacher and Highly Knowledgeable

Ryan provided tutoring for me in the area of Game Theory. I needed help understanding a complex Game Theory study for a research paper--he was able to decode the study's convoluted language and graphs for me, making the concepts tangbile enough for me to understand. I will definitely be booking sessions with him in the future!

Megan, 1 lesson with Ryan

## He is a knowledgeable tutor.

I think he is a conscientious teacher. I asked him to teach my son physics. I felt he was very professional and efficient. So I would like to recommend this teacher to you.

Elaina, 9 lessons with Ryan

## Knowledgeable and flexible

My daughter attends college and was struggling with Statistics and now with Ryan’s help has been getting A's and B's. I appreciate his help with the amazing progress.

Rosita, 7 lessons with Ryan

## Completely prepared and able to understand on the fly.

Ryan has a great grasp of calculus, and even with questions which are out of the ordinary or not what is used any longer, he is able to figure out how it is done and guide the student as to what should be done quick and efficiently.

Nadia, 2 lessons with Ryan

## Outstanding tutor!

Ryan is an excellent Physics tutor! He is extremely knowledgable with the subject matter and very patient with our daughter. If you need a tutor, don't hesitate, contact Ryan and get started.

Richard, 4 lessons with RyanTutor responded:Thanks Richard! It's been a pleasure.

## Highly recommended teacher

Ryan possesses all the essential qualities of an excellent tutor. He is knowledgeable, patient, caring, courteous, accommodating and punctual. I believe that he is the best and most effective tutor in Math as well as in many other subjects. My child is very lucky to be taught by him.

Kit, 1 lesson with RyanTutor responded:Thanks Kit!

## The right pick

Not only does he know math, he knows how to teach it. Very, very thorough. So very glad we picked him. You always want the best for your child and this tutor appears to be it.

Tamara, 12 lessons with Ryan

## Great teacher

He goes at a nice learning pace and has good teaching methods. I would definitely recommend him to other people.

Christina, 1 lesson with Ryan