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Harvey Mudd College (Physics)
Cornell University (Master's)
University of Rome, Tor Vergata (Graduate Coursework)
Hi folks! My name is Ryan. I'm a physicist/astronomer/educator with an excellent background in math, science, economics, business, and history. I have considerable teaching and tutoring experience at high school and college undergraduate levels. I've also recently taught at a summer SAT camp in South Korea, where I was able to hone and refine my test prep techniques.
PLEASE NOTE: At present my schedule is fairly full. I only have availability weekday mornings/early afternoons, which limits me to taking on homeschool/college students at this time. It is possible I can also meet with high students who are available quite early in the afternoon (1-3pm). I will update this if this changes.
I've recently tutored students at the following schools:
Copenhagen International School (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Fairmont Preparatory Academy
La Canada Flintridge
Walworth Barbour American International School (Even Yehuda, Israel)
Cal State Long Beach
Mt. San Antonio Community
I've also worked with homeschool students and adults not affiliated with a college seeking professional certification/grad school admission.
I'm a National AP Scholar, National Merit Scholar, and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. I got a 1580 on my SAT and a 1520 on my GRE. I took and passed 10 AP tests. I received 5s in Biology, Physics B, Calculus AB, Statistics, English Literature, English Language, US History, and Macroeconomics, and received a 4 in Microeconomics and Chemistry (AP classes were not offered in Biology, Chemistry, Macroeconomics, or Microeconomics).
I have a LOT of experience taking standardized tests, and am able to prepare others. There is a subtle difference between teaching students a new subject area and teaching experienced students how to take a test - I have experience and a successful record doing both.
Perhaps most importantly, I've been told I am very empathetic. I am a product of public K-12 education and understand where kids are coming from who attend those schools. I also know that, particularly in math and the hard sciences, much of my work will be confidence building and challenging the negative self-talk about "not being a math person."
I'm also keenly aware that many students haven't been taught/sold the idea that it pays to be organized, and to develop effective study skills. I receive many inquiries from parents who are frustrated because their child is bright, but starting to struggle. Usually this is because the student coasted through earlier coursework without cultivating a combination of work ethic, time management, organizational skills, and a self-awareness about how best he or she learns. It's hard to do this on a short-term basis, but I've had success with some of my long-term students. I'm incredibly proud of my students that make the transition from doing coursework "because it's needed" to "because it's my responsibility" to "because I enjoy it and can see how this will connect to things down the line".
I love what I do! Please feel free to ask if you have any questions. Hope to hear from you soon! Hi folks! My name is Ryan. I'm a physicist/astronomer/educator with an excellent background in math, science, economics, … Read more
Rates may vary depending on travel distance. Typically, for tutoring distances outside 10 miles, I require a minimum session length of two hours.
Ryan 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.
He goes at a nice learning pace and has good teaching methods. I would definitely recommend him to other people.
We feel very fortunate to have come across Ryan, and his tutoring service. Ryan begins by assessing the individual student's learning style, and the student's immediate needs and challenges.
Our daughter needed support with Algebra II. Ryan's approach with our daughter, and the math strategies he has practiced with her have had a positive impact on her homework and test scores.
As a parent, I appreciate how responsive Ryan is to any question(s) that our daughter may have with her homework assignments. His supportive nature has given our daughter a sense of success in a subject matter that she has always felt was not her strength.
Ryan truly is a 5 star tutor!
Ryan provided excellent help for my daughter who was struggling with AP Statistics. He showed tremendous patience and was very thorough. He took the time to find out where my daughter's strengths and weaknesses were and assisted her in understanding the new concepts. He provided a summary or notes after every day of tutoring and it was very helpful. I strongly recommend Ryan if you or your child is in need of tutoring.
This review is past due but I felt I had to write this. Ryan tutored second semester of my son's senior year for AP Physics. He was struggling and at the point of failing.
Ryan is very flexible with his schedule and goes above and beyond. I wish all educators could be like him. He goes out of his way. He even had my son contact him if he had any questions after his tutoring session. He really cares about his students and their success. My son said not only did he help him in Physics, but he gave him tips that will help him through college.
My son received an A on his final and has now graduated with the 2014 class, and Ryan has still kept in touch and given him useful pointers for college. He is truly a great tutor and a great person.
Ryan has exceeded my expectations as a tutor for my daughter! He is a great communicator and keeps me apprised with all relevant details after each lesson. My daughter enjoys his style and his willingness to adjust his schedule to meet her availability. We are so happy we found Ryan!
Thanks Patti! It's been a pleasure tutoring your daughter in resource economics.
Ryan was awesome! My fellow students and I had a rough first semester with our AP Biology teacher. As a result, we basically needed to be 'taught' everything, not just 'tutored.' Ryan went above and beyond with us. He showed us how to improve our note-taking skills and provided us with typed lessons and very helpful diagrams. He was very patient with me and I would definitely recommend him!
Thanks Tori! I'm glad I was able to help. Best wishes this semester!
Ryan has been very professional during my son's AP Calc tutoring. He has always been quick to respond to requests. The follow up he provides after each session really helps reinforce the session. My son has benefited from the detail and understanding Ryan has of the subject. Very lucky to have Ryan as a tutor!
Thanks for the kind comments Paul! It's a pleasure working with your son.
Ryan is excellent at what he does! Ryan is the type of tutor that both parents and students are happy with. Ryan is thorough, patient, and is very easy to communicate with. Ryan always follows up his session with a written assessment. Very impressive!
I was so impressed with Ryan's help today for my daughter, I don't know where to begin. He is AMAZING in his knowledge and patience. He truly was what she needed to get back on track for her finals this week. He COMPLETELY met all of our expectations and was gracious in our last minute attempt for help. We can't THANK YOU enough Ryan! You are now officially on our "GREAT TUTOR" list!
Ryan is a very effective tutor who is patient and very knowledgeable. We had very specific request on what my son needed for his AP Statistic final, my son left the session feeling confident and prepared for his test. Ryan helped my son increase his grade dramatically. Ryan has exceeded my expectations, I would highly recommend Ryan to anyone.
Ryan was great at mapping out what I really needed to work on in order to set myself up for success. He did a wonderful job of relating Calculus problems to everyday situations making it easier to understand and grasp what I'm actually doing with the numbers.
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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.
Teaching experience: taught course in Algebra 2 at the high school level
Tutoring experience: private tutor of algebra 2
Algebra and Trigonometry, 7th edition (Sullivan)
Algebra and Trigonometry, 4th edition (Sullivan and Sullivan)
I have a strong, passionate interest in history, and keep my knowledge fresh by reading quality biographies and historical analyses.
I scored a 5 on the AP US History test. I have tutoring experience at the high school level. My college concentration was in history. I've completed an online course in US history (pre-1877).
I have a strong independent interest in US history.
Books I've read on US history recently:
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Partners in Command: George Marshall and Dwight Eisenhower in War and Peace
The Eisenhower Diaries
Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire
...the Heavens and the Earth: A Political History of the Space Age
No Ordinary Time: Fraknlin & Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam
The American Pageant: A History of the Republic, 7th Edition (Kennedy)
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.
Introduction to Astronomy (Carroll and Ostlie)
Planetary Sciences (De Pater and Lissauer)
and many, many more.
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
Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems
Applied Complex Analysis with Partial Differential Equations
Linear Algebra and Its Applications
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)
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.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Physics from a top-ranked engineering college and a Master of Science from a highly-ranked astrophysics program at an Ivy League institution. Furthermore, in my previous work as a research astronomer, I had to use differential equations all the time to solve, analytically, approximations for coursework and basic models, later to be complicated by the transcendental messiness of real life.
My coursework includes two half-semester courses in ordinary differential equations and a semester course using partial differential equations.
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.
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
Economics: 12th edition (McConnell and Brue)
Strategies and Games: 2nd Edition (Dutta)
College coursework: The Transatlantic Alliance; Philosophical Roots of European Fascism; History of the Roman Empire and Early Christianity; Philosophy of Liberty and Equality; History of the Soviet Empire; European History: Rome to 1648
Conference attendance: Jean Monnet Chair Summer Seminar on the European Union: University of Rome, Tor Vergata (2005). Presented paper on European Space Policy.
Relevant books recently read:
Empire by Integration: The United States and
European Integration, 1945-1997
"Constitution of Europe"
Experience: high school teacher of geometry
Tutoring experience in geometry
Discovering Geometry: An Investigative Approach
I received a 1520 on the GRE (Verbal: 720; Math: 800) and a 890 on the GRE Physics subject test. My preparation was minimal, thanks to my familiarity with standardized testing and my fluency in both math and English. I have a great deal of experience tutoring in both subjects, and can work with students on diagnostics, targeted subject review, comprehensive review, and designing an independent program of study.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Physics from a top-ranked engineering college and a Master of Science from a highly-ranked astrophysics program at an Ivy League institution. Furthermore, in my previous work as a research astronomer, I had to use linear algebra, both in pen-and-paper work and in computer programs (Matlab and IDL) for coursework and basic models.
My coursework includes two half-semester courses in advanced linear algebra and a semester of signals engineering, with the latter heavily focused on using matrices and the rules of matrix algebra to find unique solutions and solution regions, given constraining equations.
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
Physics. Vol. 1 and 2 (Halliday, Resnick and Krane)
College Physics (Serway and Faughn)
I have taken multiple political science classes at the undergraduate and graduate level, and did a concentration (what Harvey Mudd calls a minor) in the History and Philosophy of Empires.
I also earned a spot at the Jean Monnet Chair EU Seminar at the University of Rome, Tor Vergata, at which I was the only scientist. (The rest were public policy and economics students.) I have also published a large paper analyzing the history and structure of EU Space Policy.
I keep up with developments in political science/international relations through regular reading of publications from the Council on Foreign Relations, Foreign Affairs, and the Economist.
Teaching experience in high school precalculus
Tutoring experience in precalculus
Precalculus: 2nd edition (Blitzer)
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.
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.
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.
College concentration in history
Undergraduate coursework: History of the Roman Empire; European History: Rome to 1648; Philosophical Roots of European Fascism; Philosophy of Liberty and Equality; History of the Soviet Empire; Europe and the Transatlantic Alliance
Graduate coursework: History of Military Revolutions
Strong personal interest in world history
Recently read books:
Empire by Integration: The United States and European Integration, 1945-1997
"Constitution of Europe"
A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World
...the Heavens and the Earth: A Political History of the Space Age
The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations
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.