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Rick D.

Washington, DC

$65/hour

Abiding love of the subject matter

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4.8 average from 19 ratings

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Harvard
Classics

Education

Harvard (Classics)

About Rick

I've really been tutoring ever since I was a student myself, when my friends, knowing how much I loved to explain things, would phone me up after school for help figuring out our math homework.

I began tutoring more officially while earning my bachelor's degree (in Classics, with significant additional coursework in music theory and history), when I helped fellow undergraduates through the university's bureau of study counsel as a paid peer tutor in Latin and calculus. Since graduating, I've taught algebra and grammar in summer school; taught Latin and AP Computer Science (in Java) as a full-time high school teacher; and also done one-on-one tutoring (mostly in Latin, algebra, and world history) with students ranging from the 7th to 12th grade.

My interest in tutoring begins with a deep love for the subject matter, which means that for me there's no substitute for actually understanding it: getting the right answer isn't nearly as important as being able to explain why it's right. As a tutor, my main job isn't to talk, but to listen: I think the real centerpiece is getting my students to explain the material in their own words. Everyone learns differently, and the beauty of tutoring is that we can adapt our approach on-the-fly to address just what it is that one specific student is stumbling over.
I've really been tutoring ever since I was a student myself, when my friends, knowing how much I loved to explain things, would phone me up after school for help figuring out our math homework.

I began tutoring more officially while earning my bachelor's degree (in
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Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Washington, DC 20015
In-person lessons
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus,
Finite Math,
Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, Trigonometry
Music:
General Music, Music History, Music Theory
English:
Grammar, Proofreading, Writing
Computer:
Java
Language:
Latin
History:
Classics, European History, Music History
Elementary Education:
Grammar

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Calculus

Apart from doing some TA work in college, I have never formally taught Calculus. (Formally, I've taught Latin and computer programming to high schoolers.) But I've helped lots of people with Calculus work over the years, both my classmates when I was a student and, more recently, my students as a teacher and tutor. Calculus remains one of my favorite subjects to this day.

Finite Math

I have tutored math at all levels from middle-school arithmetic up through university-level calculus, as well as teaching AP Computer Science at the high-school level. This has frequently included the topics usually covered under the umbrella of "finite math" — combinatorics and discrete probability, sets and group theory, graph theory, basic number theory, formal logic, algorithmic analysis for computer programming, and so forth. In addition to their many real-world applications, I find each of these topics to be fun and engaging, and I have always enjoyed helping my friends and students to understand them.

Java

I have taught high school classes in Java programming, including AP Computer Science.

Latin

I have a Bachelor's degree in Classics/Latin. I also have experience teaching Latin (I - IV) in High School and Middle School.

Harvard
Classics

Education

Harvard (Classics)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Rick will travel within 10 miles of Washington, DC 20015.