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Richard F.

Sanford, NC


University of Oxford Graduate for Maths and Physics Tutoring

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Background check passed as of 3/13/15
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University of Oxford (UK)
University of Oxford (UK)
University of Oxford (UK)


University of Oxford (UK) (Physics)

University of Oxford (UK) (Master's)

University of Oxford (UK) (Enrolled)

About Richard

A physicist by training, I completed my master's of physics specializing in biological and condensed matter physics before undertaking research in the life sciences, spanning the fields of materials science, biochemistry and engineering science. I have since taught mathematics at high school and tutored mathematics and physics from high school to undergraduate level. As a teacher I was responsible for teaching students who struggled more with mathematics.

My experience of the tutorial system at the University of Oxford in England as a student helped me appreciate the academic value of the tutorial. However, I also understand that a tutorial may be daunting and stressful for the student and thus, aim to create a positive environment where a student may safely develop and express their enthusiasm for a given subject.

I have six years experience as a private tutor in mathematics and physics for middle school, high school, and college students. As a PhD student I was a teaching assistant in engineering science for engineering undergraduates and master's students, and in mathematics at the Life Sciences Interface Doctoral Training Centre for Physical Sciences Doctoral Students. I also volunteered at an elementary school after-school science club. Seeing the process of learning at all stages has enabled me, first hand, to see what remains constant and what changes in learning as we age.

My specific skills are in developing exam technique for standardized tests at high school. More generally, I aim to help students develop confidence and step outside of their comfort zone, ultimately to become their own teacher. During this journey it is important to help a student recall what they already know to help them tackle new problems, which is often as simple as asking the student the right question and being patient. With time, I seek to encourage autonomy within a student, making them responsible for their own learning. For example, tutorials with University students are most often driven by working through complex problems which have been selected and attempted in advance by the student, with a discussion of both the details and the concepts which arise. The beauty of both physics and mathematics is the simplicity of their construction. However, the ability to condense what we see into mathematics or translate a mathematical expression into a description of what we see can be difficult and a tutorial with worked examples helps identify gaps in knowledge or areas of strength.

Owing to the need for preparation I have a 24-hour cancellation notice but, I am flexible and will always do my best to reschedule. I also give feedback at least weekly to both keep myself accountable and keep everyone informed on progress.

Outside of academics, after five years as a college student-athlete, for two years I was assistant coach for track and field and cross country at the University of Oxford, looking after male and female athletes of all abilities. I coached high school cross country and track and firmly believe sport and extra-curricular activity help to develop a successful, balanced individual and understand many of the competing stresses young adults may face. It cemented my idea that confidence in ones ability provides a firm grounding for future success and also, that focused hard work gets good results. Thus, I continue to coach and continue to enjoy it.

I look forward to hearing from you!
A physicist by training, I completed my master's of physics specializing in biological and condensed matter physics before undertaking research in the life sciences, spanning the fields of materials science, Read more

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Travels within 40 miles of Sanford, NC 27332
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"Great tutor"

- Karen, Richmond, VA on 3/9/15

"Patient and knowledgeable"

- John, Bunnlevel, NC on 10/20/16

"Knowlegeble Great Tutor!"

- Faith, Sanford, NC on 9/17/16

"Good Motivator"

- Barbara, Midlothian, VA on 11/9/14
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus,
Differential Equations,
Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
ACT Science, Physical Science, Physics
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, SAT Math
Track & Field

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I studied calculus both at high school and university. As a PhD candidate in Engineering, I taught calculus to PhD students from biology and biochemistry backgrounds.

Differential Equations

I have extensive experience in solving differential equations. Many simple problems in physics can be modeled as a simple harmonic oscillator which can be itself modeled as a second order linear differential equation. Furthermore, all solvable undergraduate problems in quantum mechanics start with the solution to a partial differential equation. I have tutored undergraduate physicists in vector calculus for electromagnetism which involved solving partial differential equations.

I sat a first year paper on "differential equations, waves and optics" at the University of Oxford which covered both ordinary and partial differential equations. I also studied functionals, Lagrangian mechanics and quantum mechanics during my degree course.


I have taught high school geometry.


I have a Masters degree in physics from the University of Oxford and have tutored on the subject at the high school and college levels.

Track & Field

I was a competitive athlete for 9 years before coaching in the UK for 2 years at the University of Oxford. I attained the UKA Coaching Assistant Award in March 2012 and attended the coaching education days for the UKA Athletics Coach Qualification which covered practical and theoretical aspects of coaching all events (except Hammer, Triple Jump and Pole Vault).

I have advised and coached athletes at all levels, including multiple international male and female athletes and complete beginners.

University of Oxford (UK)
University of Oxford (UK)
University of Oxford (UK)


University of Oxford (UK) (Physics)

University of Oxford (UK) (Master's)

University of Oxford (UK) (Enrolled)

Great tutor — Richard was very patient and his explanation of concepts was detailed and extremely helpful. I enjoyed working with Richard and look forward to working with him again. He is very knowledgeable. ...

— Karen, Richmond, VA on 3/9/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Richard will travel within 40 miles of Sanford, NC 27332.