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Ricardo F.

Bridgewater, NJ

$60/hr

Certified Math teacher with expertise in Calculus, Algebra, and Trig

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Background check passed as of 1/10/14
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40 Ratings
 
 
14hrs Response Time
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— Heidi, Raritan, NJ on 1/31/13

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Kean University
Mathematics

Education

Kean University (Mathematics)

About Ricardo

I am currently a High School Math teacher and work with students with a range of abilities. I scored in the top 15% nationally on the Praxis II exam for mathematics teachers and I graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Mathematics. I've been professionally tutoring Math and SAT Math for 3 years.

In college, I quickly learned that success could not be gained by passively listening to lectures in class. As a result, I took a lot of online courses and learned topics on my own. My success was due to academic independence and I try to impart this independence onto my students.

My style of teaching is simple but effective. The best way to learn is to teach others. Rather than memorizing, I have students explain topics and problems to me in detail as though they are teaching me the subject. When checking work, I allow students to explain their answers. This process allows them to discover their errors and allows me to assess any misunderstandings they may have. Homework is specifically given to my students based on their learning needs. I also make sure to give strategies for time management and studying as well as resources for them to help educate themselves. These practices combine to enhance understanding of math and provide new ways to study for success.
I am currently a High School Math teacher and work with students with a range of abilities. I scored in the top 15% nationally on the Praxis II exam for mathematics teachers… Read more

Policies
Cancellation
1 hour notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Background Check: Passed

"Great Tutor"

- Heidi, Raritan, NJ on 1/31/13

"Patient and thorough, relates well to teenagers"

- Gabriela, Scotch Plains, NJ on 6/8/15

"Raised SAT Math Score 90 Points!"

- Cathleen, Bridgewater, NJ on 11/7/14

"Awesome"

- Angela , Dunellen, NJ on 10/30/14

"You will pass with Ricardo!!"

- Lindsey, Somerville, NJ on 5/1/13

"Excellent tutor"

- Margie, Bridgewater, NJ on 4/1/13
Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Differential Equations, Geometry, Prealgebra,
Precalculus,
Probability, SAT Math,
Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
Grammar, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Nutrition
History:
Religion
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Elementary (K-6th), Geometry, Prealgebra,
Precalculus,
Reading, SAT Math,
SAT Reading, Statistics, Writing
Test Preparation:
Praxis,
SAT Math,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Bodybuilding,
Martial Arts
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Public Speaking,
Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Algebra 1

I have tutored in my university and privately for almost 2 years in every undergraduate Math topic. I have a complete head to toe mastery of Algebra, as it's used in all levels of Mathematics.

Algebra 2

Algebra II is often a challenging topic for students because it is the transitional piece from "basic" math to "advanced". As an undergraduate in mathematics all algebra II topics rear themselves again and again in Precalculus, Calculus, Statistics and so on. Because of this I have a great understanding and a multitude of practice.

Bodybuilding

I have extensively independently studied nutrition, exercise/fitness (particularly with resistance, and stretching). I was also the president of my high school's weightlifting club (for 3 years), to which our club helped train a member to 2nd in the state for his weight-class (in power-lifting).

Calculus

I have been tutoring all types of Mathematics since I was a sophomore in college. I worked in my university's tutoring center and also tutored privately for many ranges of Math as well as many ages. On my exams for math teaching, my highest scores of which were in Calculus, I placed in the top 15% in the country. I feel I can help any student with any Mathematical topic.

Martial Arts

I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, have three years of Varsity Wrestling experience, and have the equivalent of a blue belt in Brazilian Jujitsu currently (am studying).

Nutrition

I have extensive knowledge in the areas of diet and exercise, and have even conducted research and experimentation on particular diets (particularly psychotropics and their affect on the human brain). I also have received A's in all exercise or nutrition related courses I've taken.

Praxis

I have a grand slam score in all areas of the Praxis I, as well as a virtuoso understanding in its Math segment as I am a Math major. Also it is practically a copy of the SAT, of which I have tutored and taken to great success.

Prealgebra

I have a deep and well versed understanding in most areas math, as I practice it daily, am a JMT, and have completed a Bachelor's in Mathematics and Education.

Precalculus

Precalculus is the backbone of Calculus and introduces students to many topics including Matrix Algebra. I have an excellent understanding of this course because it's referenced and used repeatedly in all the math courses after it.

Public Speaking

I speak to crowds in different venues. I was a student ambassador for a year and had to speak in front of 40-150 students at many times, and on many topics (from studying, to college transition, and a few others). Speeches were improvised many times, and also prepared just as many times. I also represented my college and had to speak in front of crowds professors and even some politicians for small stints.

All speaking related courses in college I've received an A or B+.

SAT Math

I scored in the top 15% nationally in the Praxis II. I feel prepared to teach any material from the SAT math because the Praxis II for Math is essentially a college version of the SAT math. The SAT math portion covers all topics up to Algebra II, all of which I am well acquainted.

Trigonometry

Trigonometry is a bread and butter of mine. It combines all the pieces of Math I enjoy most because it requires analysis as well as logical understandings of shapes.

Kean University
Mathematics

Education

Kean University (Mathematics)

Great Tutor — Ricardo is a great tutor. He is patient with my son. The once-a-week tutoring session helps my son gain more solid knowledge about Geometry. Ricardo always thinks how to improve on tutoring. We all like him! ...

— Heidi, Raritan, NJ on 1/31/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Travel policy

Ricardo will travel within 20 miles of Bridgewater, NJ 08807.

Background Check Status for Ricardo F.

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