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Ryan B.

Ithaca, NY

$45/hour

Tutor GRE, College/Fellowship Apps, Science/Math: Cornell PhD Student

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20+ Hours
4.9 average from 10 ratings
Very Knowledgable
— Zach, Ithaca, NY on 2/5/17

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BS, Syracuse University 2013
Physics Applied Math
MS, Cornell University 2015 (Physics/Biophysics/Nanofabrication)
Master's
Cornell University PhD student
Enrolled

Education

BS, Syracuse University 2013 (Physics Applied Math)

MS, Cornell University 2015 (Physics/Biophysics/Nanofabrication) (Master's)

Cornell University PhD student (Enrolled)

About Ryan

I am currently a physics graduate student at Cornell with years of experience in tutoring English, science and mathematics, both as a college tutor and in an African refugee community. I hold a BS in physics and applied mathematics from Syracuse University. I also have a strong record of winning national science fellowships and doing intense personal application preparation for both foreign and domestic students that greatly aided them in getting into top academic programs: including PhD-level science programs at Caltech, Brown, Wisconsin Madision, and Washington State University. I would enjoy working with you to prepare a competitive application for whatever you need, and helping you present yourself in the best possible light. For mathematics and verbal related subjects, my teaching style uses many examples and tries problems from different angles until the solution finally clicks with the student. I have much real world experience in physics research to draw from, as I have worked in eight different research labs so far and have five publications. I am focusing on nanofabrication and biophysics for my PhD thesis.

Please see the college counseling section of my tutoring subjects for my college preparation credentials and my in-depth background of what I can help you with.
I am currently a physics graduate student at Cornell with years of experience in tutoring English, science and mathematics, both as a college tutor and in an African refugee community. I hold a BS in physics and applied mathematics from Syracuse University. I also have a strong record of winning national science fellowships and doing intense Read more

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Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Ithaca, NY 14850
In-person lessons

"Very Knowledgable"

- Zach, Ithaca, NY on 2/5/17

"Great Tutor, really helpful explanations"

- Tania, Ithaca, NY on 11/3/16

"Nice Tutor!"

- Sarah, Ithaca, NY on 9/26/15

"Ryan Works with you"

- Evan, Ithaca, NY on 4/10/15
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations,
Discrete Math,
Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Science:
Biochemistry, Chemistry, Physics
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, Career Development,
College Counseling,
Common Core, GRE, PSAT, Regents, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Computer:
C++,
Computer Programming,
MATLAB,
Python
Language:
Chinese,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Common Core, Vocabulary
Business:
Accounting, Career Development,
GRE

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

C++

I have worked extensively with C++ for more than five years now doing coursework and particle physics research.

Career Development

I regularly aid college students and high school students in preparing job applications, resumes, and choosing the best internships and courses for career development. I have spoken at and participated in career related workshops and events at Syracuse University and in high school outreach to local schools and refugee communities.

Chinese

I performed at an A level in four semesters of Chinese at Syracuse university. This level of proficiency awarded me membership to the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa society by the time I graduated. I currently daily practice Chinese writing and speaking, and my wife is a native speaker of Chinese. My proficiency includes 1,500-2000 characters, and I would feel comfortable tutoring introductory-level students.

College Counseling

I am currently a physics graduate student at Cornell University and have excellent qualifications to help students prepare applications and choose the best internships and courses to achieve high level careers. I have completed the bulk of my coursework in physics and have already made contributions to both particle physics research and single molecule DNA biophysics with a focus on nanofabrication, the latter will be my thesis focus. I have five publications to date and am working on several more. I worked two summers at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, including the summer of 2012 on the ATLAS experiment that discovered the Higgs boson. I have an excellent record of standardized test scores and winning the top fellowships available in the US, as well as helping numerous foreign and domestic college students prepare applications that helped gain them entrance into prestigious internships and universities with in-depth one-on-one assistance. I am also obtaining fluency in Chinese and practice daily.
For graduate fellowships I have won the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship for physics research, a Cornell Graduate Research Fellowship, a Biophysics Training Fellowship from Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility Fellowship. For undergraduate national fellowships I was an Astronaut Scholar, a Goldwater Scholar, and Marshall Scholarship Finalist. From Syracuse University I was a University Scholar, Remembrance Scholar, and Coronat Scholar. I also have Phi Beta Kappa Membership and graduated from the Renee Crown Honors Program.
I have an increasingly stellar record of helping students prepare job applications, fellowship applications and college applications. I have helped many foreign students especially in these categories who have trouble with English grammar and understanding what review committees are looking for. People (about 30 so far) who I have spent 2-10 hours preparing applications have gotten into PhD programs at top schools such as Cold Spring Harbor and Ohio State University and fellowships such as the NSF Fellowship and a prestigious UCLA program . The number of people who go to me for consulting has increased after an initial successful year and I am anticipating an increasingly large list of happy applicants.
For standardized tests, I had a 750 on math and 800 on reading for SAT. For the GRE, I have 166 on reading (96%), 163 on quantitative (86%), and 5 on writing (93%).
For teaching experiences, I taught Somali Bantu refugees English, science, and math and my main student is now in mechanical engineering after a very disadvantaged background. I was also a Calculus tutor for several years at Syracuse University.

Computer Programming

I have intensely programmed in C++ for five years working for the Large Hadron Collider experiment in Geneva, Switzerland both remotely and on-site. I have used Python extensively for two years and MATLAB for a two semester internship and an upper level physics class. I am very proficient in UNIX/linux programming with more than five years of experience and regular current use.

Differential Equations

I performed at an A level in upper level ordinary and partial different equations courses at Syracuse University. I regularly solve these equations in my current PhD studies.

Discrete Math

As part of my BS in applied mathematics I took advanced discrete math courses that covered discrete math topics such as logic, set theory, geometry, and numerical/computational analysis and received A scores in all of these. In both physics courses and research for BS and my MS courses we heavily cover discretization and computer languages and do basic information theory and topology.

Linear Algebra

I have a BS in physics and applied math. I have taken advanced and introductory Linear Algebra courses at an A level in both at Syracuse University as well as two semesters of advanced Quantum Mechanics and one of Cornell graduate quantum mechanics that heavily used Linear Algebra. I have a physics and applied mathematics major.

MATLAB

I received an A in a MATLAB based upper level physics "Science and Computing" course at Syracuse University. I intensely used MATLAB for a one year internship, 10-20 hours a week for two semesters. The focus was on dark matter Monte Carlo simulations. I also use MATLAB regularly for my current research position in my PhD studies at Cornell.

Writing

I have much experience in reviewing and editing application essays for college entrance and fellowships for both foreign and American students. I'm an avid reader of novels, nonfiction and current events, and was in the 93% percentile GRE writing (5). I received A's in undergraduate intensive writing courses, and have five publications in physics to date.

BS, Syracuse University 2013
Physics Applied Math
MS, Cornell University 2015 (Physics/Biophysics/Nanofabrication)
Master's
Cornell University PhD student
Enrolled

Education

BS, Syracuse University 2013 (Physics Applied Math)

MS, Cornell University 2015 (Physics/Biophysics/Nanofabrication) (Master's)

Cornell University PhD student (Enrolled)

Very Knowledgable

Was able to break complex topics down into easily understandable pieces very well. He is also very patient and guides you through the process instead of just giving you the solution

— Zach, Ithaca, NY on 2/5/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Travel policy

Ryan will travel within 5 miles of Ithaca, NY 14850.