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Patrick R.

Norfolk, VA

$55/hour

Highly-rated tutor in math/science; Honors-level medical graduate

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Johns Hopkins University
Biology Mathematics
Georgetown University
Master's

Education

Johns Hopkins University (Biology Mathematics)

Georgetown University (Master's)

About Patrick

Hey! My name is Patrick, and in May I will complete my MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School. I also earned my Bachelors in Biology and Mathematics from John Hopkins University.

I have always relished a chance to get people interested in science and math in general - while a lot of the stuff you learn about in school seems trite and boring, it is the obscure material on the fringes of scientific knowledge that is the most tantalizing. In this light, I am eager to serve as your tutor, in order to help you gain mastery over the dry, basic material so that you can understand (and enjoy!) its more advanced applications.

I have always performed well in class myself. I leave EVMS with exceptional licensing exam scores and transcript, including Honors in multiple highly specialized rotations. I graduated from Hopkins just shy of departmental honors, and on the old-format MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) I scored at the 95th percentile. Back in high school, I also scored a 1570 (770V, 800M) on the "old" SAT. Most importantly, as of March 2016 I have accumulated over 300 hours of tutoring experience in math, science, and test preparation, with an astoundingly high feedback score. I credit my success to a fundamentals-first strategy to learning, and teach this approach to my students with excellent results.

My objective, as suggested above, is to get you squared away on the basics, and to do so by emphasizing a more robust understanding of WHY the math or science is what it is, instead of just rote memorization of facts and theories from textbooks. Even the best teacher is limited by subtle differences in perspective and communication. Therefore, I stimulate the student's own curiosity and logical reasoning, and allow them to make connections themselves. Speaking from my own journey, the fruits of such organic discovery last longer than the lessons of even the most gifted lecturer. Furthermore, I encourage independence in study - the best tutors make themselves unnecessary, and I accordingly work at getting my students self-sufficient whenever possible. I am happy to work with you for the duration of your class, or test preparation, but I am thrilled when a student instead tells me at some point they are confident enough to go the rest of the way alone - and indeed, many do (and as you can see from my feedback, it's not out of frustration!) Instead of charging an obscene amount of money and keeping you on the hook as long as possible, I make the lessons about YOU and YOUR needs, or those of your child. Ultimately, I am both eager to and capable of helping you reach your own academic goals!
Hey! My name is Patrick, and in May I will complete my MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School. I also earned my Bachelors in Biology and Mathematics from John Hopkins University.

I have always relished a chance to
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Open to negotiation! Students requiring EXTENSIVE effort outside lessons will be notified with an appropriately increased rate for future lessons

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Travels within 6 miles of Norfolk, VA 23517
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"Patient, responsible, impressive tutor!"

- Erin, Fairfax, VA on 5/31/12

"Wonderful Tutor"

- Diane, Fairfax, VA on 5/9/12

"Truly Outstanding Math Tutor"

- Susan, Springfield, VA on 5/3/12

"Great tutor !"

- Brandon, Fort Washington, MD on 2/26/12
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Differential Equations,
Elementary Math,
Geometry,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math,
Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
MCAT,
SAT Math,
SAT Reading
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science,
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT Math

I majored in mathematics at Hopkins, and the subject has never failed to make sense to me. While I have never taken the ACT, I would approach tutoring in the subject the same way I approach SAT math, or any subject in general. We start with the basic framework of understanding, and build on it with practice, practice, practice. If that sounds fair to you, send me a message!

Algebra 1

In grade school, I was a straight-A math student. I earned an 800 on both the Math section of the old SAT exam as well as the SAT II. I went on to major at Johns Hopkins University in mathematics (as well as biology), and maintained excellent grades in math courses.

In terms of tutoring, I have received extremely high feedback from math students, including several middle-schoolers and younger, and who almost all showed drastic improvement over the course of sessions.

Algebra 2

In high school, I found that algebra 2 was the level where math instruction became higher paced and more intense, where the burden was suddenly much more squarely on the students' shoulders to keep up or fall behind. Regrettably, this leads to a buildup of hostility towards the subject, which is especially unfortunate when it is in algebra 2 and trigonometry that you acquire a substantial range of skills to tackle math problems in everyday life.

Therefore, my intent with students is to emphasize the intuition in the process. Algebra 2 builds on the same concepts and techniques that students are already familiar with - with a friendly, helping hand, they will be surprised by how readily things fall back into place, despite the increased tempo. I have helped students at this level before with excellent results, and I am confident in your ability (or that of your child) to experience the same success!

Anatomy

In my medical masters program at Georgetown and of course in my medical studies at EVMS, I have spent ample time studying the structure of the human body. While there is the inevitably of rote memorization of minutiae, I was initially surprised by how on the largest scale, every region of the body is guided by the same anatomical principles that evolved to give us our best shot at survival. In the end, however, I learned to expect these repeated concepts, and I was able to do better and better with less and less studying as a result. I completed the course at EVMS with a "High Pass", and am more than happy to pass along the education (and clinical applications of such) to you!

Biochemistry

Medical school emphasizes a holistic approach to the human body wherever possible, and despite the fascinating array of specializations different tissues employ to meet their different functions, the same basic biochemical framework is present in most cells. I was struck by the choreography of the various reactions and compounds involved in metabolism, and found that the majority of the information made intuitive sense, considering the long-term goal of the cell to survive with minimal support from the rest of the body.

When studying biochemistry, it is ALWAYS essential to keep in mind what purpose each enzyme has for the cell, and how each piece of the cellular puzzle fills its niche exactly. Clinical biochemistry can be a game of memorization if you don't take the time to truly understand what's going on under the hood, but with my help, you will see how simple things can be to grasp, using only common sense. I honored in biochemistry at EVMS, and want to help you attain the same mastery!

Biology

-B.A. in Biology/Math
-Masters in Physiology
-Medical student (High Pass and Honors in nearly every core class)

-Received a writing score of "S" on the MCAT (out of J-T - second highest score possible)

Calculus

Similar to algebra 2 (see my description there for more detail), calculus is another major step in math instruction that equips the student with tools to solve everyday problems with math - in this case, problems of optimization and rates of change in particular. With my guidance, you can see the value of the techniques taught, and will develop an appreciation for their use that could last for years to come, even if calculus is the last math course you ever take (as it is for many students).

Chemistry

An essential part of multiple branches of medicine involves the details of cellular metabolism. This, in turn, is an intricate web of reactions and enzymes which exploit chemical properties of molecules and solvents. In order to honor my medical biochemistry course, and achieve a high score on the MCAT to even get into medical school, it was essential for me to understand essential chemical concepts such as equilibrium and reaction kinetics, acid-base and redox chemistry, and covalent bonding. While the math can be challenging if you try to just memorize problem-solving procedures, the steps make perfect sense if you take a little bit of time to understand why you do things, and do them in the order you do. And with me, that's exactly what we'll do!

Differential Equations

As a Mathematics major from Johns Hopkins University, I was required to do coursework involving differential equations. Not only have I done multiple courses involving ordinary differential equations, I have also taken a class in partial differential equations, which is a more advanced topic and requires extension of the more basic techniques. I got a B+ in the latter course, and a B+/A- average across all my math subjects. Differential equations are relevant to many critical topics in chemistry and physics, and with my services, you will be prepared for such coursework.

Elementary (K-6th)

As an older cousin to multiple children, ranging in age from four to eleven years old, I have extensive experience in both caring for and educating elementary school students. My aunts and uncles have not only left my cousins in my sole custody for days at a time on occasion, but I am also frequently tapped as an informal tutor for them in their current coursework. In fact, just this past April, while I was visiting one side of the family in New Jersey, I spent over a week with two of my cousins in a very fast-paced elementary school. While I was there, their grades improved from solid B averages to nearly straight A's, according to their mother. In fact, I am especially close with my cousins in all regards - they love it when I have a chance to visit, and frequently not only tell me stories about their lives, but also rely on me for advice when they do not feel comfortable going to their parents (please be assured, I never help them keep secrets from their parents, and they know it - it's all a matter of who they feel most comfortable having a direct conversation with).

Not only am I qualified in simply passing along what your child needs to know to succeed in school, but I will also work at establishing myself as entirely trustworthy to both you and your child. In this way, we can have a healthy parent-child-tutor relationship which will prove essential to your child showing the fastest development. Please feel free to request WyzAnt for a background check, for which I have already given prior consent. In addition, I can provide contact information for my relatives on request. I promise I will earn your confidence. Thank you for your time, and I hope to work with you in helping your child to excel!

Elementary Math

I have seen fantastic results tutoring students as young as the age of 9, and as a family-centric man with lots of younger cousins, I have plenty of practical experience with younger kids as well! Math is frustrating to most students because it is so demanding, but I think a major remedy is to incorporate the sense of reward one gets when solving everyday problems into the education itself. I delighted the aforementioned 9-year-old with a demonstration of just HOW many seemingly huge gallons of water fit in a bathtub, and inspired him to experiment on his own with the math we studied.

We never lose that youthful fascination with the surprising, and I think it's a shame to not take advantage of it, even with a subject as "dry" as math. There's always a sense of adventure in learning something new - let me show your kid it exists with boring old math too!

Elementary Science

As I mention in my "Elementary Math" blurb, I have worked with lots of kids, including as their tutor. A natural topic with kids is school, and science is by far the most common subject selected as their favorite. It makes perfect sense too - from video games to animals to outer space, so many common fascinations in children emphasize contrast and extremes from everyday life. How weird is it that fish live their entire LIVES without breathing a gulp of air, or that we ourselves explore the alien landscape of the moon so very far from everything we know and love.

Kids LOVE hearing about these initially remarkable things, and are really only limited by how often they are exposed to something new. If I'm working with your son or daughter, we'll focus on the most important stuff - the stuff they will get tested on - but I won't hesitate to connect things in textbooks to things they see and wonder about in the world around them. I will never forget my then 10-year-old cousin's reaction when she realized while studying with me that the hair on our heads is an adaptation to heat loss in such a vital body part. Moments like that are worth more than gold to a teacher, and are even more rewarding to the student who experiences them. Science absolutely should be the most exciting and rewarding part of elementary education, and I love to bring out the magic in it!

Genetics

As not only a Biology major, but also as an aspiring doctor, I had to master genetic analysis over the course of my undergraduate education. In the summer before my senior year at Hopkins, I took a genetics course (no less rigorous than it would have been during a formal school semester), and aced it. An understanding of genetics is essential to understanding both short- and long-term evolution of lineages and populations, and I can help you acquire the essential principles, as well as learn how to apply them in tackling more difficult problems.

Geometry

Geometry is a tough beast for many, possibly most, high schoolers. Geometry units in elementary math are frequently the most fun for kids - it's all about shapes and formulas, reducing the burden of problem-solving. High school geometry, however, is quite the opposite. The formulas still make an appearance, but they are eclipsed by the saturation of deductive reasoning in the course. Geometry is used by schooling to give students an introductory course in logical reasoning - when viewed in those lens, it suddenly makes far more sense why so many struggle with the subject.

I have possibly worked with more students in geometry than in any other subject. My emphasis in lessons is to focus on reasoning abilities - to walk students through a few "proofs" while explaining every last step in my thought process, and emphasizing the general strategies employed in a wide array of geometry problems. In addition, I emphasize heavy practice - there are a multitude of niche formulae students are expected to know by heart at the end of each unit, and the best help you can give your brain to do this is to practice, practice, practice.

MCAT

In March of 2010, I took the MCAT, after an intensive nine-month program of entirely independent self-study in which I taught myself the material in first-year Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and O. Chemistry courses, using my old textbooks and notes. Using this program, I improved my score from a 28 (roughly 50th percentile) to a 35 (95th percentile). I was inspired to this course of action by my realization that the MCAT's true objective is to assess scientific competence, and not necessarily prior experience, in order to allow people from "nontraditional" academic backgrounds a chance to someday practice medicine in the United States. Using my own success story as a background, I can assist you in understanding the crucial concepts in these foundational sciences, in order to allow you to test competitively when you are prepared. My strong advice, regardless of whether or not you seek my services, is to set aside at least six months for dedicated MCAT study, which must also include multiple practice examinations. With my help, however, you will get the richest possible preparation for the examination.

Unfortunately, past experience has proven to me that MCAT tutoring is much more intensive than tutoring for other subjects. Therefore, I have to charge between $50-$75 an hour for this subject, with the exact rate dependent mainly on the intensity of help required. We will start at $55, and go from there. Rest assured, however, that you are still getting a better deal than you would from the impersonal and exorbitant prep classes like those offered by Kaplan and their ilk.

Physiology

Ah, physiology. The bread and butter of biology - the foundation on which we live our incredible lives. Over the course of the past year in medical school, I have basked in the simply marvelous tricks our bodies use to survive - to make the word "survive" even meaningful. From the symphony of hormones cascading in our blood, ebbing and flowing with the hours of the day as they fine-tune our systems to the slightest changes in conditions; to the heart, and its complex orchestration of electrical current and muscle dynamics that make it able to operate INDEPENDENT OF THE BRAIN; I can hardly believe I still have three more years of medical education left to travel, and can hardly wait to see what other mysteries lie over the horizon.

In the meantime, however, I want to take you on a tour of God's/evolution's finest masterpiece, and show you how the body manages to keep itself going day after day - a feat that seems even more unbelievable when each detail you learn reminds you of yet another challenge our bodies are forced to overcome, that we always seem to overlook. From a chemical perspective, it's almost surreal to digest just how unlikely our survival would seem to be, and yet contrast that with the reality of us living comfortably for decades, with little conscious inkling of just how many balls the body is juggling to keep itself going. It's an epic tale, and one well worth enjoying.

SAT Math

In grade school, I was a straight-A math student. I earned an 800 on both the Math section of the old SAT exam as well as the SAT II. I went on to major at Johns Hopkins University in mathematics (as well as biology), and maintained excellent grades in math courses.

In terms of tutoring, I have received extremely high feedback from math students, including several middle-schoolers and younger, and who almost all showed drastic improvement over the course of sessions. Much of my math tutoring experience has been directed towards test preparation, giving me the background necessary to help you prepare for this critical test!

Johns Hopkins University
Biology Mathematics
Georgetown University
Master's

Education

Johns Hopkins University (Biology Mathematics)

Georgetown University (Master's)

Patient, responsible, impressive tutor! — Patrick helped us when we were in a bind because our son was really struggling with his chemistry class. Our son went into these sessions failing chem, and by fourth quarter he'd brought his grade up to an A with Patrick's commendable tutoring skills. Our son was highly impressed with Patrick's knowledge and ability to make him really understand the material, and we are so grateful that Patrick ...

— Erin, Fairfax, VA on 5/31/12

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $55.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Open to negotiation! Students requiring EXTENSIVE effort outside lessons will be notified with an appropriately increased rate for future lessons

Travel policy

Patrick will travel within 6 miles of Norfolk, VA 23517.