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Richard

I graduated in 2010 from Boston College with a Bachelor's in Philosophy and a minor in History. While at BC my studies focused on political philosophy, history, religion, and humanitarian rights law. I began attending Loyola Marymount University Law School in 2010 because of it's dedication to public interest and making positive changes in our communities. I completed the Public Interest Practicum at Loyola Law and graduated in Fall 2013 with my J.D. My studies at Loyola focused on civil rights law, public interest and mediation.

I believe that we learn best when we are engaged and interested with our studies. When tutoring I try to create a fun learning environment where both the student and the tutor are immersed in a dialogue about the subject and material. Currently, I provide tutoring in history, essay writing, public speaking, philosophy, political science, legal subjects and test preparation. When teaching history, a particular favorite of mine, I like to frame historical events as stories that can be easily remembered and recalled. When teaching public speaking, a subject close to my heart as the former Captain of my high school debate team, I try to foster both confidence and competence as a speaker. When teaching test prep I take a two pronged approach with an equal focus on the material tested and the test-taking skills needed to tackle difficult questions, time limits and mental exhaustion. While a student may forget some of the content after a test has been completed, I believe that the test-taking skills I provide will help them throughout their education to tackle tough exams and essays.

A Texas native, I have lived in the North East, Midwest and South before finally landing in beautiful, sunny Southern California. When I'm not working I enjoy rock climbing and camping throughout our wonderful State.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Boston College - Bachelors, Philosophy

Graduate Degree:

 Loyola Marymount University Law School - Masters, Law - JD degree

SAT Subject Test in Chemistry: 760

Rock Climbing and Cooking

AP US History

Civil Procedure

College English

College Level American History

Constitutional Law

Contract Law

Criminal Law

Ethics

Evidence

Family Law

High School English

High School Level American History

Homework Support

Law

Legal Research

Legal Writing

Other

Political Science

Property Law

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Social Sciences

Tort Law

US Constitutional History

US History

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that great teachers inspire students to strive for their best, and give students both the resources and confidence to excel in their education.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

When I first meet a student, I try to assess both their strengths and weaknesses so that I may design a lesson plan that plays to their strengths, while also helping them with areas that the student finds more difficult.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I believe that learning independence comes from both interest and confidence in the material. As such, I strive to help students find interest in the materials they are tackling and the skills needed to wrestle with difficult theories and problems.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I believe that constant encouragement and engagement are the keys to keeping students motivated and interested in the material.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would try to find the source of the difficulty. Typically, a skill or concept is difficult because the student is missing a crucial component in their thought process. To combat this, I try to move at the student's pace and ensure they are clear on what has been said before moving to another area.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Practice, practice, practice. Reading comprehension is a skill that takes time to develop. I believe one of the best ways to improve reading comprehension is to do just that: read! As such, I would encourage any student who is struggling with reading comprehension to read books that they enjoy, whether that be Harry Potter or Twilight. There are no wrong choices when it comes to reading!