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I graduated from Cornell University in May 2011 with a B.A. in Mathematics. I am currently a Mathematics Ph.D. student at the City University of New York Graduate Center. I have been teaching and tutoring since middle school, where I started helping my friends with their homework. I tutored privately throughout high school, teaching subjects such as algebra, geometry, calculus, biology, and physics. At Cornell, I was a tutor in the Math Support Center, a walk-in tutoring service for all areas of math. In addition, I was a calculus course assistant, running problem-solving sessions. During the summer of 2011 I taught a five-week SAT Math prep course to rising high school juniors.

I usually mold my teaching methods to fit the needs of my students. I believe the key to tutoring is to help the student have an "Aha!" moment, when a previously misunderstood concept suddenly makes sense. Such moments give students a real sense of confidence in themselves and agency in their learning, as their hard work has paid off. Because of this, when teaching I aim to get my students to come to conclusions themselves, instead of giving them the answers.

My main academic interest is mathematics, specifically algebra and algebraic geometry. I also have a passion for learning about physics and history (mainly European history). In my spare time I like reading, listening to music, jogging, and exploring New York City.

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Richard’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Cornell University - Bachelor in Arts, Mathematics

Graduate Degree: Graduate Center, The City University of New York - Doctor of Philosophy, Mathematics

Test Scores

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1530

SAT Math: 760

SAT Verbal: 730

SAT Writing: 740


Math, Reading, Photography, Exploring NYC

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Math

ACT Science


Algebra 2


Calculus 2

College Algebra

College Level American History

College Physics

College World History

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

European History


High School Level American History

High School Physics

High School World History



Middle School Math



SAT Math

SAT Mathematics


Social Studies

Test Prep


World History

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