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I graduated from UIC in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics with a minor on mathematics; subsequently I received my Master of Science in Physics, also from UIC in 2007. I obtained much of my first experiences with teaching and tutoring while working on my masters. My favorite subject to tutor is physics, of course. One of my teaching techniques is to reveal certain mathematical "secrets" that many teachers, professors, and textbooks elude to. For instance, I will show the student the mathematical derivation or formula required for the subject matter, then actually derive it step by step leaving nothing out, and give several examples that I work out. I also have several bookshelves of textbooks from various subjects, mainly physics and mathematics. Education should be geared to and for the student, however some institutions are not set up that way. Students are the next generation of scientists, engineers, doctors, lawyers, etc. I am a proponent for helping under represented minorities and women, especially in the fields of science. I was born in Southern California, moved to the Chicago area in my late 20's, and I am bilingual with Spanish, however I've been out of practice for some time. My hobbies include playing guitar, building electronic gadgets, bike riding, traveling, reading, surfing, among other things.

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Rick’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Illinois at Chicago - Bachelors, Physics

Graduate Degree: University of Illinois at Chicago - Masters, Physics


music, guitar, travel, biking, surfing,

Tutoring Subjects


College Physics

High School Physics


Physical Science




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