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Ricardo

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Music lessons always begin with the student playing the music and his or her teacher listening carefully. The teacher doesn't look for mistakes, because no one needs the advice, "Don't make that mistake!". The teacher tries to hear what the student wants and then figures what to work on in order to get there. I've been both a student and teacher of guitar, and I try to take that teaching style into my tutoring. I never start by explaining material or by "simplifying" it (because that usually means repeating it again and again!) but by listening to the student and finding out exactly the student already knows and what his or her strengths are, and move forward from there.

Ricardo’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Stanford - Bachelors, American Studies

Graduate Degree: University of Rochester - Masters, American History

Test Scores

GRE Verbal: 170

Hobbies

Guitar, Classical Music, Running, Boxing, History, Literature, Cooking

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Math

Algebra

Algebra 2

American Literature

AP English Language and Composition

AP U.S. Government & Politics

College Algebra

College English

College Essays

College Geography

College Level American Literature

Comparative Literature

Elementary Math

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Geography

Geometry

Graduate Test Prep

GRE

GRE Quantitative

GRE Verbal

Guitar

High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American Literature

Homework Support

Literature

Math

Middle School Math

Music

Other

Pre-Algebra

Quantitative Reasoning

Reading

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Reading

Social studies

Summer

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Music lessons always begin with the student playing the music and his or her teacher listening carefully. The teacher doesn't look for mistakes, because no one needs the advice, "Don't make that mistake!” The teacher tries to hear what the student wants and then figures what to work on in order to get there. I've been both a student and teacher of guitar, and I try to take that teaching style into my tutoring. I never start by explaining material or by "simplifying" it (because that usually means repeating it again and again!) but by listening to the student and finding out exactly the student already knows and what his or her strengths are, and move forward from there.

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

Any session has to start with getting to know the student, in terms of both personality and academic strengths and weaknesses. So we'll talk about what the student does for fun, what he enjoys, and move from there into formulating a plan for how to make that personality work for getting to his or her academic goals.