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I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and a Bachelors of Arts in Italian. I became a formulation chemist for Thermo Fisher Scientific soon after graduation. I was also a tutor for the largest in-home tutoring agency in the country before moving to California.

I was a volunteer leader for the Capital Area Food Bank in Austin and have always been involved in the performing arts as an actor or costume designer. I have spent several years studying Italian, Mandarin, German, and Spanish. I am currently learning American Sign Language.

I have very much enjoyed and found satisfying the experiences I have had working with students. Every student has a different learning style and I enjoy finding the best method to inspire and motivate him or her in whatever subject that they are studying. Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students.

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Rick’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: The University of Texas at Austin - Bachelors, Chemistry/Italian


Performing arts, theatre, cooking, baking, fashion design

Tutoring Subjects


Algebra 2


College Algebra

College Chemistry

Conversational Italian

Conversational Mandarin


Homework Support



Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese 1

Mandarin Chinese 2

Mandarin Chinese 3

Mandarin Chinese 4





Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Good teachers know how to bring out the best in their students.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Find ways to demonstrate the improvements and progress that they have made.

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

Present the information in a form that they can relate to.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Ask them why they did what they did or create test questions.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Becoming comfortable with a subject takes practice.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Observe their study habits and how well they absorb information in different forms. Some students are visual learners or are more hands on.

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