## Ricky

Certified Tutor

Ricky’s Qualifications

### Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Carnegie Mellon University - Bachelors, Mathematics

Graduate Degree: Johns Hopkins University - Masters, Mathematics

### Hobbies

Math, Video Games, Board Games, Anime

### Tutoring Subjects

ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Prep

ASPIRE Math

CAHSEE Prep

CAHSEE Mathematics

College Physics

COMPASS Mathematics Prep

Discrete Math

GRE Subject Test in Mathematics

GRE Subject Tests

High School Physics

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching motto is "math is easy". My goal when tutoring is to make sure students remember what they need to be understanding *why* the facts are true. When everything makes sense and connects naturally, then it's easy to recall facts and apply formulas.

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

I like to get right into things. I want to find out what you're having trouble with and what you want to work on, and then work on that.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I'm able to learn mathematics because it makes sense to me. When I see why the facts and theorems are true, it's so much easier for me to remember everything and use it. If I instill that same methodology in a student, I'm sure they'll be able to learn math on their own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

What motivates me is success. When I succeed in something, I find myself more motivated to continue. So I would have the student work through easier problems, both to cement basic skills and to build up the successes needed for motivation.