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Im a Northeastern law student from Berkeley, California. I recently finished a year with City Year San Jose, an educational non-profit through which I spent 11 hours a day in an elementary school, supervising an after school classroom, creating and teaching STEAM lessons, and providing small group literacy tutoring. Before that, I worked a summer at Explo educational summer camp teaching creative writing to high schoolers. I tutored elementary students throughout college as a volunteer and have often acted as a tutor to friends and family.

My foremost passions are comedy and martial arts (which also gives me an opportunity to flex and train my tutoring muscle when I teach people basic boxing!). In college, I performed in a sketch comedy troupe, and have been performing stand-up around the SF Bay Area for a year. I'm always down to discuss comedy in any and all forms! I also have 10+years of Tae Kwon Do experience and was President of my college's Martial Arts club.

Beyond that, I love games-- board, video, etc. I am often interpreting and modifying existing games' rules to deliver unique and customizable gameplay experiences to my friends.

I majored in American Studies, a comparative discipline that emphasized race, class, and other aspects of identity throughout the history and social landscape of America. I've brought a critical lens that looks for race and ethnicity into all of my endeavors, as a comedian and as a tutor/teacher, having exploratory discussions with my students about the role race plays in their lives. As a Chicano, I have a understanding, both academic and lived, of the themes present in ethnic studies work.
As the oldest of 5 brothers, I recognize education as something that transcends the classroom and spills out into every aspect of our lives. I am always seeking to take part in educational opportunities that are engaging and horizontal, that give everyone an opportunity to show what they know and feel intelligent, and that promote growth in both teachers and students.

Richard’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Macalester College - Bachelors, American Studies

Graduate Degree: Northeastern University - Current Grad Student, Law

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 2180

SAT Math: 730

SAT Verbal: 740

SAT Writing: 710

LSAT: 165

SAT Subject Test in Chemistry: 730

SAT Subject Test in Literature: 790


Comedy, Creative Writing, Martial Arts, Food

Tutoring Subjects

College Application Essays

College English

Conversational Spanish

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Graduate Test Prep

High School English

High School Writing

IB Extended Essay

IB Theory of Knowledge



LSAT Analytical Reasoning

LSAT Essay Section

LSAT Logical Reasoning

LSAT Reading Comprehension

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing


Public Speaking

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Social Sciences

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Teaching should not be a one-way knowledge dump, but an opportunity for the teacher and student to grow together through deepened understanding of the subject at hand. Teaching and learning are construction, are exploration, and are themselves creation.

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

I'd exchange a bit of background information and experiences and work on finding out specific student goals and work styles.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By giving the student as many opportunities as possible to take ownership of their learning, whether through giving the student opportunity to teach-back to me or challenging the student to explain WHY an answer is what it is with frequency.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Reassurance that confusion is normal and that, by struggling with the work and working with a tutor, the student is already far along the path to success and to taking a vested interest in their own learning (perhaps sharing my personal struggles with the subject matter as well).

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

Take a step back, and see if we can approach from a different angle. If the student is particularly strong in another area, finding a way to link that knowledge back to the matter at hand so the new knowledge can be rooted in something the student already feels comfortable with.