I have tutored for the better part of 15 years at all levels of middle-school through high school math (pre algebra through Calculus) and science (chemistry and physics).
My knowledge base stems from two sources: PhD in Chemical Engineering and 25+ years of technical industrial experience in high tech, solar, automotive, and health care industries.
My professional profile can be seen at: www.linkedin.com/in/rvidal68
I enjoy developing an understanding of the material in the students. This inevitably leads to improved grades and self esteem.
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
When meeting a new student, I focus on understanding the student's level of understanding and learning style. I then adjust my teaching style to meet both needs (student's proficiency and learning style).
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have strong academic training (4 engineering degrees in 3 majors) and more than 25 years of industrial technical experience. I have been tutoring and teaching math and science classes since 2014. Industrially, I have trained junior engineers over the last 20 years.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
My base fee is $60/hour. This includes offline support for the student since I believe firmly that a student that wants to improve should have the support at all times. I respond students' requests within 24 hours free of charge.
How did you get started teaching?
I began teaching organically in industry, mostly for junior engineers. Over the last 7 years, I have been working through tutoring agencies and teaching through a local school. I currently focus on tutoring because of my interest in helping students individually.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with students in middle school, high school, and college. The topics covered are Chemistry/Physics, Math (from Pre Algebra through Calculus BC), Stats, and SAT Math preparation. Being bilingual, I can support students in Spanish as well.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
I recommend you look for a teacher or tutor that will match your learning style and has the schedule flexibility to meet your needs. Given the times, I also recommend that a teacher or tutor provides offline (beyond tutoring sessions) support since learning is a continuous process.
A teacher that has industry experience (along with the educational background) will be able to provide real-life examples that bring the concepts to life.