Mr. Ricci's Tutoring Services
As a full time teacher in the school district of Philadelphia, I have a wide variety of experience in working with students and teaching Reading and Writing. I have a passion for both learning, and helping others to learn.
Tutoring with me gives you access to the same education you would receive in any Pennsylvania school, as I am PA state certified. The only difference, is that the instruction is laser focused to meet your personal educational needs.
While there are endless reasons that I love teaching and tutoring, there are two reasons that stand out most to me.
1. Witnessing a student understand a concept that they did not understand before; knowing I am helping other make progress.
2. I learn from each student I meet, both in class and through tutoring. This results in daily learning for myself, which is very rewarding.
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
One of the most important things that I have found in necessary for success in any learning situation is community and comfort. The student must feel comfortable and safe before they can learn. So I have a two step process that occurs when first meeting a student.
1.) Get to know the student, determine interests, struggles, etc. Establish a community setting.
2.) Research based assessment to determine reading level.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a bachelor's degree is Middle Years education, with a focus in Literacy; I am near completetion of a Literacy ED master's program; I have 7 years of varied classroom experience.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Pricing will vary based on age range, and specific needs, however in most cases, my rate is $32.75 per hour, which you will find is slightly more expensive than some, but significantly lower than what clients typically pay to tutors with state teaching certifications and classroom experience.
How did you get started teaching?
I have had a passion for helping others throughout my entire life, and have had the desire to become a teacher from a young age. Influenced by both family members who are teachers, as well as teachers who I have crossed in my path as a child, I proceeded to reach my goals and acheive my dream.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with a variety of students. My professional teaching career has been in the Philadelphia school district working with grades 6-8, but through teaching experiences in college, as well as years of tutoring, I have worked with most age ranges from grades 4-12.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Regardless of which tutor you hire for you needs, it is important that you believe in yourself and your abilities. That is the way to success.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
It is important to have an understanding of what your struggles are.
In my experience, students make the quickest progress when they have taken the time to reflect on their situation.
Prior to meeting with your tutor, ask yourself:
1. What things am I good at? How so?
2. What am I struggling with?
3. What are some reasons I might be struggling in this way?
4. What can I do differently to improve?