Rebecca R. - Experienced Math/Science teacher and tutor (elementary - undergrad)

Cal Tech Rebecca R. Tutors California Institute of Technology Students in Pasadena, CA
$70 / hr
Washington, DC
(133)
15 miles Travel Radius
In-person + Online
Hi!

I love to teach because I love knowing more about how the world works, and transitioned from wet bench biochemical research to education so that my students could have a taste of what that exploration is like. For seven years, I've taught 6th-9th grade general science, biology, and chemistry. My time was split between both public and private schools in New York City and Washington, DC. Between being a TA in college and tutoring professionally, I also have over eight years of tutoring...
Reviews
Recent unit in Chemistry and Algebra II. Rebecca is very caring and a terrific tutor, and strong at communicating with the student and parents. I would very highly recommend her!
- Robert K. from Bethesda, MD
Rebecca has been tutoring my daughter with Algebra I. This class moves very quickly, and my daughter started falling behind quickly. Rebecca has been an awesome tutor and comes weekly to help keep my daughter on track. My daughter really enjoys her nurturing and kind approach, and can freely state when she does not understand a concept. Also, flexible with scheduling!
- Ellen C. from Washington, DC
Rebecca is a top notch tutor, she is very intuitive at picking out my sons weak spots that are holding him back in math. With her help I feel he is able to overcome his fear and succeed.
- Deborah W. from Washington, DC
Rebecca is outstanding. Not only is she knowledgeable in both chemistry and algebra, she is patient and methodical in her approach. She took the time to find out where the gaps were in my son's knowledge base and continues to work through and reinforce those concepts. My son seems to really connect with her and feels comfortable without being intimidated. I'm in ear shot the entire time since I'm in the kitchen and they're in the dining room. I'm amazed and grateful she's there to reinforce these skills. We should have started with her last year!
- Deborah S. from Arlington, VA
Rebecca was amazing with my 11-year old daughter. She has calmly and creatively gone through some of the basic theories/principles in pre-algebra (as well as in Chemistry) that my daughter was really struggling with and helped her understand them in a way that empowers her to tackle the next steps in each of these subjects. My daughter is at a very intense middle-school, and it is so magical to see her face brighten after a session with Rebecca, because she's armed with newfound knowledge, comprehension, understanding, and most importantly confidence. And she likes science again (we are still working on her feelings for math...baby steps). Rebecca offers all the ingredients you want in an ideal tutor and teacher....I tell her she has become our guardian angel, because I was honestly running out of options for how best to help my daughter and watching her struggle was torturous. I recommend Rebecca unequivocally, my only reservation being the more popular she becomes, the less time she'll have available for my kiddo.
- Isabella T. from Washington, DC
Rebecca can target in exactly what my daughter needs, not wasting a minute reviewing things my daughter already understands. She also asks me to send her a copy of the homework, the review sheets, or test prep sheets BEFORE she comes to tutor, so she can review the work herself and make sure she has a good understanding of what my daughter is getting and where she needs help. She is just amazing. She is also a calm and steady presence, and weaves in lots of pep talk in a subtle way, because she is aware that a lot of times my daughter understands the math, but she not feeling confident. I think working with Rebecca has not only brought her math grades up to an A, BUT it's really significantly improved my daughter's self esteem - which is enormous. The self esteem improvement has spread naturally to ALL OTHER CLASSES! and now she is getting better grades in everything, not just what Rebecca is tutoring her about. I am truly grateful to have found this tutor. She is also very flexible with her time. I highly recommend her (although she is very busy! i am hesitant to rave so much because she is often hard to schedule she is so good an in such high demand).
- Alice H. from Bethesda, MD
Rebecca has been a tremendous help to my daughter who was struggling with Algebra. She's much more confident and is doing really well. I highly recommend Rebecca!
- Paula B. from Arlington, VA
My daughter, who hardly ever likes anything or anyone, said after her last lesson "I really like her." She's like a Renaissance tutor, covering math, science and French.
- Roslyne S. from Silver Spring, MD
Rebecca is a great tutor, she is able to cover so much material with both of my kids. So far this year she has helped us with prealgebra, algebra 1, physics, biology, chemistry and General science. I love that my kids can ask her anything science or math related and she is able to dive in and explain it all.
- Ann H E. from Washington, DC
Watching Rebecca with my child, I learned that there is a difference between explaining how to do a particular problem and teaching how to figure something out. Rebecca did the latter, so my child has the ability to work more independently and confidently in the future. She really explained the underlying concepts rather than just helping him figure out the answer to a particular problem. We have had a really positive experience with her.
- Margaret F. from Arlington, VA
Rebecca has been helping my daughter with physics and chemistry. I knew we found the right person when my daughter, who had a cold and not feeling did a two hour session with Rebecca. As we were walking out the door, I told her I was impressed that she had lasted so long since I knew she didn't feel well and she replied, "Yeah, it was a long lesson. But so worth it." Rebecca helped my daughter improve her scores and give her a general sense of confident when approaching her tests. We will continue to use Rebecca in the fall once school starts again, without hesitation.
- Ann h E. from Washington, DC
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