About Me

My name is Raymond Rickman and I have been teaching math for 22. I was born in Jamaica and attend high school there. I later migrated to the United States in the state of New York where I complete a bachelor’s degree in computer science with a minor in mathematics. I later moved to North Carolina where I started teaching grades six through to twelve. In the afternoon during those years I would teach in person at the local community colleges. I have garnered a lot of experience over the years in teaching mathematics in person and online. As a result of my experience my students have always done really well and in this course, I am expecting the same. Students who aren’t comfortable with the subject, please, have no fear, I will be able to break the information down in a way that is easier to understand. I am very accessible via email, text, or call for all students that may have any issue with the course or assignments for any logical reason. Please feel free to reach out to me and we will come up with a solution to ensure your success. I believe that all students can learn and it is the role of the teacher to facilitate their learning. First the teacher needs to assess each student to find their strengths and weaknesses, this can be done formally or informally. If done informally that assessment must be supported by previous data or some formal assessment in the near future. Then the teacher will help the student to identify their strengths and improve their weaknesses. Once the teacher finds where each student is then it is the teacher’s responsibility to create the situation where that student can be successful base on their ability. The success the student achieve will allow the teacher to move the goal higher for that student base on the progress they just experienced. A teacher who keeps repeating this process would have won his or her students. Once won that teacher can teach each student all they need to know because the student is now confident and successful which let them feel they can do whatever assignment the teacher set for them to do. Every time this process is repeated the student would have learnt a new concept which support my philosophy that all students can learn. The more concepts a student learn the more options are available for their teacher to move them to a higher level. Finally, the teacher needs to know that the incremental growth of each student will be different but they are to be celebrated just the same.

My tutoring style is deeply rooted in accessibility, adaptability, and fostering confidence. Drawing from over two decades of teaching experience in both in-person and online settings, I prioritize understanding each student's unique strengths and weaknesses. I believe in breaking down complex mathematical concepts into manageable parts, ensuring clarity and comprehension for all learners. Whether through personalized explanations, additional practice, or varied teaching methods, I aim to create a supportive environment where students feel empowered to tackle challenges and succeed. Continuous assessment and feedback loops allow me to tailor my approach dynamically, celebrating each student's incremental progress and guiding them towards achieving their academic goals with confidence.

One memorable success story from my tutoring experience involves a high school student who initially struggled with algebra. Over the course of several months of dedicated sessions, we focused on building a strong foundation in fundamental concepts. Through personalized lessons and regular practice, the student not only mastered algebra but also gained confidence in tackling more advanced topics. By the end of the school year, they had not only improved their grades significantly but also developed a newfound enthusiasm for mathematics. This success not only impacted their academic performance but also their overall approach to learning, setting them up for continued success in future math courses.

Outside of tutoring, I enjoy staying active and exploring the outdoors. Hiking and gardening are two of my favorite activities, allowing me to unwind and appreciate nature's beauty. I also have a passion for cooking and experimenting with new recipes, which helps me relax and recharge after a day of teaching. Reading is another hobby I cherish, especially delving into historical fiction and biographies, as it broadens my perspective and provides insights that often inspire my teaching approach. Overall, balancing these hobbies enriches my life and brings a sense of fulfillment beyond the classroom.

Math:

- Elementary Math
- Middle School Math
- Common Core Math
- Pre-Algebra
- Algebra I
- Algebra II
- Honors Algebra
- Geometry
- Trigonometry
- Pre-Calculus
- IB Mathematics SL
- Competition Math
- College Algebra
- College Trigonometry

**Science:**

- Elementary Science
- Middle School Science
- General Science
- Biology
- Chemistry
- Earth Science
- Environmental Science
- College Biology
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Geology
- Physical Science
- Life Science

**Social Studies:**

- History
- US History
- World History
- Geography
- Sociology
- Elementary Social Studies
- Middle School Social Studies

Tutoring subjects:

Math

Science

History

Algebra

Biology