Andrey Rikhter

Academic Tutor

When I was going to school, I often found myself asking my father for help. Although he had finished school long ago, he seemed to know how to solve every problem I threw at him. I wanted to develop similar problem-solving skills, so I went into a similar field: physics. 

I completed my bachelor’s degree at UC Berkeley, and my passion for the subject led me to earn a doctorate degree from UC San Diego. Before my graduation, I worked as a teaching assistant, helping students in college-level physics courses. For over five years, I supported students by holding office hours and discussion sections tailored to the material discussed in the textbooks and lecture notes. I also set up and taught an introductory physics course to familiarize students with college-level physics and to prepare them for the complex mathematics they would face in higher-level courses. I enjoyed working with students to connect previous coursework to new material and to form a comprehensive picture of the material presented in the class.

Although I enjoyed teaching larger courses, I always found it more enjoyable and rewarding to work with students in a one-on-one environment, as I can tailor my teaching skills and experiences to each student’s individual needs. In addition, I believe that connecting with students on a personal level is integral to developing a passion for the subject and for academic excellence in general. I love helping students understand how the material they cover in their current classes applies to the real world and how it is used in current cutting-edge research.

Aside from reading older physics textbooks in my free time, I enjoy fixing early 2000s cars and bothering people with my attempts at singing and piano playing in my spare time.

Subjects Tutored

Academic Calculus
Academic Physics
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Physics 1

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