Rafael Prieto

Academic Tutor

I was fortunate to find a large network of professors and counselors who supported me in my academics when I began attending community college. This supportive network of teachers sparked my interest in math and physics and showed me the importance of mentors in influencing one’s education. They inspired me to pursue teaching myself.

Eventually, I transferred to UC Berkeley, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in nuclear engineering.

When my community college physics professor noticed me helping other students during crowded office hours, he recommended me for a tutoring position. It was difficult tutoring physics in a community college in Fresno, as many students came from low income families, and many had developed an “I can’t” mentality that made it that much more difficult to achieve success in their academics. I had believed myself that math and science were simply not for me, and I used my own experiences to connect with my students and help realize their own abilities and potential. I noticed that many tutors would sit down with students, go through their homework with them, and mindlessly spout encouraging statements. While this may work for some students, I believe that forming a genuine personal connection can be much more effective than repeating “You got this.” 

I use the skills I learned tutoring physics in the community college environment to inform my work teaching mathematics and physics with AJ Tutoring. With each of my students, I work to break down concepts and endeavor to teach from multiple perspectives. In doing so, I’m able to help find the explanations and approaches that work for each of my students. I believe it’s important for students to understand not only the formulas required for their class, but also why concepts operate as they do, and I work with my students to develop this deeper understanding. My students are then able to apply their knowledge to a varied set of problems. I am also a big advocate for self-learning and teaching others how to teach themselves, so I am always seeking to give my students the tools they need to help themselves..

My hobbies include learning music production, running, and cooking. Finally, I am a big architecture nerd and a fluent Spanish speaker.

Subjects Tutored:

Academic Trigonometry
Academic Pre-Calculus
Academic Calculus
Academic Physics
Academic Computer Science
Academic Spanish
Academic Spanish 1
Academic Spanish 2
Academic Spanish 3
Academic Spanish 4
AP Physics 1
AP Physics 2
AP Physics C
AP Computer Science A
AP Computer Science Principles
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Spanish Language




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