I've been teaching and tutoring since I was a sophomore in high school, and I've loved every moment of it. I was also fortunate enough to be a teaching assistant (TA) and group tutor during my years at Brown University. I was mostly responsible for TAing the introductory neuroscience and introductory biology courses at Brown, although I did tutor other subjects as well, like organic chemistry. Because I started graduate school in a new environment at Emory University, I've asked former students and instructors to write testimonials on my teaching, tutoring, and writing abilities. These are real testimonials from real people, although some have chosen to remain anonymous. I have ascribed their names to their reviews just as they appeared when these students completed the form.
Acronyms NEUR0010 or Neuro 1: the introductory neuroscience course at Brown BIOL0200: the introductory biology course at Brown “orgo”: organic chemistry TA: teaching assistant
"I understood chemistry a lot better after my tutoring sessions with Ronnie. My grade went from a 62 to an 82 within two weeks of having him as my tutor. I recommend him to anyone struggling in any science course!" -Taya R.
"Ronnie has been extremely helpful with both math and science. Explanations are concise and useful. Diligent about contacting me and being on time. Polite and helpful. I have no complaints!" -Sydney Nesom
"Ronnie produces unfailingly intelligent, extremely hard working, and carefully crafted writing that frequently made his papers the very best in my courses. Ronnie's superb initiative and unfailing sense of responsibility are also demonstrated in his writing and in his outstanding interpersonal skills, where he is a true leader who is sensitive to all people and all perspectives." -Full testimonial by Dr. Jonathan Readey, Senior Lecturer in English at Brown University.
"Ronnie is PHENOMENAL! Best TA that I ever had. He was the reason why I understood introductory Biology. He had put in so much time and effort in teaching us the material. He would always hold four hour long review session multiple times a week--everyday before exams and finals. He truly cares for his students because he makes an effort to get to know each and every one of us. He even sets aside extra time if we can't make it to the review sessions. Very dependent and always easy to reach by email or text. He not only focuses on the academic growth of students, he makes sure that students focus on their personal and characteristic growth. He's an amazing tutor that reminded me to focus on my learning both academically and characteristically rather than my marks. Ronnie truly is a rare spirit, and I can't say how much I wish he'd tutor all my science classes for me.” -Anonymous
"Ronnie is exceptional. As a student, I appreciated his ability to explain concepts clearly, and I was especially grateful that my endless stream of questions was welcomed and thoroughly addressed. Ronnie made me feel comfortable asking the questions I feared were obvious to everyone else, and he provided answers in a way that would eliminate confusion. Through him, I was able to re-learn not only the content of Bio 200, but also to take tests efficiently and to prepare for them properly. Ronnie is also the type of person who always does more. Every review session, he would pass around an enormous bag of candy that he had bought himself, and before tests, he always brought me my favorite chocolate bar “for good luck, but you don’t need it,” he would say. Outside of review sessions, Ronnie also freed his schedule in order to tutor students individually, and to answer questions that we had while studying on our own. He also opened his home one night during reading period when I was studying with some friends, so that he could answer any questions that arose while we were reviewing. As I got to know Ronnie more, I began to recognize his capability, generosity, affability, and dedication, and I’ve realized just how lucky I am to have had Ronnie as an instructor and a friend." -Renny
“Best TA I had over my four years at Brown! He was very engaging even with the denser material of the course.” -Anonymous
"I first met Ronnie when my mother hired him as my Chemistry tutor; he quickly became one of the best teachers I have ever had. When college came around, I asked him to be my essay mentor and he would pull ideas out of me and make sure I showed colleges exactly who I was. Although Ronnie was my tutor, he was always available for general life questions and would make his students his priority. I've never had a tutor who put so much of them into my success and I am extremely grateful for his help and recommend him with confidence." -Pooja Nahar, Brown University '20
"Ronnie displayed a large range of knowledge on a variety of ideas I talked about through my essays, whether it was about the myth of the model minority, activities such as debate and volunteer work, or even scientific ideas such as algae farms solving oil spills. Ronnie is easily approachable, responding to all my texts and emails within an hour. Because of my carelessness, I forgot some deadlines and some essays, which were due in a day or two, but Ronnie helped me figure out ideas and edit them as soon as I told him to, even all the way up to 2 AM in the morning. Ronnie is able to concisely get to the point and illuminate exactly (sometimes even better than I can) what I wanted to say in my essays using his amazing grammar skills and knowledge over each subject. Ronnie not only acts as a College Essay Tutor for me, but also acts as a friend, who is caring and respectful for others, as I am able to discuss anything with him. Ronnie does not do his job for the money, but rather does it to help out others and bring them happiness. Ronnie’s help on my essays has allowed me to get into top institutions such as UGA Honors, Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, and hopefully many others, and I’ll forever be thankful for his help." -Eshaan Kalra, University of Georgia Honors '22
"Getting into my dream college would’ve never been possible without the support and guidance provided by Ronnie. He helped me edit and perfect the essay that got me into my dream at American University in Washington D.C. Because I applied as a test-optional student I knew that my application would be heavily based on my grades, extracurriculars, and essays. I believe he was an essential factor in helping me get admitted to American University. Without Ronnie, I would’ve never been able to turn in such great essays to the numerous schools I applied to. He was quick with his edits and feedback which helped me finish my applications earlier than expected. I owe Ronnie much of my success as a future college student." -Ana Pereyra, American University '22
“I had Ronnie as a TA for the introductory neuroscience course at Brown, during my very first semester at college. He really helped me feel confident in college courses, and succeed in Intro Neuro and many other courses. He had incredible creativity, creating mnemonic devices galore for us, including a song! He knew everyone's name, and remembered- to this day, he still greets me when he sees me around campus, and it's incredible to know that someone cares that much. During the course, he applauded my successes as well, personally emailing me to congratulate me when I did well on the final. He’s a wonderful and encouraging teacher and mentor!” -Anonymous
“Ronnie has the rare and incredibly helpful ability to turn complicated material into something that's easy to remember and understand. He has helped not only me, but a lot of other students l, study material from a range of subjects including neuroscience, biology, and chemistry. His help was very much appreciated, as I was able to change my studying habits and bump my grade up drastically. His willingness to devote his time and energy to help others is astounding.” -Eugy
“Ronnie is an amazing TA! I would not have made it through NEUR0010 without him. Ronnie broke every topic down until the whole section could understand it, he is well organized, and more than willing to meet outside of office hours and class time. He has a passion for the subject and it shows in how he teaches the material. He was able to present the material in several different ways to accommodate different learning styles. He also brought candy to every section which helped me leave my dorm at 9:00pm every week for section. Ronnie is a wonderful TA and an even better person, I highly recommend his abilities!” -Aubryn Samaroo
“Ronnie is one of the reasons I decided to study neuroscience. He was my Neuro 1 TA and I am very grateful for the incredible time and effort he put in to assisting our learning.” -Anonymous
“Ronnie is the best TA I've had so far. He's is extremely attentive, clear and concise. I left each one of his sessions with a much better understanding of the topic at hand, and my grades got noticeably better after I began attending. Aside from his teaching abilities, Ronnie is super sweet and funny, and being in his presence is always a pleasure!” -Chrissy Antoine
“Ronnie was by far one of the best tutors I've ever encountered. His dedication to helping others is incomparable. His way of teaching made it so that complex subjects became simple. Ronnie made himself readily available to us and incredibly facilitated the learning experience. He is absolutely passionate about teaching and learning. He is marvelous, you will not find another Ronnie!” -Ayleen F.
“Ronnie was my Intro to Neuro TA. He consistently went above and beyond his duties as a TA, holding extra office hours, providing plenty of support, and even creating his own supplementary material that any student in the course could access. Ronnie was one of the best TAs I had as an undergrad.” -Steven
“Ronnie was the best and most effective TA I interacted with in my first year at Brown University. I had a week before one of my biology midterms, and I was having a difficult time understanding the lectures. After going to one of Ronnie's review sessions, I left feeling absolutely confident in the material covered in lecture. Ronnie has such a great way of explaining material in a way that makes it easy for a student with minimal background to fully grasp the concepts. Outside of his review sessions, he was always available to answer any of our questions. After attending multiple of his review sessions, it was clear that Ronnie had a passion for teaching and that he had a deep and clear understanding of the material. His last few review sessions were packed after word got around about how amazing Ronnie was at explaining the material. I am so sad to see him leave, but at the same time, I am happy he is moving on to bigger and better things. Ronnie would be a phenomenal TA and an invaluable resource to students at Emory University.” -Anonymous
“Ronnie was my BIO200 TA, and my experience as his student was exceptional. Ronnie helped me to understand the concepts while helping me make connections between topics. By the end of the semester, students were packed into his review sessions; word had gotten around that Ronnie was capable of making the most difficult topics digestible. Ronnie made a point of remembering everyone's names and forming personal relationships with his students. I felt comfortable asking him all of my questions, and his answers always provided clarity. Ronnie is by far the most dedicated TA I have ever had. He went beyond his requirements, and was wholeheartedly committed to his students. After we received our final grades, he wrote to us, "No matter what your grade is, I want you to remember what I said during the goodbye: life is much, much bigger than this class, and living up to your potential is completely worth it." Ronnie's commitment has lifted me to become a better student, and I will carry his advice with me, even years from now when BIO200 becomes a speck in the past.” -Jacqueline Maldonado
“Ronnie is by far the most qualified Biology tutor I have ever encountered. Progressing through intro Bio at Brown University came as a struggle for me because learning from a teacher and his powerpoints amongst 200+ students just never cut it for me. After discovering Ronnie as a tutor prior to the final exam everything seemed to have came together. He was thorough, with neat handwriting and bullet points, funny, and ultimately extremely engaging. I can say after just 5 group sessions with Ronnie that he is truly a friend of mine - and I can't say that about my intro Bio teacher who I spent all semester with. He's an amazing person and truly deserves the world. Go Ronnie!" -Ryan Chace
“Ronnie was an excellent tutor! It was very clear that he knew the material very well, but aside from his obvious intelligence and preparedness, he was extremely patient and kind. He was able to thoroughly break down a topic for me to understand and made sure that I had full comprehension. Furthermore, it was clear that he enjoyed teaching making it more enjoyable for me too. I highly recommend contacting Ronnie to be a tutor.” -Sarah K.
“Ronnie tutored me in Neuro, and he was the most amazing tutor I've ever had! His ability to deliver information in an understandable and concise way is astounding, and he definitely helped clear up concepts that were sped over in class. He puts a lot of thought before each lesson, selecting concepts that are bound to be tested on, and organizing these concepts in structured outlines that really makes for easy memorization and efficient thought processing. Ronnie also went out of his way to make his own practice questions and come up with metaphors that made the content easy and exciting to learn. He has a charming personality that really shines through. Definitely couldn't have survived Neuro without him!” -Linh
“Ronnie is a very patient organic chemistry tutor. He provided many supplementary practice problems as they lined up with the curriculum. Besides from being a great tutor, he is also a great mentor and friend. He gave me much-needed guidance and advice as I considered my career path, and was always there to support me.” -Kayla F.
"super kind, patient, and straight up great information. WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND AS A FABULOUS TUTOR . I went to two of his TA sessions for Neur0010 in the end of the semester in addition to my own TAs since I heard that Ronnie was just THAT good as a freshman, and as a sophomore Ronnie also helped me with Organic Chemistry, giving me even one-on-one sessions and small group tutoring. He is such a nice person as well as a great and effective tutor with explaining and prioritizing concepts." -Vicky
“Just a wonderful and thoughtful tutor! Really took the time to explain everything to me in the way I could truly understand it and worked at my own pace. Definitely very knowledgeable in orgo and gave me very helpful tricks while studying. Also, great personality and helped me conquer my test anxiety. Highly highly recommend!!” -Julia
"Ronnie is hands down the best TA I have ever had. He is simply incredible. He is so incredibly smart but more importantly than that he is kind and generous with his knowledge. I have never ever worked with someone who cared so much about other people doing well in classes. He has an incredible way of explaining difficult concepts. Any institution is lucky to have him and I could not recommend anyone higher than Ronnie." -Akaela Michels-Gualtieri
"By far, one of the best TAs I have ever met. Every session I went to was very informative and he was really good at clearing up any confusion with concepts. On top of that, he was also available to answer any questions, and was a big help when I was studying for the final. I am very grateful that he was a TA for the class!" -Anonymous
"The best TA I have had at Brown thus far. He would go above and beyond to help students understand the material. Rather than simply feeding us information, he truly cared whether students understood and felt comfortable with the material. Words cannot express how grateful I am that he was my TA and always available to answer questions and explain difficult concepts." -Anonymous
"Ronnie singlehandedly helped me and several of my friends pass the final. He is the most kindhearted, generous, and helpful TA I have ever met. I would recommend him to any and all of my friends. I am so sad that he is leaving, but I wish him the best for his future at Emory." -Anonymous
"Ronnie is by far the most dedicated TA I have encountered and will probably ever encounter. He spent so much time leading review sessions for midterms and the final exam, and he really helped me understand the material. He was very receptive to questions and always ready to help, on or off duty. He is so kind and intelligent, and the students this year were so lucky to have him. He is phenomenal!" -Charlotte
"I can't describe how much I am thankful for all the help being offered by Ronnie! He is such a dedicated person and devoted so much time before each exam to hold review sessions! He really helped me a lot with grabbing the complex content in class!" -Anonymous
"Ronnie was such a great help! He was willing to put in 4 hours a day to lead study sessions for anyone that came, as well as one on one tutoring. He explained concepts thoroughly and sometimes even better than my professor. If it was not for him I'm not sure how well I would have done on the final for my biology course. I recommend Ronnie to anyone needing tutoring!! He was the best TA I ever had." -Anonymous