Laura & Chieh's
English and Math Tutoring
Laura Rickhoff & Chieh Chieng
A husband and wife tutoring team!
I've been a full-time professional tutor since 2004. I first started tutoring at UCI's learning center, teaching calculus to small groups. I graduated from UCI with honors, majoring in biology and minoring in math. I then went on to enroll in UCI's teacher credentialing program, intending to become a math teacher. And while I loved math and I loved teaching students math, the 40 to 1 student to teacher ratio simply did not suit my style of teaching. My mentor teacher suggested I tutor, and I've been doing just that full-time ever since.
Over the years I've also been privileged to conduct CSET test-prep workshops for the Orange County Department of Education, briefly teach secondary math at Gorman Learning Center charter school, and collaborate with Teach for America. I absolutely love what I do. I love it so much, I convinced my husband to do it too!
I've been a full-time lecturer in the English Department at UC Irvine, specializing in writing, since 2005. In addition, I was a senior instructor at Elite Educational Institute, having taught there for 13 years before leaving to join Laura in our own tutoring program. At Elite, I taught reading and writing in both its SAT and ACT test prep programs and worked with students on college application essays.
I received my BA in American Literature from UCLA and my MFA in English (creative writing) from UCI. My master's thesis was published as a novel -- A Long Stay in a Distant Land -- by Bloomsbury USA and received positive reviews from the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times.