Richard Hoshino

Mathematics Tutor (Math)


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B.Math, University of Waterloo
B.Ed, Queen's University
MSc, Dalhousie University
PhD, Dalhousie University

Richard’s teaching is driven by his own Question: “In what ways can a student experience mathematics to develop the confidence, critical thinking, and communication skills so important in life?”

Prior to Quest, Richard was a post-doctoral fellow at the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo (2010-2012). He was also a mathematician for the Government of Canada (2006-2010), leading the math and data exploration section at the Canada Border Services Agency.

He has published over 25 research papers across numerous fields, including graph theory, biometric identification, and sports tournament scheduling. He has consulted for a billion-dollar professional baseball league and three Canadian TV game shows (Qubit, Splatalot, Spin-Off), and has presented at the world’s preeminent AI conference.

Richard is the author of The Math Olympian, a novel about an insecure teenager who dreams of representing her country at the International Mathematical Olympiad. Thanks to the support of innovative mentors, combined with her own perseverance, she discovers meaning, purpose and joy. Students in Richard’s mathematical problem-solving foundation course use the book to reflect on their own mathematical journeys, and explore how elegant problem-solving principles and techniques can be applied to address some of society’s toughest challenges.

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