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Ronald F.

Ron the Mathpoet Raises Scores, Builds Skills

Philadelphia, PA (19119)

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I am certified in Science K-12, Math, and Elementary Ed.

I raised my middle school science program from second-worst in the city to 58th percentile in one benchmark period.

As a Cantor and B'nai Mitzvah tutor, I earned the nickname "Tropmeister" by developing and implementing a training program of the same name.

Did you know that this tutor board thinks that it is a disservice to you, the client, to use bullet-pointing instead of paragraphs? When you are writing fiction, creative nonfiction, or PSSA responses, you will follow the rules (which I can teach you), but the key in clear communication is knowing when to bend or break the rules! If you are looking to learn high-effectiveness writing, I have you covered.

Oh - did I mention that I will improve your skills AND your scores?

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Ronald’s subjects

ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies, English, Grammar, Literature, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
ACT Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Science
Composition (Music), Ear Training, Music Theory, Sight Singing, Voice (Music)
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Aspergers, Autism, Phonics
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, Elementary (K-6th), English, Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GED, GRE, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Hebrew


This diagnosis is overcome by adapting Gardner's Multiple Intelligences (MI) theory to adapting learning to fit the student's strengths, rather than remediating weaknesses.


Asperger's is an unusual diagnosis on the autism spectrum. Frankly, most students with Asperger's have an area of interest at which they are exceptional. Those students, if new material is framed within an aperture of their passionate interest, can learn most subjects successfully. With proper support for the learning of social cues, Students with Asperger's can lead remarkably successful lives.

As a tutor with fifteen years' standing, I have encountered at least a dozen students on the autism spectrum, and many of these had Asperger's diagnoses. I have served these students with distinction, and am the "go-to" tutor at my synagogue for students with Asperger's.

Bible Studies

Bible Studies refer to any systematic engagement with the Jewish, Christian, and/or Muslim holy texts. These are mostly described as the Old Testament (or Hebrew Bible, Tana"kh in its Hebrew acronym), the New Testament, the Apocrypha, and the Quran, but may also include such texts as the Gnostic Gospels, which fall on the outskirts of mainstream Western theology. I am qualified, as a Jewish cantor, to assist a student in any study of comparative texts with their origins in the Tana"kh, but I cannot teach the theology (literally, study of God) of any religion outside of Judaism.

Composition (Music)

A composer (as distinct from a lyricist) or an arranger deals in the sequencing of pitch, rhythm, timbre, and envelope to create melody, and then adds considerations of temporal unison (harmony) and temporal relationship (counterpoint) to create a satisfactory musical theme. Issues of form and development create a composition, and genre renders the composition suitable for a desired classification. For example, composers from Mozart to Frank Zappa have written compositions around the four notes represented by the name of Johann Sebastian Bach, but Zappa's work appears in a jazz composition, while Mozart's is an academic fugue.

Commercial composition encompasses both a broader and a more specific range of materials. "World music" shows that you can incorporate any sound into a commercially viable music product. However, the commercial model always reflects on the standard AABA form of the three-minute pop song.

Elementary (K-6th)

K-6 teachers must be able to teach all basic elements of literature, math, science, and social sciences. Literature consists of reading and comprehension, writing composition, and writing mechanics. Comparative literature is not taught at this level. Math includes the four basic functions, place value beyond millions and beyond thousandths, principles and properties of shapes, equations with unknowns, and algebraic relationships. Science principles generally taught include the composition of matter, the comparison between waves and particles, cause-and-effect, and the scientific method. Social sciences include geography of the world, nation, and locale of the student, the movements of people throughout history and the causes for these movements, the concept of scarcity in history, and the manner in which nations are governed.

As a person certified in elementary K-6 in Pennsylvania, I hold the gold standard in this subject area.


There are two areas of interest to a person seeking Hebrew tutoring. As a spoken language, Hebrew is of medium to high interest among teenagers who are considering participating in the Birthright year abroad in Israel. To teach at this level, one should be conversationally fluent in the language, which I no longer am. The second area is training for B'nai Mitzvah, usually as a twelve-year-old, but undertaken by adults with increasing frequency.

In the Jewish world, I have a moniker, "Tropmeister!" Trop, a Yiddish word which (in Aramaic) predates the English "trope" by at least six hundred years, refers to the system of chanting parts of the Hebrew Bible. I earned my nickname by developing a kid-friendly, multi-sensorial method of learning cantillation. I am capable of translating most Biblical passages - sufficient to write sermons on the texts, as I did as a Jewish clergy. Put the two skills together, and you have a master tutor in this strand of the subject.

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Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

Travel policy

Ronald will travel within 15 miles of Philadelphia, PA 19119.

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