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Jonathan S.

Seattle, WA

$55/hr

High School and University Math and Test Prep Tutor

Background check passed as of 7/31/13
Usually responds in about 3 days

High School and University Math and Test Prep Tutor

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I am a PhD student in the math department at the University of Washington. My knowledge of grade school, high school, and university level mathematics is deep, and it's my pleasure to help other students to understand and get excited about mathematics at any level.

I am calm, patient, and personable. Perhaps my greatest strength as a math tutor is that I understand that students are often taught math in school without being presented the intuition behind the formal mathematical symbols and formulas; therefore, I stress the intuition behind mathematics. Not only does this help students understand math better and improve their capacity for creative problem solving, but it also increases their enjoyment for the subject.

In addition to my success as a tutor, I have also enjoyed a lot of personal success in math. Most notably, I was awarded a prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, a competitive annual award that goes to about 300 of the nation's brightest and most promising undergraduate students in math and science. I also have a strong track record in mathematics competitions at the high school and university level. In fact, I consider this another great asset of mine as a tutor: the "tips and tricks" that I have learned through math competitions will prove useful for any high school or university math student.

Testimonials

"Awesome, as Always!"

- Carmen, Bellevue, WA on 4/4/13
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations,
Discrete Math,
Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Logic,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
Reading
Science:
Physics
Computer:
HTML, SQL
Elementary Education:
Reading
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, Statistics
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, GRE, PSAT, SAT Math
Corporate Training:
HTML, SQL, Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Differential Equations

As an undergraduate major in mathematics, I took a course in Differential Equations, receiving an A. The next year, I was chosen by a Differential Equations professor to grade his students' papers. A year after that, I took a course in Theoretical Physics, which was basically a course in nonlinear partial differential equations.

Discrete Math

I majored in math in college and am currently a graduate student. I have taken a number of courses in discrete math, including courses in Logic, Combinatorics, Probability, and Set Theory. I can help you or your student in any of these math subject areas.

Linear Algebra

I have several years of experience in linear algebra. I have taken an undergraduate course, a graduate level course, courses in ring/field/module theory (which heavily use linear algebra), courses in algebraic number theory (again, uses linear algebra), and more. On top of all that, I'm currently writing a master's thesis in an area of discrete geometry that relies heavily on linear algebra machinery.

Bottom line: I'm very comfortable in linear algebra, and I can provide a lot of help in this area.

Logic

In addition to being an aspiring mathematician (which is itself a constant exercise in logic), I have formally taken a few logic courses. I have taken a general introduction to logic, having learned about truth tables and, more generally, classical Boolean logic. Subsequently, I took a course in more obscure logics, including modal logic and temporal logic. On a closely related note, I have taken courses in set theory, Godel's incompleteness theorems, Turing machines/finite automata, and more.

Washington University in St. Louis
Mathematics
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Master's

Education

Washington University in St. Louis (Mathematics)

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Master's)

Awesome, as Always! — Thanks again Jon for another great session. You are so incredibly proficient with every area of AP Calculus and have a great way of guiding the student to promote learning. Thanks so much! ...

— Carmen, Bellevue, WA on 4/4/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $55.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

$45/hour for lessons lasting at least 2 hours

Travel policy

Jonathan will travel within 5 miles of Seattle, WA 98102.


About Jonathan

I am a PhD student in the math department at the University of Washington. My knowledge of grade school, high school, and university level mathematics is deep, and it's my pleasure to help other students to understand and get excited about mathematics at any level.

I am calm, patient, and personable. Perhaps my greatest strength as a math tutor is that I understand that students are often taught math in school without being presented the intuition behind the formal mathematical symbols and formulas; therefore, I stress the intuition behind mathematics. Not only does this help students understand math better and improve their capacity for creative problem solving, but it also increases their enjoyment for the subject.

In addition to my success as a tutor, I have also enjoyed a lot of personal success in math. Most notably, I was awarded a prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, a competitive annual award that goes to about 300 of the nation's brightest and most promising undergraduate students in math and science. I also have a strong track record in mathematics competitions at the high school and university level. In fact, I consider this another great asset of mine as a tutor: the "tips and tricks" that I have learned through math competitions will prove useful for any high school or university math student.

Testimonials

"Awesome, as Always!"

- Carmen, Bellevue, WA on 4/4/13
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Education

Washington University in St. Louis
Mathematics
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Master's

Education

Washington University in St. Louis (Mathematics)

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
12 hours notice required

$45/hour for lessons lasting at least 2 hours

Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Seattle, WA 98102

Jonathan’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations,
Discrete Math,
Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Logic,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
Reading
Science:
Physics
Computer:
HTML, SQL
Elementary Education:
Reading
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, Statistics
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, GRE, PSAT, SAT Math
Corporate Training:
HTML, SQL, Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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