Jonathan C.

Denver, CO


Math and Science Tutor with Master's of Science in Engineering

100+ Hours
Background check passed as of 4/15/16
4.8 average from 85 ratings
knowledgeable and patient tutor
— Brian, Denver, CO on 4/12/17


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• Colorado School of Mines
Engineering Physics
• Colorado School of Mines


• Colorado School of Mines (Engineering Physics)

• Colorado School of Mines (Master's)

About Jonathan

Hi! My name is Jonathan C.

I am a Denver, CO area math and science tutor who has a Bachelors of Science in Engineering Physics and a thesis based Masters of Science in Engineering, both from the Colorado School of Mines. I am well-qualified to teach all high school level math and science courses and many at the college level.

I am also a standardized test tutor for the ACT and SAT. I previously was the Denver, CO instructor for a nationwide test preparation company for the SAT and GRE exams. As with any difficult endeavor, my skill level increased through the course of my tenure with the Company and I received some fine compliments from students in increasing their confidence and competence in taking the exam.

Two of my greatest passions in life are wed in tutoring: my love for math and science, and the great joy that comes from helping others understand difficult material. I have a great example of helping a student learn a whole new way of thinking.

Whether you or your child is in middle school, high school or college I want to help. I do not teach the rote memorization of methods: I shoot for student understanding of the material. By hook or by crook, I work for student comprehension and increased performance. I gauge the effectiveness of my work by the increased student comprehension and mastery of the material. This is then demonstrated by my students' improved marks in their classes or courses.

I invite you to contact me and we can talk about how I can help you or your child.
Hi! My name is Jonathan C.

I am a Denver, CO area math and science tutor who has a Bachelors of Science in Engineering Physics and a thesis based Masters of Science in Engineering, both from the Colorado School of Mines. I am well-qualified to teach all high school level math and science courses and many at the college level.
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Travels within 24 miles of Denver, CO 80214
Background Check: Passed

"knowledgeable and patient tutor"

- Brian, Denver, CO on 4/12/17


- Tamara, Colorado Springs, CO on 6/29/16

"Math 2 SAT review with Jonathan C."

- Lori, Littleton, CO on 6/9/16

"Great Session / HS Trig & Vectors"

- Daniel, Evergreen, CO on 4/17/16

"Wonderful tutor"

- Elaine, Houston, TX on 4/14/16

"Chemistry & trig lesson"

- Wendy, Denver, CO on 3/24/16

"Great tutor"

- Mark, Littleton, CO on 3/8/16

"Great teacher for Honors Chemistry."

- Nina, Golden, CO on 12/13/15

"Excellent tutor"

- Patty, Littleton, CO on 12/19/12

"Great tutor"

- Tammam, Denver, CO on 11/6/12
ACT Science,
Civil Engineering,
Physical Science, Physics
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
Bible Studies,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading,
ACT Science,
SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Tax Preparation,

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.

ACT English

Having taught SAT English through the use of English grammar, I am able to bring good test taking techniques to bear on the topic.

ACT Math

I not only bring a solid knowledge base to this subject, but I also bring standardized test taking strategies to bear in the instruction of my students. Above all I am personally invested in seeing them achieve their academic goals so that they may achieve their longer term life goals.

ACT Reading

Having been a test prep instructor for a national company, I gained an inside track on effective pedagogy in teaching this subject. Through the use of the concept of the passage's main idea, one can grasp the core of the passage and accurately answer many questions.

ACT Science

Science is a subject that I remember loving as an elementary school kid. The arc of my life has continued the love of this subject through formal education, professional development, and also personal interest. Since I was also the Denver area instructor of a national standardized test preparation company, I will also bring to bear test-taking strategies.

Algebra 1

Algebra 1: the student's first introduction to higher math. I remember being a freshman in high school and seeing the beauty in math and its application to science. This is a person's foundation to a STEM career. As with any structure if the foundation is corrupt it will negatively impact everything else.

Algebra 2

I was introduced to Algebra in high school and have built on this foundation in my pursuit of higher math and its application in the sciences and engineering.


I am a standardized test instructor and tutor with skill in teaching all ASVAB topics and test taking strategies.

Bible Studies

I have read and studied the Bible consistently over the past 12 years. I also was a youth group leader for a year from 2007-2008. I have preached at two nursing homes over the course of the past year.


I have formally studied Calculus and more advanced math subjects for physics and engineering purposes. I enjoy the topic and love teaching it.


I took my first chemistry class as a sophomore in high school. I loved that general chemistry class! It was my first introduction to quantitative reasoning in the sciences. It was a revelation to me that one could use simple arithmetic ratios to make predictions about the quantity of products from chemical reactions. Before choosing physics as my undergraduate major, I had considered chemistry. The class that caused me to go with Physics was Organic Chemistry I. I got a B in the course, but found out that I didn't have a natural knack to "see" the reactions and what the products would be.

Civil Engineering

I graduated with a Master's of Science degree with a specialty in Civil Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in spring of 2012. I also successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam for Civils.

Differential Equations

I have taken two math classes specific to differential equations: Ordinary Differential Equations and Partial Differential Equations. I have also taken one undergraduate level and one graduate level Engineering Math courses that touched on Differential Equations.

Through my physics and engineering coursework I have used these mathematical techniques to analyze differential equations. These include topics as diverse as thermal physics, mechanics of materials, electromagnetism and quantum mechanics.

I have also taken two graduate level courses that deal with numerical techniques applied to Differential Equations: the Finite Element Method and a Numerical Methods course that presented numerous algorithms implemented in FORTRAN to solve commonly encountered engineering problems.


I used FORTRAN 95 extensively during my thesis work. My advisor's geotechnical excavation program was written in this. I modified this preexisting program for the purposes of my research.


I studied high school geometry and enjoyed this subject's introduction to proofs and the logical structure of math. Geometry's results are also critical to other technical fields that involve space in their calculations. I have a good handle on geometry logical structure, results, and applications and would love to help you or your child understand these.


I was the Denver, CO GRE instructor for a nationwide test preparation company for two years. I am competent to teach both general multiple choice test-taking techniques and the specific subject content on the GRE. I also take a holistic view of the test and how it fits into the larger picture of the life-goals of the student.

Linear Algebra

I have taken an undergraduate linear algebra course. Upon this foundation I have added much physical application: eigenvalue problems in mechanical stability problems, multi-modal vibratory theory, the use of linear algebra constructs in the Finite Element Method, the construction of stiffness matrices in non-isotropic materials, and the application of linear algebra to describe the mechanical behavior of the very small in quantum mechanics.


Through the course of my graduate studies, I coded over 5000 lines in MATLAB. The bulk of this programming was in the context of two graduate level courses: Soil Dynamics and Advanced Engineering Analysis, where I coded mathematical frameworks and homework, respectively. I also wrote a simple 1-Dimensional Discrete Element Method (DEM) code in MATLAB for a graduate level DEM class. Finally, I wrote scripts to generate input data for the Finite Element Method program at the center of my thesis work in MATLAB.


My undergraduate degree was physics. I pursued physics for two reasons:

1. I found it interesting and challenging, and
2. I have a desire to understand how things work from a basic level.

I still have a love for physics and this enthusiasm spills over when helping somebody with understanding it.


I have experience in tutoring more advanced topics in math, but a good grasp of the preliminaries is essential for later success.


I have a solid understanding of the subject matter, particularly in Algebra and Trigonometry.


Since my junior year of undergraduate studies, I have been fascinated by random processes. My first real introduction to physical applications of probability theory came in this year when I learned how to apply different probabilistic models to describe how air moves in the atmosphere (i.e. Boltzmann statistics in Statistical Thermodynamics). I have since applied probabilistic models to describe earth movement for foundations in Master's research. I want to share my enthusiasm with you or your child.


Reading is a foundational skill necessary to success in any skilled endeavor. As such, I am keenly interested in helping my students improve their comprehension of texts. I tutor in understanding sentences, paragraphs and larger pieces of writing. My primary focus is technical and informational texts, but I also can tutor in a more literary direction.

SAT Math

I am an experienced test preparation teacher since I spent two years as the Denver, CO instructor for a national test preparation company. My technical background has provided me with solid knowledge base to teach SAT Math. I also bring an enthusiastic love for teaching and the subject matter to my tutoring.

SAT Reading

I was an SAT test prep instructor for a nationwide test prep company. Reading is an essential skill for advancement in academic and professional endeavors. I am well-qualified to teach this skill effectively.


Implemented in code form quite a few probabilistic and statistical concepts in my thesis work. This included the modification of an existing code of an implementation of the Random Finite Element Method.

Tax Preparation

I worked for H&R Block as a first year tax preparer for the Spring 2010 (Tax Year 2009) season. I passed the required H&R Block multi-week tax course and was hired on.

I was quite successful in this position in that I was well-liked by my colleagues and had a 100% customer satisfaction marks.

I went to graduate school in Fall 2010 and graduated in May 2012. Due to the exigencies of school and family life, I was not able to work the last two tax seasons.


Trigonometry is the precise definition of ratios that exist between sides of a right triangle and the algebraic consequences of these ratios. A good understanding of this topic is critical to establishing a good foundation for further study in high math and the quantitative sciences. I can help you or your child ensure this foundation is on a good footing.

• Colorado School of Mines
Engineering Physics
• Colorado School of Mines


• Colorado School of Mines (Engineering Physics)

• Colorado School of Mines (Master's)

knowledgeable and patient tutor

Jonathan prepared Emily for a quiz in chemistry. He made it understandable and accessible. She had great confidence going into her quiz. We are really looking forward to the possibility of her being able to take charge of her learning and bring her grade up. Thank you!

— Brian, Denver, CO on 4/12/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Jonathan will travel within 24 miles of Denver, CO 80214.