Raising Grades, Scores, and Confidence in ACT/SAT, Math, and Science
Raising Grades, Scores, and Confidence in ACT/SAT, Math, and Science
My ACT/SAT students have earned over $1,500,000 in scholarships and they consistently score 26-36 (ACT), 1200+ (SAT) & improve 2 letter grades in class. My 2016-2017 students earned ACT scores from 24 to 34 (these students earned a 34, 33, 33, 33, 30, 29, 29, 28, 27, 26, 26, 26, and 24 respectively; a range of 74th to 99th percentile) and SAT scores of 1150, 1290, 1400, 1580, and 1580. While I always recommend at least 10 lessons, I've had dozens of students make huge gains (3 to 6 ACT points...
My ACT/SAT students have earned over $1,500,000 in scholarships and they consistently score 26-36 (ACT), 1200+ (SAT) & improve 2 letter grades in class. My 2016-2017 students earned ACT scores from 24 to 34 (these students earned a 34, 33, 33, 33, 30, 29, 29, 28, 27, 26, 26, 26, and 24 respectively; a range of 74th to 99th percentile) and SAT scores of 1150, 1290, 1400, 1580, and 1580. While I always recommend at least 10 lessons, I've had dozens of students make huge gains (3 to 6 ACT points and 100+ SAT points) in 1 to 3 tutoring sessions. My composite ACT score this year is a 35.
Nearly every one of my students earn A's in their Science (Chemistry, Physics, Biology) and Math (Algebra, Geometry, Trig, Calculus) courses or improves by 1-3 letter grades mid-semester. I also offer help with graduate exams including the GRE and PCAT (my scores are in the 94-99th percentile).
My tutoring method works by helping students learn content, concepts, problem-solving, and test-taking skills while developing the confidence they need to succeed (confidence is surprisingly important!). I listen carefully to my students and develop strategies that work well for them as individuals. Each student is unique and every session is personalized depending on which area they need help on. My teaching approach is patient, leaving time for learning to unfold. I often use what is called the Socratic Method of teaching, guiding students to the correct answer with a series of questions instead of simply giving them the answer. This method has been extensively researched by learning scientists, many of whom believe it is the best way for students to learn. It leads to higher retention of material and better understanding of concepts. When time is of the essence, I teach students more rapidly by showing how to do the problem or what they did incorrectly, then have them show their understanding by completing another example problem.
I have several reviews from parents and students available in the Testimonials section.
I'm a lifelong learner and love to help others not only understand the material they are learning, but enjoy learning about it and applying it to the real world. I have two Bachelor of Science degrees: one in Biochemistry and a second in Psychology from Metropolitan State University of Denver. I was a Teaching Assistant & Supplemental Instructor for a total of 6 semesters in subjects including Chemistry, Math, and Psychology. I was also a Research Assistant for my Biochemistry and Neuroscience professors. In my time doing research, I had the good fortune to work with a biochemist at my university to help develop a novel toxin sensor and have our work published in a scientific journal. Despite my science background, I still love math just as much (just don't tell my professors). I feel extremely lucky to be able to teach these amazing subjects to my students, have a positive impact in their lives, and share what makes me enjoy them so much.
Thank you for your time and good luck on your journey to success!
Jonathan is smart, professional, patient and very thorough. My Chaparral HS junior earned a 31 on her ACT the first time she took it! He is once again supporting us as she prepares for SAT. As a teacher myself, I highly recommend Jonathan!Sarilyn, 5 lessons with Jonathan
Jonathan is a good listener and teacher. He not only addressed SAT questions but strategies for completing the test based on the individual students needs. In addition he was able to share personal experiences transitioning from Hight school to finding the right college.Marie, 1 lesson with Jonathan
Highly Recommend Jon
Jon helped my son pull up his ACT score from a 28 to a 30. Even before we committed to meet, Jon helped my son decide whether to take the ACT or SAT or both, based on what is realistic and doable within the time frame that we had. He was honest about whether my son could achieve his test score goal and devised a plan for how much time he needed to commit to doing practice tests and tutoring sessions. My son received help on questions that he missed, especially on the subject that was his weakest. In fact, he got the most useful strategies for his worst subject and was able to raise that score the most. He was very comfortable asking questions and really liked the way Jon explain things. Jon was also very accommodating with my son's busy travel baseball schedule. Highly recommend Jon.Vivian, 6 lessons with Jonathan
Johnathan always to the rescue
Today he helped my daughter master elements of the Math portion of the ACT. His efforts always leave her with a better understanding of how to approach each portion of the testKarla, 23 lessons with Jonathan
Jon helped me recently on a statistics project I had in my senior level college class. He was extremely helpful and because of him I passed the class! I was skeptical at first with the level of college I was in but Jon knew exactly what he was doing even in my upper level class! Thanks Jon!Amber, 2 lessons with Jonathan
My daughter scored a respectable 26 on her ACT but she was not satisfied. So we chose Jonathan as her tutor. We were pleased with his flexibility as far as scheduling because we have a very busy lifestyle. He tutored our daughter weekly for about a month. My daughter took the ACT again this time she scored a "30"! Wow! Thanks Jonathan! We will be using him again for my sonAaron, 11 lessons with Jonathan
Looking for a great ACT Tutor? Look no further!
We hired Jon as my son needed to get his ACT score up. Jon worked patiently, professionally and with a flexible schedule to help prepare my son to retake the test. He had a great personality with my teen and my teen completed the practice tests required without a lot of complaining which was a miracle. My son went from a 25 to a 28 which is what he needed for the schools he is looking at. I would highly recommend Jon - he is very knowledgeable about strategies and is super thorough.Mom, 12 lessons with Jonathan
Good tutor for those with difficulty in Algebra
My son is responding well to Jon's tutoring, and finding confidence in his abilities! Each session they are progressing, and Jon seems to understand how to get my son to participate well.James, 3 lessons with Jonathan
Knowledgeable and encouraging
Jonathan has found where I was continuously making mistakes in Business Calculus and built my confidence by going over problems and how to approach them.Brian, 10 lessons with Jonathan
Very patient and knowing.
I know Jon from his style and patient nature has really helped my son. Although he has not taken his ACT we are expecting and anticipate much improved results.David, 8 lessons with Jonathan
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