Over 400 tutoring hours

Jon N.

Atlanta, GA

$59/hour

"Dr. Calculus": College Calculus and HS AP Calculus Tutor

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4.9 average from 100 ratings
Great tutor with a very good understanding about the topic
— Brandon, Roswell, GA on 4/10/16

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University of Minnesota
Mechanical Engineer
University of Minnesota
Master's
University of Minnesota
PhD

Education

University of Minnesota (Mechanical Engineer)

University of Minnesota (Master's)

University of Minnesota (PhD)

About Jon

Looking for a solution to your difficulty with calculus?

I am a very caring, patient, competent, and experienced math tutor, coach, teacher, and mentor. My primary focus is calculus (college and high school AP Calculus AB/BC) and differential equations.

Many of my students call me "Dr. Calculus" because of my deep passion and enthusiasm for calculus!

I am currently a full time Instructor of Mathematics at Kennesaw State University, teaching calculus I, II, and III (multivariable calculus) -- I hopefully will soon teach differential equations and numerical analysis, subjects I know very well.

Prior to teaching at KSU, I was a private high school math teacher, teaching all math subjects from pre-algebra through calculus. I thoroughly understand the academic environment and the math education process -- both college and high school -- and I know how to help students of ANY age to excel in calculus no matter their background. The only students I cannot help are those who are not willing to work HARD, since calculus can only be mastered by consistent, hard work -- I can help the hard working student to best focus his or her energy on what matters.

Here's a brief overview of my background and relevant experience:

After receiving a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering (which included extra courses in mathematics such as graduate-level numerical analysis and computer modeling), I worked for 14 years as an engineer and staff scientist at three DOE National Labs, primarily researching alternative energy conversion technologies. My research at the National Labs included extensive mathematical analysis and modeling, both analytical and numerical, of complex systems.

After moving to the Atlanta area six years ago, my passion for math led me to switch careers and become a full-time high school math teacher at small, secular private school in Acworth, teaching all the math subjects in grades 6 to 12, including precalculus and calculus. I also began tutoring math, and have tutored over a thousand hours (and more than 400 for Wyzant).

I tutor students of all ages, but with a deeper passion for helping older students get back on track in college.

I also enjoy tutoring (and mentoring) especially gifted students (including those considered "genius") who need a much higher level of rigor, depth, and challenge in their math education than they are getting in school. I will challenge EVERY student to reach his/her potential, no matter how high they are able to fly -- I will fly with them!

Finally note that I am interested in conducting group tutoring sessions.
Looking for a solution to your difficulty with calculus?

I am a very caring, patient, competent, and experienced math tutor, coach, teacher, and mentor. My primary focus is calculus (college and high school
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Cancellation
1 hour notice required

Group Rate: $15/hr added to default hourly rate for each additional student.

Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Atlanta, GA 30328
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Great tutor with a very good understanding about the topic"

- Brandon, Roswell, GA on 4/10/16

"Very knowledgeable in Calculus with great teaching abilities"

- Vijay, Alpharetta, GA on 3/1/15

"Outstanding Tutor and Definitely Dr. Calculus"

- Joseph, Canton, GA on 7/14/14

"Fantastic!"

- Lee, Roswell, GA on 3/14/14

"Professional, punctual and effective tutor!"

- Vickie, Acworth, GA on 10/23/13

"More than a great tutor"

- Anderson, Powder Springs, GA on 3/8/13

"Very patient and effective tutor"

- Connie, Acworth, GA on 10/3/12

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Calculus

My background allows me to help you or your child with calculus:

1) I have an advanced background in mathematics, which includes full proficiency in calculus, differential equations and numerical analysis (at a graduate level.)

2) My degrees and professional experience in mechanical engineering have given me practical problem solving insights that allow me to help the student solve difficult or "tricky" calculus problems. Most students learn the math principles, but need to learn how to intuitively apply them!

3) My broad high school math teaching experience (8th grade through 12th grade, including Advanced Math/Precalculus and high school calculus) and one-on-one tutoring have given me the ability to effectively teach any level of high school and college level math up to and including calculus.

Calculus, which is taught to advanced (usually highly-gifted) high school students and in college, is necessary for engineering, science and mathematics degrees, and for students seeking other degrees which also require calculus or simply wishing to be well-rounded. Let me help you or your child to not only learn, but to become fully proficient in calculus!

Differential Equations

I am very familiar with ordinary and partial differential equations, having passed college-level courses in calculus, differential equations, and numerical analysis (which covers numerical techniques to solve ordinary and partial differential equations.) As a mechanical engineering student, various classes solved ordinary and partial differential equations as part of the curriculum, such as the Heat Equation in three dimensions for graduate level heat transfer courses. As a scientist at three DOE National Laboratories, I analytically and numerically solved ordinary and partial differential equations for various research purposes, such as the complex analytic solution (verified by comparing the analytic results with a numerical solution) of radon flow into the basement of a dwelling, expressed using a second order partial differential equation in three dimensions.

Mechanical Engineering

I am a degreed Mechanical Engineer:

BS, Mech. Eng., Univ. of Minnesota (1977)

MS, Mech. Eng., Univ. of Minnesota (1979)

PhD, Mech. Eng., Univ. of Minnesota (1981)

For all three degrees, the areas of graduate-level specialty include heat transfer (conduction, convection and radiation), thermodynamics, thermochemistry, solar energy conversion, numerical analysis and computer modeling. The title of my Ph.D. thesis is "High Temperature Thermal Dissociation Processes."

I worked as a mechanical engineer/staff scientist for the following DOE National Laboratories:

Sandia National Laboratories Sandia (1981 to 1984)

Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (1985-1990)

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (1990-1995)

Precalculus

My background allows me to help you or your child with Precalculus:

1) I have an advanced background in mathematics, which includes full proficiency in calculus, differential equations and numerical analysis (at a graduate level.)

2) My degrees and professional experience in mechanical engineering have given me practical problem solving insights that allow me to help the student solve difficult or "tricky" Precalculus problems. Most students learn the math principles, but need to learn how to intuitively apply them!

3) My broad high school math teaching experience (8th grade through 12th grade, including high-school Precalculus) and one-on-one tutoring have given me the ability to effectively teach any level of high school math, and college level math up to and including calculus.

Precalculus, usually taught in the 11th or 12th grade in high school, or in college, is a necessary math course to prepare the student for high school or college calculus. I will help you or your child learn Precalculus, and to prepare for the rigors of calculus!

Trigonometry

My background allows me to help you or your child with Trigonometry:

1) I have an advanced background in mathematics, which includes full proficiency in calculus, differential equations and numerical analysis (at a graduate level.)

2) My degrees and professional experience in mechanical engineering have given me practical problem solving insights that allow me to help the student solve difficult or "tricky" trigonometric problems. Most students learn the math principles, but need to learn how to intuitively apply them!

3) My broad high school math teaching experience (8th grade through 12th grade, including high-school Algebra 2 and Advanced Math/Precalculus which covers Trigonometry) and one-on-one tutoring have given me the ability to effectively teach any level of high school math, and college level math up to and including calculus.

Trigonometry, which is occasionally taught as a stand-alone course in high school and as an introductory course in college (to prepare the student for calculus) is usually covered in high school Algebra 2/Advanced Math/Precalculus, and in college algebra, is a necessary math course to prepare the student for high school or college calculus. I will help you or your child learn Trigonometry!

University of Minnesota
Mechanical Engineer
University of Minnesota
Master's
University of Minnesota
PhD

Education

University of Minnesota (Mechanical Engineer)

University of Minnesota (Master's)

University of Minnesota (PhD)

Great tutor with a very good understanding about the topic — Professor Jon has an excellent understanding of the subject and really knows how to explain it well to his students. He not only showed me easier techniques to solve problems that will show up on the calculus AB exam but he also explained how these techniques will be useful in later math classes in college as well as other subject. Overall, Dr. Jon is patient and very effective communicator and ...

— Brandon, Roswell, GA on 4/10/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $59.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Group Rate: $15/hr added to default hourly rate for each additional student.

Travel policy

Jon will travel within 25 miles of Atlanta, GA 30328.