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Jonathan P.

Sudbury, MA

$75/hour

Articulate Yale Grad with Strengths in STEM Subjects and Humanities

Background check passed as of 11/30/15
4.9 average from 216 ratings
Relates well to our teenage son, building confidence.
— Ann, Sudbury, MA on 12/18/14

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Yale University
Physics

Education

Yale University (Physics)

About Jonathan

I completed a degree in Physics from Yale University, and offer a number of years of experience as a teacher and tutor. I am also a freelance writer and consider myself as capable in the humanities (reading and writing skills) as in math and science.

For the past four years, I've worked with one of the leading in-home tutoring groups in the area, helping students prepare for the SAT, ACT, SSAT, as well as various subject and Advanced Placement tests. I also worked regularly with students as an academic and writing tutor.

I feel my key strengths are my ability to clarify difficult concepts in an articulate manner, my ability to engage and motivate students, and my ability to instill confidence by developing academic and test strategies that are optimum for an individual student.

Another way I work with students is as a ski coach. What I love about tutoring is similar to what I love about coaching--helping students improve their performance.
I completed a degree in Physics from Yale University, and offer a number of years of experience as a teacher and tutor. I am also a freelance writer and consider myself as capable in the humanities (reading and Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Minimum of 1 hour (Generally prefer 90 minutes)

Travel Radius
Travels within 12 miles of Sudbury, MA 01776
Background Check: Passed

"Relates well to our teenage son, building confidence."

- Ann, Sudbury, MA on 12/18/14

"Very patient"

- Michelle, Acton, MA on 6/28/16

"Excellent physics tutor"

- Amy, Weston, MA on 6/11/16

"always reliable"

- Mary Beth, Sudbury, MA on 4/17/16

"Knowledgeable, helpful, responsive"

- Cindy, Annapolis, MD on 12/31/15

"Excellent Tutor"

- Brian, Natick, MA on 10/23/15

"Organized professional exceptional tutor"

- Elaine, Lincoln, MA on 9/27/15

"Highly experienced, knowledgeable, and approachable tutor."

- Mira, Wellesley Hills, MA on 7/15/15

"My son enjoyed working with him and honors physics was one of his favorite classes."

- Julie, Weston, MA on 6/16/15

"A talent for explaining things simply and understandably"

- John, Westborough, MA on 6/9/15

"Excellent Writing Tutor"

- Jodi, Bedford, MA on 5/4/14
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus, Differential Equations, Discrete Math,
Elementary Math, Linear Algebra, Logic, Prealgebra, Precalculus,
Probability, SAT Math,
Statistics,
Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science,
Biology, Chemistry,
Genetics, Physical Science, Physics
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature,
Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math,
ACT Reading, ACT Science,
ISEE, PSAT, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
SSAT
Computer:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
History:
American History
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
Economics,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT Math

I worked for 2 years with one of the leading in-home tutoring groups in the area, helping students prepare for the SAT, ACT, as well as Math and Science subject tests.

ACT Science

I worked for 2 years with one of the leading in-home tutoring groups in the area, helping students prepare for the SAT, ACT, as well as Math and Science subject tests. I've had particular success with improving scores on the Science section of the ACT as the skills required involve those of both critical reading and understanding of the scientific method.

Algebra 1

I spent five years tutoring Algebra at a Charter School in Boston, and have had a number of WyzAnt students during the past year a half. My strength in this subject is my ability to describe various problem-solving strategies in a way that makes sense. I also excel at helping students find specific strategies and techniques they feel most comfortable with.

Algebra 2

I spent five years' experience tutoring algebra and precalculus at a charter school in Boston, and have had a number of WyzAnt students during the past year a half. My strength in this subject is my ability to describe various problem-solving strategies in a way that makes sense. I also excel at helping students find specific strategies and techniques they feel most comfortable with.

Chemistry

I have taught chemistry to a number of students in the past few years. I've found that students often have many of the skills needed to apply general chemical principles to problems and exams, but just need help in seeing how the principles apply in different situations.

Discrete Math

I tutored students at the Middle School and High School levels in this subject, both at a charter school and with an in-home tutoring company that does test preparation along with academic tutoring. I completed a degree in Physics from Yale University, and offer a number of years of experience as a teacher and tutor.

Economics

I work in management consulting and have taken a number of post-graduate economics courses. I have also trained new associates in basic economics.

Literature

In addition to completing the literature requirements at college, I've taken a number of post-graduate courses at The Harvard Extension School. I've gained tutoring experience by helping a number of students with high school and college level literature courses (which included assistance with essay writing), as well the Literature SAT subject test.

Physics

I received a degree in Physics from Yale University and tutored other students in the subject during college. I've continued tutoring, in both physics and math, in volunteer settings since then.

Students I've worked with have ranged from those taking introductory courses to those preparing for the AP Physics C tests. I also taught an accelerated AP Physics course this past summer.

Precalculus

I spent five years' experience tutoring algebra and precalculus at a charter school in Boston, and have had a number of WyzAnt students during the past year a half. My strength in this subject is my ability to describe various problem-solving strategies in a way that makes sense. I also excel at helping students find specific strategies and techniques they feel most comfortable with.

SAT Math

I worked for 2 years with one of the leading in-home tutoring groups in the area, helping students prepare for the SAT, ACT, as well as Math and Science subject and AP tests. I've also gone through a training course on the redesigned SAT.

SAT Reading

I've found the key skill needed to do well on the (new) SAT reading section is the ability to be flexible in interpreting the passages. This allows a student to spot incorrect answers that may initially be appealing but that are inconsistent with some element of the text (or that are simply not justified by the text). I think the new SAT is a clear improvement over the old test and preparing for it helps students raise their reading skills to a level they'll need for college.

SAT Writing

In helping prepare students for the SAT writing section, I focus on teaching students the essential grammar rules as well as the key characteristics of a well-structured, high-scoring essay. For grammar, the key skill is being able to know when one can rely on “hearing” an error versus when it’s necessary to be more analytical. For the essay, the key skill has now become the ability to carefully analyze a document and show how different rhetorical elements interact to achieve (or fail to achieve) the author's intent.

SSAT

I've been tutoring student individually to help prepare for the SSAT (and ISEE) for the past 4 years. In addition, I've taught classroom programs in SSAT preparation at various independent schools.
I've found that preparing for these exams helps student internalize and enhance core academic skills such as critical reading and mathematical reasoning. I offer an ability to explain problem-solving techniques in a way that makes sense for students in this age range.

Statistics

I've taught a summer AP class in statistics. I feel particularly adept at teaching this subject because it straddles quantitative and qualitative approaches. This seems to throw off many student, but I find that once they get the hang of "telling a story with numbers" they flourish.

Writing

I work partly as a free-lance writer. I've worked with students helping them to develop college essays as well as helping them to prepare for the ACT and SAT writing sections.

Yale University
Physics

Education

Yale University (Physics)

Relates well to our teenage son, building confidence. — Jon has been working with our son for a few months helping him with trigonometry. He relates very well to him, they seem to be like partners working on the problems together. According to our son, Jon's explanations have really helped clarify the work. Over time our son is getting more confident and competent in trigonometry. His test scores are improving. Jon is very personable and the chemistry ...

— Ann, Sudbury, MA on 12/18/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $75.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Minimum of 1 hour (Generally prefer 90 minutes)

Travel policy

Jonathan will travel within 12 miles of Sudbury, MA 01776.