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Jon P.

Waban, MA

$75/hour

Knowledgeable Math, Science, SAT, ACT tutor - Harvard honors grad

500+ Hours
5.0 average from 133 ratings
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— Michael, Auburndale, MA on 10/21/16

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Harvard (Math)

About Jon

I'm an experienced math and science tutor specializing in Middle School, High School and early College classes, and SAT and ACT test preparation. I can help you with course work from pre-algebra through calculus, and from general science through AP physics and chemistry. I'm friendly, warm, patient and easy to work with -- and I truly care about my students.

I was valedictorian of my high school class and I have an honors degree in math from Harvard, where I also studied physics and psychology. At Harvard I was a Teaching Assistant at the Harvard extension school, working with local residents in a variety of math subjects. And in graduate school, I was a Teaching Assistant in college psychology courses, which made heavy use of math and statistics.

After that, my 35-year career has included economic modeling, computer programming, and software engineering/design/management, fields where math and logic come into play every day. And throughout that time, I've never lost my interest in basic math and science. I've spent many hours continuing to read and educate myself in math, physics, chemistry and other subjects.

I began tutoring when my own kids were in school, first helping them, then working with friends’ children, then moving into doing part-time professional tutoring. Now I’m focused entirely on tutoring.

As part of my work in software, I also spent years writing and editing documentation for non-technical readers, and training junior employees and Technical Writers. I know well how to explain difficult subjects and how to help people understand concepts they've never seen before.

Learning a subject isn't just a matter of memorization and formulas. It takes seeing the concepts and understanding how the pieces fit together and how they apply to the problems you have to solve.

When I work with you, we'll be able to see where you're stuck and I'll patiently help you over those humps. I'll paint a picture of the subject that connects with what you already know and lets you master those sticking points and move on. It's important to me that not only will you be able to do better in class today and tomorrow, but that you'll also see the whole picture more clearly and be able to move into each new topic, week after week, with greater ease and confidence.


What about test prep? I can help with basic SAT math, SAT Math 1/1c/2/2c subject tests, and ACT Math and Science.

SATs and ACTs can be scary, especially the math and science tests. Maybe you’ve never seen questions like these before. Some of them may look easy but make you think in a whole new way to find the path to the answer.

Maybe you’ve taken an SAT class already, but you felt like you didn’t get enough out of it. Or maybe you’ve heard the big tutoring companies tell you they have tricks and back doors for answering questions without really knowing how. But there are no tricks. You have to understand the questions and know how to think them through.

I can help you build up your math knowledge and your problem solving ability, understand the questions, and learn the skills to answer them correctly – so you’ll be ready for the test and go into it with confidence!
I'm an experienced math and science tutor specializing in Middle School, High School and early College classes, and SAT and ACT test preparation. I can help you with course work from pre-algebra through calculus, and from general science through AP physics and chemistry. I'm friendly, warm, patient and easy to work with -- and I truly care about Read more

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Travels within 15 miles of Waban, MA 02468

"A great help for my son"

- Michael, Auburndale, MA on 10/21/16

"Very nice approach to a Middle-Schooler"

- Peter, Newton Highlands, MA on 6/7/16

"Knowledgebale tutor"

- Ilya, Newton Upper Falls, MA on 2/24/16

"Excellent math tutor"

- Gerry, Newtonville, MA on 10/26/15

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor"

- Asia, Dedham, MA on 10/15/15

"Extremely intelligent and qualified tutor"

- Carly, Sherborn, MA on 10/6/15

"Easy to understand, knowledgeable tutor."

- Sally, Rockville, VA on 7/22/15

"Patient and prompt tutor"

- Cynthia, Watertown, MA on 1/21/15
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Calculus,
Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus,
SAT Math,
Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Chemistry, Physical Science, Physics
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math,
ACT Reading, ACT Science, SAT Math,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

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 Math

I have studied and worked with math my entire life. I was valedictorian of my high school class and then majored in math at Harvard, where I graduated with an honors degree. While there, I was also a Teaching Assistant at the Harvard Extension College.

The ACT Math section has a particular set of topics that it expects students to know, and a particular style of question, unlike those you have to answer in class. It takes a combination of knowledge and math skill to be able to approach the questions and answer them correctly. But it also takes mathematical insight and cleverness to be able to answer them efficiently, so that you can finish all the questions in the available time.

I have a three-pronged approach to preparation for the ACT Math test: 1) Identifying areas of math that you're weak in or not familiar with, or where you need refreshing. 2) Teaching the math you need, using customized teaching materials and a friendly, patient and persevering approach. 3) Showing how to use math insight and problem-solving logic to think through questions more quickly and get right to the answers.

I can help you increase your knowledge of math AND your ability to think through the kinds of questions you can expect to see on the ACT.

Algebra 1

I am an experienced tutor who has worked with students in the entire range of subjects offered in middle and high school, including Algebra 1.

I have studied and worked with math my entire life. I was valedictorian of my high school class, and I have an honors degree in math from Harvard. During college I was a Teaching Assistant in Harvard Extension College math courses, working with members of Cambridge community in a variety of subjects.

After that, I worked for 35 years doing economic research and software development -- fields in which logic and math are used every day.

I know that Algebra 1 can be difficult for students who have never had to think about numbers in abstract ways. I have a patient approach that leads students through specific class work and homework and test preparation, while also showing them the ideas behind the formulas, so that they develop the tools to really master the subject and learn to figure out solutions on their own.

Calculus

I am an experienced tutor who has worked with students in the entire range of subjects offered in middle and high school, including calculus.

I have studied and worked with math my entire life. I was valedictorian of my high school class, and scored the highest possible score on the AP calculus test. I then majored in math at Harvard, where I graduated with an honors degree, and where I was a Teaching Assistant in calculus at the Harvard Extension College.

After that, I worked for 35 years doing economic research and software development -- fields in which logic and math are used every day.

Calculus can be a difficult subject, because it requires a degree of abstraction that most students have not seen before. It introduces concepts involving continuous change rather than equations and shapes that remain static. It includes some of the most important tools that are used in solving real-world problems in the physical world.

I have worked with both high school and college calculus students, and I have helped them learn and master this challenging subject. I can help you too.

Physics

I've worked with physics students at many levels, including high school students and college engineering majors. I studied physics at an honors level at Harvard, where I earned an Honors degree in Math.

Precalculus

I am an experienced tutor who has worked with students in the entire range of subjects offered in middle and high school. I have particular experience in pre-calculus, with a significant portion of my students in recent years having been at this level.

As a transitional subject, pre-calculus has two roles. It repeats some of the material from Algebra 2 but with some additional and more complex ideas. And it introduces entirely new concepts that the student has not seen that he/she will be assumed to know when entering calculus later in his or her education. There is more abstraction than in Algebra 2 and a greater requirement for rigorous thinking. It can be a challenge to the student who didn't fully master what came before.

I have a patient approach that helps students through specific class work, homework and test preparation, while also showing them the ideas behind the formulas. I identify the areas from previous subjects that they are not clear about and take the time to firm up those weak spots so they don't interfere with learning the new material. And moving forward, I help the student see the ideas in new ways, so that they can really master the subject and learn to figure out solutions on their own.

I have studied and worked with math my entire life. I was valedictorian of my high school class, and I have an honors degree in math from Harvard. During college I was a Teaching Assistant at the Harvard Extension College, working with members of the local community in a variety of subjects.

After that, I worked for 35 years doing economic research and software development -- fields in which logic and math are used every day.

SAT Math

Doing well on the Math SAT requires a combination of basic high school math and insight into problem solving. The math itself isn’t very advanced and most juniors and seniors taking the test have seen all of it, or the vast majority of it, in class. So what makes it so challenging? Well, many students may have seen the math, but that doesn’t mean they remember it all. Part of my approach to test prep is to use practice tests and other tools to identify those weak areas that each student brings to the test. Then we dive deeply into them, using custom-prepared information packets and worksheets, to make sure that the student gets up to speed and has all the math knowledge that the test requires.

But knowledge is only part of the picture. The questions on the SAT are not really the kind that the student would see in class. They start with the basic knowledge areas, but they are constructed in a way that requires insight and cleverness in order to see the path to the answer. I work with each student to show them how to filter out the unnecessary information, see the hints in each question that show the path to the solution method, find and stay on the trail as they do each step, and make sure that in the end they are answering the right question. I show them that there is usually more than one approach to a question, but that some methods are faster than others. Finding the right path not only gets them to the answer, but it also saves time for the other questions, which is so important on a timed test. And I show them, when they are truly stumped, how to use logic and common sense to eliminate wrong answers and increase their odds if they have to guess. Without these problem solving skills, even the most advanced math students can find themselves stumbling.

I’ve spent my entire adult life, from college at Harvard through the present day, working in math-related areas that required problem solving skills, logic, and creativity. I've tutored many students in the Math SAT and I'm very familiar with the kinds of questions that are asked, and how to think them through. My students come away with the knowledge, tools, and confidence they need for facing the challenges of the test and their academic lives ahead.

Harvard
Math

Education

Harvard (Math)

A great help for my son

We are on our second year with Jon. He has been a great. Patient, understanding and building a great foundation for my son's advancement. Develops problem solving and critical thinking.

— Michael, Auburndale, MA on 10/21/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $75.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Jon will travel within 15 miles of Waban, MA 02468.