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Jonathan R.

Lancaster, PA


Math Tutor, SAT Prep, and other Test Prep

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Excellent Tutor!!
— Barbara, Lancaster, PA on 5/4/15

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Bob Jones University
Liberty University


Bob Jones University

Liberty University (MEd)

About Jonathan

Mathematics is often so confusing--and so boring. But it doesn't have to be that way! The problem is that most people were just told what to do, but never told why. Math is not some mysterious subject that only a few can comprehend. It's just another element of knowledge in general: as with any area, practice makes perfect, but that practice needs to be guided by an expert. No one gains mastery in any subject without guidance. I can help you unlock the mystery of mathematics and get you on the road to comprehension. In my time as a tutor and a teacher, I have instructed students at all stages of life and mathematical developments--from 5th graders to adults in their 40's, from elementary math to college-level calculus.

Although I am a certified teacher in mathematics (and social studies), and have received my M.Ed. in Secondary Education, I feel my tutoring experience and my ability to connect with students are my biggest assets. In addition to tutoring for mathematical disciplines, I also specialize in test preparation. Many people, children and adults alike, deal with test anxiety! Again, it doesn't need to be that way. Preparing for a test means more than just being familiar with the subject material. Pacing, eliminating incorrect responses, strategic guessing, and alternative strategies (such as backsolving) are important test-taking techniques that can improve a person's score. In my time as a tutor, I have prepared students for many tests, including the SAT (I've already begun working with students on the new SAT), ACT, ASVAB, GED, and GRE. I also have the necessary materials to prep students in the TEAS entrance exam.
Mathematics is often so confusing--and so boring. But it doesn't have to be that way! The problem is that most people were just told what to do, but never told why. Math is not some mysterious subject that only a few can Read more

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Travels within 25 miles of Lancaster, PA 17601
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"Excellent Tutor!!"

- Barbara, Lancaster, PA on 5/4/15

"Great job with algebra II"

- Diane, Columbia, PA on 11/14/15

"Knowledgeable tutor"

- Yvonne, Belmont, MA on 11/12/15

"Amazing! Great Tutor!"

- Debbie, Mount Joy, PA on 11/11/15

"Great tutor!"

- Jaybree, Porterville, CA on 10/15/15

"Meets each student where they are at"

- Carole , Manheim, PA on 10/14/15

"Very Impressed!"

- Jay, York, PA on 10/3/15

"Great first session "

- Bridget, Lancaster, PA on 9/24/15

"Great lesson! "

- Valerie, Atlanta, GA on 9/9/15

"Very accommodating and able to improve test scores"

- Bob, Strasburg, PA on 8/27/15

"Knowledgeable, patient, extremely helpful."

- Sonja, Marana, AZ on 8/25/15

"Wonderful Tutor!"

- Holly, Mount Joy, PA on 8/18/15


- Rachael, Strasburg, PA on 8/3/15


- Beth, Lancaster, PA on 7/7/15

"Very patient and always on time!!"

- Tasha , York, PA on 7/4/15

"Great tutor! "

- Jonathan, Lancaster, PA on 6/30/15

"Jonathan has a natural ability to teach math effectively."

- Pamela, Wrightsville, PA on 6/11/15

"Demonstrates a mastery of knowledge in mathematics and makes the student feel at ease"

- Stephanie , Drums, PA on 6/5/15

"Wonderful tutor!"

- Jennifer, Manheim, PA on 1/21/15

"Great Calculus Tutor!"

- Missy , Elizabethtown, PA on 1/15/15

"Very Helpful"

- Brandon, Lancaster, PA on 11/17/14


- Ian, York, PA on 11/16/14

"Jonathan's Help"

- Greg, Lancaster, PA on 8/1/14

"Great tutor, very dependable!"

- Sherry, Manheim, PA on 7/30/14

"Well-prepared and thorough"

- Mara, Lancaster, PA on 5/26/14

"Exceptional Tutor"

- Jennifer, Middletown, PA on 4/29/14

"Patient, knowledgeable, punctual, and honest"

- Bruce, Lancaster, PA on 4/12/14

"A nice and helpful math tutor"

- George, Lancaster, PA on 3/7/14

"Great Tutor, really cares!"

- Luanne, Mountville, PA on 10/5/13

"Professional, no ego, no nonsense tutor!"

- Constance, Windsor, PA on 7/19/12
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
SAT Math
Corporate Training:

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ACT Math

I am a certified mathematics teacher, and have taught all the math courses needed for the math portion of the ACT. In addition, I have worked with multiple students in preparing for the ACT (some in more areas than just the math), and they have seen marked improvement.

Algebra 1

I have taught Algebra 1 at both the middle school and high school levels. Algebra is a course that many of my clients have needed assistance with, and I have been able to direct people--from a wide age range--to be more confident in their math abilities.

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is one of my favorite math subjects, and as a certified math teacher, I've had the opportunity to teach it three times. This subject is one with students who range from ninth graders to college students; that means it requires a variety of approaches, which I provide.


I have tutored multiple students preparing for the ASVAB exam. After about 10 sessions each, the students passed the test and were able to get the job they wanted in the military. My specialty is mathematics, for which I am Pennsylvania certified; however, the test-taking skills I teach can be used in all portions of the ASVAB.


I have experience playing and coaching basketball at the middle and high school levels. In 1996-97, I coached the JV team at Mt. Calvary Christian school. In addition, I am an avid NBA fan who studies in depth the history and details of basketball.
I can help with fundamentals, particularly those used by power forwards and centers: posting up, getting position, low post moves, passing, boxing out, rebounding, position defense, setting picks, etc.


Calculus is my favorite discipline in mathematics, and I love teaching it! I have a degree in mathematics, and have taught calculus in a high school setting. In addition, I have tutored multiple clients in calculus over the past few years--both high school and college age--and have witnessed them succeed in their course.

Elementary Math

I'm a certified math teacher, and over the years I've seen a lot of students fall behind in math during their middle school years because they didn't have the necessary foundational skills that should have been taught in elementary school. The basics are essential: arithmetic, organization, and following procedure; these are what I focus on when I tutor elementary students.


I am a certified mathematics teacher, and have taught all the math courses needed for the math portion of the GED. In addition, I have worked with multiple students in preparing for the GED, and they have seen marked improvement. I use a different approach when prepping students for the GED, because they are adult learners, and don't need to be treated by children.


As a certified social studies teacher, I have taught geography in classroom situations. Geography is one of my fascinations--a hobby of sorts. I thoroughly enjoy studying maps and investigating the links between geography and history.


Geometry is one of my favorite subjects to teach because of its implications. It's a very logical subject, and mastering geometry can help a student think in a more structured manner, and be able to present argument more effectively. I am a certified math teacher, and have had the opportunity to work with several students in geometry; in each case, the student's performance improved.


Grammar, punctuation, and word use are areas that have always interested me. After math and history, grammar is my most favorite topic to study. As an adult, I continue to learn about proper grammar, even reading books such as "The Grouchy Grammarian," which details the 47 mistakes most commonly made by professional writers. I know my grammar, and I know how to explain its rules to others.


As a certified math teacher, I have taught this subject more than any other--even at the high school level. A strong foundation in algebra is critical for any student to be able to succeed in high school mathematics. I have worked with many students in one-on-one situations, and their confidence in their prealgebra skills has increased through those sessions.


Since calculus is my favorite area of mathematics, I feel it's essential for a student to have the necessary fundamental tools when that course begins. Precalculus has so many skills that must be solid for a student to enter calculus. As a certified math teacher, I have taught both precalculus and calculus. More importantly, I've worked with a great many students in the area of precalculus, at both high school and college levels.


In addition to being state certified in both middle school and high school mathematics, I possess a broad knowledge of reading and writing techniques. English is one of my favorite subjects, and I am an aficionado of grammar, spelling, and punctuation rules. In addition, I am an excellent test-taker, and can teach the necessary test-taking skills for navigating the PSAT.


My specialty is the Judeo-Christian religious denominations. I am a member of local Christian church, and I have also attended Bob Jones University and Liberty University. I have taken multiple courses on the Judeo-Christian religion, and continue to do so today. Currently, I am working through the BILD (Biblical Institute of Leadership Development) curriculum. Over the course of the last 20 years, I have taught Bible courses at the church level to the following age groups: elementary, middle school, high school, and adult.

SAT Math

As a certified math teacher, I have taught all the mathematics topics covered on the SAT. As a tutor, I have worked with more than 10 students to prepare them for the SAT (mostly in math, but I've also done prep tutoring for the entire test). Test preparation is more than just knowing the subject matter; test-taking skills are essential and need to be learned as well.

The new SAT format has been released, and students will first take it in March 2016. I am steadily preparing and acquainting myself fully with the format changes.

Social Studies

I am a certified social studies teacher (in addition to being a certified math teacher). As an undergraduate student in college, my minor was History; as a graduate student, I took multiple classes on teaching the social sciences. I truly love history, and continue to read about it and learn more about it.


Statistics have always fascinated me, and I find them to be one of the necessary foundational pieces of knowledge people need to navigate the world. As a certified teacher, I have taught the concepts of statistics at many levels of math.


I am a certified math teacher, so I have had the opportunity to teach precalculus and calculus, meaning that I have worked extensively with trigonometry. Trigonometry often requires one-on-one help, especially when it comes to graphing. As a tutor, I've been able to help a number of students comprehend the material and improve their performances.


As a student, I have always been a capable writer. As a tutor, I must know how to dissect and analyze writing. My Master's degree studies included over 30 papers in the field of education, and I achieved a 3.86 GPA in achieving my M.Ed. in Secondary Education. My tutoring preparation includes frequent examination, analysis, and instruction of the writing portions of the SAT, ACT, and GED tests. I have often been told that I have a talent for explaining the fine points of grammar, punctuation, and diction.

Bob Jones University
Liberty University


Bob Jones University

Liberty University (MEd)

Excellent Tutor!! — I contacted Jonathan on a Monday needing help for my daughter as she was getting ready to take the ASVAB test. We had a short window with early enlistment so time was of the essence, Jonathan was able to meet with her the very next day. Not only did he help her with her weakest subject (Math) he was able to quickly identify how she needs to learn in order to help her move forward quickly. She was ...

— Barbara, Lancaster, PA on 5/4/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Available rate of $45/hour for students receiving long-term online lessons.

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Jonathan will travel within 25 miles of Lancaster, PA 17601.

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