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Jonathan

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I first became passionate about math when I was in 1st grade and would race my friends through addition problems. Eventually, I felt I had mastered addition and moved on to subtraction and multiplication until I had basically finished the 3rd grade math curriculum by the time I got there. Since then, I have loved and excelled in math. So much so that I decided to major in Math during college and will graduate with a BA in Math in May 2015. I have taken all high school mathematics, all of calculus, linear algebra, ordinary differential equations, modern analysis, group and field theory, and number theory as well as classes in logic.

I have had some formal tutoring experience with students in high school and some of my fellow students in college, and I have tutored many informally throughout my education. I really like helping people understand math and fall in love with it like I did. Whenever I was studying math, there was always an "Aha!" moment when something makes sense and clicks. I really like seeing that moment in my students eyes especially when they realize how cool math can be.

Jonathan’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Columbia University in the City of New York - Bachelor in Arts, Math

Test Scores

ACT English: 33

ACT Math: 35

ACT Reading: 35

SAT Math: 740

SAT Mathematics Level 2: 780

Hobbies

Is very interested in law and will be starting law school in fall. Enjoys watching TV and and sports, but doesn't like watching baseball. Enjoys logic puzzles, Sudoku, board games.

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Math

11th Grade Math

12th Grade Math

1st Grade Math

2nd Grade Math

3rd Grade Math

4th Grade Math

5th Grade Math

6th Grade Math

7th Grade Math

8th Grade Math

9th Grade Math

ACT Math

Algebra

Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC

Arithmetic

Calculus

Calculus 2

College Algebra

Competition Math

Elementary Algebra

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

Geometry

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Subject Test in Mathematics

GRE Subject Tests

Intermediate Algebra

College Math

Linear Algebra

LSAT Analytical Reasoning

LSAT Logical Reasoning

Math

Middle School Math

Other

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

PSAT Mathematics

REGENTS Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2

Summer

Trigonometry


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I try to teach by example and by concept. I think formula memorizing is useful in some cases but often it takes understanding the concepts underpinning the formulas to truly understand them.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

First, I will explore what they are struggling with and then try to tackle it, going through the conceptual basis until they understand. This raises their confidence so, when I make a plan on how to attack the rest of what they struggle with, they know they will eventually get it.