Passionately Curious: Jon Dreyer,
Math Tutor and Computer Science Tutor
I don’t know how we would have gotten through Math without you! It took us from long hand-wringing sessions with us and her doing poorly to her being able be self-sufficient without our being ready to club each other over the head. Thank you not only for your skill in helping her do better, but the positive effect on our family life. Thank you so much for all your positive effects and not just getting her through, but giving her confidence that will translate to other areas of her life.—a parentRead about late-in-life career transitions, including mine, in the Boston Globe. (Though ignore the photo caption. I'm passionate about both of my careers. I even putpassionin the name of this one!)
I am a mathematics tutor and computer science tutor based in Lexington, Massachusetts. Patient, positive, and focusing more on students' strengths than weaknesses, I enjoy finding ways to help students to gain facility, depth of understanding, appreciation of mathematical thinking, and reawakened curiosity. I help students to discover connections between new topics and things they already know. Working this way, students gain fluency and confidence as they see math more as a coherent body of knowledge and as a powerful way of thinking, and less as a series of disconnected facts and techniques. I do all of this with a sense of humor, building genuine relationships with my students.
Socrates knew that one-on-one dialog was the best way to learn and teach and that remains true today. The best music students usually take private lessons; it can be the same way with students of any subject. Private tutoring can surely help the struggling student, but it can also help deepen and enliven the education of even the most advanced. I have helped students to go from failing to As, and have also have helped already-thriving students in AP Calculus BC, and and all sorts of students in between.
For more information about me and my practice, please see the
about page or explore the other links at the top of this page.
If you're interested in setting up a free trial session, or if you're a returning student, please visit my new students page, then visit my calendar, find a time you like, and get in touch. (Please be specific about a start date.)
During the school year, LHS students who hurry can take Lexpress with no parent involvement right after school for a 2:45 session (I make an exception to on-the-hour scheduling for that time), and LHS students with open campus and a free block at the end of the day can make 1:45 with Lexpress. Or try virtual tutoring sessions anywhere in the world!
Homeschool math tutoring
I always have plenty of time for homeschool math and computer science students and others (like European, African and Asian virtual students) who can meet before the end of the traditional U.S. school day.
Parents can learn math too!
Do you find that you can no longer help your child with math homework? Ask about how, while helping you to help your child, I can also help you to reduce your own math anxiety and to find it all fascinating.
Please visit my social networking page and do the social networking thing with the networks you use, hopefully positively. That page makes it very easy; just follow the links. Thank you!
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Passionate curiosity is indispensable, no matter what the job is. You want somebody who is just alert and very awake and engaged with the world and wanting to know more.—Nell Minow, as quoted in defense of Adam Bryant's claim thatpassionate curiosityis one of five indispensable traits of great leaders in The Corner Office
Good education is not what fills your head with facts, but what stimulates curiosity. You then learn for the rest of your life.—Neil deGrasse Tyson