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Jon Dreyer, Math Tutor/Computer Science Tutor

I wanted to share with you that he got an A- in this term. This is a big leap from the previous term and feels like he is back on track. I asked him what changed? And, his response was that you have had a huge positive impact. Thank you for all you are doing for him. —a parent
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I am a mathematics tutor and computer science tutor serving students remotely, all over the world. 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. My 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 rules and techniques. I do all of this with a sense of humor, building genuine relationships with my students.

Sample session: Fundamental Theorem of Calculus

I am passionate about the subject and I can bring that passionate curiosity to my students, which helps them teach themselves. I have degrees in education, mathematics and computer science from Harvard, Carleton and the University of Wisconsin, respectively. I have taught high school and middle school math in the classroom. I am also a jazz musician, which helps me to respond eloquently to the moment.

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.

Were you looking for Jon Dreyer the musician? Same guy, different page.

Sample session: factoring

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.)

Homeschool/unschool/pod math tutoring

The world of education has profoundly changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students, parents and educators alike are all finding their way, and many need more help than usual.

I always have plenty of time for homeschool/unschool/pod students and others (like European, African and Asian remote 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, especially now that your child is probably doing more at home? 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.

Word of mouth

I get almost all of my business via word of mouth. I always appreciate referrals, and please remember that thanks to remote tutoring, I can work with people all over the world. I'd also appreciate it if you would visit my social networking page and do the social networking thing with the networks you use. That page makes it very easy; just follow the links. Thank you!

Jon Dreyer

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 that passionate curiosity is 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

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I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious. —Albert Einstein