Meet our Tutors
MJ Test Prep has a full staff of expert tutors to cover any subject area you’d like to address. You can learn about our tutors below and look for a good personality match with your student. Or if you’re not sure who to work with, we’d be happy to make a recommendation.
Dr. Matthew Joseph, a licensed school psychologist, has been tutoring for the SATs for over 25 years. His educational background includes an M.F.A. in creative writing from Cornell University, where he was awarded a fellowship upon his acceptance. He subsequently won an additional scholarship based on his ongoing academic excellence, and completed his doctoral dissertation, which examines the efficacy of various approaches of SAT coaching.
For this dissertation, he not only conducted extensive research regarding the effectiveness of SAT coaching, but also utilized his many years of coaching experience to analyze tens of thousands of SAT problems for the purpose of devising basic and easy-to-use solution skills to make taking the SAT a much more manageable task. $400 per session
RJ is the most experienced tutor on staff and specializes in helping students with high scores in both math and critical reading sections. RJ graduated with honors from Miami of Ohio with a degree in business. She began her career as a campaign staff worker for several political candidates with the intention of going to law school. As a result of her strong performance as an LSAT preparation student, she was asked to become an instructor. Through this she became involved in test preparation and loved the work, while simultaneously becoming dissatisfied with politics. She is now an icon here at MJ Test Prep as one of the most beloved tutors because of her kindness and good humor. RJ, despite her youthful energy, has been tutoring for over fifteen years. $240 per session
David has published several books on test preparation and is the creator of many of the SAT and ACT teaching materials we use at MJ Test Prep. With over 15 years of full-time teaching experience and perfect scores on the LSAT, GMAT, and GRE, David has earned a reputation as a true authority on standardized tests. He also created the computerized scoring system that we use to analyze students’ practice tests and guide their preparation.
David is the Philadelphia region’s foremost expert on the LSAT, having written a series of LSAT preparation books available in bookstores and used by tens of thousands of students nationwide. The series is based on years of research and a thorough analysis of every past test ever released. He combines his excellent verbal and logical skills with his years of experience as a math tutor to provide thorough and effective preparation programs for the GMAT, LSAT, and GRE, as well as college-admissions tests.
David earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from Cornell University and an M.S. in agricultural and environmental chemistry from the University of California, Davis before working in Japan as an English teacher. After returning to the U.S., he got involved in standardized test preparation and was quickly recognized by students and teachers alike as someone with a superb grasp on both the tests and the most effective techniques for letting students achieve their best scores. Graduate school admissions: $250 per session; College admissions: $210 per session
After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English and Cinema Studies, Eric headed out to Los Angeles to work in the film industry and write his own (supposedly) comedic screenplays. Since returning to the Philadelphia area, Eric has transitioned to a career in education.
In 2012, he instructed students of all ages as a part of Penn State’s Summer Reading Program and soon after began teaching at Folkshul, a Jewish Children’s School in Chestnut Hill. His newfound passion for education led him to MJ Test Prep in September of that year.
Eric is our lead camp tutor for the summer and tutors students in one-on-one sessions. He believes that MJ’s rigorous curriculum provides students with not only the skills but also the self-confidence required to increase their standardized test scores. SAT and ACT: $180 per session; SAT Math subject tests: $210 per session
Anthony graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English and Economics. Upon graduating he was hired by a prestigious national SAT prep company to head up their Philadelphia division. While there Anthony was responsible for hiring and training the instructors, implementing curriculum, and managing the entire administrative branch of the office. Because of his highly developed skills as an instructor he was also called upon to work with the high-end students who the other tutors could not easily accommodate. In this capacity he soon realized he preferred the tutoring to his managerial duties, and so parted ways to begin tutoring on his own. He has been a prized tutor in this area for over the last eight years.
After being trained in our system of coaching, Anthony commented, “this is the way it should be done—this was my vision of how coaching could be organized.” Obviously that has endeared Anthony to us all and we greatly appreciate what he brings to this organization.
To complement his teaching, Anthony indulges his considerable creative and expressive talents as a musician. He is currently involved in writing and playing music for several projects in the Philadelphia area. We here at MJ Test Prep look forward to his shows and will continue to support him as he makes his rise on the music scene. $210 per session
Matt holds a B.A. in English from the College of William and Mary; an M.A. in English Language and Literature from Yale University; and an M.F.A. in Dramatic Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He currently teaches 12th grade AP English at Methacton High School. Matt has tutored for the SAT, the ACT, the AP and subject tests for more than ten years. $230 per session
Dan is a former student of Dr. Matt Joseph. Under Dr. Joseph’s tutelage, Dan achieved a dramatic increase in his SAT scores. Since, Dan has incorporated both strategies of Dr. Matt Joseph and his own to deconstruct the sections of the SAT into recognizable patterns of questions that can be learned and mastered. An advocate of exposing students of all educational backgrounds to the SATs, Dan has developed and runs the first ever SAT program at Philadelphia’s Roberts Vaux High School. In addition to his three years in the Philadelphia School District as both a social studies and SAT teacher, Dan has developed and runs MJ Test Prep’s fall and spring SAT camps, tutors at MJ Test Prep’s summer camps, and offers individualized instruction with SAT preparation and college admittance essay writing. Dan’s four years of teaching and tutoring experience have enabled him to develop meaningful relationships with students as they build confidence and college readiness.
Dan holds a BA from Wake Forest University and an M.Ed from Eastern University. He is also a member of the Philadelphia Teaching Fellows’ eleventh cohort, an organization that seeks to bring high quality teachers to the Philadelphia School District. $150 per session
Andrew is a graduate of the Schreyer Honors College of Penn State University, where he received his BA in English, with a Creative Writing Emphasis. He also received a Minor in History, assisted by the head start of 21 credits he earned from his success on Advanced Placement tests in high school. Originally from the Germantown section of Philadelphia, Andrew attended Central High School where he excelled at academics and was a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. Whether he’s working with an underprivileged high school student trying to master algebra or an elite NCAA athlete struggling to write a term paper, Andrew’s approach is to show the student that the subject at hand isn’t nearly as hard as it looks once it is unraveled piece by piece. He focuses on building a student’s confidence and is quick to apply positive reinforcement to continually engage and motivate the student. $150 per session
Elena’s love of math and natural ability to explain difficult concepts has led her to a career as an educator. Elena has been tutoring since high school, and continued as a student at Drexel University, working for the Math Resource Center and acting as a Teacher’s Assistant for a Calculus class. Elena graduated on the Dean’s list with a B.S. in Teacher Education from Drexel University and minors in Mathematics and Psychology. Upon graduation she began teaching eighth grade math at Ridley Middle School. In September 2011, she earned her Master’s Degree in Math Learning and Teaching from Drexel University. She currently teaches math at Agnes Irwin. $160 per session
Terri has taught with Central Bucks School District in Doylestown, PA since August 2012. Currently she teaches Honors Chemistry, AP Chemistry, and an Organic/Equilibrium Chemistry elective course at CB West High School. As such, she is adept at tailoring her teaching methods to match the readiness levels of various learners, from beginner to advanced to college-level.
Terri obtained her B.S. in Secondary Education with a chemistry option from the Pennsylvania State University in May 2012 and her Chemistry PA Teaching Certification in June 2012. Since then, she has prepared and taught stimulating, ninety-minute science lessons for classes of diverse student ability and rigor. In May 2016 Terri also earned her Master of Education degree through Cabrini College, and in July 2017 she completed the AP Chemistry Summer Institute graduate course at La Salle University.
She and her husband Kevin grew up in Media and now live near Chestnut Hill. When she’s not working, Terri likes to read, do yoga, and hang out with her friends and family. As a tutor, Terri combines her range of experience and her enthusiasm for teaching to help students realize their academic confidence, potential, and mastery. SAT Chemistry subject test: $210 per session; AP Chemistry and academics: $160 per session
Emilio is our expert in all levels of organic and inorganic chemistry. He earned a B.S. in chemistry from MIT and an M.S. in organic chemistry from UC Irvine before working as a medicinal chemist at SmithKline Beacham developing potential medications for AIDS. Discovering that teaching was his true calling, Emilio worked as the AP chemistry & honors chemistry teacher at both The Baldwin School and The Haverford School.
Emilio’s students have a track record of extremely high scores on the AP Chemistry test, the SAT Chemistry Subject test, and on the chemistry and organic chemistry portions of the MCAT. $250 per session
Bob holds a B.A. in English and History from the University of Delaware, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Additionally, he holds an M..F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was awarded a teaching fellowship.
Bob has been a professor of composition and literature at Drexel University since 1993. He has also taught workshops at the University of Pennsylvania Writers Conference and in the graduate creative writing program at Rosemont College. Since 2012 Bob has served as a writing consultant at the Wharton School, where he helped to develop a graduate writing program and continues to coach MBA students.
Bob’s short stories have been published in The Sun, River Styx, The Antietam Review and other magazines, and he has received a literature fellowship from The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He has been with MJ Test Prep since 2006, and besides tutoring for the SAT and SAT Subject Test in literature, he specializes in helping students with college admissions essays and general writing skills. Bob is VP of Sales at 11Trees, an e-Learning software company. College admissions essays: $275 per session; Writing and literature: $180 per session
Jeff Goldader graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Astronomy in 1989 and earned his doctorate in Astronomy from the University of Hawaii in 1995. After a three-year fellowship at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, he was a Lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania from 1998-2003. In 2004, he joined the Baldwin School as the Upper School physics teacher, where he teaches Physics, Honors Physics, and Advanced Physics (calculus-based). During the summers, Dr. Goldader has served as an adjunct professor in astronomy at Widener University. He holds a Pennsylvania teaching certificate in Physics, Grades 7-12. SAT Physics subject test: $210 per session; Physics academics: $160 per session
Dr. Susan Dorfman holds a Ph.D. in Anatomy from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and a BA in Biology from Temple University. After completing two post-doctoral fellowships in neurology at UPenn Medical School and working eleven years in a research lab, Susan became a teacher at the pre-college level in the independent school system. She has taught all levels of general science and biology from Kindergarten Science to Gross Anatomy in Dental School. Susan taught biology and Advanced Molecular and Cellular Biology at the Baldwin School for twenty-six years and also served as head of the science department for six years. She has been a private tutor for 20 years on the main line for students in both public and independent schools, tutoring high school level biology as well as prep for the SAT II in Biology, the AP Biology Exam and the Biology portion of the MCAT and DAT. SAT Biology subject test: $210 per session; Biology academics: $160 per session
Adam is certified to teach high school chemistry, physics and biology in Pennsylvania and has spent more than the last ten years teaching a range of levels of physics and chemistry in Philadelphia area independent schools like the Shipley School and Penn Charter. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience & Behavior from Wesleyan University and a Masters of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania before spending a number of years somehow supporting himself playing snarky synthesizer punk music. Though time for tutoring is more challenging to come by during the school year, Adam provides tutoring support in both the Bryn Mawr and Chestnut Hill offices for the Chemistry subject test, Physics subject test, AP Chemistry Exam, AP Physics 1 Exam, AP Physics 2 Exam and general course support for algebra based physics & all levels of high school chemistry. SAT Chemistry and Physics subject tests: $210 per session; Chemistry and Physics academics: $180 per session
Ryan studied computer science and French at Dartmouth College, where he also was a member of the varsity lightweight rowing team. He started tutoring as an undergraduate through the computer science department. After graduating in 2013, Ryan spent two years coaching collegiate rowing before joining MJ Test Prep in the summer of 2015. He offers instruction in object-oriented programming and software development with Python, preparation for all sections of the ACT and SAT, and tutoring for various school subjects. $150 per session
A native of Denver, Colorado, James moved to Pennsylvania in 2013 to begin his Master’s research at Villanova University, where he specialized in the history of Europe and the Islamic World, and tutored students in the Villanova Writing Center. After graduating, he took a position at Holy Family University, teaching the history of the ancient, medieval, and modern worlds and encompassing the entire globe, from China to the Middle East to Europe to the Americas. In the summer of 2016, he enrolled in the intensive immersion language program with the Middlebury Language Schools, making Arabic his third foreign language, after Spanish and French. James is also an experienced musician, enjoying playing the piano, clarinet, saxophone, drums, and singing in his free time. $120 per session
Meng Hao is a Mandarin Chinese speaker with more than ten years teaching experience. She taught as a university music professor in China for seven years, and she has recently been working at Chinese training schools in Philadelphia. She has now joined MJ Test Prep. Her educational background includes a Master’s degree in music and composition from the Wuhan Conservatory of Music in China. During her time as a professor in China, she published many papers in scholarly journals on music theory and music education. She can help with Mandarin, academic Chinese, ACTFL, OPI, WPT, and the SAT Chinese subject test. Meng also teaches piano. $160 per session
Ariadna is a native Spanish speaker and has been teaching Spanish at Agnes Irwin school for several years. She can help with academic Spanish and SAT Subject Tests. SAT Spanish subject test: $210 per session; Spanish academics: $160 per session