John graduated in 1989 with a degree in History and continued tutoring part time as he had been doing throughout his senior year at Swarthmore. In high school, he had raised his own SAT score by a whopping 400 points, and so he applied the same methods in his tutoring. In 1996, he moved to Hawaii to be with his mother and sister and started a tutoring business there; he gave the business to them when he returned to the mainland in 2002. John started tutoring full time in 2007, and his father and sister are still very involved, particularly in the creation of new materials.
When he’s not exploring new business opportunities and taking very good care of his tutors, John loves to fish. He describes himself as a “crazy fisherman” who has been known to climb down cliffs (all while loaded with tanks of live bait and other assorted fishing gear) in the name of “ulua,” or Giant Trevally--which, I gather, is a Very Cool Fish. It must be, because people have died climbing said cliffs. He also enjoys fishing for stripe bass on Long Island and fly fishing for trout.
Reading is another, less dangerous hobby of John’s. He particularly enjoys classic science fiction--Dune by Frank Herbert and Isaac Asimov’s works, for example--and high fantasy. He recommends The Dragonlance series for fans of elves and wizards and reading in general for students and parents alike.
Testimonial for John
“The best thing about working with John was that it enabled my son to reach his full potential. Having a tutor gave him the confidence he needed, and it took away the stress of taking the SAT. After working with John at Christianson Tutorials, my son improved his score at least 200 points. John crafted the tutoring to meet my son's needs and didn't just use a one-size-fits-all approach. I would absolutely recommend him to others.”
-Sam, Parent of Drexel University student
(formally Salisbury Township High School)