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Jacob

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I received a Bachelors of Arts in Music from the University of Virginia in May of 2015. I was in the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars program and attended the Piedmont Governor's School for Mathematics, Science & Technology - both of which are highly competitive programs in the state of Virginia and take only a small portion of the top percentile of applicants.

I have been tutoring ever since I have been in school; I love to help others in the learning process and see the expression of realization when they understand what exactly they are studying! Mathematics has always been an area that I find intriguing, for it has to follow rigorous rules that ultimately lead to that one solution. The beauty and complexity of the subject matter is quite astounding! As the big brother in my family, I understand how patience is essential when helping younger students. As a tutor, I promise to always be patient and to explore creative ways to teach students about mathematics, in order to find the one that best suits their learning styles.

Outside of tutoring, I love singing, dancing, playing soccer, writing music, and reading books...oh, and the occasional SAT math problem. See! My life doesn't completely revolve around math...well, sort of. :)

Jacob’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Virginia-Main Campus - Bachelors, Music

Test Scores

ACT English: 30

ACT Math: 32

ACT Science: 23

Hobbies

Soccer, Singing, Theater, and Reading

Tutoring Subjects

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACT Math

Adult Literacy

Algebra

Algebra 2

Calculus

Calculus 2

College Algebra

GRE Subject Test in Mathematics

High School English

High School Writing

Math

Pre-Algebra

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Albert Einstein is often quoted having said, "insanity - doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." I believe this statement applies best to my teachings, meaning that students will not merely cover the approaches to mathematical solutions discussed in the classroom, but also be able to approach problems from a logical standpoint by which they understand.

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

In a first session, I would like to better understand the student - his or her interests, hobbies, talents, etc. This will aid me in strategizing a way to excite the student about mathematics, by applying these problems in areas that he or she enjoys. Also, I would like to know how he or she is doing in current mathematical curriculum. This will allow me to understand where exactly the student is struggling with the material.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Everyone thinks differently, and mathematics is not an exception to this rule of thought process. Students will become independent learners by better understanding how he or she approaches mathematical problems and gaining the confidence to succeed on one's own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

The applications of mathematics are limitless! By introducing real-life situations in areas of particular interest for him or her, the student will gain an appreciation for mathematics.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Since higher mathematics is more abstract, it can be difficult to conceptualize what exactly is happening on paper. Therefore, I would break it down to the rudimentary level and explain what is happening in terms of how the student thinks, whether it be graphically, algebraically, numerically or verbally.