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Jacob

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Over the last five years, I have helped students develop the requisite skills, strategies, and confidence to overcome whatever difficulty faces them. My years of experience have left me with a deep conviction that empathy is a key characteristic in an effective tutor. I never forget that as a tutor, I enter a student's life at an especially fraught time. My student's and I work together to figure out what tools they need to succeed. Whether for standardized tests or academic subjects, I look forward to helping you or someone you care about reach their potential.

For my own academic history, I scored in the 99th percentile on all three sections of the SAT, as well as attaining a score of 5 on the AP Statistics, US Government, US History, and English Literature and Composition exams. I completed my BA in Government in December after having served as a Research Apprentice with the Quantitative Analysis Center, and my thesis utilizing a range of novel econometrics to isolate the effect of public financing of elections on legislator ideology has been awarded Honors.

Jacob’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Wesleyan University - Bachelors, Government

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 2210

SAT Math: 720

SAT Verbal: 750

SAT Writing: 740

Hobbies

Statistics, soccer, cooking (specifically dishes that are incredibly complicated and way beyond my level of expertise)


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Empathy is the most important quality a tutor can have.

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

I always start with a discussion of what my student is hoping to achieve, and where they stand at that moment. If we are doing standardized test prep, the student will then take a diagnostic test.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Showing a student that they have the capacity to succeed is their first step on the path.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Reminding them of the relationship between their short-term and long-term goals. For instance, a student may not be motivated to do their best on a particular homework assignment. But when reminded of their plan to boost their GPA before applying to college, a student will be more likely to focus.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Setting clear, measurable goals that my students are genuinely invested in achieving.