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I'm currently a double PhD Student through the City of New York education system. I am pursuing my PhDs in History and Linguistics. I have Masters and Bachelor degrees in those areas as well (I'm a huge history nerd).

I am an honest hard working person who believes that honesty, regardless of consequences, is worth the risk. I am hardworking and am never late (10 minutes early is 20 minutes late). I am diligent and self motivated and tend to inspire others and love to share my passions with everyone.

Jacob’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: CUNY City College - Bachelors, in Middle Eastern History, Culture, Language, and Religion and Linguistics and Phonetics focusing in Semitic Languages

Graduate Degree: CUNY Graduate School and University Center - PHD, History and Semitics


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Tutoring Subjects


American Literature

AP European History

AP U.S. Government & Politics

AP World History


CogAT Prep

College Application Essays

College English

College Level American History

College Level American Literature

College World History

Elementary School Math


English Grammar and Syntax



Essay Editing

European History

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Verbal



High School English

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School Political Science

High School World History

High School Writing

HSPT Language Skills Prep


ISEE- Lower Level

ISEE- Primary



Latin 1

Latin 2

Latin 3

Latin 4


Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing


Political Science

PSAT Critical Reading

Public Speaking


SAT Reading


Social Sciences

Social studies


SSAT- Middle Level

Test Prep

World History

World Religions


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is to impart knowledge on students in a fun and understandable way, in order to get them interested in the subject and enhance their learning experience.

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

I would feel them out, how much they know about the given subject and their interest in it, and work from there.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By getting them excited in the subject and having them get to the point where they want to research the information on their own, especially extraneous information.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By getting them interested in the subject through a reward-based system.

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

I would break it down into smaller, digestible pieces, as well as cater to the particular learning disability via tricks.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I would first figure out why they are having the trouble, and then teach them tricks to remember the main and most integral parts of the paragraph for later answers.

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

Getting them motivated and excited to learn through a reward system.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I would break down the subject into the "cool" parts, and work outwards from there.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I would do random mini-quizzes and flashcards.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

I would start from the basics - from the point the student is struggling in - and start with easy parts of the subject. As they know more, the confidence will increase and we will move on to the harder parts. However, once they have the foundation and understanding that they can answer some of the questions, the rest of the work is easy.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I would have them tell me what they are struggling with, and use that as a jumping off point to probe into more complicated areas of the subject.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

My methods are very adaptable and tailor-made for each student. That being said, the basic reward system is still the foundation of my teaching method.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I use any and all materials that a student might need, from playing with Silly Putty to stop them from fidgeting, to discipline to get them to answer tough questions, and everything in between.