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Lesley University (MEd)
I have now successfully taught and tutored for 15 years, from kindergartners to graduate students, from domestic students to those from overseas. For standardized test preparation, I employ myriad strategies tailored to the individual learning styles of the particular student, in addition to those honed for the particular test. In regards to schoolwork, I endeavor to provide a confidence-building yet challenging environment whereby each student enjoyably learns to the best of her or his abilities.
I hold a BA in English, cum laude, from Colgate University and an MEd in teaching from Lesley University.
English is my specialty, though I have found that my skills and background have helped pupils in all content areas, including Science and Math, through at least middle school.
I teach and tutor because I enjoy working with children. There is nothing more rewarding than having a former student, a Yale graduate who now reports for the Huffington Post, contact me to thank him for being the teacher who truly taught him how to write back in middle school; or another, now an Army Ranger, track me down just to thank me for helping him in general.
Through those efforts, I have been fortunate to receive accolades from administrators, colleagues, parents, students, and Fulbright-Hays and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships during two recent summers, to Morocco and South Africa, respectively.
References are available upon request and feel free to send along any questions.
I look forward to working with you,
Jacob I have now successfully taught and tutored for 15 years, from kindergartners to graduate students, from domestic students to those from overseas. For standardized test preparation, I employ myriad strategies tailored to the individual learning styles of the particular… Read more
For groups of 2-3, it would be $35 per hour per pupil.
I hired Jacob to help me with my application essays for various Ph. D programs. Jacob made the process enjoyable and effortless. Jacob is so authentic and empathetic I felt completely comfortable with him. When I was stuck on a prompt, he would simply ask me questions in a way that opened my mind. What truly helped me was the fact that Jacob was truly interested in what I had to say and, in fact, showed enthusiasm for my perspective and knowledge. This gave me the confidence I needed to express myself openly.
Throughout all of our sessions, Jacob offered constant feedback so that I understood why it was important we make particular changes. I learned so much from Jacob that I feel as though I took an English composition course.
Jacob clearly loves tutoring. Nobody can be that good at teaching without this being the case. His experience working individually with pupils is apparent. He used many different teaching styles. He was capable of speaking to me in several different ways depending upon what was needed and he always let me know how I seemed to be feeling. If I was acting insecure, he made sure to tell me and then managed to talk me out of it fairly easily. I really felt as though he understood me and I know that he cared about my work.
As far as writing is concerned, Jacob is a magician. He would change one word or move some paragraphs around and the entire essay went from appearing mediocre to eloquent and professional. He is incredible fast at revision. I was always pleasantly surprised by the vast amount of proofing we completed in a single hour. One hour with Jacob is like three with hours working with someone else.
Jacob is extremely responsible. He always responded to my calls and emails within 24 hours. He knew what my deadlines were for each project. He kept a journal of our progress and emailed me progress reports. I now feel confident regarding by candidacy for a doctorate program.
Jacob's effective strategies help my son to strengthen his SAT skill in just short period of time! Very pleased to work with!
Look no further because Jacob is the tutor for you. Before our sessions began, I anticipated the SAT with incredible anxiety. Jacob was very patient, and challenged me to a new understanding of the test. He left me with a plethora of new skills as well as the confidence I needed to succeed. Each week he sent me a list of all of the strategies we reviewed to help me with the next practice test. Over weeks my results improved exponentially.
The lessons he taught me stretched beyond the SAT as well, I was able to become a more comprehensive reader, especially in AP English. Besides the educational value of Jacob's lessons, he was extremely amiable and easy going. He was the tutor that I looked forward to seeing every week, I even shared my gum with him.
Jacob is a very relaxed and pleasant person. He quickly picked up areas my son needs help with and gave some concrete and organizational strategies for him to use.
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I have taught middle school English full for 15 years, which has included time in a 6th grade classroom, classified as Elementary (K-6th) by WyzAnt. Additionally, I have had success tutoring students as young as kindergarten. From my years as Assistant Director at an overnight summer camp for campers as young as 7, I certainly had had much enjoyable experience with elementary school personalities.
English is my greatest strength, especially in regards to writing for all purposes, reading comprehension, and instilling sophisticated vocabulary. With over 15 years of experience in teaching English, I have worked successfully with over a thousand students and enjoy their indiviudality. I possess a full grasp of the academic material and, unlike what I see from some other tutors, the experience and ability to transfer that knowledge to students of diverse learning styles by accessing myriad teaching strategies.
I have traveled a fair amount, having received NEH and Fulbright-Hays summer fellowships, and particularly enjoy working with students of foreign cultures and countries.
Reading is one of my greatest strengths. I use a myriad of teaching strategies, such as learning vocabulary in context and analyzing via literary terms. Instilling confidence is a great key: I recently worked with a kindergartener who was below grade level, yet tested above grade level after just one hour-long session.
On the SAT, my goal is to incorporate some specific SAT test-taking techniques in addition to a greater understanding of the subject matter which can enhance reading and writing achievement in the classroom.
Writing is perhaps my greatest strength. In one national Library of Congress writing contest, my students, at odds of 250:1, won honors in eight of nine years.
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