Columbia University, 2014, major in Sociocultural Anthropology, minor in Jazz Studies, 3.73 GPA, Dean’s List 2010-2014; composite score of 2240 on SAT I; 760 on SAT US History subject test; score of 5 on AP exams in Calculus, US History, European History, Comparative Government, English Language, and English Literature; Bronfman Youth Fellow 2009; Stuyvesant High School.
Jacob grew up in New York City where he was lucky enough to learn in several diverse educational and experiential settings. He started off at the Bank Street School for Children, a progressive elementary and middle school and then attended Stuyvesant High School, which in contrast to Bank Street, is a rigorous and test-driven environment. During his time at Stuyvesant, Jacob had a number of inspiring and dedicated teachers, particularly in the humanities, who stimulated an interest in social justice and American politics.
During his time at Columbia, Jacob pored over ethnographic texts and social theory treatises, closely studied trance and possession rituals in Haiti and Bali, and transcribed the solos of John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk. The breadth of Jacob’s college education required keeping his quantitative and critical thinking sharp, particularly useful while delving deeply into the humanities. Throughout his time as an student, he also focused on music, playing guitar in a variety of jazz and rock ensembles and taking a number of music theory and ethnomusicology classes.
When tutoring for standardized tests, Jacob seeks to help students identify their greatest points of weakness, whether in the material or simply as test-takers, and provide them with methods for tackling those problems from a variety of angles. While he is devoted to providing students with the material and strategies to get the best test results, Jacob also emphasizes the importance of academic curiosity, experimentation, and problem solving skills. He wants his students not only to ace their tests but also to become enthusiastic lifelong learners.
When Jacob isn’t tutoring, he is pursuing a career as a guitarist, performing at various venues throughout New York City. He also volunteers at the Community Action School (MS 54), conducting weekly literacy foundations sessions with middle school kids.