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PrepNow Tutor - Jacob D.

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Jacob's Bio

Creative and grounded, tutor Jacob D. enjoys providing students with strategies and techniques that will help them not only with test-taking but also going further in their academic goals. From Northwestern University, Jacob graduated magna cum laude with his BA with a theatre major and English minor. Although an accomplished tutor and teacher, Jacob is currently pursuing his MA in teaching along with a Certification of communication arts and literature.

As an educator and mentor, Jacob has worked with multiple students in various disciplines. He is a high school assistant speech coach for many categories such as political, debate, and essay-length speeches. His time as a speech coach inspired him to become a teacher because he “loves working with students one-on-one and helping them follow their creative instincts.” He was an Americorps volunteer in a reading corps program and has worked as a high school substitute teacher for honors and modified English. Outside the classroom, Jacob has tutored in ACT/SAT prep, graded standardized tests, judged speech and one-act play competitions, and directed high school plays.

Jacob describes his teaching style as focusing on “growth mindset - it doesn't matter where a student starts from, they can always learn new skills and expand their horizons.” As a tutor, Jacob likes to steer his students away from a single-minded, results-oriented approach to learning and instead help students build positive and active study habits and learning comprehension. When students no longer see learning as a battle to be won, Jacob finds their anxiety decreases while their test scores increase.

Jacob’s career as an educator has been full of successes, but he’s also been successful in his own academic journey. He competed in the National Spelling Bee and competed in Scrabble tournaments. He was a National Merit Scholar, a Student Essay Contest Winner, and received the Dr. Tom Knabel Academic Achievement Award which included a scholarship from the PFUND Foundation.

Jacob’s passion for speech also translates into a passion for theatre. Along with having directed high school plays, he’s had had several short plays produced. Jacob is not only a playwright but also an avid writer of non-fiction and fiction. When not focused on his own stories, he enjoys movies and is quite enamored with the TV shows Survivor and Jeopardy!, hoping to one day compete on both.

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