Every child should be able to earn scholarships, pass their AP exams, and experience the collaboration and discovery that come from science.
If you really want to see my "resume" you can scroll down to the bottom of this page. But this isn't about me.
It's about a vision: What if a child could miss a week of school and still learn more than all the other students who were in class? With the right study habits and enthusiasm, this is easily possible.
Over the past year or so, I started to think about how I could help to solve a serious problem--most public schools in America are failing miserably. One morning I looked at the workbook the kids were using for my biology class. I realized that "fill-in-the-blanks" exercises weren't going to make my students any smarter. They sure wouldn't help our youth become critical or creative thinkers.
Something needs to change.
In 2016 I left a full-time biology teaching job with the Los Angeles Unified School District. I started working for a much smaller district, and right away I noticed the difference. People have the time to get to know each other face-to-face in this small town community. The students perform a lot better.
This confirms my belief that the best learning happens with personalized teaching. This belief is the reason I always go through a 2-week trial before I take on a new student, and I limit myself to 3 tutoring students at a time.
In my personal tutoring, and in my website, I want to bring out the best in all students. I constantly challenge them in ways that most tutoring scenarios just can't match.
If my tutoring style isn't for you, or if I'm already booked, I hope you'll still sign up for the free tips below. These tips are priceless for anyone at any age.
About Jacob Bear
Jacob Bear is a Noyce scholar who has taught in both public and private schools from the British Center in Rome, Italy to the High Schools of Los Angeles, CA. Since 2001 he has taught both Advanced Placement (AP) classes and courses for students with special needs. He has also created a completely self-taught online biology curriculum for home school students.
Jacob earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and obtained his science teaching credential through the prestigious ACT program at California State University, Northridge.
As an active member of the National Science Teacher's Association, he stays on top of the new academic standards for science, as well as the job skills that are in demand for the 21st Century. He currently works for the Arcadia Unified School District in Arcadia, California.