Jay is the CEO of Signet Education. He has taken a broad academic path that spans the sciences and humanities. As a high-schooler, Jay excelled in the sciences, winning awards on the state level for chemistry in his home state of Florida. After being admitted to Harvard, Jay began studying physics. However, realizing that it was the exploration of the unknown and the search for meaning he was really after, he switched to the comparative study of religion. Jay studied abroad in India for his junior year and speaks fluent Hindi. He graduated from Harvard in 2005, and also attended Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship for jazz trumpet performance.
Jay's rigorous academic and musical paths have heavily influenced his methods as a tutor. Understanding the performative aspect of tutoring and the need to communicate, Jay constantly strives to tailor each and every second of every lesson to a student's needs at that very moment. Jay is a dynamic, charismatic, and down-to-earth instructor. With his SAT students he regularly sees 250-400 point gains.
Beyond tutoring, Jay is interested in managing and refining Signet Education. He was also a semi-professional jazz musician. He lives near the Signet tutoring center in Cambridge and you can almost always bet on finding him there at all hours, teaching or finding ways to make Signet even better!
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December 18, 2017The Signet Way Tips and Tools to Avoid the High School Whirlpool
The high school whirlpool is one of the biggest dangers high schooler face. What do we mean by that? Briefly, the whirlpool means getting sucked into pursuing a high school education that’s focused on the expectations of others rather than what is best for you and your family. Read on to learn more about what it means and how to avoid getting sucked in. Read more
December 11, 2017Organizational Coaching How to Manage Your Homework Deadlines
At Signet, we use a couple of mantras that we’ve found to be really powerful for students at all levels and stages of the academic process. One of our favorites is “plan your work, work your plan.” It sounds simple, but applied well, it helps with focus, time management, and productivity. Read on to learn more. Read more
December 4, 2017Parents When is the Pressure Too High?
As educators, we can help students and families work through issues about student stress and anxiety. But it’s our colleagues in psychology who have the best perspective on and tools to address these challenges. Read our interview between Jay Bacrania, Signet’s CEO, and Dr. Angela Currie, a psychologist at NESCA. Read more