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Deven

I am a first-year medical student attending Rosalind Franklin University. I completed my bachelor's degree at UC San Diego studying Bioengineering with an emphasis on Control Systems and Mathematical Modeling. I have worked with graduate students, collegiate students, and school students. Tutoring is one of the most satisfying ways I spend my time. I value and enjoy building a rapport with each student so I can challenge him or her to think critically about a given problem. On the flip side, I continually remind my students to critique and to question what I am presenting, especially if a point is unclear. This not only helps my students to gain a complete understanding, but it also drives me to improve how I explain a concept.

My passion for being a tutor comes from my family. I am the oldest son in a family of four children and took great pride helping my younger siblings with their homework while I was in high school. In my free time, I enjoy being active. I played collegiate lacrosse and also enjoy surfing, running, and playing soccer when I have some extra free time.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of California-San Diego - BS, Bioengineering

MCAT: 36

Lacrosse, Running, Surfing, Hockey, Football, Math, Biotechnology

What is your teaching philosophy?

I first make sure my students have a fundamental understanding of the basic topic. Then, through example problems and my questioning, I help guide my student to extrapolate the applications.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Get to know about their current course work, how they like the subjects they are studying, and a bit about what they enjoy doing outside the classroom!

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I try to have the students teach back material to me and to construct problems that are an extrapolation of a given concept. This process is important to self-identifying holes in one's knowledge and helps to solidify concepts that a student truly understands.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Constant communication is a key component to keeping someone motivated. I think establishing that you're a team working towards a common goal is a powerful tool.