Hey! My name is Nikhil and I just finished my junior year at Emory University. I am working towards a B.S in Biology and plan to graduate in December 2016. I have been tutoring since my sophomore year of high school, both privately around my area, as well as over a year at Mathnasium.
I tutor test prep, such as SAT and ACT, as well as many academic subjects ranging from elementary school through high school. My favorite subjects to tutor are those involving math or science as those were my favorite as a student growing up and even now in college. My tutoring approach is is very personal and practice-based. I truly believe kids will be more interested in a subject and more likely to succeed if they develop some sort of a connection to the teacher and I believe the most important tool in improving is practice. These two were key in my studies and have been important factors in my tutoring experience so far.
Outside of school, I am a huge sports and TV/movie buff. I love watching sports, as well as just playing outside with friends. In addition, I really enjoy watching movies and TV shows. My favorite movie is The Dark Knight and my current TV shows are Suits, Game of Thrones, and Supernatural.
I'm really passionate about tutoring and helping kids succeed as I saw how vital it was for me growing up; I look to provide the same guidance and assistance for other kids, as well!
Emory University - Current Undergrad, Biology
ACT English: 31
ACT Math: 34
ACT Reading: 31
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
My tutoring approach is very personal and practice-based. I truly believe kids will be more interested in a subject and more likely to succeed if they develop some sort of a connection to the teacher. I also believe the most important tool in improving is practice. These two were key in my studies and have been important factors in my tutoring experience so far.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In my typical first session I would like to get to know the student and his/her background. Knowing where the student is coming from and attaining to go will help us build a more cohesive connection throughout our tutoring time and also allow me to plan and interact more efficiently for future sessions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I believe the best way to allow a student to become an independent learner is through practice and properly-led questions. Practice allows a student to develop and learn on their own. Through practice they can better self-reflect on their methods and thought process. I also believe properly-led questions are crucial in allowing the student to arrive at the answer on their own. Steady guidance leads to higher confidence and growth than if I were to just tell them the answer.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
To keep a student motivated I would always look to mix it up and try presenting the subject and problems from different angles. In addition, I would try to help relate the subject to their life. If that familiar connection is made then they are more likely to maintain their interest.