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I have an MS in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and a BS in Bioengineering and English from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). I also worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. as a scientist. I am passionate about math, science, and learning in general. I have spent the last four years teaching and tutoring and have enjoyed every minute of it. I work well with students of all ages, including elementary students through post-graduate students. After tutoring a variety of personalities, I have learned to cater my lessons to the individual student's needs. I understand that each student is unique and will be faced with different challenges, which can be overcome by developing a personalized studying skill-set. Throughout my career I have become proficient in higher level subjects, including mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, English, and literature, as well as standardized tests. Specifically, as an MS student at CMU, I won a teaching assistant award given to me for my work as a teaching assistant for the graduate and undergraduate biotechnology course and the undergraduate physiology course. Since July 2012, I have been working as a GRE tutor for Next Step Test Preparation, LLC. Prior to that I worked from 2011-2012 as a tutor at Right Angle Tutors and as a math and science teacher at Wilshire Academy in Los Angeles. Additionally, I have tutored many students privately and helped convey concepts in my classes to my peers. Through my work in research and leadership I have collaborated with many people and understand how to reach students to give them the support they need outside of their classrooms. My work in the food service industry and as a tour guide has developed my communication skills. These skills have been beneficial to myself and my students in my positions as a private tutor and teacher. I have expressed my desire to continue to develop my love for communication and writing through obtaining degrees in both English and Bioengineering. I hope to use this interest to better myself as a teacher because I understand the keystone to teaching is communication and the ability to clearly express one's ideas. I have practiced these proficiencies in speaking with Caltech students, faculty, administration, and trustees throughout my time as the Vice President of the Caltech student body (2009-2010). I dealt with controversial campus-wide issues requiring compromises that I often had to engineer and present to multiple parties for approval. This leadership position also allowed me to connect people who had good ideas with people who had access to resources. I have learned to be adaptable through these positions. The Caltech honor code has also been a positive influence in my everyday life, and I hope to emphasize to students the satisfaction and drive that one can obtain by working hard to master difficult material. I take joy in learning about these subjects and would appreciate the opportunity to spread my excitement to students. As the majority of my experience has been in one-on-one sessions with students, I feel most comfortable in this environment. I also have significant experience in teaching standardized tests. Other than developing medical devices and teaching, I like to spend my time dancing (tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, bhangra), making art (painting, making comics, creating anything), and enjoying comedy (Louis CK, Bill Burr, Jessica Williams, Kumail Nanjiani, TJ Miller, etc.).

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Pallavi’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: California Institute of Technology - Bachelor of Science, Bioengineering and English

Graduate Degree: Carnegie Mellon University - Master of Science, Biomedical Engineering

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 35

ACT English: 34

ACT Math: 34

ACT Reading: 34

ACT Science: 36

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1510

SAT Math: 740

SAT Writing: 780


Dance, Comedy, Art, Reading

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Prep

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Science

ACT Writing

Advanced Placement Prep


Algebra 2


Anatomy & Physiology



Biomedical Engineering


College Algebra

College Biology

College Chemistry

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math


Essay Editing



High School Biology

High School Chemistry

High School English

Honors Chemistry




Middle School Math


PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills


SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M

SAT Subject Test in Literature

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language


Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep


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