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Maani

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I have been a private tutor for the past 14 years since graduating from high school, as it has helped me throughout my studies to master the topics and stay fresh. I have worked with students in high school to senior undergraduates in math and sciences. I have different teaching experiences as a tutor for math and science, and teaching assistant at Johns Hopkins University and UCLA School of Medicine.

My unique educational background has greatly helped me to be a better mentor. Following high school, I studied medicine for three years in a foreign medical school. I then started my education all anew in community college in California, and after two years transferred to Johns Hopkins' Engineering. I graduated in 2014 with multiple departmental and general honors and distinctions, and in 2015 I started studying medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Because of this background, I have been able to help numerous students with developing time-management and study skills, choosing a robust academic plan and appropriate extracurricular activities, and successfully pursue their unique academic goals. I have served on the Admissions Committee of the UCLA School of Medicine and have also helped numerous students with their college transfer and medical school applications.

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Maani’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Johns Hopkins University - Bachelor of Science, Materials Science and Engineering

Test Scores

MCAT Physical Sciences: 14

MCAT Biological Sciences: 13

Hobbies

hanging out with friends, playing setar (a Persian instrument), cooking, going on road trips, reading on governance philosophy


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I love teaching, but only to students who enjoy what they are learning. I don't think it is the job of the tutor to motivate the students, so I don't work with students who would only like to pass a course. But as long as the student is motivated to do very well in their classes and even go beyond class requirements I am happy to help.

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

I am invested and interested in all of the education of my students, and their career goals, which makes me a good choice for long term tutoring. So in the first session, I spend most of the time getting to know the student, their goals in the class, and their career goals, so I can tailor class material and my teaching method to that student's goals in the future sessions.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

The key there is "stay." If a student is already motivated, all it takes to keep them there is to be good at teaching the material and emphasize their application in the future, so the student keeps learning and benefiting from the class.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Usually this is because students have not fully learned the material from previous classes. So I ask them questions that help me find those materials and review them with the student. In the few cases where it is only the current material student has problem with, the key is practice! So I offer as many practice problems as I can, and I always teach students how to design questions, so that way they can have unlimited practice material!


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