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Vaishnavi

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My favorite part about tutoring is the "aha" moment when individuals are able to finally understand a particularly difficult concept. With two years of experience as a tutor at the Math and Resource Center at UMKC, I have gained many skills that allow me to be confident that my students have effectively mastered what they are learning in the classroom and are able to apply it to real-life situations. I have learned to adapt to the individual needs of each student. Furthermore, I also volunteer at the UMKC Dream Project, an organization in which we tutor middle school and high school students from the Kansas City area. As a current medical student at UMKC, I am able to tutor higher level science courses, but I am also comfortable with helping my clients with math courses and test prep. My goal for my students is that they understand concepts so well that they will remember it at any time, from answering questions in class to excelling on exams.

Vaishnavi’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: UMKC - Bachelor in Arts, Biology, General

Graduate Degree: UMKC School of Medicine - Doctor of Medicine, Medicine

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 34

ACT English: 34

ACT Math: 33

ACT Reading: 35

ACT Science: 35

SAT Composite: 2330

SAT Math: 770

SAT Verbal: 770

SAT Writing: 790

Hobbies

Dancing, Reading, and Writing

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Writing

Algebra

Algebra 2

Anatomy & Physiology

AP Biology

Art

Biology

Cardiology

Cell Biology

Chemistry

CLEP Prep

CLEP Biology

CLEP Chemistry

CLEP College Algebra

CLEP Human Growth and Development

CLEP Introductory Sociology

CLEP Precalculus

College Algebra

College Application Essays

College Biology

College Chemistry

College English

Developmental Biology

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

Emergency Medicine

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Ethics

General Biology

Geometry

Handwriting

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Physics

Histology

HSPT Quantitative Prep

HSPT Verbal Prep

Human Development

IB BIology

IB Chemistry

Immunology

College Math

Languages

Law

Math

Medical Ethics

Medical Terminology

Medicine

Microbiology

Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Molecular Biology

Molecular Genetics

Neurobiology

Neuroscience

Organic Chemistry

Other

Pathology

Physical Science

Physics

Physiology

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

PSAT Mathematics

PSAT Writing Skills

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M

SAT Subject Test in Chemistry

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language

Science

Social Sciences

Sociology

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spelling Bee

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Elementary Level

Summer

Test Prep

Trigonometry

Virology


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My goal is for my students to understand a concept so well that they are able to answer any question related to the subject.

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

In a typical first session, I try to understand the client's goals for our sessions, as well as long-term goals. Also, I try to understand how they like to learn and the areas in which the student needs improvement.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Initially, I like to guide students step-by-step through the concepts that we are aiming to learn. Then, we review some questions together. After that, I have the student complete questions on their own. In this way, they are gradually able to transition to the "independent learner" stage.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I help a student stay motivated by telling them what they are doing correct. Then, we work on the difficult problems. If they are unable to understand on the first try, I try to take a step back and build on previous knowledge that they already have. In this way, students are able to stay motivated after realizing the step-by-step process.

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

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, it is important to know exactly what the student is not understanding. After that, explaining the concept that is difficult. Then, I have the student try easier questions, and then ask them to complete even harder questions and make sure that they understand the concept being asked.