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Nihaal

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I am a graduate of Duke University with a BS in Biology, with a sub-concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology. I also hold a minor in chemistry. As a former high school teacher I know the struggle many students face when tacking hard sciences. As a former teacher, tutor, and current medical student I know one truth in science: mastering fundamentals is vital to success. It will be my goal to help students master the fundamentals of any scientific subject. Then, I plan on taking you to the next level by teaching you think critically. Finally, we will enjoy a synthesis of basic fundamentals and asbtract/critical thinking to help us master even the most complex areas of science. I enjoy teaching/tutoring biology, chemistry, and anatomy. I also have a strong background in pharmacology and can help students master this difficult subject area, too. I love to tutor because it forces me to master a subject area. Furthermore, it allows me to inspire young men and women to fall in love with sciences. Personally, I spend my time weight lifting, fishing, hiking, golfing, and playing anything outdoors.

Nihaal’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Duke University - Bachelor of Science, Cell & Molecular Biology

Hobbies

Weightlifting, Basketball, Golf, Fishing, Reading

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

Algebra 2

Anatomy

Anatomy & Physiology

AP Biology

AP Chemistry

Biology

Chemistry

College Biology

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

Math

MCAT

Middle School Math

Neuroscience

Pharmacology

Physiology

Pre-Algebra

Science


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe in learning and understanding instead of memorizing. In the age of the Internet, students need not cram facts they can retrieve in seconds. It is more important to master critical thinking skills in any discipline and be able to apply fundamental basics to complex problem solving.

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

Evaluate the goals and needs of the students. Then, outline a study timetable and checkpoints along the way.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By helping them master fundamental basics and critical thinking skills.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Helping keep topics fresh and interesting.

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

Present in a simple way. The hardest concepts can always be simplified into the basic fundamentals of that subject.