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I am a medical student who loves math and science and wants to help all students excel in these subjects! I was born in Pakistan, but grew up in Virginia. I went to Haverford College and obtained a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry. I currently attend Jefferson Medical College and will be graduating in 2018.

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Naila’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Haverford College - Bachelors, Chemistry

Test Scores

ACT English: 34

ACT Math: 34


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Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Focusing on the strategies of how to learn helps the most in the long run, and I hope to teach my students that in addition to the material.

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

In a typical first session, I like to review what the student is currently learning. This helps me assess how the student is doing and what the material is, so that I can offer resources and be more prepared to teach effectively in the upcoming sessions.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I think students have to learn how to learn and which techniques work best for them. I will help students explore various means of learning (flashcards, practice problems, ways of note taking), so that they can see what works for them and what does not.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I think showing the student that their efforts are working is the best way to motivate them. I will teach them and then show them that they ARE learning and they will improve their grades if they keep going!

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

I would utilize various ways of teaching: drawing diagrams and showing relevant videos. I will then try to understand from the student what they are failing to understand and work specifically on their area of confusion.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I like to review reading strategies and then practice, practice, practice. For a short-term benefit, that is best. I also want to motivate my students to read on a regular basis, and read what they like, because that is what shows most improvement in scores in the long run.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Introducing students to resources that they can use even outside of the tutoring session is something I feel strongly about. Additionally, helping them find study techniques that work for them is the best way I can help students so that they can help themselves through the rest of their education.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Applying education to real life is the way to get students engaged.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?


How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Helping students understand concepts to the point where they start getting practice questions correct is the way to increase their confidence. I will do just that.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I see where they are lacking understanding and return to those concepts to solidify foundations that we can build on together.

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