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I have an MBA from Emory University and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Temple University. I have worked as a microprocessor design engineer and M&A management consultant at a Big 4 consulting firm. I work currently as marketing manager at a global technology firm. I also pursue acting in film and TV, have appeared in a few shows and produced and released my own Bollywood feature film in India.

I love communicating and storytelling. I believe high-tech marketing and tutoring are similar in that they are both about communicating and explaining complex concepts in clear and compelling manner to the audience. And acting too is similar, except in this case, you are trying to tell a story with emotional impact and that brings the performer and the viewer closer.

In terms of teaching experience, I have tutored for a well known tutoring institution and have also privately tutored GMAT, GRE, and Linear Algebra). I was a Teaching Assistant in business school for Marketing and Entrepreneurship. In graduate school I was a Teaching Assistant for Engineering.

My favorite subjects to tutor are GMAT and GRE, algebra, and geometry. I am also open to teaching Marketing and Strategy courses if you are struggling with those.

I love breaking down complex concepts into easy to understand chunks and ideas, explaining things visually and providing structure and frameworks for test taking. Especially for standardized tests, with the right strategies and coaching, I believe it is possible to ace the GMAT and GRE.

On a personal level, I am very much interested in a wide variety of topics and read a lot. Some of my favorite topics are personal development, entrepreneurship, the incredible potential of technology and the possibility of a singularity and traveling.

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Rafiq’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Madras - Bachelors, Electrical Engineering

Graduate Degree: Emory University - Masters, Business

Test Scores

GMAT: 740


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Tutoring Subjects


GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment

GMAT Integrated Reasoning

GMAT Quantitative

GMAT Verbal

Graduate Test Prep


GRE Analytical Writing

GRE Quantitative

GRE Verbal


Quantitative Reasoning


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Patience, empathy, and flexibility according to the student's teaching styles and needs.

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

Get to know them, and make them feel comfortable. Understand their goals with the test and what the test is in pursuit of.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Three equally important ways: 1. Really understand the core concepts and principles 2. Learn to detect categories and patterns of problems, so the concepts and principles can be applied 3. Practice, practice, practice

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Help them see how every effort they make pays off, whether immediately or over time. Encourage them, and appreciate any positive learning they demonstrate. The direction of growth is more important than the amount of growth. Be patient. Show that any complex topic can be decomposed and understood.

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

Break it down into easier chunks. Use appropriate style - visual, examples, verbal explanations, metaphors and parallels, etc. Work from the simplest example of a problem to progressively difficult variations.

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