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Rahul

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I recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a double major in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering. I am currently working at a start up company in Pittsburgh. I am passionate about learning, regardless of the field, and I strive to do my very best at everything I do. I enjoy helping people learn; I don't want people to feel afraid of the sciences and will work hard to find a method of teaching that makes the subject seem more interesting.

Rahul’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Carnegie Mellon University - Bachelors, Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering

Test Scores

SAT Math: 750

SAT Verbal: 770

AP Biology: 5

AP Calculus AB: 5

AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism: 4

AP Physics C: Mechanics: 4

SAT Mathematics Level 2: 740

SAT Subject Test in Chemistry: 800

SAT Subject Test in Physics: 750

Hobbies

For extracurriculars I have a wide variety of interests, ranging from music to ultimate frisbee to outdoor adventures.


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

In my experience, students learn best when the tutor is really excited about the material and encourages students by praising them when they do well. It eventually makes the subject less tedious and the student more willing to do the work.

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

Ask them questions about their academic background, what subjects they like/are interested in, what they have covered in their course and what they are having difficulty with, if any.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Being an independent learner is a very important skill and something that I try to teach when I tutor. I do it by making the student try and solve the problem on their own, and then ask questions when they become stuck or don't properly understand a concept.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I believe that being really excited about the subject as the tutor and providing praise when the student does something right helps keep students motivated.

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

Try to figure out why they are having difficulty, and find a different way to explain the idea so that it might become clearer to the student.

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

I like to make students present what they have learned to me or anyone else who is around, in the form of an educational lesson. If there is a whiteboard available, they need to draw relevant diagrams. It really reinforces the material, helps the student practice presenting under pressure and shows the student how much they have learned.