Hi, my name is Deepal and I'm a sophomore at USC studying Biomedical Engineering. In high school, I maintained a 4.0 GPA while participating in organizations like Mu Alpha Theta so that I could tutor struggling math students in subjects ranging from Algebra to Calculus III. Seeing how comfortable I was in the environment really made an impact on me, and I want to continue that experience tutoring through Varsity Tutors both online and in person. Students I have tutored before in math and standardized testing subjects tell me that my strategies and quick methods for arriving at solutions saves them a great deal of time and energy as they take their exams, which reaffirms my passion and love of tutoring. In my classroom experiences, I found that sometimes the methods that were taught were just too confusing, so then I either created or looked up better ways that secured a better grade for me in the class; the idea that the same problem can be solved in many ways is an idea I try to impart in all of my students so that they can feel comfortable using a process they picked out instead. In my free time, Iove to watch movies, play Super Smash Bros, listen to new music, and read articles on Flipboard.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Southern California - Bachelors, Biomedical Engineering
Graduate Degree: University of Southern California - Masters, Biomedical Engineering
ACT Composite: 34
ACT English: 34
ACT Math: 34
ACT Reading: 35
ACT Science: 33
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1570
SAT Math: 770
SAT Verbal: 750
SAT Writing: 800
Reading NYT, Quartz, and other news media, reading for leisure, listening to music, watching movies, gaming, and learning to code.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is that there's many ways to arrive at the same answer, but in school you learn one rigid method and stick to it. Finding a way that is easier, more efficient, or even longer if it means less memorization is key.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I'd like to gauge where exactly they need assistance by getting a grasp of their current skill set. From there, we can meet criteria required of a class or of a test by developing the current skills as a foundation.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I believe that teaching more than one way to do a problem allows the student to choose what they prefer. When given that option of methods, in my experience, students will more readily approach a problem.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
For me, getting something right is the best motivator - especially if it takes you multiple tries or more effort than you're used to. If the current problem is too challenging, we can take it down a notch, but the key to improvement is being able to apply one concept to any problem. Developing that characteristic in a student, along with guidance and constant mentorship, is a strong motivator.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Whenever I have difficulty learning a concept, it often helps to break it down into the distinct aspects of the concept. Usually, new concepts come after ones previously learned. Making sure those previous concepts are strong in foundation, then building them together one by one, is great help for learning.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension was something I struggled with for a long time myself, until I developed the practice of marking up and annotating the passage as much as possible. The simple act of taking notes as you're reading improves retention a lot. You can often answer questions asked of you by looking at those notes.