Hi, I'm Panth! I am a student at Johns Hopkins University studying Mechanical Engineering. I have a significant amount of experience tutoring; I started tutoring for the National Honor Society in my junior year of high school and have tutored dozens of students since then.
Over the past four years, I've tutored students to help them succeed in a variety of subjects from pre-algebra and multivariable calculus to biology and writing. Not only have I tutored students for their classes, but I have also helped with standardized test preparation for middle school students with the NJASK/PARCC to high school students taking the SAT, SAT subject tests, and AP exams. I truly enjoy tutoring because I get to work with students of a diverse backgrounds and academic levels and because helping them succeed is significantly gratifying. Please feel free to email me with any questions or help you may need!
Early in high school, I struggled with math just like many of the students I tutored. Eventually, I had to change the way I learned and how I studied for tests to succeed. As a result, I can put myself in the shoes of those I tutor and find what they struggle with because, frankly, I likely struggled with the same problems at some point.
Email me with any questions about classes you're taking or any help you need with studying! I'll be more than happy to help you in any way I can!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Johns Hopkins University - Current Undergrad, Mechanical Engineering
SAT Composite: 2280
SAT Math: 760
SAT Verbal: 760
SAT Writing: 760
AP Biology: 4
AP Calculus BC: 4
AP Statistics: 4
AP English Language: 5
AP World History: 4
SAT Mathematics Level 2: 770
SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 750
SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M: 720
AP Psychology: 5
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
The goal is always to make the student self-sufficient. Tutoring should not become a crutch that a student relies on but rather a support that strengthens the student's confidence in their own abilities. I always teach my students how to tackle problems on their own and reinforce the requirement that they be able to solve for the answer without relying on someone to help, because on tests and exams they cannot rely on anyone except themselves.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first session is almost always dedicated to learning about how the student learns. Do they struggle with lecture type teaching but succeed with other methods such as diagrams and interactive learning? How do they study during the days leading up to exams? Are most of the mistakes they make based on the basics or on the more complex intricacies of problems? All of these questions help plan out what a student needs to work on to improve their grades and, more importantly, their understanding of the material.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The student becoming an independent learner is by far the most important goal as a tutor. Students will not always have a tutor, and they certainly will not have anyone helping them during exams. As a result, my tutoring method is to always reinforce the ability of the student to solve problems on their own. We do not move forward to more complex topics until the student shows that they are able to solve questions without anyone providing hints or direction. Finally, I introduce my students to resources that I have used in the past so that they are able to better understand material when they do not have direct access to a tutor.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation and confidence go hand in hand. Showing students that they CAN grasp the material and succeed in solving the challenges they face help students stay motivated. That is why we start from the most basic level where a student may be struggling and build up from there. As the student moves forward and solves problems on their own, they gain confidence in their ability and are more motivated to expand what they have learned.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Go back to the basics. Find the point where the difficulty is stemming from and build up from there at whatever pace is best for the student. The difficulty usually comes from a weakness in the understanding of an earlier concept, so helping reinforce that ensures that the student is able to grasp the more difficult material.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Encourage them to read. Studies have shown that reading increases reading comprehension. Sure, some materials such as newspapers are better than others to improve comprehension, but by encouraging students to read books that they want to read, they are more likely to keep reading. Aside from this, working through example passages and literary techniques, such as tone, mood, and so forth helps students pick up on exactly what the author was trying to say.