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Neel

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My name is Neel Rana. I studied philosophy and film in college and received a B.A. in Humanities with Honors. I also attended a Post-Bacc Pre-Medical program for two years and am in the process of applying to medical school. I have worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA, a private tutor, and in Harm Reduction.

Neel’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Shimer College - Bachelors, Humanities

Graduate Degree: Mills College - Current Grad Student, Post-Bacc Pre-Med

Test Scores

MCAT: 522

Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems: 130

Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills: 131

Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems: 131

Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior: 131

Hobbies

Reading fiction, technology, writing, harm reduction, and the San Francisco 49ers

Tutoring Subjects

MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

Graduate Test Prep

MCAT Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

MCAT Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe it is crucial to teach to the style and needs of your students. Good teachers and tutors are chameleons.

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

My first session, particularly for standardized test prep, involves getting to know the student and letting the student get to know the test.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

It is important to allow students to work through problems after you have taught them concepts on their own. By showing them their own abilities, their confidence as a student will grow.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I tell them to focus on the big picture. It can be difficult to get excited or motivated to study for the SAT, but it's much easier if you contextualize it as working towards a future at your dream college.