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Hi, I am a current undergraduate at Harvard college. I have experience tutoring all levels of mathematics from elementary math to linear algebra. I am also well versed in test prep, personally having scored perfect scores on the SAT math II subject test and the ACT. Because I am an undergraduate, I am freshly acquainted with the ACT and SAT II math subject test, having just taken them.

As a tutor I am comfortable teaching through the entirety of a concept as well as providing the extra guidance necessary to help students push through a challenging problem. During my lessons, I mostly focus on students practicing and performing each problems on their own, instead of only showing them how.

I encourage students to never adopt the phrase "I'm bad at math" when they struggle or are in need of help. Too many students accept the self-perpetuating fate that they are "bad at math" when all they need is a little more help and practice. I would like to provide that help.

Kushagra’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Harvard University - Current Undergrad, Applied Mathematics

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 36

ACT English: 35

ACT Math: 36

ACT Reading: 35

ACT Science: 36

SAT Composite: 2300

SAT Math: 770

SAT Verbal: 790

SAT Writing: 740

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

Algebra 2

AP Calculus AB

C

Calculus

Calculus 3

Computer Science

CSS

HTML

IB Further Mathematics

IB Information Technology in a Global Society

IB Mathematical Studies

IB Mathematics

Linux

Math

Pre-Algebra

Python

SAT Prep

SAT Math

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

As a tutor, I am comfortable teaching through the entirety of a concept as well as providing the extra guidance necessary to help students push through a challenging problem. During my lessons, I mostly focus on students practicing and performing each problem on their own, instead of only showing them how.

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

In a typical first session, I would attempt to determine the student's skill level through questions and then plan out material to cover from there.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

During my lessons, I mostly focus on students practicing and performing each problem on their own, instead of only showing them how, which helps them learn how to think and learn on their own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I encourage students to never adopt the phrase "I'm bad at math/English/science" when they struggle or are in need of help. Too many students accept the self-perpetuating fate that they are "bad at math" or "bad" at any subject, when all they need is a little more help and practice. I would like to provide that help.

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

I would guide them through the thought process of how to conceptually solve the problem and contextualize it in the real world rather than having them memorize formulaic thinking.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I guide students through individual parts of reading comprehension and various strategies such as reading aloud, reading over, and focusing on segmentation understanding.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I have found the most successful strategies all revolve around showing a student that I am here to help and guide them; not force them to learn and memorize.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I would ask the student about their hobbies and interests, and try to incorporate that into the subject material.

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

I would ask them to teach me the material back, as this ensures they truly understand the material.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

I have them try it over and over again until the problem is essentially second nature to them.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I try to discuss this in the first lesson, and I ask them what their goals and desires are with the subject, be it grade improvement, test score raising, or whatever else. The key is listening.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I ask the student what type of learner they are rather than trying to determine it myself. Everyone learns in a different way, and the best person to determine how you learn is yourself.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I typically use textbooks, online resources that I can share with a student, practice problems, and a whiteboard.