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I received a high school diploma from the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Math and Science in 2017 with the title of honors with distinction. I also received a high school diploma from South Warren High School in 2017. South Warren was my high school for my freshman and sophomore years before I applied to and was accepted to the Gatton Academy where I completed my junior and senior years of high school. I am currently an undergraduate student at Northeastern University pursuing a Math/Physics double major. While at Gatton and at South Warren, I mainly focused on Math and Chemistry. Upon learning that Northeastern's Chemistry department did not focus much on physical or inorganic Chemistry, I decided to switch to Physics, and I have been loving it so far.
I tutored middle school subjects in most content areas as well as Chemistry I for high school while at South Warren. At Gatton, I tutored Calculus I & II and Discrete Math while also helping with Chemistry whenever asked. While at Northeastern, I have helped peers with Calculus II & III, Chemistry I, Physics I, and Math Reasoning. Nearly all of my tutoring experience has been one-on-one, and whoever I have helped has left feeling more confident about the material. On multiple occasions, I have been told that I teach better than the teacher. What I currently tutor is all Math that would be seen in high school as well as early undergraduate except for Statistics, which will change quite soon. I tutor Chemistry I & II and will be adding on Organic pretty soon. In Physics, I tutor Physics I & II, and that list will be growing rapidly as I take more classes. Lastly, I tutor all subjects on the ACT and SAT.
My favorite subjects to tutor are those in which serious thought and deep understanding are required, so really any subject is game as long it is approached with great curiosity. After starting to get into pure Math lately, I have been exhilarated with the challenge, novelty, and ingenuity of the field built by mere people with nothing but time to think, endless curiosity, and an active imagination. As a result, I try to bring a similar experience to any discipline that I work with. I believe that the best way to build deep understanding is not to rely on the results of previous thinkers to solve problems, but rather to use their results as a guide to a personal journey of rediscovering the field. With this, a student will build an understanding of the foundations upon which everything else is built, which I think are key to success later on.
When I was preparing for the ACT, I took online lessons with a tutor. Before each lesson, he would send me to work on practice tests. I would bring those, and in the course of reviewing how I did, he would teach me the concepts that I needed to know using the test problems. Similarly, I will send students home with work that can be used to elucidate their issues whether that be textbook reading, practice problems, or video demonstrations (such as Khan Academy). I will then review what they learned, fill in the gaps, and try to tie every thing together.
Success is highly dependent on communication of what issues a student is having as well as any questions the student has, which is where curiosity and motivation are so crucial. My mom often says that she does not have a magic wand that she can wave to make things better; similarly, I cannot make things better for a student unless they are willing to put in work. Regardless of how smart a person is, hard work is always necessary.
Outside of my studies, I play bassoon in both Band and Orchestra settings and take lessons. Getting deeper into music has really exposed me to the great intricacies involved in any craft that a person might take up. It is this intricacy that I look for in everything I do. I am a hopeless romantic at heart, and that strongly influences the songs, movies, and books that I like; however, this has made it so that my favorite media is deep and meaningful. Other than that, I am getting into exercising, and I have always been a fan of outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, etc. Lastly, I am supportive of social justice initiatives, and I am currently the treasurer for the Northeastern University Sexual Assault Response Coalition.

Karthik’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Northeastern University - Current Undergrad Student, Mathematics

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 33

ACT English: 33

ACT Math: 34

ACT Reading: 31

ACT Science: 35

SAT Composite: 1500

SAT Math: 790

SAT Writing: 710

AP Biology: 4

AP Chemistry: 5

AP Calculus BC: 5

AP Statistics: 5

AP Physics C: Mechanics: 4

SAT Mathematics Level 2: 800

SAT Subject Test in Chemistry: 730

SAT Subject Test in Physics: 730

PSAT Verbal: 740

PSAT Math: 760

PSAT: 1500

AP Computer Science A: 4

AP Human Geography: 5

Hobbies

Playing Bassoon, Listening to Music, Reading/Watching Insightful or Perspective-Changing Books/Videos, Reading Textbooks, Outdoor Activities, Spending Time with Friends and Family, and Having Deep Conversations

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Science

Algebra

Algebra 2

AP Physics C: Mechanics

Bassoon

Calculus

Calculus 2

Calculus 3

Chemistry

College Physics

Discrete Math

Finite Mathematics

High School Physics

Java

Mac Basic Computer Skills

Math

Mathematica

MATLAB

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Office

Middle School Math

Multivariable Calculus

Music

Physics

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

PSAT Critical Reading

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in Physics

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Science

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

Trigonometry