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I have always been fascinated by biology, and I am in awe of how beautifully the biological mechanisms work at the micro and macro levels. I did my bachelor’s degree in pharmacy in India. However, it was during my graduate studies that I discovered my passion for neuroscience and neuropharmacology, which became the focus of my research.
During my school years, I enjoyed teaching and helping out my classmates with their schoolwork as well as teaching younger students. I first started tutoring and mentoring undergraduate students during my Ph.D. studies in pharmacology at the University of Mississippi: I worked as a teaching assistant for three years for physiology and pathophysiology students in addition to guiding interns in my research lab for their projects. I enjoyed interacting with the students, sensing their curiosities and channeling their knowledge in their areas of interest. It was a great feeling to see the joy and satisfaction they derived when they truly understood the concepts that I taught or achieved their academic goals. I have also previously been an after-school science educator for elementary school students. Currently, I enjoy working with elementary and middle school students to help them navigate and gain confidence in difficult academic subjects and in test prep, whether they’re seeking mastery of math or stronger reading and writing skills. I also enjoy sharing my love of science and helping high school students to build strong foundations in Biology and Chemistry.
Throughout my education, I have had some wonderful teachers who have fostered my immense interest in science and learning, and I strive to do the same for my students. My approach is to help students understand the core concepts of a subject, which allows them to logically apply their knowledge for problem-solving. I like to teach different concepts with interesting and practical examples, which make learning interesting rather than rote memorization. Being a scientist myself, I encourage students’ curiosity for STEM topics and innovative thinking. I feel that the 1-on-1 format helps students feel more comfortable to ask questions and the pace and method of teaching can be adjusted to their individual learning styles.
When I am not tutoring, you’ll find me reading interesting books and jewelry making with beads (I plan to have an Etsy shop someday). I also love dancing—everything from Bollywood to Latin to ballroom—and I have participated in numerous dance competitions and workshops over the years.