I moved to New York in 2016 after a summer volunteering abroad as an ESL teacher and curriculum developer. Before that, I studied English and Linguistics at UCLA while helping other undergrads polish essays for lower and upper-division classes. I also taught fifth-graders creative writing and volunteered as a tutor for UCLA Housekeeping employees who wanted to gain confidence in their ability to speak English! Studying at UCLA was an incredibly rewarding experience that solidified my interest... [more]
I studied English at UCLA, so I'm very comfortable with the language, and I also built up a large vocabulary by reading ravenously as a child. I've managed to identify methods for learning more words quickly and figuring out the meanings of unfamiliar words, which I'm happy to share with you!
I've been in love with reading since I was four, and I'm always eager to show people the fun in reading, even if they have to get through school-assigned books! I was an English major in college, so I know the pain of dissecting books that seem impossible to understand.
I was a member of the Undergraduate Astronomical Society at UCLA, and also took an Astronomy course that broadened my understanding of the universe. I have tutored students at Columbia University for Astronomy 1403: Earth, Moon, and Planets, and Astronomy 1753: Life in the Universe. I'm very comfortable with the math and physics involved for courses at the undergraduate level, and I love the moments when an explanation really clicks for my students.
I received a Bachelor of Arts in English from UCLA and also have editorial experience at publishing houses like Scholastic and Penguin Random House, where I became proficient in proofreading and copyediting. I gained experience in how writing should be revised and edited at the micro and macro levels. I also took creative writing workshops at UCLA to develop my writing style and my ability to critique other writing.
I became an ESL tutor at UCLA after taking a Linguistics course on teaching ESL effectively and found it a really rewarding experience! I also worked with students in India to develop an ESL curriculum for teachers to use in the future.
I've been using Photoshop since I was in high school, and I'm familiar with its most powerful tools. My most ambitious project so far has been adding banners in the background of promo photos in a natural manner. I currently use Adobe Photoshop CS6.
(Verbal: 169, Quantitative: 164) I scored in the 99th percentile when I took the GRE (October 2015), and I have experience tutoring the Qualitative and Quantitative sections of the GRE. I teach the actual material that the test-makers want students to know as well as shortcuts and tricks based on your learning style.
(SAT Reading score: 800) I majored in English, so I'm very familiar with techniques for analyzing literature and drawing conclusions. I also have strategies for enhancing vocabulary and making educated guesses.
I'm a native speaker of Hindi, having spent 14 years in the country. At UCLA, I took Hindi 4-6, which is the highest level of learning offered for the language, and received an A for all three sections. Besides the Linguistics courses I took for my major, I've also taken a Linguistics course in Methods in Language Learning which gave me a solid foundation to teach languages besides English, allowing me to approach language teaching as a linguist rather than just a native speaker.