The Tutoring Solution’s Tutor: Kunal Hak
- What is your experience as a tutor or teacher?
While a graduate student at UCSD, I taught Human Physiology I and II (two quarters). I was a teaching assistant and had small classes (4-10) where I reviewed the topics of the previous week, solved problems and answered any of the students’ questions. I got great reviews and regular groups of students attending my sections. In addition, I occasionally helped classmates and friends understand a particular concept or topic that they had trouble understanding. Some of the subjects I remember (informally and intermittently) tutoring are Organic chemistry, Physiology, Neuroscience, Physics, Differential Equations and 1st year Chemistry.
Years before that, I worked at Tutor.com teaching mainly high school (and sometimes junior high) level mathematics. It was an online chat format with a drawing tool so it was something unique, but I was quite successful with that and felt the students were making progress in their class.
In High school, mainly during the 9th grade but also in 10th grade, I was in a club where the members volunteered to tutor students who were having trouble with their classes. I tutored in 9th grade algebra. I also tutored my sister (2 yrs younger) in mathematic (and other subjects she needed help with) while I was in school.
- What subjects are you best at?
I am best at tutoring Mathematics (all levels up to Calculus and Differential Equations at the college level), Chemistry, Biology (particularly Health Science University courses such as Physiology, Biochemistry, Neuroscience, etc.), and Physics (first year college courses and high school level). I am particularly good at taking standardized tests (I scored 90th percentile on the MCAT and did almost as good on the GRE recently). Thus, I feel I should be able to help students do better on these tests by teaching them tips, strategies, etc. which I have learned through the few preparatory classes I’ve taken in the past. I tend to do very well on reading comprehension and mathematics but recently I’ve been doing noticeably better on reading comprehension than on math sections (I’ve been reading books and consciously trying to improve my reading abilities). However, my writing score is usually not as exceptional as the other two (although I do score at average or above average level and got excellent score in the MCAT writing section because I had specifically prepared for it). I have taken quite a few classes (though a lot time has passed) in history and social sciences, so I might be of some help there. In addition, I have spent 2 years in high school and also in university (2007) studying Spanish, so I might be able to help with that too, if I did some reviewing (which I want to do).
- What is your schedule like? What days and times are you available to tutor?
I would try to keep all days and all hours open, but the times from 11am to about 7/8pm (any day) would be when I am freest. I would prefer working in the weekends but weekdays is fine too.
- Where did you attend school (or what school are you currently attending)? What degrees do you have and/or are currently working towards?
I went to a top private elementary school in Mumbai, India, and a magnet public school (Whitney High) in Cerritos, California (10th grade-12th). Then I went to University of California San Diego, getting my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Afterwards, I did research as a master’s student in Biology and my work was published. I never completed my degree, however. If I can find a research area (in the biomedical sciences) to dedicate myself to, then I intend to go back and finish my degree.
- What cities can you tutor in (i.e. how far are you willing to drive to tutor)?
I would prefer to tutor within 20 miles of Rancho Cucamonga.
- Are you open to tutoring students via Skype or another online platform?
- What are your future career goals?
At this point in my life, I would like to try different jobs and fields in order to get a wide range of experiences (and skills) to better develop myself as a strong and versatile individual.
- What are your hobbies? What do you like to do for fun?
I like to learn as much as possible about subject areas which I am interested in such as human nature, sociology, religion, literature, spiritualism, health, history, etc. I like to appreciate music and arts (something I want to get more into). I would like to get more into writing as a hobby and a valuable skill. I like to spend time outdoors, appreciating nature and visiting scenic places, hiking, backpacking, etc. I like to meet interesting, thoughtful people and have a deep and educational conversation. I like to cook my own meals (I am not very skilled but it feels good) and also enjoy (organic) gardening.
- What accomplishments have you achieved while working as a tutor/teacher?
Well, the majority of tutoring I have done has been online with tutor.com, and the tutoring I had done in high school had been of an impersonal nature (through the agency of the club) and I did not get a chance to keep in touch with my tutorees. Even with the tutoring/teaching I did in university (as a teaching assistant) I cannot say how much of a personal impact I had on the various students’ grades. I do know that the regular attendees did quite well on their tests, though I cannot claim to have the biggest influence on that. I did get very good reviews, however, and my students did very good so I can say that much. When I tutored my friends and acquaintances, it was very sporadic and involved just one or two difficult topics they could not comprehend, so I cannot claim much responsibilities in their overall grades (they tended to get at least decent grades, anyway). To be honest, I aven’t paid much attention to grades. I aimed to improve the understanding of the student because a grade is rather temporary whereas the skills involved in the understanding of difficult topics should help throughout life (even in non-academic fields).
- What do you enjoy the most about tutoring/teaching?
Well, to me, it is a personally rewarding and fulfilling experience to help others gain knowledge and understanding (in addition to the self-confidence and fulfillment they gain). I enjoy mentoring as well.
If you’re interested in hiring Kunal as a tutor, please contact us at (909) 238-8233 or email us at TheTutoringSolution@gmail.com. To learn more about our other tutors, click on the link.
We provide tutoring in Ontario, Chino Chino Hills, Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, Eastvale, Alta Loma, Corona, Norco, Mira Loma and all the surrounding cities. We have students from Sky Country Elementary, Oxford Preparatory Academy, Townsend Junior High School, Roosevelt High School, Alta Loma High School, Norco High School, Centennial High School, Chino Hills High School, Ontario Christian High School and Ayala High School.