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Lessons offered by Nehal
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Organic chemistry
  • College / University Preparation
  • Calculus
Levels
  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • College / University
  • Adult Education

Northwestern medical student in Chicago offering academic tutoring in multiple subjects (6-7 years tutoring experience)

Methodology

My teaching methodology is based on a few key principles and strategies that I have concluded—by both active research as well as trial and error—to be the most effective for facilitating learning.

Above all, I try to keep things real and practical so that students can see that what they learn has useful and prolific applications in the actual world. For many students, set subjects such as calculus, physics or even literature have little connection to their lives. Yet the same subjects they might find uninteresting are a source of great passion for many thinkers the world over. Students procure this passion in large part due to understanding that knowledge is not only learned for knowledge's sake, but also for the betterment of the world they live in.

I also have found that students do much better when they realize that they can be independent learners. As a tutor, my job is to assist them in the short-term to achieve their personal goals. However, it is also to help them develop the critical thinking skills necessary to become successful learners for life. In addition to giving rise to more responsible, creative, and profound thinkers, critical thinking also raises students' self-confidence because they feel that their thoughts and opinions are meritorious of consideration by their tutor (me) and indeed, by other thinkers on a given subject. This is the spirit I try to foster.

I also make use of some more focused techniques that have been shown by research to be effective for learning. These include assessment through games, utilization of the Pause Procedure and the Think-Pair-Share Technique (for small groups), and use of fast-paced drills and multimedia tools. I employ humor when appropriate to lighten the mood and encourage engagement and interest. (Although my level of efficacy seems to depend on the audience—most of my former students enjoy it, although my roommates tend to roll their eyes.)

Finally, I believe wholeheartedly that feedback is vital to the learning process. The ultimate aim is to make the most of my students' limited time and resources, so their own views on the structure and content of my sessions is always of primary importance. I full recognize that every student's learning style is different and that a strategy or lesson plan that works for one may not work for another. Therefore, I make it known to all my students at the beginning that feedback is highly encouraged, and I give them ample opportunities to provide it.

Background

I am a 2nd-year medical student at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. I have taught various subjects to hundreds of students of all ages, including K-12 students in the Kumon academic program, students at my former high school, and college students at Northwestern.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $25/h
Lessons offered by Nehal
Individual
The lessons will be held
at his home
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Organic chemistry
  • College / University Preparation
  • Calculus
Levels
  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • College / University
  • Adult Education

Nehal's resume

NEHAL SINGH SAMRA
441 East Erie Street, Apt. 5613, Chicago, IL 60611
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EDUCATION

Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine Chicago, IL
Doctor of Medicine 2017 – Present

Northwestern University, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences Evanston, IL
Bachelor of Arts | Biological Sciences 2013 – 2017


WORK EXPERIENCE

Northwestern University Evanston, IL
Tutor | Vinzenz M. Unger, Ph.D. 2016
■ Tutored students struggling in Dr. Unger’s course, BIOL_SCI 308-0: Biochemistry
■ Formulated comprehensive lesson plans using students’ past exams in order to improve academic performance
■ Reviewed content, explained how to solve problems, and checked students’ completed work
■ Helped students develop effective studying skills and organization techniques to boost memory recall and critical thinking prowess

Valley Kidney Center Phoenix, AZ
Medical Assistant | Anup Rai, M.D. 2014
■ Greeted and roomed clinical patients for appointments with the head nephrologist
■ Conversed with new and returning patients to update medical histories
■ Measured and recorded patient vital signs (height, weight, blood pressure, pulse, etc.) in preparation for appointments
■ Managed technological support and implemented tech solutions for the clinic’s burgeoning electronic health record system

Starbucks Phoenix, AZ
Barista 2014
■ Made a variety of beverages for customers and oversaw and assisted in maintaining a clean work station
■ Coordinated with the manager in supervising new or less experienced baristas
■ Maintained a friendly, efficient, and appealing environment for employees and customers
■ Helped the manager with administrative functions and daily food and drink preparation during down times

Kumon North America, Inc. Phoenix, AZ
Tutor 2010 – 2013
■ Instructed students using the Kumon Method for learning math and reading
■ Observed students completing their work and recorded thoughtful notes regarding areas of development
■ Listened to students read aloud and instructed accordingly to improve their oral reading
■ Graded students' class work and homework during downtime


LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE

Collegium of Neurosurgery Chicago, IL
President | Feinberg School of Medicine 2018
■ Organized and facilitated events and dinners between medical students and neurosurgeon mentors/speakers
■ Oversaw finances and budgets for interest group activities and related expenditures
■ Directed the neurosurgery shadowing and surgical skills programs

Northwestern University Quiz Bowl Team Evanston, IL
Co-Captain 2014 – 2017
■ Competed in several tournaments against other top university teams across the Midwest and East Coast
■ Mentored new and inexperienced members and conducted practice sessions for team members

Valley Leadership Phoenix, AZ
Member | Board of Directors 2011 – 2013
■ Provided leadership, direction, and funding for a variety of community, educational, and commercial projects in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area
■ Conducted a field study for the Phoenix City Department of Public Transit that assessed public opinion regarding a light rail expansion providing service to Grand Canyon University, Arizona State University (ASU) West, and the ASU and University of Arizona downtown campuses
■ Coordinated educational outreach programs with local middle and high schools


RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Neurological Surgery Chicago, IL
Graduate Research Assistant | Atique U. Ahmed, Ph.D. 2017 – 2018
■ Elucidated the mechanisms by which intratumoral cell fate equilibrium is maintained during gliomagenesis by using patient-derived xenograft (PDX) models as well as matched primary and recurrent patient glioblastoma (GBM) samples
■ Explored mechanistically how therapeutic stress can affect the intratumoral cell fate equilibrium and examined therapy-induced cytokines as a mechanism of regulation for cancer stem cell niche
■ Investigated a novel mechanism of epigenetic regulation for cellular plasticity during anti-cancer therapy and how such plasticity can promote disease recurrence

Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Chicago, IL
Undergraduate Research Assistant | Wellington K. Hsu, M.D., Erin L. K. Hsu, Ph.D. 2016
■ Investigated cellular signaling components involved in the osteogenesis of bone marrow stem cells in the hope of developing novel regenerative bone technologies for spinal fusion surgery
■ Explored the efficacy of therapeutic antagonists of the AhR-mediated pathway responsible for the inhibition of bone formation in cigarette smokers

Northwestern University, Investigative Laboratory Evanston, IL
Undergraduate Research Assistant | Pamela Monahan, Ph.D. 2016
■ Led a study to determine protein-protein interactions between Cdk1p, Cdc14p, and Ace2p, three cell cycle proteins responsible for cytokinesis during normal progression of the cell cycle in S. cerevisiae yeast

Northwestern University, Cellular Processes Laboratory Evanston, IL
Undergraduate Research Assistant | Pamela Monahan, Ph.D. 2016
■ Conducted a Huntington’s model study analyzing the effects of gei-11 gene knockdown on proteostasis in C. elegans nematodes
■ Ran qPCR protocols to determine GEI-11 function by correlation to AChR upregulation, subsequent increased HSP-70 expression, and ultimate protein misfolding suppression of poly-Q aggregates

Northwestern University, Genetics & Molecular Processes Laboratory Evanston, IL
Undergraduate Research Assistant | Pamela Monahan, Ph.D. 2015
■ Directed a study on the modulation of phagocytosis and efferocytosis in macrophages after treatment with resolvin effector
■ Demonstrated that the anti-inflammatory role of resolvin in improving macrophage clearance of low-density lipoproteins and foam cells in atherosclerosis models arises from increased recruitment of MER-tyrosine kinase receptors to phagocyte membranes

Barrow Neurological Institute, Spinal Biomechanics Laboratory Phoenix, AZ
High School Research Assistant | Neil R. Crawford, Ph.D. 2010 – 2013
■ Investigated the effects of different neurosurgical procedures on the mechanical response of the spine, particularly with respect to spinal stability, in order to develop improved techniques and devices for spinal surgery
■ Conducted a comparative anatomical assessment of single- versus multi-level cervical plating to optimize spinal fusion after discectomy surgery
■ Constructed rapid-prototyped spinal models from cadaveric tomography scans using 3D imaging software
■ Oversaw initial testing of a proposed minimally-invasive surgical clamp using hydraulic molding of shape-memory thermoplastic


HONORS & AWARDS

Dean’s List Evanston, IL
Northwestern University, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences 2013 – 2017
■ 8 of 11 quarters


PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

Yun C, Jeong S, Singh G, Katcho K, Schneider A, Schallmo MS, Yun J, Ghosh A, Samra N, Lee S, George A, Lee SJ, Hsu WK, Hsu EL. Natural Phytochemical Antagonists of the Ahrr Protect Against the Adverse Effects of Cigarette Smoke on Osteogenic Differentiation. The Spine Journal. 2017;17(10):S107-S108. doi:10.1016/j.spinee.2017.07.142


SKILLS

Tutoring, Spanish (proficient), Clinical Research, Data Analysis, Microsoft Office, Java, Presentation Skills, Public Speaking


HOBBIES & INTERESTS

■ Backcountry Snowboarding ■ Physics ■ Software Programming
■ Competitive Knowledge/Trivia ■ Piano ■ Calisthenics
■ Mountain Climbing ■ Mathematics ■ Competitive Chess

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