Location: Stanford CA USA

Tutoring and Homework Help

Expertise: Test Preparation
Subjects: GRE, LSAT, Other, SAT

Mr Praveen S. of Stanford CA USA Tutor Profile

Tutor Personal Information

Name: Mr Praveen S.
Gender: Male   Age: 26-30
Tutoring Style and/or Experience


Harvard BA, Columbia MA, Cambridge MPhil, and Stanford PhD (in progress) - enjoy sharing keys to academic success with my students.
99th percentile on SAT Math, SAT Verbal, ACT Composite, GRE Verbal, MCAT Verbal, and MCAT Writing; 98th percentile on LSAT and MCAT Physical - help students significantly raise standardized tests scores by using the best test-busting strategies.
7 years experience as a private tutor in SAT Prep, college apps/essays, English, math, biology, physics, and other subjects, and a highly-rated Stanford teaching assistant for writing and logic courses .
Absolutely committed to the academic growth and success of my students, and use a highly-tailored and proven tutoring approach (please see 'Tutoring Approach' below)


Hi there, my name is Praveen, and I have been personally committed to the growth and success of my students throughout my 7 years of tutoring and teaching (well, 14 years, on and off!). I'm a graduate of Harvard (BA), Columbia (MA), and Cambridge (MPhil) - and now a Stanford PhD student - so I have valuable personal experience navigating the daunting world of academics (you know: applications, personal essays, standardized tests, classes, term papers, problems sets, looming deadlines, etc.), and have been happily sharing the keys to success with my students all the while.

My admittedly long academic career has provided the opportunity to serve both as an engaged and successful private tutor in a variety of fields (including math, English, history, physics, biology, the social sciences, and the college essay/admissions process) and as a highly-rated Teaching Assistant for Stanford writing and logic courses. I am particularly good at helping students excel on standardized tests, as I have invested much time distilling the absolute best strategies for tackling them myself, receiving scores in the 99th percentile on the SAT Math, SAT Verbal, ACT Composite, GRE Verbal, MCAT Verbal, and MCAT Writing, and the 98th percentile on the LSAT and MCAT Physical Science. Through hundreds of hours tutoring, I have helped many students significantly raise their crucial standardized test scores , and, in general, meet their grade report goals and their college and grad/professional school admission goals.

My years of tutoring have been driven not only by a demonstrated love for teaching, but also by the same passion for isolating, clarifying, and communicating core concepts that has inspired my professional interest in philosophy. My approach to private tutoring ensures that students gain conceptual clarity and well-founded confidence in their subjects, and recognizes the importance of patience, approachability, and sensitivity to the unique needs of each individual student. This approach - which deploys highly individually-tailored study plans and goals (please see 'Tutoring Approach' below) - is the product of experience. I directed a volunteer tutoring program while at Harvard that matched undergraduates there to students at a local high school, and have had the pleasure of working with students of all backgrounds and motivation levels, from low-income students at the Carthage Elementary School in Cincinnati to gifted middle-school students at the Hunter College Campus Schools in Manhattan to highly demanding undergraduate students at Stanford. In all cases, and in yours, I am wholeheartedly committed to the academic development and unprecedented success of my students.


The most effective teachers and tutors are those with a passion for helping students to learn, a firm grasp of the subjects being taught, a talent for communicating core concepts in a clear way, and the ability to connect with and inspire students. I believe I've developed these characteristics through years of experience tutoring and teaching, and I welcome every new student as an opportunity to apply these skills for his or her benefit and further develop them for mine.

My specific approach to tutoring, and teaching in individual settings, emphasizes three things: attention to the unique needs and motivations of each student, true mastery of the material, and an atmosphere of trust and understanding with the student.

1) Attention to Unique Needs and Motivations

The process of developing a tailored study plan and set of goals requires assessing what the student or parents want, how the student likes to learn, and what his or her strengths and weaknesses are. Adaptability is key here: it's a dynamic process, done in collaboration with the student, and the study plan and teaching style often change as the student and I progress together. The tutoring process itself, I have found, is more successful when approached with the mindset that the overarching aims for the student - learning the material, and learning to learn the material - are paramount, not any given method for achieving those goals. To the extent needed, I try to achieve a balance between leading the student and letting the student lead me in this process, to ensure that the student's specific needs are taken into account .

2) True Mastery of the Material

To help the student master the material, I like to engage the material myself beforehand and, if needed, develop a set of notes that distill the core concepts and illustrate them in the manner I've employed throughout my educational career. I then bring this to the table when helping the student overcome obstacles as they work through problems or when addressing their questions. I want the student to see the central ideas that simplify otherwise seemingly difficult material, and feel the thrill of truly understanding something rather than merely stumbling upon the right answers. I often come up with my own practice problems to illustrate the key concepts and test the student's understanding. This approach ensures that students gain conceptual clarity and well-founded confidence in their subjects. Further, my ideal teaching scenario is one in which I can help the student develop their own approach to tackling, simplifying, and mastering daunting material on their own. As I see it, such skills constitute the ultimate aim of education, especially in the private tutoring setting. All of this, of course, is directed toward tangible results for the student: improved grades, increased standardized test scores, and admission to the best programs.

3) Atmosphere of Trust and Understanding

Besides mastery of the material and attention to unique needs and goals, my approach to tutoring recognizes that patience and approachability are the key to any successful tutoring relationship. Especially for private tutoring, one-on-one skills are paramount, and I am good at putting students at ease, adjusting our pace to their needs, gauging their motivation level and interests, and tailoring my approach accordingly. I think it is important to make sure students are absolutely comfortable that even though I may push them, or encourage them to push themselves, every question and any mistake will be met with genuine patience and understanding.


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Tutoring Fee and Tutors Availability

Grades Tutored: Pre-K / Kindergarten, Elementary, Junior High School, High School, College, Graduate
Days Available: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Contract Availability: Long Term or Open-Ended Tutoring Commitments.
Tutoring Rates: $50.00 to $75.00
Sliding Scale: This tutor offers a sliding scale for students with economic hardships.

Tutor Background

Time Spent Tutoring: 6-10 years
Students Tutored: 26-50 students
Special/Focus Groups: Gifted/Talented, Remedial
Educational Level: Ph.D.
Major: Philosophy (and Joint PhD in Humanities)
School: Stanford
Teacher Certification: No