Vivek V.

Saratoga, CA


Sciences, Test Prep, English & Math, Literature, and Biology

20+ Hours
5.0 average from 10 ratings
A+ tutoring
— Yvonne, Los Altos, CA on 6/19/17


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University of Rochester


University of Rochester (Neuroscience)

About Vivek

My passion for teaching was founded by my own experience as a student. Throughout my academic career, the challenges I encountered refined my own approach to understanding subjects, and the ensuing success after overcoming such obstacles brought me further love for learning and those subjects. I want to transmit that feeling of accomplishment to students as they master their own subjects, and hopefully foster a passion for further learning and success in any of their other endeavors.

As a top student in both high school, and currently as a scholarship recipient in college, I know the effort and dedication required to be successful, and the impact a good teacher and support system can have on a student.

Having taken these courses in a university setting and performed well in them, I understand the difficulties students face when grappling with the concepts and problems presented in such courses. I have used my own experience to work as a T.A for the department of biology as well as to assist students with help in organic chemistry. Ultimately, the skills I acquired throughout this process of teaching and learning have improved my own personal study habits and abilities, greatly benefiting me as I currently endeavor to complete my degree in Neuroscience.

My approach to studying for and acing the ACT is designed to make the process and end results not only achievable, but expected for the student. I personally was able to score perfect scores on these sections through my approach, and students using this approach and process saw improvements in scores as well.

I tutor both in person and online and will vary times to suit a student's needs. As a college student, while I am at university I offer online tutoring for the same rates. Additionally, I have experience with a variety of subjects as listed on my profile, and can conduct multiple lessons on various subjects if need be. Please feel free to contact me for more details.

I look forward to hearing from you. All the best!
My passion for teaching was founded by my own experience as a student. Throughout my academic career, the challenges I encountered refined my own approach to understanding subjects, and the ensuing success after overcoming such obstacles brought me further love for learning and those subjects. I want to transmit that feeling of accomplishment to Read more

6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Saratoga, CA 95070

"A+ tutoring"

- Yvonne, Los Altos, CA on 6/19/17

"Great Tutor!"

- Brandon, San Jose, CA on 7/16/16
R, Statistics
ACT Science, Biology,
Biostatistics, Elementary Science, Epidemiology, Organic Chemistry, Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics, Physiology, Psychology
ACT English,
ACT Reading, English,
Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, ACT Science, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Reading, Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary Science, Reading, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Elementary Science, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary, Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

I have experience tutoring high school students in ACT English both in person and online. Having scored a 36 on this section myself, I use my tried and tested experience to help students understand and approach the section better, in turn boosting their score.


I currently work as an undergraduate Teaching Assistant for the Department of Biology at my university, creating lesson plans, leading students through comprehensive workshops to develop and teach conceptual understanding and problem solving, and preparing them for examinations. I am a Neuroscience major with experience in biochemistry and genetics as well.


I have a deep love for English that has been further bolstered by my experience as a peer editor in both high school and college, in addition to the numerous academic and prose based works of writing I have composed. My methods in teaching English revolve around providing suitable examples from which proper practice and thereby understanding can be achieved.


I have personally experienced great success in academic literature evaluations like the English Literature AP exam where I scored a 5. Additionally, having taken numerous literature classes in high school and college with diverse themes, I understand how to relate and synthesize information for students to best grasp and learn literary analysis and similar concepts.


As a neuroscience major, I've always found myself eager to learn the humanistic underpinnings of the biological pathways that I study. Thus, I enjoy learning and tutoring psychology, as it provides the behavioral or psychosocial impacts that biological activity in the brain creates. I have taken and scored highly on the Psychology AP exam, and have taken and aced several university courses on Abnormal Psychology, Cognition, Neural Foundations of Behavior, etc., giving me a wide range of subject matter to draw upon when tutoring.

SAT Reading

I'm experienced in tutoring students in the reading section of the SAT. I consider reading comprehension and passage analysis a forte of sorts and transfer that understanding to the student. I use techniques such as seeing through author and questioner intent, all of which helped me to score an 800/800 on this section when I took the exam. These same techniques are as useful and effective for the new SAT and will improve consistency and performance on the SAT.


I have experience in statistics from programming (R statistical analysis) and being an assistant teacher in biostatistics for the University of Rochester biology department. Additionally, in high school, I took Statistics AP and scored highly on the AP exam.


As a rising senior and dual neuroscience and public health major in college, I have a great deal of experience with writing, from both a scientific perspective and a humanities one. As a result, I understand the nuances and difficulties that arise in the writing process, specifically for students, and how to go about addressing them. I have used this understanding to tutor students in the SAT and ACT writing sections as well, allowing students to better understand writing and structure in the context of a multiple choice test.

University of Rochester


University of Rochester (Neuroscience)

A+ tutoring

We are so happy to have found Vivek. He is a good mentor for my daughter. He showed her some of his tricks on understanding the SAT. We look forward to working with Vivek.

— Yvonne, Los Altos, CA on 6/19/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $44.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Vivek will travel within 20 miles of Saratoga, CA 95070.