Cornell University (Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (Master's)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (PhD)
If you are a masters, bachelors, or high school student in the greater Ann Arbor area seeking tutoring in mathematics or physics, look no further, because I'm your guy! My name is Gopal, and I graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University, Class of 2012, double-majoring in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering. Now, I'm a Ph.D. student researching state-of-the-art problems in Medical Imaging and Signal Processing at the University of Michigan. In my spare time, I enjoy tutoring students of all backgrounds to keep my teaching skills sharp.
To state it briefly, I have quite a bit of experience teaching and tutoring undergraduate and high school students, especially for someone my age. I have been a Cornell Physics and Mathematics Tutor for three years, during which I have tutored students in most undergraduate physics and mathematics subjects through one-on-one tutor sessions, small group discussions, and lectures. I've also had similar physics/math tutor positions through my high school, as well as a voluntary teaching position to younger children at the DaVinci Science Center in Dorneyville, PA.
I am also available for SAT and GRE preparation, particularly for the new tests which came out in 2008 and 2011, respectively. Having recently prepared and taken these tests myself, I have the advantage of being up-to-date on all the latest question types and the necessary tips and tricks to help my students succeed.
I feel that I am an effective teacher because of my appreciation for both the subject matter and teaching itself. If you would like some friendly, relaxed-but-intensive private instruction in mathematics or the physical sciences, please feel free to contact me so we can get started right away! If you are a masters, bachelors, or high school student in the greater Ann Arbor area seeking tutoring in mathematics or physics, look no further, because I'm your guy! My name is Gopal, and I graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University, Class of 2012, double-majoring in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering. Now, I'm a Ph.D. student
Rates may be negotiable based on subject matter. Group rates available. Contact directly for details. Cancellation/rescheduling within 24 hours of a lesson will be assessed a $100 flat fee.
Gopal responded promptly to my initial request for a GRE Math session and was open to my scheduling needs. He provided a space at UM to study, all the logistics were easy and pre-planned which was super helpful for me.
Gopal planned out my course work through all of the basics of GRE math, each topic included a brief lesson, some practice, and homework. (This is great because many tutors expect you to plan out your work, which can be hard if you are not versed in the subject. Or, they rely on a book from Kaplan/PrincetonReview/Magoosh which aren't tailored to you). All of the practice involved in the lessons were processed out loud, so both of us could not only see how well I was learning the material, but my thought processes behind each problem. This seems like an essential approach if you are concerned with your timing on the GRE and your ability to do mental math.
His lessons were on point and he approached teaching in a responsive manner. When I mentioned anecdotal small things that had hindered or helped my progress in the past, he actively incorporated this information about me into his teaching. This included helping me feel more confident in my abilities, as someone who is generally terrified of math.
The result has been that I was able to relearn concepts I had previously never really understood -- basic equations and methods for approaching arithmetic that were missing from my grade-school to college experience. I also feel more confident and relaxed with my test date approaching.
Definitely a great tutor.
Gopal is excellent at teaching the concepts for discrete math and electrical engineering concepts. Drag myself to class but look forward to Gopal's clearly taught tutoring lessons. Should have signed up with him months ago! He goes beyond "helping" and teaches.
Gopal has helped me so much!! I came to him part way through the semester feeling super lost and behind, and he met with me as much as I needed to bring me up to speed, (as well as my grade). He is really patient and thorough. He explains every topic from beginning to end and makes sure I actually understand the material.
Gopal is consistently attentive and knowledgeable. He clearly cares both about teaching and about mathematics and science. I was blown away by the level of detail in his work. He takes careful notes and prepares for every session. And he designs homework assignments just for us!
I'm a relatively advanced student (preparing for a career in data analysis). Yet it didn't take long for us to find the right pace, given how patient and attentive Gopal is as a teacher.
All in all, it's great to work with someone who is both a passionate teacher and a researcher in the field.
Gopal not only helped me learn the material but he really made sure I grasped the subject. I was really confused about several physics concepts but now feel confident in my ability to deal with them. I look forward to our next lesson.
I cannot speak highly enough about Gopal. He is completely knowledgeable on the subject of SAT Math for which he tutored my H.S. senior. He communicated this knowledge in an effortless, patient and comprehendable manner, connecting well with my daughter until she understood the lesson. Gopal, to a lesser extent, also reviewed the other parts of the SAT, to coach my daughter about procedural efficiencies to help tweak her scores. I believe he could tutor effectively in any of the three SAT sections. Gopal is courteous, neat, timely, and easy to reach. I highly recommend him.
We recruited Gopal to help my son prepare for the SAT II Physics test. Gopal took a great deal of time preparing for each tutoring session. He was very knowledgeable, professional, and personable in his tutoring. He wrote a detailed review after each session, which provided very good feedback for us. He ensured that my son understood fully all the concepts instead of just reviewing questions. He was patient and was genuinely interested in teaching my son.
We recommend him highly to anyone seeking a tutor in physics or math, but are confident he would be a terrific tutor in other subjects as well.
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I've received A's in collegiate courses in single-variable and multivariate calculus. I've also used the prerequisites (trigonometry, high school algebra, geometry) in numerous mathematics competitions, including MathCounts, ARML, AMC, and USAMO.
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University. I now do research in my doctoral degree that regularly makes use of MATLAB, C, and Unix platforms. I am also proficient in Java and Mathematica.
I took AP Computer Science AB in high school and received a 5. I am proficient in basic computer science skills along with data structures (trees, heaps, sorting algorithms, structures, objects, maps, etc.).
I competed and placed 4th nationally at ACSL (American Computer Science League).
As far as languages are concerned, I have expertise in Java, MATLAB, and Mathematica, and am proficient in C and C++.
I took Differential Equations at Cornell University and received an A in the subject. I am familiar with solution methods to linear, 1st and 2nd order, ordinary differential equations; Fourier and Laplace methods; linear algebraic methods; and partial differential equations.
Much of my Discrete Math experience comes from the number of mathematics competitions (MathCounts, Math24, ARML, AMC, USAMO) that I have competed in, though I also took a formal Number Theory course at Franklin and Marshall College, through the John's Hopkins University CTY program.
I recently completed my Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering at Cornell University, and will be pursuing my Ph.D. in EE at Michigan in the fall of 2012. My expertise lies in digital signal processing, analog circuit theory and design, control theory, and microelectronics, though I have also taken courses in lasers and optoelectronics, digital design, computer organization, and microcontroller design.
I took the new GRE (scaled from 130-170) in September 2011. I received 169/170 in math, 160/170 in verbal, and 5.5/6.0 in writing. I was accepted into several PhD. programs with these scores, and will be matriculating to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor for a PhD. in electrical engineering in the fall of 2012.
At Cornell University, I took an Honors Linear Algebra course and received an A in it. I've also taken two courses in quantum mechanics and mathematical physics apiece, each of which have expanded upon a first course in linear algebra extensively.
I have been a dedicated user of MATLAB since 2007 for most engineering applications. I received an A in a short course at Cornell on MATLAB essentials, but really began to harness the power of toolboxes through higher level application courses such as Feedback Control Systems (Fall 2011). Also have experience using Simulink through employment experience.
SAT I Scores: 800/800 Math, 760/800 Verbal, 790/800 Writing
SAT II Scores: 800/800 Math, 800/800 Chemistry, 790/800 Biology-E
GRE Scores: 169/170 Math, 160/170 Verbal, 5.5/6.0 Writing
I have taken two collegiate probability/statistics courses, each of which are continuations of a standard AP Statistics course, which I took in high school and received a 5 on the corresponding AP exam. I also worked with statistical modeling during the summer of 2011 at IBM for functional defect analysis of semiconductor technologies. My PhD. in Michigan will be in the field of statistical signal processing.