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I am Nikita Tejwani, and I teach math and ELA for 3rd-8th grade, as well as SAT, ACT, AP, and Regents for high school with a focus on math and science. I have been working as a tutor in Arizona and New York for five years, and I am currently a senior at New York University (NYU) studying qualitative research methods for educators. I am also a Computer Science and Mathematics minor. I always try to spread my love for STEM/STEAM among our students at Tip-Top Brain, but since I started working here two years ago, I have come to see that they already share my passion! Outside of school and teaching, I love to read and knit.

In my high school in Arizona, I took several AP classes, including US Government and Politics, Psychology, Calculus BC, US History, Chemistry, and Biology, receiving all 4s and 5s. Additionally, I scored in the 99th percentile on the ACT and SAT, and was able to graduate in the top 1% of my class.

In my time at NYU, I have been working on an individualized major. I have taken many courses centered around methods to promote student literacy, which includes numerical fluency. I have learned about qualitative research methods and the ways they can be used to improve educational practices. Additionally, I have taken classes in computer science and calculus. I believe that these courses are like exercise for the brain – constantly learning new problem solving methods ensures that the mind stays sharp for solving practical problems. Outside of my coursework, I have worked as a research assistant, performing literature reviews and organizing information in a database for a sociology professor in NYU Gallatin. I have also done some research in public school classrooms, in which I interviewed students in New York City’s Consortium Schools. After listening to how they described their schooling experiences, I was able to understand some of the benefits of project-based and community oriented learning as an alternative to standardized testing and competitive schooling environments.

In studying research methods and working as a tutor, I have learned that it is difficult to teach well without being able to investigate one’s own classroom and teaching methods. As such, I have adopted a Socratic method of teaching, in which I ask questions to learn what my student(s) think about the subject matter, and I use their answers to guide my own explanations. I have found that this works very well in the personalized setting that Tip-Top Brain offers. It helps me start where my students are – I do not have to spend unnecessary time on material they are familiar with, and I avoid the risk of introducing advanced material when they lack the background to fully grasp it. Most importantly, I get to see for myself how much our students are growing!

Ms. Nikita’s Bio

Currently attending school
New York University (NYU), studying qualitative research for educators and minoring in Computer Science and Mathematics.
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Grades 3 through 12

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