Siraj is an incoming medical student and a recent college graduate. He graduated from UCLA with a 4.0 GPA, earning a BS in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology. He applied to medical school this cycle and was accepted to 8 schools, including Johns Hopkins, Yale, Duke, Mayo, UCLA, and more.
Siraj has been teaching in various capacities for over 8 years. He taught organic chemistry classes at UCLA, ran a non-profit that exposed students to laboratory science, worked as a 9th-grade teacher, trained EMTs, held classes for prisoners, tutored high-school-level math, and taught AP Biology prep courses. Moreover, Siraj scored in the 99th percentile on the MCAT and has been an MCAT tutor for two years. He has helped several students achieve significant scores increases–one student’s score shot up over 15 points after beginning to work with Siraj. In fact, Siraj has even begun to write his own MCAT passages. Siraj is most interested in helping students develop the critical-thinking skills necessary to reason through challenging problems–students should be able to continue to apply what they’ve learned from tutoring throughout their academic journey.
Siraj has been involved in admissions work for quite some time as well. He has advised students who are applying to college as well as students applying to medical school. Siraj received 8 admissions offers from Top-20 medical schools as well as over $350k in scholarships. He believes the key to these admissions processes is crafting a reflective, thoughtful story: students need to be able to cohesively connect their activities and writing. Siraj works with students to plan activities, brainstorm/edit essays, and prepare for interviews.
Siraj realizes that tutoring is an individualized experience—there is no one-size-fits-all approach. But that’s what Siraj loves the most about teaching: working with every student is a new experience.
Bachelor of Science, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
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