This is how 2 referees rated Angitha:
My biggest driving force is the pursuit of knowledge. From childhood, I have had an innate drive to pursue knowledge, and continue to learn. Through my academic years, my yearning to learn has only grown stronger. To balance this drive, I am also a big believer in sharing and teaching what I have learned. To nourish this passion, I decided to attend the University of Toronto, where I have just completed my first year. In the future, I plan to go to medical school or enter the field of research. Every step of the way, I try to be an active member of my community, both academically, and socially. I have contributed to my community in many ways. During the winter of 2019, I organized a successful Dessert Auction, to fund my humanitarian trip to Cozumel, Mexico. There I had the opportunity to be a part of a group that was working to build an orphanage. Another hobby I am currently learning is computer programming, I am trying to improve my proficiency in programs such as C++ and Python. I am also trying to read more books and spend time with my family.
Through my various experiences, I have had many opportunities to teach and mentor many of my peers. In my final years of high school, I was a senior mentor for 7 candidates that were competing to represent my city around the province. This role involved guiding and teaching the candidates as they made strides towards improving big goals such as public speaking and networking skills, down to smaller details like posture. During this time, I was also a senior volunteer at my local hospital. Through leading by example and verbalization, I was able to teach the new volunteers their duties, responsibilities and code of conduct. I am also a blue belt in karate, I have supported the lower-ranked belts in their learning. I was also a volunteer at a local science centre, I taught young children as they learned and experimented in different aspects of science. I also have experience tutoring math at the Gr.9 level. All throughout my high school years, I was an exceptional student, both in my grades as well as my eagerness to teach and share what I know with my peers.
I view tutoring as an opportunity to show a student with effective learning techniques, and understanding of the core concepts all problems can be broken down and solved. It is a chance for me to enlist a passion for learning, even through difficult stages such as frustration. I believe as a tutor, it is my responsibility to guide a student, and not just provide an answer, this fosters independence and confidence in the student as they are forced to practice critical thinking. I believe critical thinking is important to demonstrate a true understanding of the concepts. This can be demonstrated through verbal summarization, asking questions, making flashcards and trying to teach me, the tutor, concepts that were taught. Another important value I practice is communication and patience; in order, to truly help the student I need to understand the problem and create a plan with the student on how to move forward in the most constructive and efficient manner. This makes sure the student is actively involved in their learning, comfortable and is interested in continuing. Finally, asking for feedback allows me to reflect and improve on my tutoring strategies.
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- University of Toronto (2020) - Cell and Molecular Biology course mark: 94% (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
- University of Toronto (2020) - Physics II mark: 82% (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
- Clarence Fulton Secondary School (2018) - Pre-Calculus 11 with a 94% and Pre-Calculus 12 with a 90%, (School) (✘ Not On File)
- Clarence Fulton Secondary School (2018) - I finished English 10 with 97%, English 11 with 91% and English 12 with 93%. I also scored an 89% on my English Provincial Exam. (School) (✘ Not On File)