Growing up in sleepy Northern Illinois, Siva quickly realized that boredom was his main enemy and that books of all kinds were his best weapons. As an undergraduate at Harvard, he majored in Social Studies with an emphasis in medical anthropology and South Asian history. Seeking variety, he also took advanced courses in math and physics along the way to fulfilling premedical course requirements. After earning Phi Beta Kappa membership as one of only 24 juniors in his class and then graduating magna cum laude, Siva decided to shift his focus to his passions for adventure and mentorship, which he followed to the high deserts of Utah. There, he worked as a field guide at wilderness therapy program for teenagers struggling with substance use and other mental health issues. Siva now has the great joy of exploring his intellectual and humanistic interests on a daily basis as a student at Harvard Medical School.
Siva has tutored professionally for seven years across a wide range of ages (from sixth-graders to college graduates) and subjects (from world history to multivariable calculus). Having achieved perfect scores on the SAT and ACT and a 99.9 percentile score on the MCAT (41/45), Siva understands the ins and outs of standardized testing intimately. Yet in addition to teaching must-know strategies, his goal for his students is always to facilitate deep, conceptual learning that has value beyond the test, whether in concrete application or in pure intellectual pleasure.
Outside of the hours and hours he spends staring at his computer for school, Siva likes to spend his time burning calories (ideally via basketball, weightlifting, rock climbing, or hiking) and replenishing them (through a combination of healthy, home-cooked food and decadent ice cream).