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Meet TWK Tutor: Shravya Gogula

Updated: Feb 5

Have you ever heard the saying, "You never really know something until you teach it to someone else?" Shravya understands that a student who is able to explain or "teach back" a concept will also have better understanding and greater knowledge retention. So, though she may be the tutor, when she's working with students, you won't find her doing all the talking.

My Degrees & Education

  • Current M.D Candidate at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

  • B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University

My Subject Expertise

  • High School Math

  • High School Science

  • AP Biology and AP Chemistry

"I was on two dance teams during my time in undergrad, though I had never regularly danced before going to college!"

Tell us about your work.

As a first-year medical student at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, I’ve had a wonderful time exploring Cleveland over the past couple of months! Although I’m still in the process of determining which specialties I’m most interested in, I've recently found myself fascinated and excited by pediatrics. Before coming to medical school, I worked for two years as a clinical research assistant at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the field of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine. I greatly enjoyed my time working there while experiencing how interventions can be applied firsthand to improve patient outcomes.

How did you get into this field?

I studied Biomedical Engineering in college, and became fascinated by the intersection of medicine and technology. I’ve always been curious about what my role in the healthcare field would look like, as I wasn’t sure if it would be on the medicine or engineering side. It wasn’t until after having the opportunity to shadow and work with many physicians, that I knew that I wanted to grow longitudinal relationships with people. This desire ultimately propelled me to where I am today.

What unique approach do you bring to your job as a tutor?

I really believe that the method of “teach back” is important during learning – one where a student can demonstrate their understanding of a concept by relaying the information they just learned back to the teacher. The teacher can then understand how well a student grasped the concept, and where any gaps in knowledge may lie. I also value establishing a safe and comfortable environment with my student, so that they can feel free to ask any and all questions they may have!

What achievements are you most proud of?

I’m very proud to have received the JHU David T. Yue Memorial Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence my senior year of college. I was a teaching assistant for a class called Molecules and Cells, which is a sophomore year class that is the biomedical engineering equivalent of Biochemistry.

What are you currently reading?

I'm currently reading The Defining Decade by Dr. Meg Jay. It discusses how our twenties are an important time in life, contrary to how most of contemporary culture portrays this decade.

Interested in working with Shravya and rest of The Whole Kid team? Contact us to learn how we can help your student reach their full potential!


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