Annapurna is an academic mentor specializing in mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, and standardized preparation for the SAT and ACT. Her love for teaching began while studying at Johns Hopkins University, where she was a teaching assistant for a variety of courses. Annapurna is passionate about what she calls “low-entropy-descriptions”—that is, transforming complex ideas and constructs into simple, understandable frameworks.
Annapurna grew up in New Jersey, where she first pursued her interests in math and science. She took many advanced classes throughout her years there, and became curious about how people think. As this interest progressed, it turned into a passion for neuroscience, which was one of her majors at Johns Hopkins. As she learned more about how people parse information, she wanted to understand the broader process of handling information, and so she also studied computer science. During her studies, Annapurna was the youngest teaching assistant of Cognitive Neuroscience, for which she prepared her own lectures and also hosted one-on-one office hours. She was also a teaching assistant for Introduction to Java, Automata, and Computation Theory, and she worked as a tutor for calculus, physics, biology, and other introductory math and science courses.
Her passion for helping students extends beyond the classroom and into the students’ own motivation. She loves discussing students’ interests and what they enjoy learning, and using this to guide their potential choices in classes and understanding what they would find meaningful to pursue. She recognizes the importance of both a top-down and bottom-up approach to learning; the details and the big picture inform each other, and she hopes to convey this to her students. Outside of her teaching time, she is an avid reader and oil painter. She likes to paint still lifes and landscapes; she’s still working on painting living things. Some of her favorite authors include Terry Pratchett and Richard Feynman, and she absolutely loves puns. When she visits home, she loves to spend time with family and friends, and fence like she did in high school. She was a foil fencer for eight years, and hasn’t lost her touché!