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Meet Amit. He’s a graduate of Cornell University and Notre Dame Law School. He is currently an adjunct professor of law at NYU and available for private and small group instruction.
Why did you decide to become a tutor or teacher?
Teaching is an excellent way to share my perspectives with people that actually want to hear it. Simultaneously, it enables me to constantly perfect my own skillset by becoming more fluent.
What’s the biggest issue facing professionals in your field?
The surplus of lawyers in today’s market has incentivized many to forego a formal legal education in favor of MOOCS. I say unfortunate because formalized legal education under the tutelage of field experts remains an indispensable means of learning to think like a lawyer and of understanding the legal industry; without it, we see the quality of emerging lawyers suffer.
What is the biggest misconception about the subjects you tutor?
Students routinely believe that good test-taking skills are sufficient to excel on their exams. While helpful, this is not true. Neither test skills nor substantive knowledge are, by themselves, enough.
What is your favorite tip related to the subjects you tutor?
Seek out opportunities to discuss your thoughts with others, but only after you have digested them yourself. In law school and after, all too often students break out into study groups in the mistaken belief that it’s the only tried-and-tested means of learning. Instead, individual mastery is essential to laying a solid foundation.
What skills do you think will be most valuable over the next 3 years in your field?
Critical thinking will remain just as essential (and valuable) as it is today. In most fields, the ability to merely recant and describe is not worth much. However, the ability to quickly process ideas and develop a thoughtful perspective will be valued. The success of social media is a testament to this proposition.
If you could give one piece of professional advice to someone in college or just starting their career, what would it be?
In addition to advising students to follow their natural tested interests and talents, I like to emphasize that among two otherwise-compelling choices one should side with the option that provides more wide-ranging long-term options. This reflects our natural desire to learn more and keep trying different things throughout life.
What excites you most about working with MasterStreet?
MasterStreet’s innovative philosophy to educating tomorrow’s minds is both noble and flexible. The expanding curricula continues to offer new possibilities to discuss my perspectives with others, while allowing me to constantly hone my own expertise.
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