IamA private tutor to the children of the lawyers, doctors, and executives of NYC. Basically, I get paid $140/hr to do science experiments with kids!
My short bio: Hi reddit,
My last AMA on /r/entrepreneur got pretty popular, so I figured I'd do one here too!
I'm Shay Skobeleva, 25 years old, and I work as a private tutor for the children of the lawyers, doctors, and executives of NYC.
I went to university for genetics, but became disillusioned with the field after going to medical school. I decided to leave medical school and start a private tutoring company, and I couldn't be happier! I get to work with kids of all ages, and use science experiments to teach them more interesting math and science concepts than they're getting in school.
I also teach pretty much every other subject, and do test prep. Surprisingly, there's a huge demand in the fall for prep for the Gifted and Talented Kindergarten Entry exam here in NYC. That boils down to training 4-year olds to take an 80 question test!
I usually work between 10-15 hours/week, and spend my spare writing books, doing art projects, and inventing things.
My latest e-book is a sarcastic textbook on personal hygiene that I wrote after having some exceptionally smelly hall-mates in college. It makes a great gag gift for siblings.
EDIT: Over 1,000 downloads! Thanks guys, and I hope you guys enjoy it!
I also wrote a more serious premed guide, which you can see here.
Invention wise, I recently used my experience working on mosquito research at Caltech to invent this low-cost, DIY, Portable Mosquito Netting design to try and help stop the spread of Zika Virus.
EDIT: A lot of people are asking about how I feel about the disparity between the ability of my clients to afford this prep and the ability of the less wealthy. This is something that I actively aim to combat, by releasing free test prep resources on my website. This past year, I wrote a free 50-question practice test for the Gifted and Talented Exam, which is unheard of in the industry. Additionally, I wrote downloadable practice tests for around 1/3 of the cost of the competition, as well as a free book on how to effectively study with your kids at home. Those are available here. I'm actively writing more materials and producing videos to give away for free or low cost, more will come out in the next months!
So, Ask Me Anything!