So what's the story?

Is it really B i l a n d?

Chapter 2: The Transformation
During my gap year before starting my undergrad at National University of Singapore (NUS), I joined Mastermind School as a 9th grade bio teacher, and it changed my life forever. I finally found my secret talent- teaching bio. I wanted everyone to understand that biology isn’t about memorizing at all, it’s about simply understanding and putting puzzle pieces together that make sense. It took a few months but the class completely transformed. They all starting loving bio. Even the C grade students started getting As and I couldn’t believe I would have to stop the progress because the end was near.

Chapter 4: The Holidays
Even though university started, I didn’t wanna stop. Every holiday, I’d return and continue teaching in my big living room which then become too small as the population of students started to increase exponentially. I had to take multiple batches, which meant more time teaching, sometimes from 8 am to 8 pm straight. And I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT! They were the best holidays of my life.

Chapter 1: The Epiphany
I always used to wonder how come all my classmates thought biology was all about ‘memorization’ and ‘it was hard’ and ‘pointless’, and apparently so did all the parents. I wondered why there aren’t university programs like Neuroscience or life sciences in Bangladesh. And then I realized why: High school bio teachers really ‘suck’.

Chapter 3: The Genesis
So, I decided not to stop. They wanted me to finish the syllabus; so many things were left to explore. And they suggested I should start teaching outside school. Not on the streets, but at my home. I turned the living room into a giant classroom. And formed my own little world, where I could safely teach all day, every day. I will teach O level bio, human bio and special extra classes for Biology Olympiad.

Chapter 5: The Triumph
Results rolled in, and thankfully most of them achieved A*s and a few As. Everyone did remarkably. It was record breaking success in biology results in the history of Mastermind. But what I was most jubilant about was the fact that most of them decided to take biology in A levels and even major in biosciences at uni. They ACTUALLY stopped seeing bio as this boring, undefeatable monster, and started seeing the breathtakingly ethereal beauty as it was.

Who again?

So this is our small cast/crew! Cool people! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Debpriya Das
Schwarzman Scholar '21
Arnab Chakraborty
Teaching Assistant
McGill University '22
Maeesha Naomi
Teaching Assistant
Mount Holyoke College '24
Shuli Das
Operational Manager
Awesome as always!