Voice of an EA – Venkat
Q. How were you introduced to Chegg?
I am Venkat. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. I was introduced to Chegg by my friend who has been working as an Expert Answerer for Chegg. He told me that the role of an Expert Answerer has reciprocal benefits – as the one imparting knowledge also gains surplus knowledge in return.
Chegg satiates my thirst for knowledge as I get to teach international students. I strongly believe that – to be successful in life, it is important to become a savvy in the subject.
Q. Where else do you work apart from Chegg?
My area of interest is teaching, so I work at a teaching institute as a part-time lecturer and I teach subjects related to Mechanical Engineering to my students. Simultaneously, I am pursuing my Masters. I have a goal to secure a job in the government sector and so I am preparing for competitive exams.
Being an expert answerer on the Chegg Question and Answer (Q&A) Board is a pleasant job, where we can work peacefully and at our own pace. As we sow, so we reap – the more we answer, the more we earn.
Securing a job in one’s core area is a rare opportunity in the current scenario. I saw a few of my friends who settled in unrelated jobs – like in software and BPO industries after graduating in mechanical engineering. I feel blessed to find such a good job at Chegg that allows me to use my subject knowledge and also work from home.
Q. Explain your experience with Chegg.
Working on the Chegg Q&A Board, helped me gain a good grip in core subjects like Strength of Materials and Engineering Mechanics. The good part of answering questions on the Chegg Q&A Board is the inflow of various types of questions related to different topics of the subject. Answering such questions has helped me develop a comprehensive knowledge on the subject. Now, I am so well-versed with Mechanical Engineering concepts that I do not have to refer to the textbooks to answer questions on the Chegg Q&A Board. I am so saturated with the subject knowledge that I do not need to prepare for competitive exams again.
Chegg provides a rare platform to interact with international students, hungry to learn the subject. It is a haven of likeminded individuals grappling with the concepts to improve the subject knowledge of students. The questions are very interesting, application-oriented, and unique. Our knowledge expands exponentially just by helping students answer questions that stump them the most.
Q. How is the teaching experience augmented your role as Expert Answerer?
In order to become a good teacher, it is important to understand the grasping ability of the student. At the institute, I address 40 students at the same time. Not every student is on the same plane, so I need to be sensitive to the students with low grasping levels and address their confusion points. Unlike quick learners, slow learners require more support from the teacher.
I apply the same teaching principles on the Chegg Q&A Board. I try to break a complex problem into bite size parts and explain every step in order to help the student easily understand. Students always respond with thumbs up and post encouraging comments.
Q. Share something about your family and friends.
I live in Vizag. I have a cozy corner at home to work on the Chegg Q&A Board. My father runs his own grocery and my mother is a home maker. My parents are glad that I am able to offer a helping hand and share the family burden.
I was able to pay my brother’s college fee and put away some money to save for my own future. Financially, our family is much more stable after I started working for Chegg. I even stopped depending on my parents for financial support to pay my educational fee, exam fee, and for other needs.
My parents and grandparents are quite curious to know about the nature of online jobs which is all Greek & Latin to their generation. My grandmother is quite puzzled when she sees me earn just by sitting in front of the computer. I go crazy sometimes to explain them the intricacies of the online world. I also want to buy a land and build a house for my parents.
Q. What is your daily routine?
I begin my day at 5AM with a cup of tea and I start working on the Chegg Q&A Board. As said, I go to the college around 10 AM. In the evening, I again return to the Chegg Q&A Board and answer as many questions as I can. For recreation, I hang out with my friends; we go to the cinema and play cricket in the weekends.
Q. Cite a memorable moment.
It was in last September, My family faced a financial crisis and my father was obligated to take a huge amount of loans. My parents were quite apprehensive about clearing the loan with the meager resources that we had. I took the helm of clearing the loan. In a couple of months, I solved a large number of questions on the Chegg Q&A Board and with the amount I earned, I cleared the loan. It was quite memorable and my parents were very happy.
Q. Who was your inspiration?
I was inspired by my senior who stood district-first in the board exam. My physics teacher in my high school was my inspiration to become a subject-teacher.
Q. Have you ever felt bored of answering?
My love for the subject and my love to teach, the knowledge I gain here, and the financial benefit serve as a motivation and overshadow my boredom. I have a plethora of ways to earn money, but the satisfaction I gain by teaching the subject tops everything.
Q. Have you introduced anyone to Chegg?
I, along with my friends, introduced at least 70 subject experts to Chegg and most of them are active expert answerers on the Chegg Q&A Board.
Q. Suppose Chegg gives you a fulltime opportunity, would you avail?
Yes of course! I would thankfully accept it, if Chegg gives me a full-time opportunity.