Connect to Online Learning—Sitting Down With Sumer Rajpurohit
The Manipal Conclave for TechTatva’20 has introduced Connect, an initiative that seeks to give students an insight into the journeys of inspirational individuals coming from diverse avenues. It aims at showcasing these personalities’ professional and personal journeys. Connect will be streamed weekly on Instagram live via the TechTatva Instagram handle.
The first speaker of Connect was Sumer Rajpurohit, a 24-year-old entrepreneur with a passion for teaching. He has been running a YouTube channel named Last Moment Tuitions (LMT) which has amassed over 474K subscribers and 35 million views. LMT is an educational channel that helps engineering students via video lectures and course materials.
Sumer Rajpurohit talked about how “a friend in need, is a friend indeed.” Through his humorous statements, he covered a variety of topics from engineering concepts to tips and tricks that improve soft skills. It was a one-stop-shop for all things related to placements and digital content creation. Anjlika Sahu from the core committee hosted the live video and asked him interesting questions. We, at The MIT Post, had the opportunity to conduct a short online interview with him and asked him a few questions of our own.
What gave you the idea and motivation to start Last Moment Tuitions?
Initially, I was troubled by complex engineering-based problems. I couldn’t quite grasp what was taught in college and was afraid to get my doubts solved because my basic concepts weren’t clear. This didn’t go down well with my lecturers. Then I started learning online, which helped me tremendously. After this, I had a moment of realization that, “Hey, you know what? I can teach as well, I can make this easier!”. I wanted to get my work out there, help people learn, grow, and here I am with my venture, Last Moment Tuitions.
What keeps you motivated to post these videos?
I am a person who believes that a person should think with their imagination and work with their reality. I always try to make complicated things easy and that is what I do at my YouTube channel. So until complicated problems exist, I will always be motivated to solve them.
If you could go back in time, what advice will you give to your 18-year-old self?
I think Sumer Rajpurohit as an 18-year-old kid was doing really great. I don’t have any regrets. There is nothing in my past that I would want to change. It was all a part of my journey and I embrace it.
What activities are you interested in other than your YouTube channel?
I am an engineering graduate from St. John’s College of Engineering. I have a very natural inclination towards beatboxing. It is a hobby now but if I ever get a chance in the future I would love to teach beatboxing as well.
LMT has adopted some non-academic courses such as “Podcast Tutorials for Beginners”. Can we expect more such courses in the future?
As of now, we have courses for four subjects. But yes, we will soon teach everything that needs teaching. My aim is that if there is anything I can simplify it should be there on my page. So there is still a lot to come. Stay tuned and wait for it. I am not settling with what we have right now. I want this to be the best tutorial page.
Contemplating your journey, where do you see yourself in the next 10 or 15 years?
I see myself simplifying one problem and struggling with the next. I want to make a lot of changes and progress and making huge changes to the pattern of your websites and channels can be challenging. When I started the channel, it completely was free. I used to ask people to send me their email IDs and I used to personally mail my handwritten notes to about 5000 to 6000 students. When my channel started getting famous I decided to sell my handwritten notes. So I took them down from every source and started selling the notes. That caused a lot of backlashes. People started criticizing me for selling education and they thought I have just made teaching a business. But for me, it was my effort that I was putting in and I deserved a reward for it. When I sold the first copy of my notes, the buyer told me that he will send the amount via Paytm. I did not know how to use Paytm back then. I sat down for 30 minutes and figured out how Paytm works on my own. That was when I got 50 rupees—the first payment for my handwritten notes. My journey has not been easy. But whatever be the situation, I will still keep trying and I will get better with every new video I make.
Image Credits: The Manipal Conclave ’20