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Nicole

After graduating cum laude with a B.S. in biology, my love for science led me to pursue advanced degrees. I am currently working on obtaining my MD and a masters degree in healthcare administration. I consider myself to be a lifelong learner, and I believe that with the right education, dreams can be realized. Therefore, I would like to help others reach their educational goals as I work towards mine. My specialties are concentrated around the sciences, especially biology and medicine, and English; I have written many graduate level papers.

In addition, I recently passed Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE), and have taken the MCAT and GRE as well.

I encourage feedback, and will structure my tutoring methods and lesson plans to meet the individual needs of my students; everyone learns differently. I want to make sure the learning experience is a positive one by ensuring that students learn at their own pace with methods that suit their learning style. I look forward to working with you and helping you meet your educational goals!

Undergraduate Degree:

 Cleveland State University - Bachelors, Biology

Graduate Degree:

 Walden University - Masters, Healthcare Administration

I enjoy yoga, reading, and movies. I also like spending time with family friends, and my pets.

College Biology

College English

High School Biology

High School English

What is your teaching philosophy?

My philosophy to teaching is that everyone learns differently. Some students are visual learners, some are "hands-on" learners, and some learn best via audio. If one technique doesn't work, I'll try another!

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

During an initial meeting with a student, I will assess their needs, aptitude, and learning style preference. This gives students a chance to let me know what they expect during our sessions; it also helps to "break the ice," so to speak.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Yes, most students need study techniques. Finding which technique works best for a student is the first step towards becoming an independent learner.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Positive feedback, coupled with a sense of achievement are great motivators; therefore, confidence-building techniques are key to increasing motivation!

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would have them explain their view of the concept/skill, and their perceived solution. Using their mindset, I would explain a simpler way to view/obtain the concept or skill that is giving them difficulty.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I find that the best way to tackle reading comprehension is to scan each paragraph for the topic sentence and read the answer choices first. This helps students identify the main idea quickly.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I like to identify students' academic strengths and weaknesses first. Based on this information, I can structure my sessions more effectively.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I would give them encouragement and let them know they can master the material if they continue to study. In addition, positive feedback and highlighting the student's strengths is also effective.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I would have them explain the material to me as if I were a student. This could be done either verbally or in the written format of an essay.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

I first find which learning method works best for the student, then I encourage them through positive feedback for their accomplishments.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate a student's needs by assessing their strengths and weaknesses, reviewing their materials, and targeting the areas in which the student is deficient.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Yes, every student learns differently. It is important to identify which methods work best before tutoring a student.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I use images, documents, and the whiteboard to draw/illustrate concepts.