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Nick

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I believe that no two students are exactly alike and that every mind deserves an equal chance to reach its fullest potential. I am also confident that no one branch of study is set apart. Instruction is most effective when it appeals to a student's particular passions and interests in order to stimulate curiosity and engagement in a course of study. A student's strengths should be celebrated, but they should also be utilized to facilitate growth in other areas.

Nick’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Oklahoma Norman Campus - Bachelor in Arts, Film and Media Studies

Graduate Degree: University of Oklahoma Norman Campus - Unknown, Professional Writing

Hobbies

Film and Television, Reading, Woodworking, Cooking

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Writing

College English

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

GRE Verbal

High School English

Other

Summer

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I find that with History and English (especially as it relates to composition) a holistic approach is most beneficial. Not only does the process help a student's comprehension of a particular subject, but it also stimulates the mind to think about the interconnectivity of all studies. I enjoy seeing students make connections across different fields of interest.

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

Rather than dive right into complicated subject matter, I would prefer to get to know the student in such a way as to understand his or her thought process and attain a general understanding of academic background. There is much to be gained from a self-assessment; having the student tell me what his/her strengths and weakness are. While the accuracy of the statements may not always be reliable, it is a valuable insight into the student's mind.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

This is an important and often overlooked point. Most people's conception of a tutor is similar to a calculator for non-math subjects. I am always careful to not just explain an answer or concept to a student. I also help them understand my own process for recalling or finding information, giving them the tools I've used for my own academic success.