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Nicole

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I am recent graduate of Delaware Valley University, formerly Delaware Valley College. I majored in Small Animal Science with a pre-veterinary track, and was recently accepted to Drexel University as part of the Masters of Laboratory Animal Science program. Prior to college, I attended Biotechnology High School, an International Baccalaureate diploma school, which is ranked as the best high school in New Jersey, according to U.S. News and World Report.

I've been teaching and tutoring students since my senior year of high school, when I interned under an eighth grade science teacher. After that, I realized that I loved teaching, and began to tutor students at Delaware Valley University, eventually leading to a substitute teaching assistant position at my local school district. Through these positions, I've discovered that my favorite subjects to teach are science-based courses such as genetics and biotechnology, although I do tutor english and reading courses as well. I love watching my students find the "aha!" moment where all of a sudden the concept makes sense and they have the confidence they need to complete the coursework on their own. In my opinion, knowledge is only 50% of the equation; in order to succeed, you have to have the confidence to trust yourself and trust that you have the right answers.

Nicole’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Delaware Valley University - Bachelor of Science, Small Animal Science

Test Scores

ACT English: 31

ACT Reading: 32

Hobbies

When I'm not working and going to school, I love to design and make my own clothes and Halloween costumes. I especially love to design costumes that allow me to show off my fencing skills.

Tutoring Subjects

3rd Grade Science

4th Grade Science

5th Grade Science

6th Grade Science

7th Grade Science

8th Grade Science

ACT Science

Biology

Biotechnology

Cell Biology

College Biology

Developmental Biology

Elementary School Science

General Biology

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

IB

IB Biology HL

IB Biology SL

IB Extended Essay

IB Theory of Knowledge

Life Sciences

Microbiology

Middle School Science

Science


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I prefer to teach and clarify concepts and important techniques to give students tools to solve many questions instead of the method to solve one. I also offer positive reinforcement to my students in order to help them gain the confidence that often comes alongside success.

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

In a typical first session, I would take a few minutes to learn about the student's personality and feelings in regards to the subject, so that I can adapt my teaching style to best fit the student's needs.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

To help a student become an independent learner, you provide them with confidence and knowledge to devise their own solutions.