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I live in Virginia Beach, VA. I recently graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina with my Associates in Culinary Arts, and am currently pursuing my Bachelor's Degree in Food Service Management through Johnson & Wales' Online University. Previously, I taught and tutored at a small Montessori school here in Virginia Beach, where I tutored English, Writing, Reading, Basic Math, and Algebra 1.

My favorite subject to tutor is Reading, because a strong foundation in Reading can open many doors for students, and very often makes other subjects easier to learn. Every student is an individual, however, and I therefore like to take an individualized approach to each one. During the first session with a student, I generally like to take some time for the both of us to get to know each other. This helps the student feel more comfortable, which of course facilitates the learning process.

Outside of tutoring, I work in the kitchen of a local restaurant. I like watching movies, spending time with my loved ones, and spending my summers at waterparks and the beach. I also love playing with my dog, Gypsy, who is Boxer/English Bulldog mix!

Nikki’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte - Associates, Culinary Arts

Undergraduate Degree: Johnson & Wales University-Online - Bachelors, Food Service Management


watching movies, listening to all genres of music, being with friends and family, going to the beach

Tutoring Subjects

College English

Comparative Literature


High School English

Homework Support



Physical Science

Public Speaking



Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization



Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I know that every student is an individual and should be treated as such. Therefore, I believe that each student should be given an individual approach.

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

I would first get to know you and ask that you get to know me. I want you to be excited to learn and attend your tutoring session.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By teaching students the basics of the subject at hand. Also, by explaining how to solve a problem rather than just telling them the answer.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I can relate to this because I am a student. I motivate myself by reminding myself of the end goal, or why I'm doing this. I also try to remind myself to take breaks and drink lots of water!

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

I would change my teaching strategy- Whether that is drawing a picture or associating the problem or concept to a real life situation.

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

I would relate to them. I didn't enjoy most subjects in school when I was younger however, I persevered. Now, I enjoy school and learning new things.

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

By helping them master the most basic parts of the subject.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I believe observation is the best way to evaluate a student.