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I am currently a senior at the University of Arizona completing my Bachelor’s of Neuroscience and Cognitive Science with an emphasis in Neuroscience of Aging and a minor in Spanish. After I complete my Bachelor’s I will be working and studying to apply to optometry school. Since I was twelve years old I assisted in teaching children from the ages of 2-17 water safety skills, then from the ages of 16-20 I coached swim team and synchronized swimming. At the University of Arizona I have been a student aid for Chemistry and Cellular Neurophysiology where I tutored students and lead class discussions. My favorite subjects to tutor are Math, Biology, and Chemistry because they were once difficult classes for me until I learned how to understand their concepts. I believe that for any person critical thinking is an essential skill and vital to understanding new subjects. Ultimately, my goal as a tutor is for students to achieve critical thinking independently. I try to get my students to answer their own question before I help them so I can understand their thought processes. Many students struggle with their self-confidence, so I use positive reinforcement to encourage them and appreciate the effort they make to learn new subjects. Outside of school, I love to sew my own clothing or costumes, bike, swim, draw, hike, listen to classical music, and practice yoga and meditation.

Nicole’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Arizona - Bachelors, Neuroscience and Cognitive Science

Hobbies

Synchronized Swimming, Swimming, Teaching swim lessons, Sewing, Biking, Painting, Reading

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

Algebra 2

AP Psychology

Arithmetic

Biology

Chemistry

College Algebra

College Biology

College Chemistry

Conversational Spanish

Ecology

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

Geometry

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

Languages

Life Sciences

Math

Middle School Math

Other

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

Psychology

Science

Social Sciences

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Summer

Trigonometry


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Taking the time to understand concepts will help you know how to approach any problem for that subject.

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

I would try to learn more about my student so I can have a better understanding of their thinking processes. It is essential to see where we are starting so we can work together towards the goal for the student.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help them learn how to think critically and study efficiently.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

For any student, it can be difficult to stay motivated, but positive reinforcement can go a long way to get them back on their feet. I make sure they notice their own progress so they feel optimistic of what else they can accomplish.

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

I would show them how to make up their own mnemonic device or story to make their skill or concept easier to understand and more relatable.

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

I encourage them to read at the pace that best helps them comprehend the message and to read as often as they can for practice. I find books that they would find entertaining so that reading doesn't become a chore.

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

It is best to assess the student and see where they are in understanding the concepts of their class material. I give them basic questions and ask how they are solving the problem so I can understand their thinking process.

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

If a student is frustrated with their work material, I would give them easier questions to solve to show them that they can accomplish it. I would then break down larger problems to demonstrate how to make it easier and more understandable.

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

I give step by step instructions for how the student should look at problems and have them write out how they'll solve them and why they use those methods.