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Nicole

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Are you or your student struggling academically in science, Chemistry or Biology? Are you looking for a tutor that can provide support, knowledge and motivation? Look no further, I am the supporter you are seeking. Your need for a qualified and experienced tutor is an excellent match to my 8 years' experience as a professional science educator. I have 11 years experience teaching high school science, 2 years teaching middle school science, and 2 years teaching elementary science.

Additionally, I focus on building 21st century problem solving skills that empower students to think critically and succeed in other academic disciplines.

With the right skills, tools, techniques and motivation learning science can be easy and fun!
So if you or your student is interested in receiving tutoring from a professional tutor who has the right blend of knowledge and experience, than I am your candidate!

To your continued science success,

The Experienced Science Educator

Nicole’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Humboldt State University - Bachelors, Biology, General

Graduate Degree: Our Lady of the Lake University-San Antonio - Masters, Nonprofit Management and Leadership

Hobbies

Science Education and Entertainment

Tutoring Subjects

3rd Grade Science

4th Grade Science

5th Grade Science

6th Grade Science

7th Grade Science

8th Grade Science

Biology

College Biology

Elementary School Science

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

Life Sciences

Middle School Science

Physical Science

Science

STAAR Prep

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

The most influential and powerful teacher you will ever encounter is yourself. You just need to trust and believe in you and never give up.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Independence comes with failure and success. Students need to fail in a safe and secure environment, learn from their mistakes, make changes and analyze their success.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would make the content relevant to their interest, show them I care about their success, and let them know that the skills I teach them can help them beyond the tutorial.

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

Let them know that it is OK if they don't understand a concept immediately. Then we read, read again, draw, label, write, read again and then teach me. Repeat this process until the student reaches comprehension.

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

Step 1: Assure student that it is OK and NORMAL if they don't understand text the first time they read it. Step 2: Read Step 3: Highlight unfamiliar vocabulary and understand their definitions. Step 4: Read again Step 5: Draw out the text as they see it in their heads, label if necessary. Step 6: Summarize their reading and write out a summary. Step 7: Teach it to me or someone else.

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

Ask questions and get to know your student. 1. What grade are you in? 2. What are your interests? 3. Do you like science or biology? Why or why not? 4. What are some things that you would like to know? 5. What is your learning style? Let the student know a little bit about you, such as hobbies and why you like the subject content.

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

Switch roles - student teaches the tutor.

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

Let them FAIL (First, Attempt, In, Learning). Let them know it is ok to fail. Show them you care. Give them a small task that will boost their confidence. Praise their accomplishments. Get to work and give them high expectations.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Ask questions.

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

Hands-on materials, paper, pen and drawings.

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

Tell them a funny story or provide a real-world contextualized example.

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

Get to know the student. Let the student get to know me.