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I believe we are all capable of reaching our desired outcome whether that outcome be learning a new subject, learning new note taking strategies, ability to pass a quiz or test, make sense of a difficult subject, challenge a subject in order to be place in a more appropriate class, building confidence, or simply succeeding at succeeding. I have 25 years of experience teaching K-6 and am confident I can help your student achieve academic success.

Nicky’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Phoenix-Bay Area Campus - Bachelors, Information Systems

Graduate Degree: National University - Masters, Education


Reading, movies, hiking, extreme sports, and spending time with family and friends.

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Prep

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Science

ACT Writing


College Algebra

College English

Comparative Literature

Elementary Math

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing




High School English



ISEE- Lower Level

ISEE- Middle Level



Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing



Public Speaking



SSAT- Elementary Level

SSAT- Middle Level

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

It's never too late to learn.

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

In a typical first session with a student, I might clarify all reasonable questions a student might have relative to the tutoring sessions, as well as my expectations for their performance in the session. As students leave the first meeting, they should believe in my competence to tutor in the subject matter, be able to predict the nature of my tutoring, and know what I will require of them.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I will provide students with opportunities to self-monitor and use questioning as scaffolding to independent learning. I can also offer models of behavior, develop communication that includes language focused on learning, encourage collaboration, give pupils choices and encourage my students to set their own learning goals. I will involve pupils lesson planning and encourage them to be reflective.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I will set realistic and achievable goals, making them small to start and establishing rewards for progress toward your goals. Expect setbacks and when they happen, I will help you re-direct and renew your energy toward your goals.

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

I will highlight the application of knowledge and skills in new contexts, provide students with prompts to activate relevant knowledge, and assess students.

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

I will use seven strategies to teach students who are struggling with reading comprehension: monitoring comprehension, metacognition, graphic and semantic organizers, answering questions, generating questions, and summarizing.

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

I will use five highly effective teaching strategies when first starting to work with a student: teacher clarity, discussions, feedback, formative assessments, and metacognitive strategies.

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

Ask questions.

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

Praise and positive reinforcements

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Assess their learning style.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Talk with them and use the grade level assessment.

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

Games, books, reproducibles, literature units, and other related activities.