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Nicholas

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When I was in high school, I realized that I really love to teach. Simply passing on knowledge to another peer feels absolutely amazing because it shows that you really know the information. I am hoping that I will be able to get you to that point after helping you learn the material. I graduated as the valedictorian of my high school and received admissions to many prestigious schools around the country, but due to financial reasons I decided to attend a school where I could support myself. From this, I have mastered the art of time management and still spend a huge chunk of my spare time tutoring other students ranging from high school all the way up to my fellow collegiate peers.

I have over 200 hours of tutoring and teaching experience, and am comfortable with Math, Physics, Chemistry, Writing, English, French, ACT, and SAT. My only policy is that you do not simply ask me for the answer, but rather help me help you through questions. A big part of your college career is that you find yourself not being able to ask the right questions to guide you to the answer, and I want to be here to help you learn that skill. I will help walk you through all the steps of the problem and clarify the theory along the way so that you can gain mastery of the material.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you master the topics you are studying!

Nicholas’ Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Berkeley - Current Undergrad, Public Health, French, and Molecular Cell Biology Triple Major

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 33

ACT English: 33

ACT Math: 36

ACT Reading: 31

ACT Science: 30

SAT Math: 800

SAT Writing: 740

Hobbies

Cooking, Dancing, Writing, Learning new Languages, Music (Violin, Viola, Piano, Guitar), Cars

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade

10th Grade Math

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade

11th Grade Math

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade

12th Grade Math

12th Grade Writing

9th Grade Math

9th Grade Writing

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Writing

Advanced Placement Prep

Algebra

AP French Language and Culture

AP Physics 2

College Algebra

Conversational French

Elementary Algebra

French

French 2

French 3

French 4

Geometry

High School

High School English

High School Writing

Honors Chemistry

Languages

Math

Other

Persuasive Writing

PSAT Mathematics

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Writing and Language

Science

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I'm your guide through difficult material. My goal is to not simply get you to an answer but to help you develop a strong understanding of the path you took so that you feel confident enough to do it on your own. Ideally, I'd love to show you how enjoyable the material is so that you might even begin to like the subject!

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

Our first session is a chance for us to get to know each other. This is the time for me to build confidence in you as well as in myself. I'd usually like to introduce myself; who I am; my struggles; why I'm qualified to teach you; and most importantly to let you know that I'm only human and I do make mistakes. Then I'd like you to introduce yourself as well as tell me what you're having trouble with. Specifically, I'd like to go over some specific topics to try and pinpoint exactly where you might get stuck. If we've already arranged it ahead of time, I might even have you take a diagnostic test that I've created from the topics that you felt you are having trouble with.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I believe that the biggest struggle students have is figuring out the right questions to ask. In college, as well as in all other aspects of life, it is crucial for us to be asking the right questions instead of simply stating "I don't get it." My goal is to act as a role model, to help you see exactly what types of questions to ask and how to phrase questions. By doing so, you'll be able to answer your own questions most of the time. Especially after I show you a lot of the resources that are available to you either in your library or on the internet.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Motivation is a hard facet to come by; that's why I believe it's important to always stop and look at the big picture. It can be something as small as your acing the next quiz or getting the top score on your next exam or even as big as what you want to do in the future or your dream school. I'm going to keep referencing that goal of yours to help you see how all of this is connected to the big picture.

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

I'd try to find a different approach or a new way of looking at the skill or concept. What most instructors struggle with is that they always look at material from one perspective - usually the one that they are most comfortable with. And when the student gets stuck, often times the instructor continues to explain it the same way. After tutoring and teaching for so long, I've realized that I need to look at skills or concepts in many abstract ways to help portray them to my students. Sometimes a complicated way for me might be a simpler solution for my students.

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

The first thing I'd do is encourage them to read. Read. Read. Read. It can be about anything, but it's just so important for my students to read outside of our sessions. This helps them build a vocabulary and develop an eye for specific elements in the reading that they might overlook. In our sessions, I would read through passages with them, stopping to see what they understood from the reading and highlight on key things they should keep in mind. Most importantly, I'd stress annotations with them to help them develop good habits for the future.

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

I like to make our sessions less formal and more on a peer-to-peer basis. I know that for me, I was always intimidated by my instructor, so I would hesitate to ask questions, thinking that they might be stupid. But, once we realize that our relationship is on a peer-to-peer level, that fear disappears and we become more productive in our sessions.

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

I would show them their applications in the real world. I'd try to tie it back to something that they use in everyday life like how chemistry, math, and physics are all crucial for the creation of their phones and laptops.

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

I'd always ask them questions after we've completed a topic and give them more practice problems to let them perform on their own. If they get stuck, I'd be right there to help them out, but this would help me ensure that my students understand the material.

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

I'd continually drill them with questions and concepts. This way, they'd be able to see exactly how much they know! Most of the time, students feel discouraged because they focus on the negatives and the things that they don't know, but if they continually practice on the things they're less confident in and see that they know more than they actually thought, it would help them build confidence quickly in the subject.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I would email them before our first session and ask them what specific topics they are having trouble with. From there, I will make a short diagnostic test we can walk through together. That way I can understand exactly how they think as they are walking through a problem, helping them whenever they get stuck. This gives me an accurate idea of exactly what areas my students need to work on.

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

I'm very flexible with how my student learns. During the first few sessions, I will try to be very versatile with my approach. We would start with a diagnostic test, where we'd work together to answer the questions, then I'd try a little bit of lecturing on any areas my students feel less confident in. From there we will transition back to problem solving with the Socratic method, where we will actively discuss what they know and what they don't know so I can guide them through the problems. Over time, I will be able to see exactly what works for my student and be able to successfully help him/her learn in the most effective way possible.

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

I always have my laptop on me just in case we need to look anything up (as we all know; nobody is perfect). But, depending on the subject, I will always bring the appropriate quick study sheets, handmade notes that I have made or even textbooks if I find them incredibly useful and appropriate, so I can show my students EXACTLY how to become self-sufficient in not only the subject, but also in their method of studying.