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Nicole

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I graduated from high school in 2015 and am currently attending Vanderbilt University for a Chemical Engineering degree with a minor in Biological Sciences. I love all math and science, but my favorite subjects include Chemistry, Calculus, Trigonometry, and Economics. I also love listening to and creating music, fishing, reading, computer games, the Oxford comma, discovering other INTJs, and anything that involves cats.

I was hired by Varsity Tutors in May of 2016. Before working for Varsity Tutors, I have had informal experience in high school tutoring peers and younger students in mostly math and science. I also tutored ACT prep, and helped a peer raise her composite score 3 points. I like to emphasize understanding concepts rather than simple memorization because memorization does not promote a clear understanding of class material or strengthen critical thinking skills. I firmly believe knowing concepts allows students to expand their problem solving skills into unknown territory and allows them to better address unfamiliar questions and problem sets.

I recognize that not all students learn best through the same teaching methods. I like to try multiple ways of teaching styles until I find something that works for the student. I will put a lot of stress on fundamental material, why a subject's foundations exist, interpreting the information in practice problems, and lastly, applying fundamental material in practice problems or real world situations. Ultimately, I absolutely love helping a student reach his or her full potential!

Nicole’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Vanderbilt University - Current Undergrad, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 35

ACT English: 35

ACT Math: 35

ACT Reading: 36

ACT Science: 36

Hobbies

Reading, fishing, science, music, cats.

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade

10th Grade Math

10th Grade Reading

11th Grade

11th Grade Math

11th Grade Reading

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Science

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

Advanced Placement Prep

Algebra

Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

AP Biology

AP Calculus AB

AP Chemistry

AP Comparative Government and Politics

AP Economics

AP Microeconomics

AP Statistics

AP U.S. Government & Politics

Arithmetic

Biology

Business

Calculus

Calculus 2

Chemistry

College Algebra

College Biology

College Business

College Chemistry

College Physics

Differential Equations

Economics

Elementary Algebra

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

Evolution

Evolutionary Biology

General Chemistry

Geometry

High School

High School Biology

High School Business

High School Chemistry

High School Physics

Honors Chemistry

Intermediate Algebra

College Math

Java

Life Sciences

Macroeconomics

Math

MATLAB

Microeconomics

Middle School Math

Middle School Science

Multivariable Calculus

Music Theory

Organic Chemistry

Physical Chemistry

Physical Science

Physics

Pre-Algebra

PSAT Prep

PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Mathematics

PSAT Writing Skills

Science

Social studies

Statistics

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

Thermochemistry

Thermodynamics

Trigonometry


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I value concepts over memorization. One truly can only fully understand a subject if one knows the "why" behind it.

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

Address what the student feels he or she is struggling on most. I would have practice problems prepared, depending on the student's needs, to work through together.

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

I would help them pick out the main ideas and important information in paragraphs, and explain how to strategize and come to such conclusions.