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I am a senior in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Eastern Michigan University, and I have been tutoring for about five years, from middle school to early college age students. My hobbies are painting/drawing, playing piano and guitar, and playing with my pet rats and my cat!

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Nikki’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Eastern Michigan University - Current Undergrad, Mechanical Engineering

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 32

ACT Math: 36

ACT Reading: 32


Animals, Music, Playing piano and Guitar, Art, Math and Reading

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade

10th Grade Math

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade

11th Grade Math

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade

12th Grade Math

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Science

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Science

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Science

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Science

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade

9th Grade Math

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

Advanced Placement Prep


Algebra 2


AP Music Theory

AP Studio Art

Applied Mathematics


Art History

College Algebra

Comparative Literature

Creative Writing


Elementary Algebra

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing



High School

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Writing

Homework Support

Intermediate Algebra

Introduction to Fiction



Mechanical Engineering

Medieval Literature

Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Music Theory



Persuasive Writing



Poetry Writing





Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Technical Writing

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I strive to work with every one of my students to build on their knowledge of topics, so that they have a full understanding of whatever subject we are working on. I use various teaching methods to ensure that my students learn the subject completely.

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

In a typical first session, I will cover some basic materials with the students, leading up to more complex subjects, to get an idea of where they are in their current knowledge. Then, I will build on the foundation that they currently have in the next sessions.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I will teach my students important skills to help them study on their own, so that they can continue to learn even when I am not around.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would use different learning materials until I found something that interested them. For example, I would use models, or visuals instead of lectures for some students, and vice versa.

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

Try a different approach in explaining it to them.

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

Practice reading a lot of material, and going over it together. I especially like to have students read out-loud.

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

I approach subjects very enthusiastically myself, which often helps students get excited. I also use snacks sometimes, or educational games.

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

I would have the students work out problems and explain, step-by-step, what they are doing. This way, I can follow along and make sure that they understand the logic behind the answer.

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

I provide praise and acknowledgment when my students excel in a subject, and help them with constructive comments when they are struggling. I also remain positive myself, which helps them keep a positive attitude.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I use worksheets and practice problems, as well as just through conversation. I sit down with my students and ask them what they think they are doing well in and what they feel they are struggling in.

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

I typically combine lecture with practice problems, and sometimes even additional problems for the student to work on when I am gone. If a student is responding well to something, I will do more of that. If a student dislikes something I am doing, for example, lecturing, I will do less of that.

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

Depending on the subject, I will typically get a textbook and a workbook with problems. I also sometimes use games to build cognitive functions.

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

I have found that working through actual problems tends to be the most successful with students.

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