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Nicholas

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Hello! My name is Nicholas, and I have a passion for education and learning. To me, education is not simply an act of personal betterment, but one of societal improvement and sustainability. Education, from science to math, english to history, allows us to have new lenses through which to see our world. Mastering content gives us a cognitive framework through which we can process and understand new information from the world around us. Knowledge is critical for one's own success in the world as well as a requisite for a well functioning democracy. If you do not have a fully formed internal logos, you are at the whim of others determinative narratives and little more than a passenger on your ship through life. My goal is enable individuals to be the captains of their own ship.

Nicholas’ Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Vassar College - Bachelors, English / Biology

Graduate Degree: National-Louis Univeristy - Masters, Masters of Arts in Teaching

Hobbies

Writing, Reading, Travel, Rugby, Discussion, Social Justice, Hiking, Cooking

Tutoring Subjects

American Literature

Anatomy & Physiology

AP Biology

AP Environmental Science

AP Physics 2

Bioinfomatics

Biology

Biomedical Engineering

Biostatistics

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Chemistry

Civil and Environmental Engineering

College Biology

College Chemistry

College English

College Level American Literature

College Physics

Earth Science

Ecology

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

Engineering

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Environmental Science

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

Genetics

High School Biology

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Physics

High School Writing

IB BIology

IB Chemistry

IB Extended Essay

IB Physics

IB Sports, Exercise and Health Science

Industrial Engineering

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Nutrition

Pharmacology

Phonics

Physics

Public Speaking

Science

Special Relativity

Spelling Bee

Statics and Dynamics

Thermodynamics

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Teaching is the transference of knowledge and skills from one person to another. Teaching accelerates the development of the ability for self-awareness and success in a given environment.

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

The first thing I want to know is about them! What do you like doing? What do you like in school? How do you think you are struggling? Next, we'll go over immediate problems the student is struggling with and identify some areas we can grow towards in future sessions. By the end of this first session, I need enough information to make a plan for how we are going to make them the smartest people we can.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Meta-thinking is the key here! As we work through the problems that are currently vexing the student, we will start to identify areas and ways of thinking that lead to success as well as which study techniques work for them and which do not.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Motivation is a three-step problem. The first step is identifying the problem; what do you want to know? Where will this take you? The second step is identifying a pathway to success; are there certain problem types you need to master for an assessment? Is there a mindset the most successful use to garner their success? Are there limitations that haven't been accounted for (schedule, personal interest, background knowledge)? Third, and lastly, you need to set a plan or routine that will allow you to seamlessly change yourself into the person you want to be; what is a process that you can do on a regular basis that has you practicing the skills you need? Do you need intermittent goals? What additional resources (tutoring included) do you need to be successful? Once we've located the problem, have a path in place, and the means to achieve this path, motivation is simply following our plan. Easy as pie.