Hey everyone! My name is Nicole, and I'm a sophomore at UCLA. I'm working on a psychology major and a conservation biology minor. I love studying biology, psychology, paleontology, and Supreme Court cases.
When I came to UCLA, I started tutoring high school students who were learning English as a second language. I was fairly nervous about tutoring (and waking up at 6 in the morning to tutor!), but I began to understand how students learn. I learned how to take complicated subjects and break them down into understandable, bite-size pieces. I taught students memory tricks and study habits that got me through high school, as well as college classes. I learned how to get students actively involved in the learning process, and how to relate academic subjects to things that happen in everyday life. And hey, I found myself having fun in the process! Above all, I learned the importance of building personal connections with my students so that I may help them conquer academic hurdles.
Tutoring has become immensely fulfilling for me; nothing makes me happier than not only watching my students grow, but watching my students watch themselves grow. I love it when my students become more confident in themselves than ever before. It's the only thing I'll wake up at 6 in the morning for. And I'll never forget the things students say to me after lessons, such as "you're really a great tutor, better than even a real teacher," "you make me want to learn more from my peers," and "if I go to UCLA, I'll get to see you, right?"
I realized I love teaching so much that I applied to and got into Peer Health Exchange, a nationwide teaching organization that trains college students to teach health classes in schools that lack health curriculum. I work with inner city kids, giving them vital health information that they otherwise would not learn in school. I don't believe in lecturing the entire class; I ask for participation from every student. I love seeing students eagerly asking and answering questions. This past year I taught classes about abusive relationships, and next year I'll be teaching mental health classes.
Simply put, I'm endlessly passionate about teaching. I understand how hard it can be to be a student, and I hope to make academics rewarding and effortless for my students. I hope to meet you soon!
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