Hey everyone! My name is Nicole, and I'm going to be a senior 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 six 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 six 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. These past years I taught classes about mental health.
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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