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Nicole D.

ACT Prep Expert + Algebra, Geometry, Writing, Read Comp + More!

Arvada, CO (80005)

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My name is Nicole and teaching is my passion!

I have been a career educator since 2001 and have taught middle school through college. I hold a Colorado teaching license with a dual endorsement in secondary math and general science and currently teach 7th and 8th grade math and science at a middle school in Golden as the school's lead middle school math and science teacher. Although I teach both math and science, math is my true passion; I can't imagine life without solving really cool equations with my students and challenging those students to develop a confident, enlightening understanding of the problems they solve.

When I taught college prep math to military veterans at Metropolitan State University of Denver, I taught algebra and geometry using real-life scenarios, so the students could understand some direct applications of math. When I taught English composition at Metro, I would ask my students to use their personal experiences to draw parallels to characters in novels and create expressive, thoughtful essays detailing their responses to the novels we read in class. I believe if students can understand academic content on a practical and personal level, then they can develop the confidence in themselves to tackle whatever content they choose.

Obviously, every student learns and comprehends at his or her own pace, and I have developed a persistent patience with my students in order to help them avoid giving up on challenging material. Learning takes time, patience, and practice.

My specialty subjects are math and ACT prep; however, I tutor many other subjects. Please feel free to email me with any questions and thank you for considering me as your family's personal tutor.

I am currently accepting new students, so please contact me anytime. My schedule is pretty limited right now, but I will have much more flexibility after the ACT test, which is scheduled for Sat. the 13th. I tutor students every day except Saturday.

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Nicole’s subjects

ACT English

I've been tutoring students to prepare for the ACT for about 6 years, and the English section is one of my favorite sections to teach.

ACT Math

Helping high school students prepare for the ACT math section is one of my specialties. My personal ACT math score range is 34-36. I am an ACT math EXPERT. I have a number of ACT practice tests (including tests which were formally given to all high school students), and I use these tests to help my students not only learn and review the content, but also to feel more comfortable and confident with this exam. I review every incorrect answer and explain to my students why their answers are incorrect and how to determine the correct answers.

ACT Reading

I tutor all 4 sections of the ACT exam: English, Math, Reading, and Science.

ACT Science

I tutor all 4 sections of the ACT exam: English, Math, Reading, and Science. I have a number of ACT practice tests (including tests which were formally given to all high school students), and I use these tests to help my students not only learn and review the content, but also to feel more comfortable and confident with this exam. I review every incorrect answer and explain to my students why their answers are incorrect and how to determine the correct answers.

Algebra 1

I have tutored middle and high school students in algebra for over ten years, and I love helping students become confident and successful math learners. I currently teach an 8th grade honors algebra 1 course (our middle school uses the Big Ideas Math Algebra 1 online series). For those of you who are familiar with high school math classes called Math 1, Math 2, Math 3, and Math 4, I tutor those as well.

Algebra 2

I've helped students learn Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Intermediate Algebra, and College Algebra for over 10 years. I love teaching algebra and getting my students excited about math- I feel so proud when they smile and say, "I didn't know algebra could be this easy!" For some high school students, they learn algebra 2, geometry, and some trig in Math 3. For those of you who are familiar with high school math classes called Math 1, Math 2, Math 3, and Math 4, I tutor those as well.

American History

I think I inherited my love of American History from my grandfather, Guy, who served in WWII and grew up during the Great Depression. He was passionate about learning everything about WWI, the American Civil War, and the American Revolutionary War (he was quite the war buff). I've developed a bit of a "history hobby" and relish every opportunity to learn more about this subject with my students. :)

ASVAB

I've helped high school students study for the ASVAB and I've taught veterans general math, science, English and reading comprehension at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Biology

I taught a general science (Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics) class at Metro State University for six semesters and I hold a B.S. in Nutrition Science (a branch of Biology).

Elementary Math

I have tutored math for over ten years, and I love helping students develop the confidence and the skills necessary to become successful math learners. Although I hold a secondary math license (grades 7-12), I'm familiar with the elementary math common core methodology and practice. I can even help parents understand this "new way of doing math" as well.

Elementary Science

I teach middle school physical science and life science and I've taught general science at both the high school and college levels. I love teaching and inspiring students to develop a passion for all things science!

English

I've taught English Composition at Metropolitan State University of Denver as an Adjunct Faculty member.

GED

I have 10+ years of GED tutoring experience.

Geometry

I have been tutoring students in algebra and geometry for over ten years and currently teach a high school geometry course to middle school G/T students. I've found that a successful geometry student has solid algebra 1 skills, so if I tutor a student who struggles with geometry, I'll also help this student strengthen his or her algebra skills.

Grammar

I taught an English course at Metro for six semesters, and I have over 10 years of English/grammar tutoring experience.

ISEE

The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is a standards-based assessment that many private and independent schools use to determine enrollment via achievement ranking and academic skill evaluation. I have over 5 years experience preparing students to take this exam.

Literature

I enjoy watching students develop a love of reading and finding real-world lessons in literature. Watching students emotionally connect with popular literary characters makes me smile!

Nutrition

I hold a B.S. Degree in Nutrition Science and I have taught high school Nutrition Science, Applied Nutrition, and Nutrition Biochemistry.

Physical Science

I taught a night general science class (physical science) at Metropolitan State University of Denver. I have a B.S. Degree in Nutrition Science and have taught/tutored science for well over 10 years. I currently teach 7th and 8th grade physical science and life science.

Praxis

I have taken and passed the Praxis 1 exam and scored in the top 10 percentile in all three tested subject areas (I received a perfect score on the Praxis 1 essay). I've also tutored for the Praxis II Elementary Education Content Exam (5014) and have study materials for this exam.

Prealgebra

I have over ten years of experience tutoring pre-algebra and algebra to middle and high school students and college students. I've taught math at Metropolitan State University of Denver as an Adjunct Faculty member (I helped students prepare for the elementary and college level math Accuplacer exam), and I love helping students become confident and successful math learners. I currently teach 7th and 8th grade honors pre-algebra classes (our middle school uses the Big Ideas Math online series).

Precalculus

Precalculus, otherwise known as Math 4, can be very challenging for students. Personally, I find this course exciting and look forward to helping my students understand the content. For those of you who are familiar with high school math classes called Math 1, Math 2, Math 3, and Math 4, I tutor students in all four of these courses.

PSAT

I have almost 10 years of experience preparing students to take the PSAT.

Reading

Many students struggle with reading comprehension concepts like analyzing the author's purpose, finding a main idea or central theme, or making reasonable conclusions based on paragraph/story evidence. I find that 1:1 tutoring allows these struggling students to freely vent their frustrations and ask questions they may never ask in class, for fear of publicizing their self-doubt and confusion to their teacher and classmates. When students feel comfortable with their tutor, they develop a sense of trust; once the trust is formed, students finally begin to grow self-confident. This self-confidence is the catalyst for academic success: higher grades, positive self-esteem, and love for learning and exploring. A self-confident student is a successful, happy student!

SAT Math

I have tutored SAT math for almost 10 years. I know the SAT is changing next year (2015) and I've started researching and practicing new strategies for the new test in order to best prepare my students. I'm excited for the changes and I think students will feel more confident with the content and structure of this exam.

SAT Reading

As a native Marylander, I am quite familiar with the SAT exam. I began helping students prepare for this exam in 2001 and have, personally, scored a perfect 800 in both the math and writing portions of the exam (my highest critical reading score is a 750, which is a 98 percentile rank). Most students struggle with the vocabulary questions found in the critical reading sections of the exam, so helping students build a stronger vocabulary is an integral part of my SAT teaching strategy. I use practice tests and give homework in order to maximize student learning/understanding to ensure that my students earn higher SAT test scores.

SAT Writing

I've tutored students to prepare for all sections of the SAT for over 10 years.

Spelling

Spelling can be tricky for many students, and if kids learn, apply, and practice spelling rules then they can master this skill.

SSAT

The SSAT is a test students take in order to enroll in a private school. Not all private schools administer this test, so it's in your best interest to find out which entrance exam your private school requires. I've helped students study for all three SSAT exams- elementary, middle, and upper.

Study Skills

I have 10+ years of experience helping students learn how to study and how to develop effective study strategies. When I taught high school, I developed a study skills guide for students struggling with math and science; I used this guide to teach students how to use memory techniques to remember math and science equations and memorize complex biological systems typically taught in a Biology or Physical Science class. I also helped students outline historical events, famous historical figures, and other Social Studies/History related content using study techniques like SQ3R, note-taking, outlining, Cornell notes, etc...

Trigonometry

Trig can be quite a task for a lot of students and I found the best way to tackle the content is to memorize identities and solve practice problems. Knowing how to start can make a seemingly complicated problem appear easy. :)

Vocabulary

Developing a strong vocabulary eases reading comprehension analysis. Typically, students who have not yet developed a strong vocabulary struggle with reading and reading comprehension. When tutoring my students, I always incorporate vocabulary building when teaching reading comprehension analysis.

Writing

Teaching students the art of writing has been a passion of mine since I was in high school; my first job as a tutor was as a writing tutor when I was only 14 years old. I created a writing "club" to provide English and writing assistance to student athletes needing to maintain academic eligibility. In college, I continued tutoring student athletes and spent most of my time teaching writing and grammar to the football players. Since earning my B.S. in 1997, I've tutored hundreds of students in all academic content areas and have built my career doing what I love: teaching. :)

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Education

West Virginia University

University of Phoenix (Graduate Coursework)

Metropolitan State University of Denver (Graduate Coursework)

Excellent tutor! Nicole is very patient with our daughter and has been giving her the help she needs to increase her ACT scores. Nicole is also helping our daughter gain some confidence in herself and has given her the tools she needs to relax while taking tests. Thank you Nicole! We see a positive difference in our daughter. ...

— Jessica from Louisville, CO on 8/5/13);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

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