Hi! My name is Nicole. I have taught high school chemistry for the past three years during which time I have also provided tutoring services to my students as well as other struggling chemistry students in the school. I know that my passion for science is not shared by all, but I strive to find memorable ways to help others see and understand the very exciting and impressive scientific discoveries both old and new.
My favorite saying is "Mistakes are a part of learning" and I firmly believe in it. There is nothing wrong with not "getting it" the first time or not acing every test. We tend to learn more from analyzing and correcting the mistakes we make and we are more likely to remember what we did wrong and the correct way to do it after first making a mistake. Science theories are constantly changing and science itself is based on trial and error, so I make it a point to accept students' mistakes and praise their efforts. The biggest problem struggling science students face is themselves. After failing quizzes or tests or just simply not getting the grade they want, many students give up on trying because they think that they are helpless and that they will just never get it. With the way that I approach these students and by teaching them that their mistakes are ok, they gain confidence to keep at it. After gaining that confidence I begin to push them to find out what they do know and how to apply it to the problem, giving them added confidence. It is then that we analyze together where they made the mistake and work through the problem correctly together. The process does not end there, after that "ah ha!" moment, it is important to apply the same knowledge to another problem or two to make sure that the information stuck. Learning is a process of trial and error. Not every student is perfect in every subject and that is okay! You just need to try, try again!
I have an undergraduate degree in Cellular Biology from the University of Georgia and I am certified to teach Science 8-12 in Texas and Science 6-12 in Georgia. Like I said earlier, I have taught Chemistry for the last three years and due to the fact that Chemistry is very math based, I am also available to tutor Prealgebra, Algebra 1 and Algebra 2.
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