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Nicole B.

Upper Marlboro, MD

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Change defeats into Challenges-- SAT/ACT/GRE -- All Ages and Stages

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No matter what the subject or where you are, this is going to be fun! I'm an energetic, patient lifelong learner who is ready to teach you anything from anywhere! Now is your time to succeed!

Why pick me?

I teach and tutor because I love to see the confidence that new knowledge brings, the relief of success after great struggle, and the smile on people's faces when they realize they did it! I'm tough but caring; versatile, but focused; highly educated, but experienced. I can help you beat your most difficult challenge. Two of the most difficult things I do every week are homeschool my son with ADHD and teach a roomful of 14 three, four, and five year olds to memorize scripture from 6:30-8:00pm on a school night--a time when most of them would probably be getting ready for bed. These two feats take energy, patience, focus, preparation, and JOY! The hard work pays off though when we realize hard-earned successes.

About me:

I'm a knowledge junky, a voracious reader, a tireless researcher, and, most importantly for you, a patient, experienced, and effective tutor and teacher. I love the whole process--from the excitement of a new subject to the challenge that mastering it brings. I have been successful working with both gifted and challenged adults and children for over 26 years as a tutor, trainer, instructor, and mom. I finished my 21-year military career as a master instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy teaching our nation's finest. Yet, my proudest achievement is raising my own six kids who I homeschool. These brilliant scholars amaze me every day with their insights and tough questions. In our school, we encourage curiosity, responsibility, and independent learning.

You are looking for a tutor who is serious but still knows how to have fun; someone who knows the theory behind the subject, but is not so knowledgeable that they can't explain it to you. You need someone who can look at what is being said in the book and show you a different way. That's me!

My Air Force career gave me the opportunity to have many wonderful and unique experiences: I went faster than the speed of sound, experienced weightlessness, flew jets solo, and racked up over 200 flying hours. I spoke four different languages, mastered three different career fields, and worked closely with senior U.S. and foreign defense officials. These experiences have shaped me and given me the ability to see things from many different perspectives. I think this skill is critical to teaching someone. You have to be able to see the problem as they do and then help them understand how to solve it.

I hope I've already given you more than enough reasons to seriously consider choosing me as your tutor. I hope I can share my love of learning with you or your loved one. I look forward to hearing from you!

Testimonials

"Very Resourceful!"

- Tracey, Upper Marlboro, MD on 11/15/14
Nicole replied on 11/15/2014

It is really awesome to watch a student get excited about learning a new language! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work with your son and coach his Mandarin language skills in reading, listening, speaking, and writing!

"Gifted tutor!"

- Tasya, Bowie, MD on 12/8/14
Nicole replied on 12/9/2014

Tasya, thank you so much! Teaching your daughter is always a joy for me. She's a natural student who contemplates every word you say and always gives her best effort. I am so blessed to be able to work in education, a field that I am so passionate about. Knowledge is power, and I want to empower everyone!

"Very Patient"

- June, Upper Marlboro, MD on 11/4/14

"Well-prepared and patient"

- Lynn, Harwood, MD on 9/13/14
Nicole replied on 9/14/2014

Lynn,

Thank you very much for your feedback. I like to see students succeed. Tutors should be prepared to conduct a session and provide outside resources that parents and students can use to build skills between sessions. We want to see success and see it quickly. That requires everyone to work a little harder, but the results are fantastic!

"Great Tutor!"

- Y, Clinton, MD on 8/22/14
Nicole replied on 8/24/2014

Thank you, Y.M., it was a pleasure working with your daughter. We completed almost 80 algebra, probability, trigonometry, and geometry problems in a little over two hours. Sometimes we just need someone to work with to build confidence, but I wanted your daughter to believe in herself. I think our session was a great success. I appreciate your feedback and look forward to working with you again!

"Patient and enthusiastic!"

- Veronica, District Heights, MD on 8/10/14
Nicole replied on 8/24/2014

Thank you, Veronica! Working with your daughter is a joy. She has a lot of personality, and she stays engaged during the session. I look forward to working with her this year and seeing her grow! Thank you for the feedback.

"Very Patient"

- Karen, Upper Marlboro, MD on 3/16/14
Nicole replied on 3/23/2014

I am thankful to have the opportunity to work with lifelong learners like Karen who are committed to improving their study skills. Everyone has their own learning style--some are visual, others aural, verbal, or physical, or logical. Some prefer to learn in groups. Others learn better individually. I'm here to assist you in every way that I can to help you meet your goals and succeed!

"Excellent Tutor!!"

- Michelle, Bowie, MD on 3/16/14
Nicole replied on 3/23/2014

Thank you so much, Michelle. Your session was interesting for me because it involved both solving systems of algebraic equations and application of geometry and trigonometry. It was a great opportunity to show that as a tutor you have to be ready for the unexpected and be prepared to provide clear directions that will allow the student to work detailed problems alone after the session. Just helping the student work problems during the session is not enough. Thank you for your kind feedback!

"Encouraging"

- Marsha, Upper Marlboro, MD on 2/7/14
Nicole replied on 2/7/2014

Thank you so much, Marsha. It was great meeting with your daughter and giving her pointers on how she can help herself! I love the opportunity that tutoring gives me to meet children of all ages and give them encouragement and guidance. Working with parents who have their children's best interest at heart is awesome. Tutoring is a partnership!

"A very warm, patient person. "

- Ethan, Chesapeake Beach, MD on 2/3/14
Nicole replied on 2/4/2014

Thank you so much for your kind comments. Sometimes, parents and kids just need someone to come along side them and help them move forward. Miracles happen when we find the key to success and Ethan holds all the keys!

"Great Tutor"

- Merian, Bowie, MD on 1/15/14
Nicole replied on 1/16/2014

He is such a bright, friendly young man. I so enjoyed getting to meet him and look forward to our next session. Can't wait to see the breakthroughs he's going to make!

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Geometry,
Prealgebra,
SAT Math,
Trigonometry
Science:
Physical Science
Language:
Chinese,
ESL/ESOL, Spanish,
TOEFL
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Phonics
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math, ACT Reading,
ASVAB,
GED,
GRE, Praxis,
SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TOEFL

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

The ACT English Test examines a student's ability to use proper grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure as well as their ability to express and organize a piece of writing with the proper sentiment. I have three degrees which required a great deal of expository and persuasive writing--Latin American Area Studies, National Security Affairs, and Human Resource Development focusing on Adult Education. Each of these degrees required that I write well-written research papers that numbered from five to 40 pages long. I also served a tour at the Pentagon where I wrote reports, position papers, and information papers to provide the best military advice to senior civilian officials and general and flag officers, including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defense. Finally, I spent the last three years of my military career teaching political science and military leadership and ethics to our nation's future leaders at the U.S. Naval Academy (the #12 Liberal Arts college in the nation). There I attained the title of master instructor (the highest rank accorded to non-permanent faculty). Each of my more than 350 students was required to craft essays and submit research papers to complete course requirements. I provided feedback, tutelage, and mentoring to improve their use of evidence, sharpen and refine their grammar, and shape their writing style.

ACT Reading

The ACT Reading test requires the student to prove their ability to read critically. It's more than simply recounting what you've read, it's understanding complex, sometimes technical, paragraphs and being able to infer and deduce information not provided in the text. I have three degrees which have required a great deal of critical reading--Latin American Area Studies, National Security Affairs, and Human Resource Development focusing on Adult Education. In order to write the many five- to 40-page long papers I have written in my academic career, I had to conduct a great deal of research and discern which passages were important and how they contributed to my argument. I also served at the Pentagon where I was a politico-military analyst, combing through numerous sources to write cogent reports, position papers, and information papers to provide the best military advice to senior civilian officials and general and flag officers, including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defense. Finally, I spent the last three years of my military career teaching political science and military leadership and ethics to our nation's future leaders at the U.S. Naval Academy (the #12 Liberal Arts college in the nation). There I attained the title of master instructor (the highest rank accorded to non-permanent faculty). As an instructor, I encouraged my more than 350 students to read critically and examine their texts for more than the surface information. Using the Socratic method, I provided feedback, tutelage, and mentoring to improve their ability to glean information from the most difficult texts.

ADD/ADHD

I have worked with teachers, therapists, and psychiatrists to adjust medication, train reactions, teach different approaches and create successful environments for both my own son and for my tutoring students. I have attended teacher-parent conferences as well as an "IEP" meeting for my tutoring students and their parents. Partnering with the full complement of participants as well as my own research through various academic and self-help books has given me the opportunity to develop keen on-the-job training which results in better outcomes for ADD and ADHD students. Understanding that many of them have a co-morbidity of immature executive function also helps to pinpoint the best strategies for ADD/ADHD students.

Algebra 1

My undergraduate degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy is a Bachelor of Science degree because of the number of advanced math and science courses I was required to take. I have successfully taken math classes up to Calculus II and I have also taken two statistics classes. Each of these courses requires competence in Algebra I to succeed.

During my military career, I worked as a financial analyst and manager and trainer for other analysts, being responsible for multi-million dollar budgets. My management and training responsibilities required that I be able to quickly and correctly calculate forecasts based on algebraic models that I built myself to justify current budgets and program for future ones. Additionally, I trained, mentored, and monitored approximately 50 other resource managers to do the same task for their smaller organizations. I excelled in those position and garnered my command's Technical Excellence of the Year Award.

Finally, I now homeschool my own children. One of them is taking Algebra I and another is working on pre-Algebra. We have fun when we study math and I am able to explain any new or confusing concepts to them in a manner they can easily understand.

Algebra 2

My undergraduate degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy is a Bachelor of Science degree because of the number of advanced math and science courses I was required to take. I have successfully taken math classes up to Calculus II and I have also taken two statistics classes. Each of these courses requires competence in Algebra to succeed.

During my military career, I worked as a financial analyst and manager and trainer for other analysts, being responsible for multi-million dollar budgets. My management and training responsibilities required that I be able to quickly and correctly calculate forecasts based on algebraic models that I built myself to justify current budgets and program for future ones. Additionally, I trained, mentored, and monitored approximately 50 other resource managers to do the same task for their smaller organizations. I excelled in those position and garnered my command's Technical Excellence of the Year Award.

Algebra 2 also works with quadratic equations and applies algebraic concepts to geometric figures, tackling "exponential and logarithmic functions, logarithms, imaginary and complex numbers, conic sections, and matrices." I tutor both algebra and geometry students and understand the linkages between the two that are covered in most Algebra 2 courses.

American History

I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Latin American Area Studies, a Master of Arts degree in National Security Affairs, and a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Development with an emphasis in Adult Education. Most recently, I taught six semesters of the evolution of the American Government and U.S. Constitution at the U.S. Naval Academy (the #12 liberal arts school in the United States). There I attained the distinction of master instructor and taught more than 350 students about our government using American history as the background and context with which our government has evolved. I am an avid reader and enjoy reading books about American history such as Team of Rivals by master historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. Most importantly, I love to see other people get excited about learning.

ASVAB

I am a 21-year Air Force Veteran who has a great deal of experience in mechanics, engineering, math, logic, and reading. I also have a great deal of experience with military test taking and extensive tutoring time. The ASVAB tests you abilities in these different areas so my approach will be to determine your strengths and weaknesses, and then work to improve your knowledge, test taking skills, and strategy to garner your best score on the test.

Bible Studies

I teach AWANA at my church. I have read through the entire New Testament and am about 50% through the New Testament. I have also led a small group and taught a young adult Sunday school class.

Chinese

I graduated with honors from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California in 2007 from the basic Chinese Mandarin course (18 month course). At graduation I could read on a proficient level and listen at an almost proficient level. I could also speak about anything routine. I also spent one month in Beijing, China, at an intensive immersion school.

Since then, I have not been able to use my Chinese as I would have liked, but I still have the ability and tools to teach basic Mandarin to someone wanting to get their start, including pronunciation, character recognition and writing, and reading.

Elementary (K-6th)

I homeschool three of my four school age children. Three of the four are academically talented because of our early approach to learning which includes reading lots of books, playing educational games, watching educational programs, and visiting museums and the like. My two year old knows all of his letters and sounds and can count and identify numbers one to ten. Finally, my son won first place among all of third grade on his STEM fair project about magnetism. My school age children are currently in 8th, 5th, 4th, and 3rd grades.

Elementary Math

My undergraduate degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy is a bachelor of science degree because of the number of advanced math and science courses I was required to take. I have successfully taken math classes up to Calculus II and I have also taken two statistics classes. Each of these courses requires competence in Algebra I to succeed.

Elementary math is about understanding the language of numbers and shapes. It's about memorizing number facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division). Elementary math introduces a child to counting money, reading graphs, and understanding a calendar.

I homeschool my own children. One of them is taking Algebra I and another is working on pre-Algebra; the youngest is taking second grade math. I have another who is in fifth grade. Because of the games we play with cards, dice, and dominoes, the origami we make with paper, and the many other ways we approach basic math skills, all my children have excelled in math. We have fun when we study math, and I am able to explain any new or confusing concepts to them in a manner they can easily understand. I can do the same for you or your child.

Elementary Science

Elementary science is all about exposing kids to the science of their world and giving them the tools to investigate, research, and test their theories. Science is fun!

I have a broad background in science with my BS degree from the Air Force Academy--a leading science and engineering school.

I have also coached my own children in their science projects with challenging questions regarding magnetism, bridge structure, soil, preservation and the Fibonacci series. My son won first place in for the entire third grade at his school for his project on magnetism.

English

I have three degrees which required a great deal of expository and persuasive writing--Latin American Area Studies, National Security Affairs, and Human Resource Development focusing on Adult Education. Each of these degrees required that I write well-written research papers that numbered from five to 40 pages long. I also served a tour at the Pentagon where I wrote reports, position papers, and information papers to provide the best military advice to senior civilian officials and general and flag officers, including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defense. Finally, I spent the last three years of my military career teaching political science and military leadership and ethics to our nation's future leaders at the U.S. Naval Academy (the #12 Liberal Arts college in the nation). There I attained the title of master instructor (the highest rank accorded to non-permanent faculty). Each of my more than 350 students was required to craft essays and submit research papers to complete course requirements. I provided feedback, tutelage, and mentoring to improve their use of evidence, sharpen and refine their grammar, and shape their writing style.

GED

I have three degrees--two master's degrees and a bachelors degree--that cover the range of disciplines evaluated in the GED. I have extensive experience in teaching students how to read critically, write comprehensively, solve challenging math problems, and understand and master scientific concepts. I have taught high school, college, and post baccalaureate students in the humanities and have homeschooled my own children in the subjects of physical, earth, space and life sciences. I am confident that I can help you master both the content and test taking strategies that will help you answer questions quickly and accurately.

General Computer

Whether you need to understand how to connect your printer to your computer or want to manage your wireless router by accessing the advanced settings, I can help you. I have been working with computers since I was 10 years old building programs for my classmates and teachers in MS-DOS. While I don't do much programming anymore, I have always been the office's resident IT specialist that everyone calls for help before enduring being on hold with the help desk. More times that not, I could solve their problems, or lacking permissions to make the necessary changes, explain the problem to the help desk in a way that made resolution of the problem much easier and quicker. I look forward to working with you.

Geography

I am an Air Force "brat", meaning I grew up in the military, and I also spent 21 years in the Air Force myself. During that time, I spent time in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. I have also studied the geography of just about every continent. Being born in another country and living in two other countries has given me a different perspective of the world. I love to travel and learn about different cultures.
Perhaps more importantly, my degrees in Latin American Area Studies and National Security Affairs with a focus on East Asia as well as my job as a politico-military analyst in the Pentagon have required that I have a thorough understanding of our world and its geography.

Geometry

Geometry is really not a separate subject in math but one where you apply logical reasoning, algebra, and trigonometry. Your tutor should have a full understanding of all three modalities and yet be able to break it down step by step so the novice can understand it, too. I enjoy explaining the application of these concepts and making them come to life. I keep my skills sharp by using Khan Academy, researching, reading, and practicing. I coach over 13 students online with carefully tailored skill and patience.

Government & Politics

I have a bachelor of science degree in Latin American Area Studies, a master of Arts degree in National Security Affairs, and a master of arts degree in Human Resource Development with an emphasis in Adult Education. Most recently, I taught six semesters of the evolution of the American Government and U.S. Constitution at the U.S. Naval Academy (the #12 liberal arts school in the United States). I taught both American students and foreign nationals who needed to understand how their government was different from ours and how politics worked differently here in the United States. At the Naval Academy, I attained the distinction of master instructor and taught more than 350 students about our government.

I regularly read the politics section of the newspapers or listen to political discussions on National Public Radio and post links to my Facebook page where my friends from both sides of the political spectrum weigh in with opposing views and articles that contradict my own. I believe this type of exploration of different news sources and shared discussion contributes to the most learning about government and politics. Most importantly, I love to see other people get excited about learning.

Literature

I am an avid reader of both the classic literary works as well as more contemporary writers. I used my electives to take intensive one-on-one independent studies with my English professors to really delve into selected works in African American Literature. I am well acquainted with poetry and prose as well as the literary devices used in both. I have studied epic poems from the classical and modern eras and helped my tutoring students to craft argumentative theses and comprehensive outlines from which to write their essays and papers.

Microsoft Excel

I have been using the Microsoft Office Suite of products since 1988 professionally to create spreadsheets to manage budgets, create complex graphs, and manipulate large amounts of data to create reports for decision-making. If there is something that Excel does, I'm familiar with it.

During my military career, I worked as a financial analyst and manager and trainer for other analysts, being responsible for multi-million dollar budgets. My management and training responsibilities required that I be able to quickly and correctly calculate forecasts based on algebraic models that I built myself to justify current budgets and program for future ones. Additionally, I trained, mentored, and monitored approximately 50 other resource managers to do the same task for their smaller organizations. I used Microsoft Excel to successfully manage these budgets and to train my trainees. I excelled in those position and garnered my command's Technical Excellence of the Year Award.

Microsoft Outlook

I have been using the Microsoft Office Suite of products since 1988 professionally to create e-mails, calendars, journal entries, etc. If there is something that Outlook does, I'm familiar with it. I was required to use it in each of my positions the highest of which was working on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon as a politico-military analyst. There we used specially crafted forms and a suspense program within outlook to track and accomplish tasks. It had to be right because the customers were general officers and senior civilian officials, such as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defense.

Microsoft Windows

I have been using Microsoft Windows in my professional work since 1988. When someone in the office couldn't get their computer to work, they asked me before calling the "help desk". My love for computers started when I was just 10 years old. Instead of going to lunch in the cafeteria, a friend and I would spend our lunch hour building programs on a school computer. Since then, I have learned to network computers using Windows, I can add users, install and remove programs, look into the program registry, and troubleshoot difficulties with peripherals and internet connectivity. If there is something that Microsoft Windows does, I'm familiar with it and I can teach you, too!

Microsoft Word

I have been using the Microsoft Office Suite of products since 1988 professionally to create form letters, mail merge envelopes, develop macros, edit and track changes, spell check, etc. If there is something that Word does, I'm familiar with it. I was required to use it in each of my positions the highest of which was working on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon as a politico-military analyst creating information and position papers and writing correspondence to demanding specifications for individuals such as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defense.

Phonics

I have been very active in teaching each of my children how to read. My firstborn child was reading at age 3 because of the concerted effort we made to read to her daily, the educational television shows we encouraged her to watch, and the different methods we used to get her to move from letter sounds to blending to reading on her own. My adopted son has ADHD and struggled with reading. We adopted a program called Explode the Code and Pathway Readers as well as oral reading to get him back on grade level. In six months, he went from complaining about reading 5 pages or having written 5 poorly spelled sentences to willingly picking up a book and reading for 30 minutes and writing page long summaries which require much less spelling or grammar correction. A solid review of his phonics competencies have been key to achieving this goal. My two year old is well on his way to being a great reader as well. He can identify and provide the sound for each of the letters. The next step is to work on blending.

Physical Science

I have a thorough understanding of speed, velocity, acceleration, and momentum; forces and motion; properties of matter; chemical bonds; radioactivity; energy and energy transfers; wave, electricity, and magnetism.

I've gained that knowledge through multiple physics and engineering courses at the United States Air Force Academy, pilot training, and hands on practice in coaching my children and other students with their STEM fair projects. One of those STEM fair projects on magnetism won first place for the student's grade level.

Political Science

I've studied political science at the undergraduate and graduate levels. My degrees in Latin American Area Studies and National Security Affairs with a focus on East Asia prepared me to understand different types of government, political economy, the influence of ethnicity and religion on nation building, as well as the different ways to analyze intra- and inter-state power.

From 2010 to 2013, I taught U.S. Government and Constitutional Development at the U.S. Naval Academy to over 300 students. From 1996 to 1998 and from 2007 to 2010, I served as a foreign area officer and politico-military analyst. All of these experiences make me excellently prepared to help you understand domestic and international politics, government, and relations.

Praxis

I have two masters degrees and a bachelors degree in addition to my 21 years of professional experience in critical reading and analysis, writing executive correspondence for the most senior defense officials, and conducting mathematical computations and analysis of multi-milllion dollar budgets.

The Praxis I reading test examines your ability to infer, synthesize, and understand the text. In writing, you are challenged to find errors in usage and general grammar as well as write a persuasive essay. The math test examines your ability to do mathematical operations, understand geometry, and complete probability and data analysis.

My experience in these areas resulted in my scoring 185 on the reading, 184 on the writing, and 188 on the math test. These scores are above the 90th percentile.

Prealgebra

My undergraduate degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy is a bachelor of science degree because of the number of advanced math and science courses I was required to take. I have successfully taken math classes up to Calculus II and I have also taken two statistics classes. Each of these courses requires competence in pre-Algebra to succeed.

Pre-algebra is about making sure the basics of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division are supplemented with order of operations, exponents, and the world of integers. It also encompasses basic understanding of geometry.

I now homeschool my own children. One of them is taking Algebra I and another is working on pre-Algebra. We have fun when we study math and I am able to explain any new or confusing concepts to them in a manner they can easily understand. I understand how these concepts work together and I can teach you or your child how to do the same.

Proofreading

As an analyst and planner, I have prepared senior executive level correspondence, preparation materials, and correspondence. As a college faculty member, I read and corrected multiple papers from my more than 350 students. I've also worked with people to proof and improve their resumes.

Public Speaking

As an Air Force officer, I was required to make numerous presentations (100s) to senior officers, government officials, and visiting foreign dignitaries. I have personally delivered 20 minute plus presentations to senior defense officials in Brazil, Argentina, and Chile, not only in English but also in Spanish. I also served as the keynote speaker at a Maryland Black Businesswomen's conference last year. Finally, as an instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy, I conducted class with discussion and lecture styles for three years teaching over 350 students.

Reading

Reading is an art, not a science. Teaching a young child how to read is different from teaching a teenager how to read critically. I've had a great deal of experience with both. I have six children of my own. My school age children all read very well due to our practice of reading to them regularly and instilling in them a love of books. We have our own library at home and five Kindles to keep up with the reading in our home.

Even my two-year old is well on his way. He already knows his letters and letter sounds. Soon we'll be working on blending those phonics to read words.

Older students need to improve their ability to read critically. It's more than simply recounting what you've read, it's understanding complex, sometimes technical, paragraphs and being able to infer and deduce information not provided in the text. I have three degrees which have required a great deal of critical reading--Latin American Area Studies, National Security Affairs, and Human Resource Development focusing on Adult Education. In order to write the many five- to 40-page long papers I have written in my academic career, I had to conduct a great deal of research and discern which passages were important and how they contributed to my argument.

Religion

I have taught Bible study classes for teenagers and pre-schoolers. I have read the entire New Testament and half of the Old Testament. I am familiar with the use of the concordance and well as commentaries. I have studied Islam at the graduate level and world religions at the undergraduate level.

SAT Math

The SAT math tests concepts that you have learned since your first days of school including math operations, algebra and functions, geometry and measurement, data analysis, statistics, and probability. I have used all of these concepts successfully in my career, trained others to do so, and, more importantly, helped students improve their abilities, learn new skills, and improve their speed and accuracy.

SAT Reading

The SAT Reading Test examines a student's ability to recognize and use proper sentence structure and vocabulary as well as the student's ability to comprehend complex reading passages and infer information from them.

SAT Writing

The SAT Writing Test examines a student's ability to use proper grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure as well as their ability to express and organize a piece of writing with the proper sentiment. I have three degrees which required a great deal of expository and persuasive writing--Latin American Area Studies, National Security Affairs, and Human Resource Development focusing on Adult Education. Each of these degrees required that I write well-written research papers that numbered from five to 40 pages long.

I also served a tour at the Pentagon where I wrote reports, position papers, and information papers to provide the best military advice to senior civilian officials and general and flag officers. When you write for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff or letters to the Secretary of Defense, your grammar, sentence structure, and style have to be right. I can teach you or your child how to carefully proofread for proper punctuation and grammar. I can show you how to develop an idea and choose which sentence would best follow the previous one.

I spent the last three years of my military career teaching political science and military leadership and ethics to our nation's future leaders at the U.S. Naval Academy (the #12 Liberal Arts college in the nation). There I attained the title of master instructor (the highest rank accorded to non-permanent faculty). Each of my more than 350 students was required to apply the very skills that the SAT Writing test examines. During my tenure there, I provided feedback, tutelage, and mentoring to improve their writing organization, sharpen and refine their grammar, and shape their writing style. I can do the same for you.

Social Studies

Let me preface this and say that just because I've used "big" words below, doesn't mean that I am unable to help an elementary school student understand the Trail of Tears, the middle school student unravel the reasons why a candidate won an election, or the high school student devise a plan for a new city government project. I enjoy working with children of all ages and adults, too! What you'll find below is why I'm qualified to do these things.

"The National Council for the Social Studies defines social studies as 'the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence.' Within the school program, social studies provides coordinated, systematic study drawing upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology, as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences. In essence, social studies promotes knowledge of and involvement in civic affairs. And because civic issues--such as health care, crime, and foreign policy--are multidisciplinary in nature, understanding these issues and developing resolutions to them require multidisciplinary education."

Through all of my degrees, I have taken courses in each of the areas mentioned above except archaeology and anthropology. Two of my degrees--Latin American Area Studies and National Security Affairs--helped to prepare me to address problems through a multi-disciplinary approach. Whereas, I spent a great deal of time learning about the areas mentioned above in other countries for my Latin American degree, I had to be able to understand both the American side and the foreign perspective for my degree in National Security Affairs. Moreover, I was able to apply these different disciplines in my work at the Pentagon over three years working to promote American values in light of the constraints imposed by cultural, economic, military, diplomatic, and other strictures.

Finally, I concluded my military career teaching midshipmen U.S. Government and Constitutional Development or stated more simply how our country's makeup has affected and created the development of our system of government and how we work in it. I'm ready to help you or your child do the same.

Spanish

I took three years of Spanish in high school, graduated with a Spanish minor from college, and lived in Panama and Miami for a year each. I worked as a foreign area officer in the Air Force working with senior defense officials in the Dominican Republic, Chile, and Argentina, providing translation services, and analyzing foreign language documents. I love the Spanish language, and I'm often mistaken for a native speaker from Panama or the Dominican Republic. Most importantly, I have learned how to speak, read, and write many languages--Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, and French as well as important phrases in Italian--over the years so I can teach you how to learn a language.

Spelling

In our house, we spell for fun and for money! Our children ages 8, 9, 11 and 12 love to compete against each other at the dinner table to earn a quarter for each correctly spelled word.

I have three degrees which required a great deal of expository and persuasive writing--Latin American Area Studies, National Security Affairs, and Human Resource Development focusing on Adult Education. Each of these degrees required that I write well-written research papers that numbered from five to 40 pages long. That's a great deal of good spelling!

I also served a tour at the Pentagon where I wrote reports, position papers, and information papers to provide the best military advice to senior civilian officials and general and flag officers, including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defense. Needless, to say, you can't misspell words or misuse words when you're writing at that level.

I have used different phonics programs including Explode the Code and Hooked on Phonics to help teach reading and spelling to children. We can make spelling fun!

Study Skills

As an instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy, I worked with all of my students from the beginning of the semester to adopt strong study skills including planning, skimming, methods of research, outlining, summarizing, reviewing, quizzing, notetaking, etc. Students who had difficulty keeping up with classes were encouraged to come for additional tutoring sessions to discover the root of their problems and address it more specifically.

Vocabulary

I have three degrees which required a great deal writing--Latin American Area Studies, National Security Affairs, and Human Resource Development focusing on Adult Education. When you write five- to 40-page long essays, you have to vary your vocabulary to be precise and to keep the reader interested.

Vocabulary is built by reading different sources, studying the root words from other languages, picking up context clues, etc. There are many games on the internet that I can show you or board games as simple as Scrabble that we can use to help you build your vocabulary.

The best thing that I can do to help you build your vocabulary is expose you to new material and then help you review and use the new words that you find. By practicing this method of exposure and repetition, anyone can see their lexicon grow.
I also served a tour at the Pentagon where I wrote reports, position papers, and information papers to provide the best military advice to senior civilian officials and general and flag officers, including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defense.

Finally, I spent the last three years of my military career teaching political science and military leadership and ethics to our nation's future leaders at the U.S. Naval Academy (the #12 Liberal Arts college in the nation). There I attained the title of master instructor (the highest rank accorded to non-permanent faculty). Some of the "coolest" compliments I received from my students were "Nice million dollar word" and "What does that word mean? I want to use it!"

Writing

I have three degrees which required a great deal of expository and persuasive writing--Latin American Area Studies, National Security Affairs, and Human Resource Development focusing on Adult Education. Each of these degrees required that I write well-written research papers that numbered from five to 40 pages long. I also served a tour at the Pentagon where I wrote reports, position papers, and information papers to provide the best military advice to senior civilian officials and general and flag officers, including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defense. Finally, I spent the last three years of my military career teaching political science and military leadership and ethics to our nation's future leaders at the U.S. Naval Academy (the #12 Liberal Arts college in the nation). There I attained the title of master instructor (the highest rank accorded to non-permanent faculty). Each of my more than 350 students was required to craft essays and submit research papers to complete course requirements. I provided feedback, tutelage, and mentoring to improve their use of evidence, sharpen and refine their grammar, and shape their writing style.

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United States Air Force Academy
B.S, Latin America
The George Washington University
Master's
The Naval Postgraduate School
Master's

Education

United States Air Force Academy (B.S, Latin America)

The George Washington University (Master's)

The Naval Postgraduate School (Master's)

Very Resourceful! — Excellent tutor! Great with children and offers a variety of tools to help with training (different apps and on-line training sites). ...

— Tracey, Upper Marlboro, MD on 11/15/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Cancel within 12 hours for non-emergent reasons, 75% of scheduled lesson fees. Avail: Sat/Sun by exception; M, W-F 1-3pm; MTTF, 5:30-8pm. 1-way travel > 10 miles, $5 rate increase request.

Travel policy

Nicole will travel within 20 miles of Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.


About Nicole

No matter what the subject or where you are, this is going to be fun! I'm an energetic, patient lifelong learner who is ready to teach you anything from anywhere! Now is your time to succeed!

Why pick me?

I teach and tutor because I love to see the confidence that new knowledge brings, the relief of success after great struggle, and the smile on people's faces when they realize they did it! I'm tough but caring; versatile, but focused; highly educated, but experienced. I can help you beat your most difficult challenge. Two of the most difficult things I do every week are homeschool my son with ADHD and teach a roomful of 14 three, four, and five year olds to memorize scripture from 6:30-8:00pm on a school night--a time when most of them would probably be getting ready for bed. These two feats take energy, patience, focus, preparation, and JOY! The hard work pays off though when we realize hard-earned successes.

About me:

I'm a knowledge junky, a voracious reader, a tireless researcher, and, most importantly for you, a patient, experienced, and effective tutor and teacher. I love the whole process--from the excitement of a new subject to the challenge that mastering it brings. I have been successful working with both gifted and challenged adults and children for over 26 years as a tutor, trainer, instructor, and mom. I finished my 21-year military career as a master instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy teaching our nation's finest. Yet, my proudest achievement is raising my own six kids who I homeschool. These brilliant scholars amaze me every day with their insights and tough questions. In our school, we encourage curiosity, responsibility, and independent learning.

You are looking for a tutor who is serious but still knows how to have fun; someone who knows the theory behind the subject, but is not so knowledgeable that they can't explain it to you. You need someone who can look at what is being said in the book and show you a different way. That's me!

My Air Force career gave me the opportunity to have many wonderful and unique experiences: I went faster than the speed of sound, experienced weightlessness, flew jets solo, and racked up over 200 flying hours. I spoke four different languages, mastered three different career fields, and worked closely with senior U.S. and foreign defense officials. These experiences have shaped me and given me the ability to see things from many different perspectives. I think this skill is critical to teaching someone. You have to be able to see the problem as they do and then help them understand how to solve it.

I hope I've already given you more than enough reasons to seriously consider choosing me as your tutor. I hope I can share my love of learning with you or your loved one. I look forward to hearing from you!

Testimonials

"Very Resourceful!"

- Tracey, Upper Marlboro, MD on 11/15/14
Nicole replied on 11/15/2014

It is really awesome to watch a student get excited about learning a new language! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work with your son and coach his Mandarin language skills in reading, listening, speaking, and writing!

"Gifted tutor!"

- Tasya, Bowie, MD on 12/8/14
Nicole replied on 12/9/2014

Tasya, thank you so much! Teaching your daughter is always a joy for me. She's a natural student who contemplates every word you say and always gives her best effort. I am so blessed to be able to work in education, a field that I am so passionate about. Knowledge is power, and I want to empower everyone!

"Very Patient"

- June, Upper Marlboro, MD on 11/4/14

"Well-prepared and patient"

- Lynn, Harwood, MD on 9/13/14
Nicole replied on 9/14/2014

Lynn,

Thank you very much for your feedback. I like to see students succeed. Tutors should be prepared to conduct a session and provide outside resources that parents and students can use to build skills between sessions. We want to see success and see it quickly. That requires everyone to work a little harder, but the results are fantastic!

"Great Tutor!"

- Y, Clinton, MD on 8/22/14
Nicole replied on 8/24/2014

Thank you, Y.M., it was a pleasure working with your daughter. We completed almost 80 algebra, probability, trigonometry, and geometry problems in a little over two hours. Sometimes we just need someone to work with to build confidence, but I wanted your daughter to believe in herself. I think our session was a great success. I appreciate your feedback and look forward to working with you again!

"Patient and enthusiastic!"

- Veronica, District Heights, MD on 8/10/14
Nicole replied on 8/24/2014

Thank you, Veronica! Working with your daughter is a joy. She has a lot of personality, and she stays engaged during the session. I look forward to working with her this year and seeing her grow! Thank you for the feedback.

"Very Patient"

- Karen, Upper Marlboro, MD on 3/16/14
Nicole replied on 3/23/2014

I am thankful to have the opportunity to work with lifelong learners like Karen who are committed to improving their study skills. Everyone has their own learning style--some are visual, others aural, verbal, or physical, or logical. Some prefer to learn in groups. Others learn better individually. I'm here to assist you in every way that I can to help you meet your goals and succeed!

"Excellent Tutor!!"

- Michelle, Bowie, MD on 3/16/14
Nicole replied on 3/23/2014

Thank you so much, Michelle. Your session was interesting for me because it involved both solving systems of algebraic equations and application of geometry and trigonometry. It was a great opportunity to show that as a tutor you have to be ready for the unexpected and be prepared to provide clear directions that will allow the student to work detailed problems alone after the session. Just helping the student work problems during the session is not enough. Thank you for your kind feedback!

"Encouraging"

- Marsha, Upper Marlboro, MD on 2/7/14
Nicole replied on 2/7/2014

Thank you so much, Marsha. It was great meeting with your daughter and giving her pointers on how she can help herself! I love the opportunity that tutoring gives me to meet children of all ages and give them encouragement and guidance. Working with parents who have their children's best interest at heart is awesome. Tutoring is a partnership!

"A very warm, patient person. "

- Ethan, Chesapeake Beach, MD on 2/3/14
Nicole replied on 2/4/2014

Thank you so much for your kind comments. Sometimes, parents and kids just need someone to come along side them and help them move forward. Miracles happen when we find the key to success and Ethan holds all the keys!

"Great Tutor"

- Merian, Bowie, MD on 1/15/14
Nicole replied on 1/16/2014

He is such a bright, friendly young man. I so enjoyed getting to meet him and look forward to our next session. Can't wait to see the breakthroughs he's going to make!

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Education

United States Air Force Academy
B.S, Latin America
The George Washington University
Master's
The Naval Postgraduate School
Master's

Education

United States Air Force Academy (B.S, Latin America)

The George Washington University (Master's)

The Naval Postgraduate School (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Cancel within 12 hours for non-emergent reasons, 75% of scheduled lesson fees. Avail: Sat/Sun by exception; M, W-F 1-3pm; MTTF, 5:30-8pm. 1-way travel > 10 miles, $5 rate increase request.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Nicole’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Geometry,
Prealgebra,
SAT Math,
Trigonometry
Science:
Physical Science
Language:
Chinese,
ESL/ESOL, Spanish,
TOEFL
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Phonics
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math, ACT Reading,
ASVAB,
GED,
GRE, Praxis,
SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TOEFL

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Nicole’s Resources

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