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Nicholas S.

Burbank, CA

$65/hour

Creative MCAT Strategist with Emphasis on Study Skills

Background check passed as of 8/23/16
5.0 average from 12 ratings

$65/Hour


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University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Chemistry

Education

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Chemistry)

About Nicholas

"Become disciplined in your creativity." At the core of every lesson I teach is this underlying principle of working smarter, not harder. Over the last 8 years of tutoring, I've learned as much from my students as they have from me. I've tutored anything from elementary math at Arizona International Academy to college-level biochemistry at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

I specialize in MCAT prep, having scored in the 98th percentile on CARS and 93rd overall. I love tutoring the MCAT because the new exam (post 2015) does a fantastic job of consolidating several areas of academia (physical sciences, biological sciences and behavioral sciences) and wrapping them up in a blanket of extensive critical reasoning and time management skills. Success in this exam is highly correlated to mastery of many basic undergraduate science concepts as well as general reasoning capabilities. This is where my tutoring shines: Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills.

Through my undergraduate degree in Chemistry as well as my studies in a certificate program in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I achieved a scientific GPA of 3.7 and an overall GPA of 3.83 and developed an eclectic background suitable for teaching many different concepts to students from all types of backgrounds as well.

I have tutored for 2 years focusing primarily on Chemistry and Writing yet I have roughly 8 years of private tutoring experience, both in-person (at UNC-Chapel Hill, Arizona State University, Desert Mountain High School, and Arizona International Academy) and online. As an example, with just a few weeks of tutoring I was able to raise a Desert Mountain High School student's grade in calculus from an F on his first exam to a B+ on his second. I accomplished this by focusing on fundamental problem solving skills.

I'm also incredibly patient and have taught students in grades as low as Kindergarten through a pilot program at my alma mater called "Introducing and Integrating Philosophy into Primary and Secondary Schools." In this program, I taught a group of 20 Kindergarten and First grade students how to think critically as well as discuss philosophical issues through CREATIVE interactive games and stories!

Overall, I have tutored roughly 150+ students from all grades Kindergarten through Undergraduate. Again, my approach is to focus on study skills and core principles rather than just answering specific questions on homework. This has correlated to a higher percentage of success for my students.

The first class is FREE; if you and I are a good fit, we can set up additional lessons from there.

My preference for tutoring would be online. However, if you are within driving distance from me, we can always set up a time and location.

I am available EVERY day from 12pm EST - 12am EST. Once we start working together, feel free to text, call or email me any questions you might have (last minute homework help, advice for test anxiety, etc) - I'm here for YOU.

Prices are generally 65$/hr. I'm very flexible and eager to share what I know with you. I look forward to our first lesson! :-)
"Become disciplined in your creativity." At the core of every lesson I teach is this underlying principle of working smarter, not harder. Over the last 8 years of tutoring, I've learned as much from my students as they have from me. I've tutored anything from elementary math at Arizona International Academy to college-level biochemistry at the Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required

***ATTENTION*** Contact me for discounts, special rates and group rates! I'm VERY flexible to your needs! :-)

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Burbank, CA 91502
Background Check: Passed
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary Math,
Precalculus, SAT Math
Science:
Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Sociology
Music:
Drums
English:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
Common Core, GED,
MCAT,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Speech
History:
Government & Politics, Political Science
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Common Core, Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Bodybuilding, Fitness,
Martial Arts, Tennis

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Drums

I have been playing the drum set for a decade. I was a drummer in the UNC - Chapel Hill Jazz Band and have since started a band. I learned by shuffling through music on a speaker and playing along with it, so I understand what it takes to 'learn by listening.'

Elementary Math

I scored 700+ on the SAT II mathematics subject test. I have completed college courses in math through differential equations. I've tutored elementary students in math at Arizona International Academy as well as Mountainside Middle School. I'm incredibly patient and understanding as I've taught in groups with students as young as 3-5 years old (Kindergarten) during my time at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill teaching youth philosophy.

Fitness

Fitness is my life. Physical health is just a part of fitness, I'm very interested in developing emotional and mental fitness as well! Having completed premedical studies in university I am well aware of the concepts of metabolism, biomechanics, anatomy and psychophysiology.

GED

I've scored 700+ on Math and Writing SAT tests which designates an aptitude for many of the critical thinking skills necessary for successful completion of the GED. I've taught 150+ students ranging from Kindergarten through senior year of undergraduate studies in college. Most notably, I have the patience and understanding required to tutor. For example, in a few weeks I was able to raise a high school students grade in calculus from an F on his first exam to a B+ on his second. As another example, I ran an after school program teaching a group of 20 Kindergarten and First grade students philosophy and critical thinking.

MCAT

Having been tutored myself, I'm well aware of the importance of unique and personal lesson plans. I'm qualified as a tutor, because I have taken the most recent MCAT 2015 version. Apart from that, I have a degree in chemistry as well as philosophy, so I can approach the new MCAT with a unique perspective on critical thinking - which is absolutely the most important feature tested by the exam. My strategy will focus on key principles: 1) Practice questions from day 1 2) reviewing every concept as quickly as possible so that no terminology is foreign 3) saving as much money as possible on resources to get the most value. I recommend purchasing AAMC section banks, as well as NextStep Test Prep full length test packages. For reviewing concepts, Khan Academy provides a suitable amount of information for free. I have strategies for every time table from 2 weeks all the way up to 6 months. Personally, I prefer a 12 week strategy to allow the student to achieve the best score possible.

Study Skills

My tutoring philosophy is deeply rooted in establishing broad study skills. Education is about problem solving. It doesn't matter which subject it is, I teach every student during every lesson how to develop the fundamentals of problem solving. For example, I was able to raise a Desert Mountain High School student's calculus grade from an F on his first exam to a B+ on his second exam by emphasizing study skills in each lesson. In fact, my lessons included time going through each chapter of his book in order to have him see how I would approach understanding and taking notes and managing my time before moving on to homework problems. I also teach a "cheat sheet" method of organizing notes, whereby I write on a few pages of my notebook everything I do NOT know and study until what I don't know can be written on only one side of one piece of paper. That way, by the time I take my exam or quiz, I do not need my textbooks or notebooks, I simply use the "cheat sheet." I have employed creative strategies like these in my own education, allowing for a 3.7 scientific GPA during my time as a chemistry undergraduate student. I am eager to share these and many other study skills with children, teens and adults.

Tennis

I have been playing tennis since the age of 6. At age 12 I received a USTA rating of 4.5 I played club tennis at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. I absolutely love playing and teaching!

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Chemistry

Education

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Chemistry)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

***ATTENTION*** Contact me for discounts, special rates and group rates! I'm VERY flexible to your needs! :-)

Travel policy

Nicholas will travel within 40 miles of Burbank, CA 91502.