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Nicole E.

15+yrs AP English Teacher, UCI, College App Essay & Writing Expert

15+yrs AP English Teacher, UCI, College App Essay & Writing Expert

$75/hour

  • 1,709 hours tutoring

About Nicole


Bio

Writing can often be a difficult skill to hone. Many times we are learning from an English teacher who has become an English teacher because they LOVE WRITING, and they love writing because they are good at it. What about the rest of us?

I have had the unique experience of being both. In college, I was a lover of literature, but found out that I wasn't as great of a writer as I thought. Just like many students, I focused on the writing first, wanting my writing to "sound smart" and impress...

Writing can often be a difficult skill to hone. Many times we are learning from an English teacher who has become an English teacher because they LOVE WRITING, and they love writing because they are good at it. What about the rest of us?

I have had the unique experience of being both. In college, I was a lover of literature, but found out that I wasn't as great of a writer as I thought. Just like many students, I focused on the writing first, wanting my writing to "sound smart" and impress my teachers. Yet, this kind of writing HIDES one's ideas. I was fortunate to have my UCI English instructor sit with me for hours, going line by line, explaining the basics, the advanced techniques, and the nuances one can use TO THINK while writing. I was taught how to use writing to convey my thoughts, not to use my thoughts to make me seem like a good writer.

Writing is the vehicle our minds use to drive our ideas into new, better ideas.

I focus on the thinking first. Becoming a more methodical thinker can make one a more poignant writer.

One can be a methodical thinker at any age and any level. Being smart is not a prerequisite for writing, but writing CAN MAKE YOU SMARTER. I can show you how.

I'm interested in what YOU KNOW and I will show you HOW TO THINK ABOUT IT. Then the writing comes naturally.

A good writer lies dormant in all of us. We all have something interesting to say. You already have within you the means, the content, the vehicle with which to write. My Roadmap to Writing can show you that you also have the ability to drive your writing and thinking to new places and new heights.

Let me teach you the Roadmap to GREAT Writing, skills that you can use for the rest of your life and for any piece of writing you have.

Specific Areas of Expertise:

AP English Language and Composition - I have chaired the AP Language sections at our school for over ten years. Moreover, I have studied with Larry Scanlon, one of the writers of the AP Language text, Language and Composition as well as been trained by my


Education

B.A. University of California Irvine
English
Brandman University - Chapman University System
Masters
Johns Hopkins University
Other

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  • Hourly Rate: $75
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Subjects

Art

Art History

Art History

I taught a course called Arts and Cultures for five years. It was basically an Intro to Art History course for high school juniors. We started with cave paintings and rock formations, and we generally made it through the Art deco and modernism periods.

Corporate Training

Grammar,

Grammar

I have taught AP English Language for eight years. We focus on the craft of writing for effect and one aspect of that is syntax. Syntax has a lot to do with grammar and how grammar can be manipulated for effect and meaning.
Proofreading

Proofreading

I have been proofreading for over 20 years for both academics and business-related content. I have been an English teacher for over 15 years in various capacities wherein I’ve proofread English essays, namely and most significantly AP Language essays. Because of the nature of test prep for the AP exam I have proofread and scored over 10,000 essays for that class. Moreover, those students prepare personal essays for university when they are in my class and during the months after. I have help many of them through the entire process - brainstorming, organizing, drafting, revising, and polishing - to create not only polished coherent papers, but poignant ones; essays that evoke emotions in the reader and convey the writer in an extraordinary way.

Elementary Education

Common Core,

Common Core

When Common Core was adopted, I was one of six teachers in my district elected to address the standards and write the curriculum for K-12.
Grammar,

Grammar

I have taught AP English Language for eight years. We focus on the craft of writing for effect and one aspect of that is syntax. Syntax has a lot to do with grammar and how grammar can be manipulated for effect and meaning.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I’ve been a teacher for over 15 years, spanning grade school, middle school, and high school. I have tutored many students with IEPs or ‘at risk’ , And help them with organization, intrinsic motivation, and study skills to improve their grades. Specifically, I homeschooled a third grader for a year, and she went from a C-average student to an A-average student the year after I taught her. When I was in school, I completed the A+ Study Skills program. I am proficient in teaching paraphrasing, summarizing, and notetaking – the three top skills for educational success - alongside organizational skills, Brain Gym, scotopic and dyslexic remedial aid, and nutritional guidance, which prepares the student to study even before they begin.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

I have facilitated vocabulary study for many years to children ages 8 to 18. I was a homeschool private teacher for a third grader for a year focussing on ELA creative writing as well as literary analysis and vocabulary. My approach to vocabulary is immersive, contextual, and conversational, using pneumonic devices and personalization.
Phonics, Reading

English

English,

English

I have taught English for over 10 years. I started by teaching middle school advanced English Literature classes - sixth, seventh, and eighth grade. Then I taught high school advanced English for 8 years - spanning all four grades but mostly focusing on junior AP English Language and Composition.
Grammar,

Grammar

I have taught AP English Language for eight years. We focus on the craft of writing for effect and one aspect of that is syntax. Syntax has a lot to do with grammar and how grammar can be manipulated for effect and meaning.
Literature,

Literature

I have taught literature to a third grader in home school; sixth, seventh, and eighth graders; and ninth, tenth, and eleventh graders. I have focused primarily on novels, having taught using Great Gatsby, Scarlet Letter, Grapes of Wrath, 1984, Great Expectations, etc many, many times. Novel study is one of my niches.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I have been proofreading for over 20 years for both academics and business-related content. I have been an English teacher for over 15 years in various capacities wherein I’ve proofread English essays, namely and most significantly AP Language essays. Because of the nature of test prep for the AP exam I have proofread and scored over 10,000 essays for that class. Moreover, those students prepare personal essays for university when they are in my class and during the months after. I have help many of them through the entire process - brainstorming, organizing, drafting, revising, and polishing - to create not only polished coherent papers, but poignant ones; essays that evoke emotions in the reader and convey the writer in an extraordinary way.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

The SAT writing section tests very specific writing skills during a very short amount of time. I have been training students for over 10 years to write timed essays, specifically for the test taking situation. I have a specific method for planning, organizing, and writing an essay in a short amount of time while still maintaining complexity and voice.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

I have facilitated vocabulary study for many years to children ages 8 to 18. I was a homeschool private teacher for a third grader for a year focussing on ELA creative writing as well as literary analysis and vocabulary. My approach to vocabulary is immersive, contextual, and conversational, using pneumonic devices and personalization.
Writing,

Writing

I have taught AP English Language and English I-II Honors for ten years.
ACT English, ACT Reading, Reading

History

Art History

Art History

I taught a course called Arts and Cultures for five years. It was basically an Intro to Art History course for high school juniors. We started with cave paintings and rock formations, and we generally made it through the Art deco and modernism periods.

Homeschool

English,

English

I have taught English for over 10 years. I started by teaching middle school advanced English Literature classes - sixth, seventh, and eighth grade. Then I taught high school advanced English for 8 years - spanning all four grades but mostly focusing on junior AP English Language and Composition.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I’ve been a teacher for over 15 years, spanning grade school, middle school, and high school. I have tutored many students with IEPs or ‘at risk’ , And help them with organization, intrinsic motivation, and study skills to improve their grades. Specifically, I homeschooled a third grader for a year, and she went from a C-average student to an A-average student the year after I taught her. When I was in school, I completed the A+ Study Skills program. I am proficient in teaching paraphrasing, summarizing, and notetaking – the three top skills for educational success - alongside organizational skills, Brain Gym, scotopic and dyslexic remedial aid, and nutritional guidance, which prepares the student to study even before they begin.
Writing,

Writing

I have taught AP English Language and English I-II Honors for ten years.
Reading

Most Popular

English,

English

I have taught English for over 10 years. I started by teaching middle school advanced English Literature classes - sixth, seventh, and eighth grade. Then I taught high school advanced English for 8 years - spanning all four grades but mostly focusing on junior AP English Language and Composition.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I’ve been a teacher for over 15 years, spanning grade school, middle school, and high school. I have tutored many students with IEPs or ‘at risk’ , And help them with organization, intrinsic motivation, and study skills to improve their grades. Specifically, I homeschooled a third grader for a year, and she went from a C-average student to an A-average student the year after I taught her. When I was in school, I completed the A+ Study Skills program. I am proficient in teaching paraphrasing, summarizing, and notetaking – the three top skills for educational success - alongside organizational skills, Brain Gym, scotopic and dyslexic remedial aid, and nutritional guidance, which prepares the student to study even before they begin.
Writing,

Writing

I have taught AP English Language and English I-II Honors for ten years.
Reading

Other

Study Skills

Study Skills

I’ve been a teacher for over 15 years, spanning grade school, middle school, and high school. I have tutored many students with IEPs or ‘at risk’ , And help them with organization, intrinsic motivation, and study skills to improve their grades. Specifically, I homeschooled a third grader for a year, and she went from a C-average student to an A-average student the year after I taught her. When I was in school, I completed the A+ Study Skills program. I am proficient in teaching paraphrasing, summarizing, and notetaking – the three top skills for educational success - alongside organizational skills, Brain Gym, scotopic and dyslexic remedial aid, and nutritional guidance, which prepares the student to study even before they begin.

Special Needs

Study Skills,

Study Skills

I’ve been a teacher for over 15 years, spanning grade school, middle school, and high school. I have tutored many students with IEPs or ‘at risk’ , And help them with organization, intrinsic motivation, and study skills to improve their grades. Specifically, I homeschooled a third grader for a year, and she went from a C-average student to an A-average student the year after I taught her. When I was in school, I completed the A+ Study Skills program. I am proficient in teaching paraphrasing, summarizing, and notetaking – the three top skills for educational success - alongside organizational skills, Brain Gym, scotopic and dyslexic remedial aid, and nutritional guidance, which prepares the student to study even before they begin.
Phonics

Summer

Study Skills,

Study Skills

I’ve been a teacher for over 15 years, spanning grade school, middle school, and high school. I have tutored many students with IEPs or ‘at risk’ , And help them with organization, intrinsic motivation, and study skills to improve their grades. Specifically, I homeschooled a third grader for a year, and she went from a C-average student to an A-average student the year after I taught her. When I was in school, I completed the A+ Study Skills program. I am proficient in teaching paraphrasing, summarizing, and notetaking – the three top skills for educational success - alongside organizational skills, Brain Gym, scotopic and dyslexic remedial aid, and nutritional guidance, which prepares the student to study even before they begin.
Writing,

Writing

I have taught AP English Language and English I-II Honors for ten years.
Reading

Test Preparation

Common Core,

Common Core

When Common Core was adopted, I was one of six teachers in my district elected to address the standards and write the curriculum for K-12.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

The SAT writing section tests very specific writing skills during a very short amount of time. I have been training students for over 10 years to write timed essays, specifically for the test taking situation. I have a specific method for planning, organizing, and writing an essay in a short amount of time while still maintaining complexity and voice.
ACT English, ACT Reading

Examples of Expertise


Nicole has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 4 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


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Patient and very resourceful

Nicole teaches my son in writing for a year now. I can really see the improvement! Writing doesn’t come easy for my son. Nicole has helped him a lot in grammar!

Vita, 42 lessons with Nicole

Knowledgeable and Kind

My daughter was struggling with her writings/essays because she wants to meet the standards of his teacher. After 3 tests that gave her low grades, we consulted Nicole and she helped my daughter in a step by step direction of proper planning on her writings. My daughter said Nicole was knowledgeable and very good tutor. Nicole was patient with her. We are glad we found her. Thank you Nicole!

Romina, 8 lessons with Nicole

Great teacher

We love Nicole! She is one amazing teacher. My daughter is an 11 year old who finally enjoys studying and learning enough . My daughter Sophie has incomparably excelled in English writing within the last two 2 months; especially, in reading comprehension and writing. I highly recommend Nicole as an English tutor.

Lusine, 24 lessons with Nicole

The best writing tutor around

First off, Nicole made me feel so comfortable and at ease. She is approachable, relatable, and easy-going. She is someone that you can laugh with and you will find yourself actually looking forward to your tutoring sessions, and feeling bummed when you realize they are ending. Nicole is an amazing writing tutor because she helps you to maintain your personal voice within your pieces, but then elevates them to a whole new level by polishing off the grammar and flow. I highly recommend Nicole for all of your tutoring needs as you will be happy you did. Thanks Nicole!! <3

Michelle, 9 lessons with Nicole

Customized learning that helps children reach their goals

Our child was struggling to meet the writing expectations for 5th grade. Nicole was quickly able to create a customized learning plan based on our child's interests. By tailoring her plan and her approach, she was able to motivate him to learn and help him reach his learning goals for 5th grade. Thank you Nicole!

Ritz, 26 lessons with Nicole

Experienced, Helpful, and Friendly

Nicole is not only an excellent instructor with valuable insights but also easy to talk to. She helped me prepare for the AP Lang exam. Her feedback is very constructive and she has great advice in terms of both writing and test strategies. She has a deep understanding of the topics and greatly helped me improve my writing and reading skills.

Amber, 24 lessons with Nicole

Ms. Nicole is knowledgeable tutor.

My kids did first class with her today and they were happy. They mentioned session was helpful. She is professional and focuses on the grade level. She is friendly. My kids are of the opinion that her teaching methodology will help them accelerate in the school.

Komal, 4 lessons with Nicole

Really helpful

Katie had her first lesson with Nicole and is excited to continue. She has struggled to put her thoughts on paper and I think that working with Nicole has helped her get going. She is looking forward to continuing to work with Nicole!

Nanette, 1 lesson with Nicole

Excellent High School English Tutor

Nicole helped my son with his 11th grade Honors English “Scarlett Letter” paper. She knows the book very well and helped him organize his ideas as his paper was almost twice the required length. Nicole was patient and positive, and my son will use her help and guidance again.

Ling, 2 lessons with Nicole
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