Nicole M.

San Mateo, CA


UCLA Grad ready to tutor you in Biology, English, and more!

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100+ Hours
4.4 average from 37 ratings
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— Claire, Palo Alto, CA on 10/8/16


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UCLA (Psychology)

About Nicole

Hey everyone! My name is Nicole, and I graduated from UCLA in 2015 with a psychology major and conservation biology minor. I am just about to start my clinical psychology masters program at San Francisco State University to become a therapist!

When I came to UCLA, I started tutoring high school students who were learning English as a Second Language. I was fairly nervous about tutoring, but I began to understand how students learn. I learned how to take complicated subjects and break them down into understandable, bite-size pieces. I taught students memory tricks and study habits that got me through high school, as well as college classes. I learned how to get students actively involved in the learning process, and how to relate academic subjects to things that happen in everyday life. Above all, I learned the importance of building personal connections with my students so that I may help them conquer academic hurdles.

Tutoring has become immensely fulfilling for me; nothing makes me happier than not only watching my students grow, but watching my students watch themselves grow. I love it when my students become more confident in themselves than ever before. It's the only thing I'll wake up at six in the morning for. And I'll never forget the things students say to me after lessons, such as "you're really a great tutor, better than even a real teacher," "you make me want to learn more from my peers," and "if I go to UCLA, I'll get to see you, right?"

I realized I love teaching so much that I applied to and got into Peer Health Exchange, a nationwide teaching organization that trains college students to teach health classes in schools that lack health curriculum. I worked with high school freshmen whose schools lacked funding for health classes, giving them vital health information about mental health. I don't believe in lecturing the entire class; I ask for participation from every student. I love seeing students eagerly asking and answering questions.

Simply put, I'm endlessly passionate about teaching. I understand how hard it can be to be a student, and I hope to make academics rewarding and effortless for my students. I hope to meet you soon!
Hey everyone! My name is Nicole, and I graduated from UCLA in 2015 with a psychology major and conservation biology minor. I am just about to start my clinical psychology masters program at San Francisco State University to become a therapist!

When I came to UCLA, I started tutoring high school students who were learning English as a
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In-person lessons

"Knowledgable and relates topic to real world"

- Claire, Palo Alto, CA on 10/8/16

"Great Bio Tutor."

- Yelena, Van Nuys, CA on 5/25/13
Algebra 1,
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Geometry,
SAT Math
Elementary Science, Psychology
English, Grammar, Public Speaking,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Math, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Special Needs:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Reading,
Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary, Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Algebra 1

I took Algebra I a year early and did very well in the class, earning an A both semesters. I can teach the quadratic equation, graphing, absolute value, solving equations with more than one variable, graphing on a calculator, reciprocals, completing the square, factoring polynomials, multiplying binomials, exponents and their properties, square roots, solving word problems, and much more.


I have taken classes on vertebrate anatomy and physiology, including human body systems.


I have a minor in conservation biology and my psychology major was comprised mostly of biopsychology and neuroscience classes. Biology is one of my favorite subjects; I got a 5 on the AP Bio test, an A+ in my AP Bio class, and a 730 on the SAT Bio subject test. I have completed a marine biology internship, and I volunteered in a paleontology lab working with carnivore skulls.


I have taken several classes in ecology, including general ecology, community ecology, and tropical ecology.


I excelled in my geometry class in 8th grade, earning an A both semesters. Much of what I've learned from geometry--such as area of two-dimensional shapes, surface area and volume of three-dimensional shapes, basic trigonometry, and solving for missing angle measurements--are skills I have continued to use for years after my geometry class. I can also help with triangle similarity, Pythagorean Theorem, and proving congruence of shapes.


In middle school, I took prealgebra a year early and loved it, earning an A. Though it was a long time ago when I took the class, prealgebra skills were required in countless science and math classes I have taken, so I still use prealgebra on a daily basis. In high school, I took several math classes, including both AP Calculus and AP Statistics. I can teach students everything from solving single- or multi-variable equations, reading and plotting graphs, writing equations, using cross-multiplication, multiplying binomials, simplifying polynomials, fractions, basic trigonometry, determining angles in a triangle, word problems, and much more. Because prealgebra is a preparatory class for high school math classes, I can also give prealgebra students a boost with learning the basics of algebra I or geometry, just to ease their transition to high school.


My major in psychology at UCLA included classes on neuroscience, biological treatments for mental illness, health psychology, psychobiology of depression and anxiety, global mental health, abnormal psychology, and more. I am attending SFSU's MS in clinical psychology program where I will be training to be a therapist. I have extensive experience working in clinical settings and I have also taught mental health classes in high schools as well as mental health workshops for UCLA students.

Public Speaking

I used to have an immense fear of public speaking--it was so bad I was anxious, shaking, stumbling over my words, and muttering "ummm" every few seconds. Despite this, I decided to join the mock trial team in high school, which involves not only knowledge of courtroom proceedings, but speaking in front of a judge. I had to learn to challenge my fear of public speaking and over time, with enough practice, I no longer felt anxious about giving presentations in class or participating in mock trial. I even grew to love public speaking. I learned how to emphasize powerful parts of speech, how to use tonal fluctuation to keep people interested in what I was saying, how to to respond during a debate, how to connect with audiences, how to project my voice, and how to turn a stressful type of communication--like giving speeches--into something conversational. I realized memorization is truly difficult compared to the everyday conversations we have, so thinking on one's feet is actually something we're used to--even though we may not know it. I worked with a couple students on the mock trial team, helping them gain confidence when they speak in front of an audience.

I also combined my love of public speaking with my passion for mental health by conducting workshops about psychology. While at UCLA, I regularly gave presentations to small and large groups of students on maintaining mental health, how to help others who may be struggling with mental health issues, and the stigma associated with mental illness. I was also a volunteer health educator and frequently presented during high school classes, meaning I spent a lot of time improving myself as a public speaker.


Reading and analyzing texts is another strong subject for me. On the SAT, I received a score of 730 for the reading section. I took an AP English class that focused on carefully reading passages and books while interpreting meaning from them. I earned an A in this class, as well as a 5 on the AP Language and Composition test. I can also help with improving reading skills, such as word pronunciation, vocabulary, and using different types of punctuation to clue in on the meaning and tone of a sentence.

SAT Reading

When I took the SATs, I got a score of 730 on the reading section. Through my English class, I learned to identify certain patterns in SAT questions, such as how sentence structure implies the meaning of words I may not know, how to determine the author's reason for writing, and much more.

SAT Writing

I received a 740 on the SAT writing section. Through taking multiple practice tests, I've learned how to determine the meanings of words by looking at their usage and Latin roots, what grammar rules I especially need to be aware of, and the many rules of punctuation.

Study Skills

As a student, I know just how difficult it can be to maintain good study habits, especially when there are so many other things to balance outside of academics. I have taken a study skills class before, and I know what helps students get motivated to study. I would teach students how to reward themselves for getting homework done (such as taking a break every hour or so of studying), finding what works best for them in terms of limiting distractions but maximizing enjoyable parts of studying (such as listening to music), and how to keep a written checklist of things to accomplish every week. I will also help students learn ways to self-test how well they know their material, and how to gauge whether they've studied enough.


Writing is one of my best subjects. I had an incredible English teacher for 3 years of my high school career, and he taught me every aspect of writing, be it proofreading, writing different types of essays, engaging readers, or writing personal statements. I took AP Language and Composition, earning an A in the class and a 5 on the AP test.



UCLA (Psychology)

Knowledgable and relates topic to real world

Nicole taught me psychology (the structure and function of neurons within the central nervous system). She explained the terms well and allowed me to understand what goes on when neurons fire and doesn't fire messages. She answered my questions in a concise manner. I'm thoroughly pleased with the lesson yesterday. Thank you Nicole

— Claire, Palo Alto, CA on 10/8/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Nicole will travel within 20 miles of San Mateo, CA 94403.