Over 900 tutoring hours

Nicole D.

Arvada, CO

$45/hr

ACT Prep Expert, Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calc + Summer Tutoring!

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Background check passed as of 8/17/14
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We absolutely love her! More importantly, our daughter Keaton loves her!
— Tracey , Broomfield, CO on 6/21/15

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West Virginia University
University of Phoenix
Graduate Coursework
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Other

Education

West Virginia University

University of Phoenix (Graduate Coursework)

Metropolitan State University of Denver (Other)

About Nicole

My name is Nicole and teaching is my passion!

I have been a career educator since 2001 and have taught middle school through college. I hold a Colorado teaching license with a dual endorsement in secondary math and general science and currently teach 7th and 8th grade math and science at a middle school in Golden as the school's lead middle school math and science teacher. Although I teach both math and science, math is my true passion; I can't imagine life without solving really cool equations with my students and challenging them to develop a confident, enlightening understanding of the problems they solve.

When I taught college prep math to military veterans at Metropolitan State University of Denver, I taught algebra and geometry using real-life scenarios so the students could understand direct applications of math. When I taught English composition at Metro, I would ask my students to use their personal experiences to draw parallels to characters in novels and create expressive, thoughtful essays detailing their responses to the novels we read in class. I believe if students can understand academic content on a practical and personal level, then they can develop the confidence in themselves to tackle whatever content they choose.

Every student learns and comprehends at his or her own pace, and I have developed a persistent patience with my students in order to help them avoid giving up on challenging material. Learning takes time, patience, and practice.

My specialty subjects are ACT prep and math; however, I tutor other subjects. Please feel free to email me your schedule availability, including any questions, and I'll respond as quickly as I can.

**Any residences north of 144th, south of Colfax, west of 93, or east of I-25 are outside of my travel area.**

Thank you for considering me as your family's personal tutor!
My name is Nicole and teaching is my passion!

I have been a career educator since 2001 and have taught middle school through college. I hold a Colorado teaching license with a dual endorsement in secondary math and general
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Policies
Cancellation
1 hour notice required

If a student has forgotten to notify me of a cancelled session before I arrive for our scheduled session, then I assess a $20 fee for time and travel.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Arvada, CO 80004
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"We absolutely love her! More importantly, our daughter Keaton loves her! "

- Tracey , Broomfield, CO on 6/21/15

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor."

- Joy, Lafayette, CO on 7/5/15

"Excellent Tutor!!"

- Mark, Broomfield, CO on 12/19/14

"From "C" to "A"

- Maurie G., Denver, CO on 12/16/14

"Highly proficient and sincere"

- Robert, Colorado Springs, CO on 2/20/14

"Nicole understands my son"

- Sean, Arvada, CO on 10/27/13

"Excellent tutor!"

- Jessica, Louisville, CO on 8/5/13

"Fantastic Algebra Tutor!"

- Kari, Arvada, CO on 6/24/13

"Great Tutor!"

- Roy, Broomfield, CO on 6/12/13

"Great tutor in every way"

- Renee, Arvada, CO on 5/28/13

"Tutor of the Year"

- Elizabeth, Lafayette, CO on 5/5/13

"Energetic, patient, loves to teach."

- John, Denver, CO on 5/3/13

"Outstanding Tutor!"

- Tom, Brighton, CO on 1/6/13

"Great w/ students of all ages!"

- Melaney, Arvada, CO on 10/22/12
Elementary Education:
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ACT English

I've been tutoring students to prepare for the ACT for about 6 years, and the English section is one of my favorite sections to teach.

ACT Math

Helping high school students prepare for the ACT math section is one of my specialties. My personal ACT math score range is 34-36. I am an ACT math EXPERT. I have a number of ACT practice tests (including tests which were formally given to all high school students), and I use these tests to help my students not only learn and review the content, but also to feel more comfortable and confident with this exam. I review every incorrect answer and explain to my students why their answers are incorrect and how to determine the correct answers.

ACT Reading

While helping students study for the ACT Reading section, I have them read and analyze each reading passage so I can develop a personalized strategy for every student. I ask reading comprehension questions as they read each passage in order to teach them active reading strategies specific to each passage (the four passages are Prose Fiction, Social Science, Humanities, and Natural Science). Then, I'll review each question type with them and show them how to find the answers in the passage. Of course, not every question requires a simple glance back at the passage, so I teach students how to use inferencing and elimination strategies to choose the correct answer. I frequently hear from students how easy it is to choose the correct answer after having been shown appropriate reading passage strategies.

ACT Science

I tutor all 4 sections of the ACT exam: English, Math, Reading, and Science. I have a number of ACT practice tests (including tests which were formally given to all high school students), and I use these tests to help my students not only learn and review the content, but also to feel more comfortable and confident with this exam. I review every incorrect answer and explain to my students why their answers are incorrect and how to determine the correct answers.

Algebra 1

I have tutored middle and high school students in algebra for over ten years, and I love helping students become confident and successful math learners. I currently teach an 8th grade honors algebra 1 course (our middle school uses the Big Ideas Math Algebra 1 online series). For those of you who are familiar with high school math classes called Math 1, Math 2, Math 3, and Math 4, I tutor those as well.

Algebra 2

I've helped students learn Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Intermediate Algebra, and College Algebra for over 10 years. I love teaching algebra and getting my students excited about math- I feel so proud when they smile and say, "I didn't know algebra could be this easy!" For some high school students, they learn algebra 2, geometry, and some trig in Math 3. For those of you who are familiar with high school math classes called Math 1, Math 2, Math 3, and Math 4, I tutor those as well.

English

I've taught English Composition at Metropolitan State University of Denver as an Adjunct Faculty member.

GED

I have 10+ years of GED tutoring experience.

Geometry

I have been tutoring students in algebra and geometry for over ten years and currently teach a high school geometry course to middle school G/T students. I've found that a successful geometry student has solid algebra 1 skills, so if I tutor a student who struggles with geometry, I'll also help this student strengthen his or her algebra skills.

Nutrition

I hold a B.S. Degree in Nutrition Science and I have taught high school Nutrition Science, Applied Nutrition, and Nutrition Biochemistry.

Physical Science

I taught a night general science class (physical science) at Metropolitan State University of Denver. I have a B.S. Degree in Nutrition Science and have taught/tutored science for well over 10 years. I currently teach 7th and 8th grade physical science and life science.

Praxis

I have taken and passed the Praxis 1 exam and scored in the top 10 percentile in all three tested subject areas (I received a perfect score on the Praxis 1 essay). I've also tutored for the Praxis II Elementary Education Content Exam (5014) and have study materials for this exam.

Prealgebra

I have over ten years of experience tutoring pre-algebra and algebra to middle and high school students and college students. I've taught math at Metropolitan State University of Denver as an Adjunct Faculty member (I helped students prepare for the elementary and college level math Accuplacer exam), and I love helping students become confident and successful math learners. I currently teach 7th and 8th grade honors pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry classes (our middle school uses the Big Ideas Math online series).

Precalculus

Precalculus, otherwise known as Math 4, can be very challenging for students. Personally, I find this course exciting and look forward to helping my students understand the content. For those of you who are familiar with high school math classes called Math 1, Math 2, Math 3, and Math 4, I tutor students in all four of these courses.

PSAT

I have almost 10 years of experience preparing students to take the PSAT.

Reading

Many students struggle with reading comprehension concepts like analyzing the author's purpose, finding a main idea or central theme, or making reasonable conclusions based on paragraph/story evidence. I find that 1:1 tutoring allows these struggling students to freely vent their frustrations and ask questions they may never ask in class, for fear of publicizing their self-doubt and confusion to their teacher and classmates. When students feel comfortable with their tutor, they develop a sense of trust; once the trust is formed, students finally begin to grow self-confident. This self-confidence is the catalyst for academic success: higher grades, positive self-esteem, and love for learning and exploring. A self-confident student is a successful, happy student!

SAT Math

I have tutored SAT math for almost 10 years. I know the SAT is being redesigned (launch date spring 2016), and I've started researching and practicing new strategies for the new test in order to best prepare my students. I'm excited for the changes and I think students will feel more confident with the content and structure of this exam.

SAT Reading

As a native Marylander, I am quite familiar with the SAT exam. I began helping students prepare for this exam in 2001 and have, personally, scored a perfect 800 in both the math and writing portions of the exam (my highest critical reading score is a 750, which is a 98 percentile rank). Most students struggle with the vocabulary questions found in the critical reading sections of the exam, so helping students build a stronger vocabulary is an integral part of my SAT teaching strategy. I use practice tests and give homework in order to maximize student learning/understanding to ensure that my students earn higher SAT test scores.

SAT Writing

I've tutored students to prepare for all sections of the SAT for over 10 years.

Trigonometry

Trig can be quite a task for a lot of students and I found the best way to tackle the content is to memorize identities and solve practice problems. Knowing how to start can make a seemingly complicated problem appear easy. :)

Writing

Teaching students the art of writing has been a passion of mine since I was in high school; my first job as a tutor was as a writing tutor when I was only 14 years old. I created a writing "club" to provide English and writing assistance to student athletes needing to maintain academic eligibility. In college, I continued tutoring student athletes and spent most of my time teaching writing and grammar to the football players. Since earning my B.S. in 1997, I've tutored hundreds of students in all academic content areas and have built my career doing what I love: teaching. :)

West Virginia University
University of Phoenix
Graduate Coursework
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Other

Education

West Virginia University

University of Phoenix (Graduate Coursework)

Metropolitan State University of Denver (Other)

We absolutely love her! More importantly, our daughter Keaton loves her! — She LOVES math! She is enthusiastic, kind, supportive, encouraging, and knows her material! I would highly recommend her! In addition she has been flexible this summer and is so conscientious of our daughter's summer goal! ...

— Tracey , Broomfield, CO on 6/21/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

If a student has forgotten to notify me of a cancelled session before I arrive for our scheduled session, then I assess a $20 fee for time and travel.

Travel policy

Nicole will travel within 10 miles of Arvada, CO 80004.

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