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Nicole C.

Chicago, IL


Math, Science, Engineering and Test Prep

Background check passed as of 12/11/14
4.9 average from 192 ratings
In A Word: Perfect
— Aaron, Chicago, IL on 10/16/14


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Northwestern University
Material Science Eng


Northwestern University (Material Science Eng)

About Nicole

I was raised in a family of educators and realized the joys of sharing knowledge with others at a young age. I started tutoring and assistant teaching in 8th grade. I continued in this pattern into my years at Northwestern University with the Center for Talent Development program. From my experiences, I understand that the learning process is a journey. As a tutor, my goal is to help my students discover the joy and power of mastering that journey.

I specialize in tutoring all levels of Math up to and including differential equations. Additional subjects I tutor are chemistry, physics, and engineering concepts. I will tutor up to the collegiate level. My knowledge base as a Material Science Engineer has given me a strong fundamental understanding of these subjects and the ability to relate these concepts to relevant real life problems. Furthermore I will tutor for GRE, ACT, SAT and AP math. These standardized tests all have structures, that when properly understood ensure student success.

When tutoring, my approach is to first assess what the students know then identify where their weakest point of understanding is. I will introduce problems that specifically engage the student in those areas. I take the time to find the explanation that resonates with my students. I want to build the skills necessary for students to succeed on their own in future endeavors.

I always appreciate communication with my students and their parents about difficulties and successes. Each client is an individual with unique needs and goals. The best for me to meet each clients's expectations is through your feedback.

I am willing to travel throughout the Chicago area that is CTA accessible. I do ask for 24 hour cancellation notice. However, I am always willing to reschedule and offer makeup sessions.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you improve in your academic goals.
I was raised in a family of educators and realized the joys of sharing knowledge with others at a young age. I started tutoring and assistant teaching in 8th grade. I continued in this pattern into my years at Northwestern University with the Center for Talent Development program. From my experiences, I understand that the learning process is a Read more

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Travels within 8 miles of Chicago, IL 60640
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"In A Word: Perfect"

- Aaron, Chicago, IL on 10/16/14

"Amazing tutor"

- Bennett, Chicago, IL on 11/25/16

"You can't go wrong"

- Moses, Chicago, IL on 10/11/16

"Wonderful and Knowledgable Tutor"

- Daniel, Chicago, IL on 7/28/16

"Very patient and knows what she is doing"

- Steve, Skokie, IL on 4/30/16

"Thank you Nicole!"

- Jim, Chicago, IL on 9/28/15

"Awesome Tutor"

- Jesus, Chicago, IL on 11/5/14
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Differential Equations,
Discrete Math,
Elementary Math,
Finite Math, Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Logic, Prealgebra,
Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
Chemistry, Physical Science, Physics
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, GRE, SAT Math
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science

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.

Algebra 2

Algebra is about understanding a fundamental set of rules and applying to them to various problems. I had mastered these concepts before entering middle school and started tutoring my peers in 8th grade. I continued tutoring algebra through out high school. At Northwestern, I was a teacher assistant for several algebra classes taught through the Center for Talent Development program. I have a firm understanding of these concepts and know multiple ways to explain each of them. I can't wait to share my knowledge with you.


I received a 5 of both my AP calculus exams and tested into the honors calculus program at Northwestern. Calculus is yet another set of rules to memorize and the place where forgotten rules from trig and algebra 2 come back. However, these rules are not arbitrary and with the right approach can be understood.

Differential Equations

As a an engineering student at Northwestern University I have taken and excelled in classes on ordinary differential equations and partial differential equations. Furthermore, most on my advanced science classes required a mastery of differential equations. Heat transfer, thermodynamics, kinetics, and quantum mechanics all require the use of differential equations.

Discrete Math

As an engineering student, I had to take several advanced math courses, including Discrete Math. In discrete we are interested in numbers and patterns that only have certain possible values, typically integers. We can explore the properties of integers and solve specific mapping of sets using rigorous logic and proofs. The main difficulties in this type of course are based in understanding the implications on logic for having a limited yet infinite set and choosing the appropriate proof to justify the problem.

Elementary Math

I am extremely proficient in mathematics, it was the first subject I enjoyed. Furthermore my time as Center for Talent Development gave me experience working with elementary school children. I understand how to break concepts into their most basic level and focus on teaching by patterns and repetition with these younger kids.

Linear Algebra

I, like every engineering student at Northwestern, have taken Linear Algebra at the collegiate level. Proper understanding of linear algebra is a necessary skill for understanding any large system. Many programs, like python and MatLab, use the concepts of linear algebra in their core operations. To be prepared for these problems and to use these tools, and individual needs a strong foundation in linear algebra.


Every engineering student at Northwestern University is required to take MatLab in their first quarter. Students are then expected to regularly use MatLab in the following three quarters of that sequence. My average grade for the sequence was a A-, and I never received a grade lower than a B+. Furthermore, in my major, Material Science and Engineering, a MatLab project or assignment was included in the majority of my required classes to improved our proficiency and use of computational tools. I have a firm belief that the future of all engineering endeavors requires the use and development of strong computational tools and MatLab is one of those tools.


My major, material science engineering, requires a strong understanding of physics. Thus I have taken multiple advanced levels of physics at the collegiate level. I am required to understand how structures on atomic, microscopic, and macroscopic levels interact with each other. These interactions can by physical, electrical, magnetic, or chemical in nature. I can calculate how an electron will pass through a electron microscope's lens, interact with the sample, and how the resulting signal change will be picked up by a detector. I can predict how a microflaw in a gear will effect the performance and lifetime. I can quantify the stress inside a truss and how much load it can bear.


Prealgebra is where students build the fundamental skills they need to succeed in latter subjects. When I tutor in this subject my goal is to help students identify the skills they have and the simplest form of the question being asked. By doing this, students will be able to rapidly and efficiently tackle problems.


To excell in trigonometry you can try to memorize over 50 different equations relating sine, cosine, and tangent. Or you can understand the form of approximately 10 of those equations and derive the rest. Trigonometry is about patterns and relationships of a small set of functions to each other. When I tutor or teach trigonometry I build upon those patterns so that students have less to memorize. Furthermore, a strong understanding of trig is essential to any student wishing to pursue a career in engineering or science. Our world operates in cyclic patterns described by these equations. I want to help my students have a strong foundations for the future problems they will solve.

Northwestern University
Material Science Eng


Northwestern University (Material Science Eng)

In A Word: Perfect

Nicole was incredibly diligent. She responded to our questions in a very timely manner and asked all the right questions in order to prepare herself for the exact lessons that needed to be addressed. I, and more importantly my daughter, could not have asked for anything more. Nicole was on time, prepared, and taught a very difficult subject to a struggling student in a very understandable well tho

— Aaron, Chicago, IL on 10/16/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Nicole will travel within 8 miles of Chicago, IL 60640.