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Nicole S.

Tulsa, OK

$35/hr

Tutor for College/HS Science, Math, Pre-Med and 1st/2nd Year Med

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Background check passed as of 10/27/13
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Florida State University
Biology
SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine
MD

Education

Florida State University (Biology)

SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine (MD)

About Nicole

Hi! My name is Nicole but I also go by Nikki. I am a math and science tutor. Students I have worked with have seen a dramatic increase in their grades as well as their understanding of concepts. My students often tell me that I am very good at explaining tricky concepts in a way that is easy to understand and remember.

I began tutoring when I was an undergraduate student at Florida State University. In college, I majored in biology and minored in economics, chemistry, and math. I was a TA for biology classes, including Biology I and Biology II. There were between 200 and 250 students in these classes, but I worked with students on a one-on-one basis during my office hours.

After college, I went to medical school at Stony Brook, completed my step 1 USMLE board exams, and completed part of third year. I was never able to finish medical school. I was in a very severe near-fatal car accident in 2011. The extent of my injuries prevented me from ever returning to a medical school, so I became a tutor instead. I was once considering doing a PhD in biology and teaching at the university level, but I love tutoring and working with students on a one-on-one basis. For this reason, I decided to continue tutoring in lieu of pursing a teaching career.

I can help with general college or high school math and science course work, homework, and test preparation. I enjoy working with people of all ages, from children to college students. I have the most experience tutoring college and high school students, but am more that happy to work with children as well. My schedule is flexible and I have reliable transportation.

I can also help with standardized examination preparation such as MCAT and college entrance exams such as the SAT and ACT, particularly in the areas of science and math. I am a good test taker and will pass my strategies and tricks down to you. I have taken numerous standardized tests. I took the ACT and SAT in high school and scored a 31 and a 1210, respectively (I took both of these tests "cold" - I did not study for either of them). My SAT Math score was a 670 and my verbal score was a 540. I also took the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) in 2005 and received a 30 with an R in writing (ranges from a low of J to a high of T). At that time, the average score was a 24. I took the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 board examination on June 24, 2010 and received a 230/99. The average score for US medical students is a 220. I was going to take the GRE when I was considering going to graduate school, and was scoring very highly on the practice exams that ETS supplies. Although I never took the GRE because I decided not to go back to graduate school, I am very familiar with the examination and do tutor for this test - especially the math section,

I am open to discussing payment arrangements and discounted rates for students that cannot afford to pay full price. 

Please contact me to discuss any tutoring needs and I'd be more than happy to discuss how I can help you or your child!
Hi! My name is Nicole but I also go by Nikki. I am a math and science tutor. Students I have worked with have seen a dramatic increase in their grades as well as their understanding of concepts. My students often tell me that I am very Read more

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If the tutee is sick, please let me know. Depending on what is going on and when it started, I may want to reschedule the lesson. Thank you for understanding.

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Travels within 40 miles of Tulsa, OK 74103
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"Life Saver"

- Brie, Cedaredge, CO on 3/24/15
Nicole replied on 3/25/2015

I am soooo happy that you got to stay in the PA program!!! It was a pleasure to help, and I look forward to picking up with you after spring break is over :) :)

"Went the extra mile"

- Kari, Tulsa, OK on 8/18/15

"Prepared and efficient tutor "

- David, Tulsa, OK on 8/13/15
Nicole replied on 8/14/2015

Thank you so much for your kind feedback :) I am so glad that I was able to help!!! It was a pleasure working with you!!! I am so glad that the ALEKS went well and you will graduate on time now!!! Feel free to contact me if you have any issues in college algebra. :)

"Knowledgable and very good tutor"

- Karla, Jenks, OK on 8/11/15
Nicole replied on 8/16/2015

Thank you Karla for the kind feedback :). Is a pleasure working with your grandson!! He is very smart and capable and has and a lot of potential. I look forward to continuing to work with him throughout the school year!!! :)

"Nicole is very knowledgeable and is also a great teacher. "

- Wesley, Owasso, OK on 8/6/15
Nicole replied on 8/16/2015

Thank you so much for the kind feedback!!! I am so glad that I was able to help you with your chemistry class. That was very hard material but it was extremely helpful that you were so dedicated and well-disciplined :) Feel free to contact me if you need help in any of your future classes!!! I wish you the best in whatever career you end up pursuing, whether it is physical therapy, optometry, or whatever your final decision ends up being :)

"Amazing Nicole!"

- Allison, Tulsa, OK on 7/28/15
Nicole replied on 8/16/2015

Thank you Allison for the very kind feedback and for the opportunity to work with your son!!! I am so happy that he will be able to graduate on time now and start his job in the fall on time as planned. And thank you so much for all of your support throughout the entire tutoring period. That was so kind of you. I wish you and your family the best in the future, and I hope that he enjoys the job that he starts soon :)

"Very knowledgeable tutor"

- Monica, Jenks, OK on 7/28/15

"Great Job!!"

- Adam, Owasso, OK on 5/13/15

"Did a really good job"

- Isabella Hansen, Tulsa, OK on 1/7/15

"Good Tutor In Physiology"

- Maria, Buffalo, NY on 11/21/14

"Personable, compassionate tutor who really knows her stuff!!!"

- Neressa, Lees Summit, MO on 11/20/14

"Great Work"

- Chyrl, Gulf Breeze, FL on 11/19/14

"Outstanding Tutor Who Really Cares!"

- Chris, Broken Arrow, OK on 10/1/14

"Great Teaching Method"

- Kim, Tulsa, OK on 9/18/14

"Great Tutor!"

- Andrea, Troutdale, OR on 8/10/14

"The greatest tutor ever! "

- Angelica, Rochester, NY on 6/22/14

"Excellent Tutor in Both Geometry and Biology"

- Robert, Penfield, NY on 5/18/14
Nicole replied on 5/19/2014

Thank you so much for the kind feedback! I love working with your daughter. She is very attentive, seeks clarification when she does not understand, and has an amazing level of intrinsic motivation driving her to excel. I truly believe in my heart that she will make it into her desired college - she has what it takes to make it into those selective schools! Furthermore, she is blessed with an excellent home environment where her parents make school a priority. I found your wife's comments re: the SAT II in Spanish to be extremely insightful. I love tutoring her and hope that this relationship lasts a very long time.

"Nicole is a great tutor and teacher!"

- Ann, Rochester, NY on 5/4/14
Nicole replied on 5/22/2014

I am so glad that you chose me as well!! Tutoring your granddaughter and getting to know your whole family has been nothing short of a blessing. I am so glad I have been able to help!!!

"Great Unit Review"

- Mark, Rochester, NY on 1/14/14

"Nice first meeting"

- Barbara, Webster, NY on 9/10/13

"Great tutor, very patient"

- Denise, Rochester, NY on 6/11/13

"Brilliant & Personable"

- Catherine, Hamlin, NY on 6/10/13

"Great Tutor!!"

- Melinda, Rochester, NY on 5/14/13

"Great Tutor! "

- Kara, Rochester, NY on 9/25/12

"Very easy to work with."

- Frances, Rochester, NY on 9/23/12

"Great Choice!"

- Jean, Ontario, NY on 9/17/12

"Very knowledgeable"

- Kevin, Pittsford, NY on 7/18/12

"Reliable and easy to understand."

- Erica, Rochester, NY on 7/5/12

"Very reliable and easy to reach."

- Christine, Pittsford, NY on 6/12/12

"Excellent teacher!"

- Chris, Rochester, NY on 5/1/12

"Great tutor."

- Robin, Rochester, NY on 6/25/11

"GREAT TUTOR"

- PAMELA, Rochester, NY on 3/15/11

"Great Tutor"

- Frank, Rochester, NY on 3/12/11
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus, Geometry,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math,
Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies, English, Proofreading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Anatomy,
Biochemistry, Biology,
Chemistry,
Ecology, Genetics,
Microbiology,
Nutrition,
Organic Chemistry,
Pharmacology,
Physical Science, Physiology,
Psychology
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science
Business:
Economics, GRE, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Biology,
Calculus, Chemistry,
Economics, English, Geometry,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math,
SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB,
GRE, PSAT, Regents,
SAT Math,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Economics, General Computer, Microsoft Word, Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Algebra 1

I have tutored many students in both algebra 1 and 2 with positive results. I will help you learn systems of equations, graphing lines and parabolas, polynomials, factoring, working with variables, simplifying expressions, absolute value, inequalities, complex fractions, probability, and more.

Algebra 2

I have tutored several students in algebra and trigonometry with positive results. I am familiar with the regents exams for these subjects and can help you prepare for your test.
I can help with polynomials, factoring, simplifying expressions, permutations and combinations, probability, sequences, absolute value, inequalities, complex fractions, and other concepts in algebra.

Anatomy

As a first year medical student in the MD program at SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine, I completed gross anatomy with a grade of honors. I earned a 680 on the NBME (National Board of Medical Examiners) subject examination for gross anatomy, which translated to 97th percentile.
I can help you learn the location and names of nerves, bones, organs, and more. I can also teach you the names, locations, and functions of muscles.

ASVAB

I have tutored multiple students preparing for the ASVAB test with positive results. I would love to help you get your target score and achieve your goals!! I tutor 9/10 sections of the test with great expertise. The shop section is the only one that I do not regularly tutor. All other sections (including the problems that involve circuits) are a breeze for me. Contact me to get started today!! :-)

Biology

I majored in Biology in college and also attended medical school, so this is my favorite topic. I have taken and gotten A's in many upper level biology courses, including genetics, molecular biology, developmental biology, immunology, histology, anatomy. and more. I remember everything that I have learned and will pass it down to you, also, I am fantastic at explaining concepts in a way that makes them stick.

I spent a year in college as a teaching assistant for introductory biology (Biology 1 and 2). While I was responsible for 250 students, I tutored many of them on one-on-one basis during my office hours. I always got very positive feedback from the students that I worked with.
I have also done some recent biology tutoring, on my own, as well as through this website. I tutored regular biology, AP biology, and microbiology.

I always go into a tutoring session assuming that the student knows nothing about the topic, and work my way up from there. No level of biology is too basic for tutoring, but if you contact me, be ready to work hard and score high!

Chemistry

I have taken a number of chemistry classes, including AP Chemistry (Grade of 5), Organic Chemistry I, II, and lab (Grades of A in all three), Biochemistry (Grade of B+), and medical biochemistry. I have tutored general chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry, all with very positive results.

These are some of the concepts that I can help you with: moles/grams conversions; limiting reagent; nomenclature; stochiometry and balancing equations; periodic table trends such as electronegativity, electron affinity, ionization energy, and atomic radius; drawing Lewis dot diagrams, formal charge, electron geometry and molecular geometry, acid/base chemistry, equilibrium constants, redox reactions, colligative properties, phase changes, enthalpy, exothermic and endothermic reactions and diagrams, nuclear chemistry such as alpha and beta particles, and more.

Genetics

At Florida State University, I completed a 3000 level genetics class and a 4000 level molecular biology class with grades of B and A, respectively. I also completed the first year MGC (molecules, genes, and cells) class at SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine. I received an HP (high pass).

Some of the concepts that I can help you master include Mendelian genetics and punnet squares; linked traits, sex-linked traits and sex-linked diseases such as color blindness and hemophilia; DNA structure, function, and replication; the structure and function of different types of RNA; the steps involved in transcription; protein structure and the process of creating proteins via translation; chromosome structure; cell division processes, including mitosis and meiosis; mitochondrial DNA, genes, and diseases; laboratory mechanisms of studying genetics, including gel elecrophoresis, polymerase chain reaction aka PCR, southern/western/northern blotting, microarrays, etc; the inheritance of genetic diseases and their symptoms, treatment, and prognosis; and more!

Geometry

I have a lot of experience tutoring various math classes, and geometry is no exception. I can help you with calculations, graphing, and word problems pertaining to the following geometry concepts: (1) Lines (slope, intercepts, systems of equations, etc); (2) Angles (complementary, supplementary, etc); (3) Triangles (equilateral, isosceles, right, acute, obtuse); (4) Circles (diameter, circumference, sectors, arcs, etc); (5) Quadrilaterals (squares, rectangle, rhombi, parallelograms, and trapezoids); (6) Three-dimensional shapes (cones, cylinders, spheres, pyramids, and prisms).

Microbiology

During my undergraduate years at Florida State University, I took a 4000 level microbiology class called Prokaryotic Biology and received an A. I also received an A grade in the 4000 level Virology class. During my time at SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine, I completed the medical microbiology course included in the second year curriculum.

Nutrition

As an undergraduate student at Florida State University, I took Honors Science of Nutrition and received an A. I also completed Intermediate Metabolism I and received an A in this class as well.
As a medical student at SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine, I completed Nutrition coursework as part of the Organ Systems classes that are taken in the second year of medical school. We were required to learn information pertaining to nutrition as it relates to each body system (pulmonary, cardiology, neurology, etc) when we studied that particular organ system. I also completed general nutrition work as requires in the first year medical school curriculum.

Organic Chemistry

At Florida State University, I completed Organic Chemistry I, Organic Chemistry II, and Organic Chemistry Laboratory. I was the only freshman student in these classes which are normally completed by sophomores and juniors. I received an A grade in all three classes. I had the second highest grade in a class of about 150 or 200 Organic Chemistry II students. My professor was Dr. Martin A Schwartz who is well known for his research on angio-genesis inhibitors and his involvement in the first total organic synthesis of the tumor suppressor drug Taxol (Paclitaxol).

Pharmacology

I have taken pharmacology in medical school. The class was a full year long course and I high passed the course and got a 93 percentile on the NBME subject examination. I also spent a year working in a pharmacy.

Physiology

At Florida State University, I took a physiology class (vertebrate physiology) and received an A. I also passed the first year physiology class at SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine with a high pass. I completed and passed the second year Organ Systems classes, including neuroscience, pulmonary, hematology, cardiology, connective tissue, reproductive, endocrine, etc with grades of pass and high pass.

Regents

I graduated from West Irondequoit High School with a Regents diploma. If there were different levels of Regents diplomas, like there are today, I would have qualified for the highest one.

I have prepared countless students for Regents exams, especially for the following subjects: (1) Regents Algebra 2 & Trigonometry, (2) Regents Geometry, (3) Regents Chemistry, (4) Regents Biology, and (5) Regents Algebra.

My track record is phenomenal. In the past 3 years, ALL of my students have passed their Regents exams. Some were first attempts, but many came to me for help after failing the Regents exam once or twice. I can provide many examples and references.

If you choose me as your Regents tutor, you WILL meet your goal whether it is to pass the exam or to excel on it. As long as you seek my help on time and have a decent work ethic, you WILL succeed.

SAT Math

I love tutoring for SAT math! When I took the exam in high school, I took it cold because I didn't know any better at the time. I got a 670. Now, I would score around an 800. I also score in the 740-800 range on the practice GRE quantitative reasoning sections. These sections are based off of the same level of math as the SAT, with the distinction being more diverse questions types and more challenging ways of presenting the problem.
As your SAT math tutor, I will work with you on improving the 4 main topics in the math subject. These include:
(1) numbers and operations
(2) algebra and functions
(3) geometry and measurements
(4) data, statistics, and probability

At the same time, we'd work on connecting the concepts to each other and solving tricky word problems.

I have had students increase 100+ points in this sections after 2 weeks of tutoring.

Trigonometry

I am great at teaching trigonometry and have experience in tutoring this subject. Some of the topics I will help you learn are basic trigonometry functions, degrees and radians, right triangles, parallelograms, circles, arc length, law of sines/cosines, double and half angle formulas, angle product/sum/difference formulas, trigonometric identities, graphing trigonometric functions, and more.
I am also familiar with the Regents algebra 2 & trigonometry exam. These two subjects are tested together on the same exam. I can help you prepare for your regents test.

Florida State University
Biology
SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine
MD

Education

Florida State University (Biology)

SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine (MD)

Life Saver — Nikki originally started tutoring me in pharmacology where I needed to get 9 points higher on my final than I had on any other grade for the course in order to remain in my physician assistant program (I had scored a 68 and a 69 and needed a 78 on my final). After our first meeting, I asked her to tutor me in all of my subjects. She agreed and we started meeting almost every day. She looked over m ...

— Brie, Cedaredge, CO on 3/24/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

If the tutee is sick, please let me know. Depending on what is going on and when it started, I may want to reschedule the lesson. Thank you for understanding.

Travel policy

Nicole will travel within 40 miles of Tulsa, OK 74103.

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