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Nicole S.

College/HS Science & Math, Pre-Med, 1st/2nd Year MD, and more!

College/HS Science & Math, Pre-Med, 1st/2nd Year MD, and more!

$48/hour

  • 1,413 hours tutoring

About Nicole


Bio

Hi! My name is Nikki, and I specialize in math and science tutoring. In addition to raising two young girls, tutoring is my full-time gig and what I was always meant to do. I was a third-year medical student until a near-fatal car accident permanently changed my life. Deterred from completing my formal medical training by severe injuries and years of orthopedic reconstruction and chronic pain, I embarked on my current role as a tutor, mentor, and admissions assistant.

I have spent the last...

Hi! My name is Nikki, and I specialize in math and science tutoring. In addition to raising two young girls, tutoring is my full-time gig and what I was always meant to do. I was a third-year medical student until a near-fatal car accident permanently changed my life. Deterred from completing my formal medical training by severe injuries and years of orthopedic reconstruction and chronic pain, I embarked on my current role as a tutor, mentor, and admissions assistant.

I have spent the last decade tutoring math and science as well as helping people get in (and stay in) highly challenging graduate school programs including medical and dental school. In this time, I have saved many students from certain failure, helping them out of dire academic situations (sometimes needing straight A’s on all remaining coursework to simply pass their class or remain in their program). A natural born tutor, I always enjoyed helping my peers with pre-med work and the insanity that we refer to as “medical school” as well as empowering my patients by educating them about their condition.

Individuals I work with often experience a dramatic increase in both their grades and their overall comprehension of concepts. I’m frequently told that I excel at explaining tricky concepts in ways that are easy to understand and remember.

I can help with math and science course work, homework, exam and standardized test preparation, and more. I also enjoy helping with admission essays for college, medical school, and more. I enjoy tutoring individuals of all ages and backgrounds. I also frequently work with “non-traditional” adult students who have returned to school.

My philosophy is that a great teacher not only helps their students with the task(s) at hand, but also teaches how to study and learn for life, eventually eliminating the very need for tutoring.

Please contact me to discuss your tutoring needs and how I can help you or your child!

For information about how I tutor a specific subject, please click that subject on this profile pag


Education

Florida State University
Biology
SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine
MD

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $48
  • Rate details: K-8: $35/hour Grad school including MD (M1/M2): $60/hr USMLE step 1/2: $65/hr GROUP TUTORING: contact me
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Subjects

Business

GRE

GRE

I have been tutoring the GRE math section for several years now, with very positive results. Most of my GRE students were admitted to their graduate school program of choice and some of them received full scholarships. I have helped students pursuing both master's and doctorate degrees including physical therapy doctorate programs, speech pathology programs, and more. Do NOT be intimidated if it has been a while since you took the relevant math classes (algebra 1, geometry, algebra 2, statistics, and some college algebra/precalculus material)! I am very effective at helping students relearn, review, and practice those several years worth of math classes in a relatively short timeframe. I also frequently help students who do not need a math refresher, but do need help with breaking down the trickier quantitative comparison ("quant comp") questions into understandable and doable problems. I can help you identify the ideal method to solve a particular question. For example, the guess and check approach is ideal with certain multiple choice questions, but this is definitely not always the case!

Corporate Training

Proofreading

Elementary Education

Elementary Math, Elementary Science

English

Writing,

Writing

When applying to graduate school, especially competitive programs like medical school, the personal statement is a very big deal. When selecting a tutor to help you with your personal statement and application, be sure to select somebody with a great deal of experience and success stories behind their claims. Your future success, career path, and happiness are at stake here. MY EXPERIENCE: I discovered my talent doing admission essay work several years ago when a friend from college requested my help. She was applying to competitive MBA programs and had to explain a very rocky past and prior bad grades to. Some time after failing out of school (as a pre-med), she reinvented herself by switching majors and schools. While she had successfully finished her second major, we still had to convince the admissions committee to look beyond her past failure. I helped her create a wonderful “overcoming adversity” essay, a tale of her reinvention. My contribution to her application resulted in her acceptance with a 50% Merit-based scholarship. Motivated by the joy I derived from helping somebody achieve their aspirations, I started to pick up jobs writing and polishing admissions essay. In the past 4 years, I have gained a great deal of experience while helping people plan; draft, revise, and edit their personal statements. MY ABILITIES: My job is to help you win over your audience and I am adept at transforming your thoughts, words and stories into one unified, well-flowing, captivating story. I have helped many people find their voice, express their thoughts, and convey difficult topics effectively and concisely. Upon your request, I will send you multiple files showing my recent admission essay work. Each example contains the original outline/draft I was sent as well as the final product that the student submitted. NOTES: My Admissions essay services are considered “remote work.” If you hire me, you must understand that I work on your paper in my own time. I work during the evening when my toddler
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Proofreading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

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,

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.
Biology,

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!
Calculus,

Calculus

As an undergraduate majoring in biology and as a medical student, I have had to take numerous math classes. I have been tutoring mathematics since 2011 with excellent results! I tutor calculus 1, AP Calculus AB, and some AP Calculus BC. Contact me if you need help with limits, derivatives and their applications (optimization problems, etc), or integrals! I also help students who need past math subjects reviewed while working on calculus (the geometry, algebra, and trigonometry that it is necessary to understand while working calculus problems).
Chemistry,

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+). I have been tutoring chemistry (and math) since 2011 with excellent results! These are some of the concepts that I can help you with: - Nomenclature rules (naming chemical compounds) - Chemical bonding - Stochiometry (balancing equations, limiting reagents, etc) - Periodic table trends (electronegativity, electron affinity, ionization energy, atomic radius) - Drawing Lewis dot diagrams, formal charge, electron geometry and molecular geometry - Acid/base chemistry (Titrations, strong vs weak acids and bases, acid/base equilibrium problems, buffers, Henderson-Hasselbach, Ka and Kb, etc) - Equilibrium (equilibrium constants, ICE charts, Le-Chatlier's principle, etc) - Solubility and colligative properties - Reduction-oxidation (Redox) reactions - Thermodynamics (enthalpy, entropy, phase changes, exothermic and endothermic reactions and diagrams) - Nuclear chemistry (isotopes, alpha and beta particles, etc) - And more!
Geometry,

Geometry

I have years of experience tutoring various math classes with excellent results, and geometry is no exception! I can help you with calculations, graphing, and word problems pertaining to the following geometry concepts and more: (1) Lines (forms of a line, calculating slope, finding x and y intercepts, finding equations of a line that passes through a certain point and is parallel to or perpendicular to a certain line, solving systems of equations by graphing or algebraically via substitution or elimination methods, etc) (2) Angles (complementary and supplementary angles, vertical angles etc) (3) Parallel lines cut by a transversal (corresponding angles, alternate interior/exterior angles, same size interior/exterior angles, etc) (4) Triangles (equilateral, isosceles, right, acute, and obtuse triangles; perimeter and area of triangles; trigonometrically "special" right triangles; similar triangles; congruent triangles; triangle proofs; etc) (5) Circles (diameter, circumference, sectors area, arc length, circle proofs, etc) (6) Quadrilaterals (the properties of trapezoids, isosceles trapezoids, parallelograms, rectangles, rhombi, squares, and kites; perimeter and area calculations of these shapes; proofs involving these shapes; etc) (7) Polygons (irregular vs regular polygons, area of regular polygons, interior and exterior angles of regular polygons, apothem, rotational symmetry of regular polygons, etc) (8) Three-dimensional shapes (surface area and volume of cones, cylinders, spheres, pyramids, and prisms) (9) Shaded area problems (10) Perimeter and area of composite shapes (11) Constructions (12) Transformations (dilation, rotation, translation, and reflection) (13) Trigonometry basics (sine, cosine, tangent, etc)
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I love tutoring for SAT math! I have had students increase their SAT math score 100+ points in math after just two weeks of tutoring. I have experience tutoring the new SAT and can help you with both math sections (section 4, which allows the usage of a calculator, and section 3, which does not). I will quickly identify weak areas that need to be focused on. I am excellent at breaking down SAT math problems in a way that makes them easy to understand as well as helping students develop better critical thinking and problem solving skills. Because doing as many practice problems as possible and mock testing are both essential to preparing for any standardized examination, I utilize over 700 practice problems for the student to use. This includes 10 full-length exams that are directly from the test makers. For concept review and further practice, I have my own math curriculum and problem sets that I use in conjunction with other preparatory materials.
Writing,

Writing

When applying to graduate school, especially competitive programs like medical school, the personal statement is a very big deal. When selecting a tutor to help you with your personal statement and application, be sure to select somebody with a great deal of experience and success stories behind their claims. Your future success, career path, and happiness are at stake here. MY EXPERIENCE: I discovered my talent doing admission essay work several years ago when a friend from college requested my help. She was applying to competitive MBA programs and had to explain a very rocky past and prior bad grades to. Some time after failing out of school (as a pre-med), she reinvented herself by switching majors and schools. While she had successfully finished her second major, we still had to convince the admissions committee to look beyond her past failure. I helped her create a wonderful “overcoming adversity” essay, a tale of her reinvention. My contribution to her application resulted in her acceptance with a 50% Merit-based scholarship. Motivated by the joy I derived from helping somebody achieve their aspirations, I started to pick up jobs writing and polishing admissions essay. In the past 4 years, I have gained a great deal of experience while helping people plan; draft, revise, and edit their personal statements. MY ABILITIES: My job is to help you win over your audience and I am adept at transforming your thoughts, words and stories into one unified, well-flowing, captivating story. I have helped many people find their voice, express their thoughts, and convey difficult topics effectively and concisely. Upon your request, I will send you multiple files showing my recent admission essay work. Each example contains the original outline/draft I was sent as well as the final product that the student submitted. NOTES: My Admissions essay services are considered “remote work.” If you hire me, you must understand that I work on your paper in my own time. I work during the evening when my toddler
English, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Reading

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I have been tutoring the ACT math and science sections for several years. ACT Math is one of my favorite subjects to tutor! Students that I work with often increase several points. I will quickly identify weak areas that need to be focused on. I usually assign homework to reinforce what we have worked on. I am excellent at breaking down ACT math problems in a way that makes them easy to understand as well as helping students develop better critical thinking and problem solving skills. Because doing practice problems and mock testing are both essential to preparing for any standardized examination, I have a huge collection of practice problems for the student to use. For standardized tests, I always encourage students to use the test maker’s materials. I have a large number of such ACT materials beyond those that are easily available (from the Real ACT prep Guide book and the 5 released tests). I have a “library” of ACT math problems separated and categorized. Suppose a student needs more work on probability questions during a session. We do not have to go hunting for relevant questions because I can easily pull the ones that only deal with probability. For concept review, I have my own ACT math curriculum that I use in conjunction with other preparatory materials.
Algebra 1,

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,

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.
Biostatistics,

Biostatistics

As a medical student, I had to take Biostatistics and was tested on this topic on the Step 1 USMLE Medical Board Exam. I also took statistics and biostatistics in undergrad. I have been a math and science tutor full-time for the past 10 years and part-time for 5 years before that. I have helped several students with statistics and biostatistics including nursing students (in BSN programs) and medical students.
Calculus,

Calculus

As an undergraduate majoring in biology and as a medical student, I have had to take numerous math classes. I have been tutoring mathematics since 2011 with excellent results! I tutor calculus 1, AP Calculus AB, and some AP Calculus BC. Contact me if you need help with limits, derivatives and their applications (optimization problems, etc), or integrals! I also help students who need past math subjects reviewed while working on calculus (the geometry, algebra, and trigonometry that it is necessary to understand while working calculus problems).
Geometry,

Geometry

I have years of experience tutoring various math classes with excellent results, and geometry is no exception! I can help you with calculations, graphing, and word problems pertaining to the following geometry concepts and more: (1) Lines (forms of a line, calculating slope, finding x and y intercepts, finding equations of a line that passes through a certain point and is parallel to or perpendicular to a certain line, solving systems of equations by graphing or algebraically via substitution or elimination methods, etc) (2) Angles (complementary and supplementary angles, vertical angles etc) (3) Parallel lines cut by a transversal (corresponding angles, alternate interior/exterior angles, same size interior/exterior angles, etc) (4) Triangles (equilateral, isosceles, right, acute, and obtuse triangles; perimeter and area of triangles; trigonometrically "special" right triangles; similar triangles; congruent triangles; triangle proofs; etc) (5) Circles (diameter, circumference, sectors area, arc length, circle proofs, etc) (6) Quadrilaterals (the properties of trapezoids, isosceles trapezoids, parallelograms, rectangles, rhombi, squares, and kites; perimeter and area calculations of these shapes; proofs involving these shapes; etc) (7) Polygons (irregular vs regular polygons, area of regular polygons, interior and exterior angles of regular polygons, apothem, rotational symmetry of regular polygons, etc) (8) Three-dimensional shapes (surface area and volume of cones, cylinders, spheres, pyramids, and prisms) (9) Shaded area problems (10) Perimeter and area of composite shapes (11) Constructions (12) Transformations (dilation, rotation, translation, and reflection) (13) Trigonometry basics (sine, cosine, tangent, etc)
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I love tutoring for SAT math! I have had students increase their SAT math score 100+ points in math after just two weeks of tutoring. I have experience tutoring the new SAT and can help you with both math sections (section 4, which allows the usage of a calculator, and section 3, which does not). I will quickly identify weak areas that need to be focused on. I am excellent at breaking down SAT math problems in a way that makes them easy to understand as well as helping students develop better critical thinking and problem solving skills. Because doing as many practice problems as possible and mock testing are both essential to preparing for any standardized examination, I utilize over 700 practice problems for the student to use. This includes 10 full-length exams that are directly from the test makers. For concept review and further practice, I have my own math curriculum and problem sets that I use in conjunction with other preparatory materials.
Trigonometry,

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.
Prealgebra, Precalculus

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

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,

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.
Biology,

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!
Calculus,

Calculus

As an undergraduate majoring in biology and as a medical student, I have had to take numerous math classes. I have been tutoring mathematics since 2011 with excellent results! I tutor calculus 1, AP Calculus AB, and some AP Calculus BC. Contact me if you need help with limits, derivatives and their applications (optimization problems, etc), or integrals! I also help students who need past math subjects reviewed while working on calculus (the geometry, algebra, and trigonometry that it is necessary to understand while working calculus problems).
Chemistry,

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+). I have been tutoring chemistry (and math) since 2011 with excellent results! These are some of the concepts that I can help you with: - Nomenclature rules (naming chemical compounds) - Chemical bonding - Stochiometry (balancing equations, limiting reagents, etc) - Periodic table trends (electronegativity, electron affinity, ionization energy, atomic radius) - Drawing Lewis dot diagrams, formal charge, electron geometry and molecular geometry - Acid/base chemistry (Titrations, strong vs weak acids and bases, acid/base equilibrium problems, buffers, Henderson-Hasselbach, Ka and Kb, etc) - Equilibrium (equilibrium constants, ICE charts, Le-Chatlier's principle, etc) - Solubility and colligative properties - Reduction-oxidation (Redox) reactions - Thermodynamics (enthalpy, entropy, phase changes, exothermic and endothermic reactions and diagrams) - Nuclear chemistry (isotopes, alpha and beta particles, etc) - And more!
Geometry,

Geometry

I have years of experience tutoring various math classes with excellent results, and geometry is no exception! I can help you with calculations, graphing, and word problems pertaining to the following geometry concepts and more: (1) Lines (forms of a line, calculating slope, finding x and y intercepts, finding equations of a line that passes through a certain point and is parallel to or perpendicular to a certain line, solving systems of equations by graphing or algebraically via substitution or elimination methods, etc) (2) Angles (complementary and supplementary angles, vertical angles etc) (3) Parallel lines cut by a transversal (corresponding angles, alternate interior/exterior angles, same size interior/exterior angles, etc) (4) Triangles (equilateral, isosceles, right, acute, and obtuse triangles; perimeter and area of triangles; trigonometrically "special" right triangles; similar triangles; congruent triangles; triangle proofs; etc) (5) Circles (diameter, circumference, sectors area, arc length, circle proofs, etc) (6) Quadrilaterals (the properties of trapezoids, isosceles trapezoids, parallelograms, rectangles, rhombi, squares, and kites; perimeter and area calculations of these shapes; proofs involving these shapes; etc) (7) Polygons (irregular vs regular polygons, area of regular polygons, interior and exterior angles of regular polygons, apothem, rotational symmetry of regular polygons, etc) (8) Three-dimensional shapes (surface area and volume of cones, cylinders, spheres, pyramids, and prisms) (9) Shaded area problems (10) Perimeter and area of composite shapes (11) Constructions (12) Transformations (dilation, rotation, translation, and reflection) (13) Trigonometry basics (sine, cosine, tangent, etc)
Writing,

Writing

When applying to graduate school, especially competitive programs like medical school, the personal statement is a very big deal. When selecting a tutor to help you with your personal statement and application, be sure to select somebody with a great deal of experience and success stories behind their claims. Your future success, career path, and happiness are at stake here. MY EXPERIENCE: I discovered my talent doing admission essay work several years ago when a friend from college requested my help. She was applying to competitive MBA programs and had to explain a very rocky past and prior bad grades to. Some time after failing out of school (as a pre-med), she reinvented herself by switching majors and schools. While she had successfully finished her second major, we still had to convince the admissions committee to look beyond her past failure. I helped her create a wonderful “overcoming adversity” essay, a tale of her reinvention. My contribution to her application resulted in her acceptance with a 50% Merit-based scholarship. Motivated by the joy I derived from helping somebody achieve their aspirations, I started to pick up jobs writing and polishing admissions essay. In the past 4 years, I have gained a great deal of experience while helping people plan; draft, revise, and edit their personal statements. MY ABILITIES: My job is to help you win over your audience and I am adept at transforming your thoughts, words and stories into one unified, well-flowing, captivating story. I have helped many people find their voice, express their thoughts, and convey difficult topics effectively and concisely. Upon your request, I will send you multiple files showing my recent admission essay work. Each example contains the original outline/draft I was sent as well as the final product that the student submitted. NOTES: My Admissions essay services are considered “remote work.” If you hire me, you must understand that I work on your paper in my own time. I work during the evening when my toddler
English, Prealgebra, Precalculus

Science

Anatomy,

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," the highest possible grade. I earned a 680 on the NBME (National Board of Medical Examiners) subject examination for gross anatomy, which translated to 97th percentile. I have helped several students with Anatomy since then. My most recent was a Dental School student (DMD program) who needed help with the abdomen, head, and neck and was in danger of failing the course until she worked with me. She ended up successfully completing the course. As your anatomy tutor, I have a myriad of excellent resources to use to help you and to provide for you to facilitate learning the subject. 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. I am excellent at helping with the clinical correlations of anatomy such as explaining the presentation of portal hypertension, cranial nerve deficits and structures most likely damaged in orthopedic injuries.
Biology,

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!
Biostatistics,

Biostatistics

As a medical student, I had to take Biostatistics and was tested on this topic on the Step 1 USMLE Medical Board Exam. I also took statistics and biostatistics in undergrad. I have been a math and science tutor full-time for the past 10 years and part-time for 5 years before that. I have helped several students with statistics and biostatistics including nursing students (in BSN programs) and medical students.
Chemistry,

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+). I have been tutoring chemistry (and math) since 2011 with excellent results! These are some of the concepts that I can help you with: - Nomenclature rules (naming chemical compounds) - Chemical bonding - Stochiometry (balancing equations, limiting reagents, etc) - Periodic table trends (electronegativity, electron affinity, ionization energy, atomic radius) - Drawing Lewis dot diagrams, formal charge, electron geometry and molecular geometry - Acid/base chemistry (Titrations, strong vs weak acids and bases, acid/base equilibrium problems, buffers, Henderson-Hasselbach, Ka and Kb, etc) - Equilibrium (equilibrium constants, ICE charts, Le-Chatlier's principle, etc) - Solubility and colligative properties - Reduction-oxidation (Redox) reactions - Thermodynamics (enthalpy, entropy, phase changes, exothermic and endothermic reactions and diagrams) - Nuclear chemistry (isotopes, alpha and beta particles, etc) - And more!
Genetics,

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!
Microbiology,

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,

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,

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,

Pharmacology

Pharmacology is one of my favorite subjects to tutor! I first took 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 right before starting medical school. I learned a great deal about the practical applications of pharmacology. I have helped several students pass their pharmacology classes, including ones at nursing (BSN) and medical (MD/DO) programs. My most recent student contacted me after failing her first two test, and I was able to help her finish the class with a B by getting >90% on all of her remaining coursework!
Physiology,

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.
ACT Science, Biochemistry, Physical Science, Psychology

Sports/Recreation

Nutrition

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.

Summer

Algebra 1,

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,

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.
Biology,

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!
Calculus,

Calculus

As an undergraduate majoring in biology and as a medical student, I have had to take numerous math classes. I have been tutoring mathematics since 2011 with excellent results! I tutor calculus 1, AP Calculus AB, and some AP Calculus BC. Contact me if you need help with limits, derivatives and their applications (optimization problems, etc), or integrals! I also help students who need past math subjects reviewed while working on calculus (the geometry, algebra, and trigonometry that it is necessary to understand while working calculus problems).
Chemistry,

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+). I have been tutoring chemistry (and math) since 2011 with excellent results! These are some of the concepts that I can help you with: - Nomenclature rules (naming chemical compounds) - Chemical bonding - Stochiometry (balancing equations, limiting reagents, etc) - Periodic table trends (electronegativity, electron affinity, ionization energy, atomic radius) - Drawing Lewis dot diagrams, formal charge, electron geometry and molecular geometry - Acid/base chemistry (Titrations, strong vs weak acids and bases, acid/base equilibrium problems, buffers, Henderson-Hasselbach, Ka and Kb, etc) - Equilibrium (equilibrium constants, ICE charts, Le-Chatlier's principle, etc) - Solubility and colligative properties - Reduction-oxidation (Redox) reactions - Thermodynamics (enthalpy, entropy, phase changes, exothermic and endothermic reactions and diagrams) - Nuclear chemistry (isotopes, alpha and beta particles, etc) - And more!
Geometry,

Geometry

I have years of experience tutoring various math classes with excellent results, and geometry is no exception! I can help you with calculations, graphing, and word problems pertaining to the following geometry concepts and more: (1) Lines (forms of a line, calculating slope, finding x and y intercepts, finding equations of a line that passes through a certain point and is parallel to or perpendicular to a certain line, solving systems of equations by graphing or algebraically via substitution or elimination methods, etc) (2) Angles (complementary and supplementary angles, vertical angles etc) (3) Parallel lines cut by a transversal (corresponding angles, alternate interior/exterior angles, same size interior/exterior angles, etc) (4) Triangles (equilateral, isosceles, right, acute, and obtuse triangles; perimeter and area of triangles; trigonometrically "special" right triangles; similar triangles; congruent triangles; triangle proofs; etc) (5) Circles (diameter, circumference, sectors area, arc length, circle proofs, etc) (6) Quadrilaterals (the properties of trapezoids, isosceles trapezoids, parallelograms, rectangles, rhombi, squares, and kites; perimeter and area calculations of these shapes; proofs involving these shapes; etc) (7) Polygons (irregular vs regular polygons, area of regular polygons, interior and exterior angles of regular polygons, apothem, rotational symmetry of regular polygons, etc) (8) Three-dimensional shapes (surface area and volume of cones, cylinders, spheres, pyramids, and prisms) (9) Shaded area problems (10) Perimeter and area of composite shapes (11) Constructions (12) Transformations (dilation, rotation, translation, and reflection) (13) Trigonometry basics (sine, cosine, tangent, etc)
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I love tutoring for SAT math! I have had students increase their SAT math score 100+ points in math after just two weeks of tutoring. I have experience tutoring the new SAT and can help you with both math sections (section 4, which allows the usage of a calculator, and section 3, which does not). I will quickly identify weak areas that need to be focused on. I am excellent at breaking down SAT math problems in a way that makes them easy to understand as well as helping students develop better critical thinking and problem solving skills. Because doing as many practice problems as possible and mock testing are both essential to preparing for any standardized examination, I utilize over 700 practice problems for the student to use. This includes 10 full-length exams that are directly from the test makers. For concept review and further practice, I have my own math curriculum and problem sets that I use in conjunction with other preparatory materials.
Writing

Writing

When applying to graduate school, especially competitive programs like medical school, the personal statement is a very big deal. When selecting a tutor to help you with your personal statement and application, be sure to select somebody with a great deal of experience and success stories behind their claims. Your future success, career path, and happiness are at stake here. MY EXPERIENCE: I discovered my talent doing admission essay work several years ago when a friend from college requested my help. She was applying to competitive MBA programs and had to explain a very rocky past and prior bad grades to. Some time after failing out of school (as a pre-med), she reinvented herself by switching majors and schools. While she had successfully finished her second major, we still had to convince the admissions committee to look beyond her past failure. I helped her create a wonderful “overcoming adversity” essay, a tale of her reinvention. My contribution to her application resulted in her acceptance with a 50% Merit-based scholarship. Motivated by the joy I derived from helping somebody achieve their aspirations, I started to pick up jobs writing and polishing admissions essay. In the past 4 years, I have gained a great deal of experience while helping people plan; draft, revise, and edit their personal statements. MY ABILITIES: My job is to help you win over your audience and I am adept at transforming your thoughts, words and stories into one unified, well-flowing, captivating story. I have helped many people find their voice, express their thoughts, and convey difficult topics effectively and concisely. Upon your request, I will send you multiple files showing my recent admission essay work. Each example contains the original outline/draft I was sent as well as the final product that the student submitted. NOTES: My Admissions essay services are considered “remote work.” If you hire me, you must understand that I work on your paper in my own time. I work during the evening when my toddler

Test Preparation

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I have been tutoring the ACT math and science sections for several years. ACT Math is one of my favorite subjects to tutor! Students that I work with often increase several points. I will quickly identify weak areas that need to be focused on. I usually assign homework to reinforce what we have worked on. I am excellent at breaking down ACT math problems in a way that makes them easy to understand as well as helping students develop better critical thinking and problem solving skills. Because doing practice problems and mock testing are both essential to preparing for any standardized examination, I have a huge collection of practice problems for the student to use. For standardized tests, I always encourage students to use the test maker’s materials. I have a large number of such ACT materials beyond those that are easily available (from the Real ACT prep Guide book and the 5 released tests). I have a “library” of ACT math problems separated and categorized. Suppose a student needs more work on probability questions during a session. We do not have to go hunting for relevant questions because I can easily pull the ones that only deal with probability. For concept review, I have my own ACT math curriculum that I use in conjunction with other preparatory materials.
ASVAB,

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!! :-)
GRE,

GRE

I have been tutoring the GRE math section for several years now, with very positive results. Most of my GRE students were admitted to their graduate school program of choice and some of them received full scholarships. I have helped students pursuing both master's and doctorate degrees including physical therapy doctorate programs, speech pathology programs, and more. Do NOT be intimidated if it has been a while since you took the relevant math classes (algebra 1, geometry, algebra 2, statistics, and some college algebra/precalculus material)! I am very effective at helping students relearn, review, and practice those several years worth of math classes in a relatively short timeframe. I also frequently help students who do not need a math refresher, but do need help with breaking down the trickier quantitative comparison ("quant comp") questions into understandable and doable problems. I can help you identify the ideal method to solve a particular question. For example, the guess and check approach is ideal with certain multiple choice questions, but this is definitely not always the case!
Regents,

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,

SAT Math

I love tutoring for SAT math! I have had students increase their SAT math score 100+ points in math after just two weeks of tutoring. I have experience tutoring the new SAT and can help you with both math sections (section 4, which allows the usage of a calculator, and section 3, which does not). I will quickly identify weak areas that need to be focused on. I am excellent at breaking down SAT math problems in a way that makes them easy to understand as well as helping students develop better critical thinking and problem solving skills. Because doing as many practice problems as possible and mock testing are both essential to preparing for any standardized examination, I utilize over 700 practice problems for the student to use. This includes 10 full-length exams that are directly from the test makers. For concept review and further practice, I have my own math curriculum and problem sets that I use in conjunction with other preparatory materials.
ACT English, ACT Reading, ACT Science, PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

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Knowledgeable, passionate and experienced tutor.

Words can't describe how grateful I am for all of Nikki's help. Writing personal statements can be very stressful, especially if time is limited. Nikki really helped me to organize my thoughts and establish a strong theme and flow throughout my essay. She really strives to understand the individual story that led you to your chosen field and helps to represent this in the best way possible. I met with many tutors before Nikki and was less than impressed with our meetings. After talking with Nikki I felt extremely content to move forward working with her. I could tell even after my first essay draft that she was not only much more experienced and has spent many years developing the qualities to become an extraordinary tutor, but that she also cares deeply for her students. I could completely trust that she was giving me her honest opinion which made me feel very confident in the outcome of my paper. She is a wonderful communicator, responds quickly to questions and returns drafts in a timely manner. With all of her experience she is a wealth of knowledge, but what I appreciated most about working with Nikki is her genuine passion for helping students succeed.

Megan, 1 lesson with Nicole

Words can't describe how amazing Nicole is

I have been using Nicole's assistance in helping me with my application essays. First off, I want to say thank you Nicole for your awesome work! She has been the best asset on Wyzant for me. She is kind, patient, intelligent, and caring. Nicole truly goes out of her way to make she has exceeded your expectations. Thanks again Nicole for everything you do!

John, 1 lesson with Nicole

Amazing tutor

“My fiancé is a dental student, and I found Nicole to help her with her dental school anatomy class. Due to COVID-19, my fiancé had an open book anatomy test covering the abdomen and head and neck. Nicole was able to help her with all of that material! She is amazing and smart and I would recommend her to anybody in medical or dental school who needs help with anatomy

Kevin, 1 lesson with Nicole

Anatomy

“My fiancé is a dental student, and I found Nicole to help her with her dental school anatomy class. Due to COVID-19, my fiancé had an open book anatomy test covering the abdomen and head and neck. Nicole was able to help her with all of that material! She is amazing and smart and I would recommend her to anybody in medical or dental school who needs help with anatomy

Kevin, 1 lesson with Nicole

Amazing and perfect!!

Nicole is an amazing tutor, I am not able to put into words how great she is!! She helped me with my grad school application, and she will understand your intentions and help you create an amazing essay written in such a beautiful way! If you are lucky to find her, please do not miss out! She is an amazing person and tutor, who has so much insight to both med school and grad school. Nicole is able to help you achieve a strong and holistic application because she knows how to write very well and she deeply understands the content she is writing! You'll be really lucky to have found her!

Soumya, 1 lesson with Nicole

Great lesson

My daughter found Nicole to be very helpful with her college Chemistry. She was able to explain some of the concepts that my daughter didn’t comprehend.

Kathy, 1 lesson with Nicole

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

Nicole really helped my daughter to understand pre-AP pre-calc/trig in a way that clicked. She made a huge difference in her semester tests, we just wish we had found her sooner. We liked her so much we recommended her to two other friends who also saw a complete change for the better in their class as well.

Jennifer, 4 lessons with Nicole

Patient and understanding

Was able to break down the material and provided different references until she understood and felt confident with the the material; extremely flexible on scheduling.

M, 25 lessons with Nicole

AMAZING!!

Nicole has a way of explaining math that doesn’t make it feel so intimidating to me. I was on the verge of tears before my exam and after only a couple sessions with her I feel MUCH more confident.

Patricia, 2 lessons with Nicole
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