Nicholas M.

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University of Zimbabwe
University of Natal, Durban, South Africa
Crossroads of Learning- Tutoring Foundations Program


University of Zimbabwe (Accounting)

University of Natal, Durban, South Africa (Master's)

Crossroads of Learning- Tutoring Foundations Program (Other)

About Nicholas

Hi students and parents!

Please accept my enthusiastic desire to help you and afford me an opportunity to share your joy in your or your children's academic success.

I am a qualified and certified tutor with ten years' tutoring experience. I have extensive experience in English (writing and reading), math, accounting, economics, business management, and business studies. I have helped students learn to analyze literature, write essays, understand mathematical formulas and how to apply them. I have also helped college students understand accounting methods, economic and management theories and their applications, and business studies, which literally covers most commercial topics, and helps students understand how all elements of business fit together.

I am also tutoring ESL/ESOL classes as a volunteer at World Relief-Fort Worth, where I am involved in teaching English (reading, writing, and speaking) to newly arrived refugees.

I and a holder of a Tutoring Foundations Program Diploma, an accounting degree, and a master's degree in management, and many other qualifications that have immensely helped me craft tutoring strategies, which have benefited my students for the past 10 years. In addition, I have extensive business experience spanning almost 30 years having worked as an accountant and a finance executive.

I have the passion and ability to work with children of all ages from kindergarten to college students.I have developed many strategies to help the various age groups succeed in understanding their subjects. For example, I designed a method for my math students whereby every math word problem is solved by drawing a diagram, which makes it easier for them to follow what's happening. This has made those who hated math love it. I also designed daily quizzes for my high school and college students specifically designed for exam preparation. Most of my students have excelled in their work and business careers.

Thank you for your precious time and consideration. I look forward to meeting and working with you to help you achieve your academic goals. Let's go to work.


Hi students and parents!

Please accept my enthusiastic desire to help you and afford me an opportunity to share your joy in your or your children's academic success.

I am a qualified and certified tutor with ten years' tutoring experience. I have extensive experience in
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Travels within 15 miles of Fort Worth, TX 76132
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Algebra 1,
Linear Algebra, Prealgebra
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Corporate Training:

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Accounting involves the study of the following: Financial Accounting which emphasizes how financial statements communicate information about the business corporation's performance and position for external use; and Management Accounting which gives emphasis to accounting for internal reporting and decision making by management of the corporation.The major elements of Management Accounting include cost behavior,cost analysis(giving birth to Cost Accounting),profit planning and control measures (giving birth to Budgeting).

I have tutored this subject for ten years mainly to college students at ZEDCO College and the University of Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe from 2000 to 2009. During my tutoring of this subject I also bring in almost thirty years of experience as an accountant and a finance executive which has immensely benefited my students when explaining to them the theoretical and practical aspect of accounting.I have received many messages from my students who are appreciating the help I gave them during their college days.

ACT English

ACT English is a test which contains 75 questions to be completed in 45 minutes. Six elements are included in the ACT English test: punctuation, grammar and usage, sentence structure (usage/mechanics); strategy, organization, and style (rhetorical skills. Students will learn the following: 1. Punctuation-study knowledge of the conventions of internal and and of sentence punctuation, with emphasis on the relationship between punctuation and meaning; 2 .Grammar and usage-study the agreement between subject and verb ,between pronoun and antecedent and between modifiers and the word modified, verb formation, pronoun case, formation of comparative and superlative, adjectives and adverbs,and idiomatic usage. 3. Sentence structure-understanding of relationship between and among clauses, placement of modifiers, and shifts in construction. 4. Strategy-how well you develop a given topic by choosing expressions appropriate to an essay's audience and purpose, judging the effect of adding, revising or deleting supporting material, and judging the relevance of statements in context. 5. rganization-study how well to organize ideas and choose effective opening, tradition and closing sentences. 6.Style-how to select precise and appropriate words and images, maintain the level of style and tone in an essay, manage sentence elements for rhetorical effectiveness, and avoid ambiguous pronoun references, wordiness and redundancy.
I have taught this subject to dozens of students in Zimbabwe since 2003 seeking to enroll in US colleges and universities.

ACT Reading

The ACT reading test is comprised of 40 questions to be answered in 35 minutes. The questions are designed to test the student's reading comprehension abilities. The student is asked to read four passages and answer questions that show student's understanding of what is directly stated and statements with implied meanings. The reading test is based on four types of reading questions: social studies, natural sciences, rose fiction, and humanities.
1. Social Studies- Questions in this category are based on passages in the content area of anthropology, archeology biology, business, economics, education, geography, history, politics, science, psychology, and sociology.
2. Natural Sciences-Questions in this category are based in the content areas of anatomy, astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, ecology, geology, medicine, meteorology, microbiology, natural history, physiology, physics, technology, and zoology.
3. Prose Fiction-Questions in this category are based on intact short stories, or excerpts from short stories or novels.
4. Humanities-Questions in this category are based on passages from memoirs and personal essays and in the content areas of architecture, art, dance, ethics, film, language, literary criticism, music, philosophy, radio, television, and theater.
I have been helping private students in this subject since 2002 in Harare, Zimbabwe who were seeking educational opportunities in US colleges and universities.

Algebra 1

Algebra is about finding the unknown or it is about putting real life problems into equations and then solving them.In a lot of cases we go straight into the rules, procedures and formulas, forgetting that these are real life problems being solved.

Based on the principles of arithmetic,Algebra uses symbols to create generic solutions that work in a variety of cases.In Algebra 1 students learn how to draw graphs of straight lines and parabolas and also learn the shapes of graphs for many types of equations.Statistics, probability and a small amount of geometry are included at this stage.Algebra develops student thinking,especially logic patterns,problem solving, deductive and inductive thinking.

I have tutored this subject for ten years at the Zimbabwe Distance Education College(ZEDCO)and most of my students developed a strong liking of the subject to the extent they ended up being programmers and engineers.


Economics is the social science that studies and analyzes the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services in an economy. The focus of studying economics is to understand how economic agents behave and how economies work. There are two major components of economics: Microeconomics which studies the behavior of basic economic elements like households and firms, and buyers and sellers; and Macroeconomics which studies the behavior of the entire economy and issues affecting it like inflation, unemployment, monetary and fiscal policy and economic growth. Other topics studied in economics include capitalism vs. socialism,economic development of poor countries, pollution and global warming, energy policy, national defense, international trade and finance, social security and other government policies such as deregulation of electricity ,the minimum wage,agricultural price systems,and rent control.
I have been teaching this subject for nearly ten years since 2002 to students from local colleges like ZEDCO College, the Zimbabwe Institute of Management and the University of Zimbabwe, in Zimbabwe .Some of my students have made it into commercial law, politics, education and consulting.
After having witnessed the collapse of the Zimbabwean economy between 2001 and 2009, with inflation reaching five hundred billion percent, local currency collapsing,shortages of goods and services,collapse of the education and the health sector, and unemployment reaching over 95 percent, I have a complete study case for teaching economic students the behavior of economic elements of production, distribution and consumption in such an economy. This study case has helped my students completely understand this subject which a lot of students seem not too eager to pursue.

Elementary Math

Elementary Math introduces all topics from algebra,analysis,arithmetic calculus,geometry,and number theory that are taught from 1st to 12th grade levels(primary and secondary).

At the end of this course students would have learned pre-algebra and numbers,algebra and proofs,developing fractions,ratios, proportions,percentages and rates,measurements and the metric system,area and perimeter,volume, surface area and density, basic probability and statistics,linear and quadratic equations,congruence and similarity, Pythagoras theorem, and lines and angles.

I have ten years experience teaching this subject to students 1st grade through 12th grade North Park School,Gateway School and many other in Zimbabwe and to private students in the,US.


Learning the English language involves learning reading, spelling, vocabulary, writing and speaking. Learning English is designed to help students become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts and to become skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. The primary objective of learning English is to enable students write effectively and confidently across all their subjects they are studying at school. Learning how to read, the vocabulary and speaking enables the student debate any issues with confidence.

I developed a number of strategies to teach this subject and one of which was to ask a student narrate a story of interest to him in his life and then ask him to write his story.That way I way able to compare what he said and what he has written to compare whether the story is the same,while at the same time checking his vocabulary development, spelling and writing techniques.That way students improved in their grasp of English by narrating and writing about something of interest to them.

I have tutored for a period of ten years from 2001to 2009 at North Park School, Gateway School and many other schools in Harare, Zimbabwe and also to private students in Fort Worth,USA.


Grammar is that part of the English Language the study of which makes students gain a clearer understanding of how the language works and in the process gain a greater control over the way they shape words into sentences and sentences into paragraphs.In other words grammar is a set of rules that describe the structure of expression. This includes the structure of words,phrases,clauses,and sentences.In the process students learn how to use various types of nouns, pronouns,verbs,adverbs,adjectives,prepositions, conjunctions and determiners.

I have taught this part of the English language for ten years at North Park School,Gateway School and many others in Harare, Zimbabwe.I broke the fear of the mere mention of the above elements by developing a glossary of grammatical and rhetorical terms accompanied by examples for students to read daily until they understood what nouns or pronouns or verbs etc meant.


Pre-algebra is a subject that introduces basic information on: whole numbers, integers, fractions, decimals, powers, exponents and roots, percentages, powers and square roots, expressions and equations, ratios and proportions, geometry (perimeter and circumference, finding areas, volumes and working with right angles), measurements (lengths, weights, capacities and time), graphing (rectangular coordinate plane, plotting points and lines on the coordinate plane, graphing linear equations,defining horizontal and vertical lines, finding intercepts, finding the slope lines and solving systems of linear equations).
I have over ten years teaching this subject. I have tutored at North Park School, Gateway School and other surrounding schools in Harare,Zimbabwe and in the US to private students in Fort Worth. I developed a number of methods to make the subject easy to understand for the young minds, chief of which was to make sure every problem to be solved is accompanied by a diagram regardless of how easy it seemed. Diagrams makes it easy for students to follow the logic of solving a problem.


Reading is the process of identifying and understanding the meaning of characters and words in written or printed material.The objective is to make sure the student reads a passage, story or book and be able to interpret or understand the situation of something that has been said. This involves the proper pronunciation of words,which would lead to the proper understanding of the story.Reading leads the student learn the technique of where to lower or raise the voice by identifying the comma, full stop and the exclamation marks.

I have been involved in teaching this part of the English language for the past ten years and have witnesses students excel in their reading techniques.I have tutored this subject to students at North Park School,Gateway School and other surrounding schools in Harare, Zimbabwe. I have also tutored private students in Fort Worth since 2010.

SAT Reading

SAT Reading questions are designed to test the student's ability in sentence completion and reading comprehension.
Sentence completion: questions account for about 25% of the marks. Each question contains one or two blanks and the student has to find the best answsr choice to make the sentence complete.
Reading comprehension: questions test the student's ability to understand the passage and answer questions on the basis of what is stated or implied in the passage.
I have tutored this subject since 2002 in Zimbabwe to private students seeking college and university places in the US.

SAT Writing

SAT writing is composed of two sections, namely Essay and Grammar. Essay questions test the student's ability to write an essay and to correctly: use vocabulary(choice of words,variety in expression, spelling); use grammar (sentence structure, usage, punctuation); correct organization (logical structure, logical flow, paragraphing); correct content (suitability of points/examples/reasoning); length (assuming the student has spent the allowed time on the essay), and grammar questions which are designed to test the student's ability to do the following: identification of sentence errors, sentence correction (improving sentences), and editing in context (improving paragraphs).
My experience tutoring this subject goes back to 2002 in Harare, Zimbabwe when I started helping private students who were looking for college education opportunities in the US.


Spelling is the ability of students to spell those words they already understand and/or use in speaking, listening,and writing, but finding it difficult to spell them.Learning how to spell helps cement the connection between the letters and their sounds and learning high-frequency "sight words" to mastery levels helps both reading and writing.The more deeply and thoroughly a student knows a word, the more likely the student is to recognize it, spell it,define it and use it appropriately in writing and speech.Knowing how to spell a word brings a higher level of the sentence or passage not being subjected to misinterpretation.For a student to be able to spell a word, it is essential to identify the sound of the letters.Some words have the same rhyme which tend to confuse the student when trying to spell it. The best strategy is always to practice spelling.

I have been involved in tutoring this part of the English language to students for a decade at North Park School and Gateway in Harare, Zimbabwe and to private students in Fort Worth,US. As part of the English assessment test,I always include a section dedicated to spelling. I know students don't like that, but I have received many positive testimonials who now appreciate the toughness I subjected them back then.


Vocabulary is a study of words that are essential for academic and business success.Vocabulary is the basis of learning language and is strongly related to reading comprehension,intelligence and general ability.The aim of the subject is to encourage learning of new words to add to that what the student already knows. The best ways to encourage vocabulary development are: read to the student,read with the student,expose the student to plenty of reading materials(obviously taking into account the age of the student),talk with the student about thee environment around you,and encourage the student tell stories in his/her own words.

I have enjoyed tutoring this part of the English language for the past ten years with my students. I tutored students at North Park School and Gateway School in Harare,Zimbabwe.In my tutoring program in the subject is a section I call "Jaw breaker time". This is the time I encourage my students to come up with the new "big words" they would have come across during reading time. It is amazing to watch these students come up with new words everyday and how fast their vocabulary develops.


Writing is a method of representing language in visual or tactile form. Writing systems use sets of symbols to represent sounds of speech, and may also have symbols for such things as punctuation and numerals.For example A, b,c,d,E,!,? etc.
The purpose of teaching this subject is to allow students learn how to arrange letters,words and symbols in a systematic way so that they can communicate to the reader or listener(in the case what the student has written is being read) the correct and accurate message.This involves the use of grammar,spelling,vocabulary, punctuation, headings,layout,colors and graphic effects to make the message more clearer and organized.

I have taught this section of the English language for the past ten years at North Park School, Gateway School and some surrounding schools in Harare, Zimbabwe and to private students in Fort Worth,USA. Some of my students have made it in the corporate world either as reporters or corporate secretaries.

As part of learning how to write, I introduced a hand writing test every week which involves students learning how to shape letters when writing sentences, paragraphs, passages or stories. This makes them feel proud of what they are putting on paper and in the process encourages them to produce a well written sentence, paragraph or story.

University of Zimbabwe
University of Natal, Durban, South Africa
Crossroads of Learning- Tutoring Foundations Program


University of Zimbabwe (Accounting)

University of Natal, Durban, South Africa (Master's)

Crossroads of Learning- Tutoring Foundations Program (Other)

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