What does a Learning Consultant Do?

We Specialize in Helping Students Become Independent Learners!

     I Help Students...

  • Improve Focus

  • Enhance Reading Comprehension

  • Take Productive Notes

  • Build Organization Skills

  • Study Effectively

  • Write Quality Research Papers 

  • Compose Creative College Essays

  • Learn English as a Second Language (ESL)

  Build Confidence



About Nicki...

I was not what most would consider a "good student" in high school.  I was happy with B's and tolerant of C's. My goal was to never have to take a book home.  If I didn't understand something, I gave up easily.  I never felt that I was smart enough to be in the accelerated classes- and worse I was never encouraged to even try.  It was not until I was a junior in college when I had my "aha" moment.  Things finally clicked- I figured out how to learn and how to study. That was the start of my becoming a life long learner. 


Several years after college, with kids of my own, I decided to switch my career to education.  When I think back I don't know how I did it- worked full time with small children and pursued a Masters Degree at the same time!  I've been a middle school and high school teacher, a college professor (both traditionally and online), and have tutored many students along the way. Ironically becoming a classroom "teacher" wasn't really my goal, it was more a path that I took to be able to understand and focus on ways that students learn- or don't.  


After twenty years of teaching experience, I am concentrating my efforts on helping individual students learn.  I am convinced that most of us can overcome the small barriers that have prevented us from reaching our full potential: lack of focus, poor organization, ineffective study habits, etc...  My goal is to help each client reach their own "aha moment" 


A longtime Madison CT resident, Nicki currently resides in Clinton CT.   


Nicki "had the best tips and tricks for how to study and process the information... I wouldn't have made it through AP US History without her!" Hannah, former Daniel Hand High School student

"...This was one of the most interesting classes that I have taken."   Monica, Charter Oak College student

"We are so fortunate to have such a creative and devoted professor...Your exceptional dedication and enthusiasm are truly amazing!"  Aileen Dever, Ph.D., Quinnipiac University

"Thank you Nicki for all you do for (my son) and thank God for your patience!!" Kathy, mother of North 

Branford High School student

"I just wanted to thank the Professor ...for the fantastic experience of learning in this course" Gina, Charter Oak College student

"You made a real difference for (my daughter)!"  Emily, mother of Daniel Hand High School student

"Thanks mom for preparing me so well that I didn't need any help in High School!" My daughter Marcie, former Hopkins School student


My Suggestions 

(see "Good Reads" for more)

Dweck, Carol S. “The Secret to Raising Smart Kids Scientific American, www.scientificamerican.com/.

Goldhill, Olivia. “The Concept of Different ‘Learning Styles’ Is One of the Greatest Neuroscience Myths.” https://qz.com/585143/the-concept-of-different-learning-styles-is-one-of-the-greatest-neuroscience-myths/

 "Memories of Errors Foster Faster Learning.” www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/08/140814191352.htm

"What Do Anxious Teens Need"   https://www.gse.harvard.edu/uk/anxiety

“My Brilliant Brain"   https://youtu.be/2wzs33wvr9E

Rix, Juliet. “How Anxiety Scrambles Your Brain and Makes It Hard to Learn.”  https://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/nov/21/how-anxiety-scrambles-your-brain-and-makes-it-hard-to-learn

Go to the "Good Reads" page for more good books and articles

CONTACT Me For Learning Consultation


Nicki Dakis

153 Glenwood Road

Clinton, CT   06413


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Some good thoughts...

"Lifelong learning starts at school. As a rule, education should not be narrowly vocational. The curriculum needs to teach children how to study and think. A focus on “metacognition” will make them better at picking up skills later in life."

(This, Reuse. “Equipping People to Stay Ahead of Technological Change.” The Economist (US), 14 Jan. 2017.)

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."            (Benjamin Franklin)

"Why aren't students learning about (learning) best strategies?... Curricula are developed to highlight the content that teachers should teach, so...the emphasis is what students need to learn, whereas little emphasis-if any-is placed on training students how they should go about learning the content." (Dunlosky, John. "Strengthening the Student Toolbox." American Educator, Fall, 2013.)

"Children must be taught how to think, not what to think"

(Margaret Mead)

"A student today who moves his attention rapid-fire from text-messaging to the lecture to Facebook to note-taking and back again may walk away from the class feeling buzzed and alert, with a sense that he has absorbed much more of the lesson than he actually has."  (Weineck, Silke-Maria, et al. “Scholars Turn Their Attention to Attention.” Chronicle.com, The Chronicle of Higher Education, www.chronicle.com/.)

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were  to live forever".  (Mahatma Gandhi)