Nicole Andrea Porcaro
Nicole Andrea Porcaro (Nikkee) has been a fixture on the college admissions scene for over six years. She left a successful career as an elite test preparation instructor at a large test preparation company in order to launch N.A.P. International. For the past few years, she’s also been assisting students, both domestically and internationally, with the college application process, helping to earn her students admission and scholarships to some of the top universities in the country. Check out the results/testimonials below for more on this!
Nikkee believes that personalized help is the best kind of help. While many large companies make grandiose claims (and have grandiose price tags to match), Nikkee gets to know each and every one of her clients, listens to their goals and formulates a plan to help them achieve those goals. Constant communication and a shared vision to help a student get to where he or she wants to be lead to the success No Anxiety Prep has consistently delivered.
Nikkee graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and a concentration in Sociology. She completed a citation in the College Park Scholars honors program and competed for the nationally-ranked Maryland Club Gymnastics team throughout college. She is the first in her family to graduate from college, as well as to receive a Master’s degree. After working in the worlds of promotional modeling and journalism for a few years (including stints at NBC and ESPN), Nikkee received her Master’s of Science in Education in Teaching Language and Literacy, Grades 6-12, from Kaplan University, graduating summa cum laude. She is a member of many honor societies, including the Golden Key International Honor Society, and participates in the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Italian Cultural Society as well as numerous social sports leagues. She is also an avid amateur trapeze artist, performing in multiple shows in Washington, D.C. each year, and enjoys traveling the world; so far she’s been to all seven continents and twenty countries!
Nicole operates out of Silver Spring, Maryland, but works with clients all over the D.C. area and with international and distance clients via Skype.
Our Wonderful Prep Tutors
Scott Hussey graduated from Leicester University, U.K., with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Chemistry (with specialism study in Organic Chemistry and Oncology). He followed this with a Post-Graduate qualification in Education in 1992. After teaching chemistry in the UK for ten years, he moved to America in 2001. He has spent the last ten years teaching and tutoring science and chemistry in the D.C. area. Having grown up in America and the UK, Scott is very familiar with both education systems and is experienced with IGCSE, A Level and IB Chemistry, as well as first-year college level. Scott’s main passions include working out at the gym and playing rugby, and he has been a member of a local team for four years.
Camila is an undergraduate student at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, working towards her BA in Psychology and will be moving forward to receiving her PhD in Clinical Psychology. She has an affinity with working with younger kids as she acts as our Middle Education Expert but will be specializing in adolescent clinical work. In her off time she enjoys participating in musical theatre performances and primarily works with Wildwood Summer Theatre where she acts as a member of the Board of Directors and well as the Director of Public Relations. Camila tutors SAT, ACT, SSAT and Executive Functioning and Organization.
Nate Ycas has been tutoring ever since he graduated from the University of Maryland in December 2011. He majored in Biology - Ecology and Evolution, and also took extensive courses in Linguistics. When tutoring, Nate has found that students have amazing depth and diversity of thought, and that learning has a unique way of empowering students, even if they're just learning the Pythagorean Theorem! He specializes in SAT/ACT test prep and high school science and math topics. When he's not tutoring, Nate can be found biking around the D.C. metro area, making good use of his library card, and looking for the area's best bakeries.
Marzi Branyan graduated from Sandy Spring Friends School in 2017, and will be attending the University of Washington in the Honors Program this fall with the intended majors of neurobiology and special education. She enjoys everything from trigonometry to physiology to American literature, and took every Advanced Placement history class that her high school offered. In her spare time, Marzi teaches and performs flying trapeze and circus arts. After spending several years teaching and tutoring students in kindergarten through eighth grade, Marzi is excited to continue tutoring with No Anxiety Prep!
Nayeem graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook with a B.S. in Biology with honors. He has lived in New York City for the most of his life and has worked with many diverse student backgrounds while tutoring and mentoring students from NYC’s specialized high school. He has a love for science, majoring in biomedical sciences ever since high school. After receiving his B.S., he went on to pursue research in fields of neurological and psychiatric disorders. In his pursuit of medicine, Nayeem received a M.S. in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University and is currently a first-year medical student at Georgetown School of Medicine. His current interest lie in neurosurgery/neurology with the hopes of contributing towards the clinical understanding of the brain. In his spare time, Nayeem enjoys drawing, weightlifting, running, and boxing.
Elisabeth (Liz) Bragale is No Anxiety Prep's Business Development Associate and Administrative Assistant. She is in her final year at McGill University, thanks to No Anxiety Prep, studying English Literature and Sociology. When not studying, Liz holds numerous managing and producing roles for theatre companies on campus and in the D.C. area. Most notably, she is on the Board of Directors for the Wildwood Summer Theatre company and is their current Director of Development.
Kathy is a sophomore accounting major at University of Maryland. She is currently pursuing both bachelor's and master's degree in accounting and hope to gain her CPA after that. Before settling down in Maryland, she has lived in Taiwan, China, and Singapore. She graduated from an international high school in China top of the class and with an IB Diploma in 2016. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering and has been volunteering regularly at various homeless shelters in DC as well as running an after-school program for students of Paint Branch Elementary.
Brandon is a Virginia licensed attorney and the Assistant Director of Admissions and Enrollment Analytics at the University of Richmond School of Law. He received his bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Maryland and his Juris Doctor from Richmond Law. Prior to beginning law school, Brandon worked in news production at WVEC-TV and at the Virginia Zoo, both in Norfolk, VA. In his spare time, Brandon enjoys officiating local sports, watching movies, and playing trivia with his friends.
Joseph Murray, originally from central Pennsylvania, graduated from the University of Alabama in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics and Mathematics. He is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Maryland, where he focuses on theoretical astroparticles and computer simulations. As part of his employment responsibilities, he instructs classes in undergraduate physics and writes computer simulations for NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center. He tutors students in all levels of physics and math.
Nicole Mair graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Physiology and Neurobiology and a minor in Spanish Language and Cultures. She will be attending medical school this fall, where she intends to focus on Primary Care. She is currently on the national board for the nonprofit organization UAID, working to alleviate health inequities. She also works in refugee resettlement in the Silver Spring area with the nonprofit ECDC. In college, she enjoyed working in an urgent care clinic, conducting neuroscience research, student teaching physics courses, playing intramural soccer, and singing in a multicultural a capella group. Nicole has loved tutoring with No Anxiety Prep for the past several years! She tutors math, science, Spanish, SAT, ACT, DAT, and MCAT.
Nikkee is a fabulous teacher. She is passionate, intelligent, and truly cares about each student's score improvement. She not only helped me improve my scores, but also helped me improve my confidence. I walked into the test feeling strong, and positive. My score improved 550 points between my first test and my final score. Overall Nikkee taught me how to confidently conquer the test and to create a positive atmosphere surrounding the SAT.C.M., Alexandria, VA
Nikkee was quite helpful, even though we were "long distance". Nikkee, whom I met in Italy, gave excellent advice to find a college that "fit" my child's academic interests and campus living criteria, and encouraged my daughter to be upbeat and think positively when approaching her common application. She also described how transferring after freshman year could be a strategic way eventually to find the right "fit". She encouraged my daughter to write from the heart and in her own voice.Parent of C., Rome, Italy
No Anxiety Prep’s tutors are highly effective, thoughtful, and flexible mentors. My son responded so strongly to his tutor’s sincerity and positive attitude. I saw marked improvements not only in his test scores, but in his grades in school, and his overall outlook toward the future.H.R., Bethesda, MD
Nikkee played an integral role in my college admissions process. She not only helped keep me on track with all the essays but she also boosted my confidence. Nikkee does her research and always came prepared. I was so fortunate to have her help and expertise.R.A., Rockville, MD
Nikkee was the biggest support I had when applying to college and I owe everything to her. Having grown up with two parents who did not know much about college it was hard for me because I was really on my own. However, Nikkee made a huge difference. Originally only supposed to read over my essays, she took it upon herself to help me research different colleges and help me apply for every single school; I can never thank her enough. She did more than just help me academically. She also was a person that I could call at anytime if I had questions or even just to talk because I was stressed. Thanks to her I got into my first choice school and have never looked back!C.G., Poolesville, MD
Without a doubt, the best tutor I've ever had. Alexan effectively taught me what I needed to know to take the SAT in a clear and concise manner. Thanks to his constant enforcement and encouragement, I scored 400 points higher on my second SAT and as a result I am now going to one of the top 30 colleges in the nation.S.R., Potomac, MD
Nicole M. was the perfect tutor for me because she was laid back but knew how to push me just enough. She is the smartest tutor I’ve ever had, and her positivity and emphasis on being prepared allowed me to go into my ACT without fear and score over a 30.L.J., Fairfax, VA
"((Student)) got a letter in the mail from Yeshiva University congratulating (student) on becoming a Dean's Scholar. Thank you very much to them for the always helpful scholarship and THANK YOU as well!!!!!!"C.B., Silver Spring, MD
- Nikkee Porcaro made studying for the SAT enjoyable – and I’m not kidding. After attempting the test twice, I was very unsatisfied with one area of the test and began looking for ways to improve my score. I met with many tutors before finding Nikkee and was growing increasingly frustrated and impatient about my stagnant, mediocre scores. When someone recommended Nikkee to my mom and I, I was very reluctant to meet with her as other tutors were bland and boring, and I was starting to believe I would have to settle for my original scores. After the first meeting with the bubbly, enthusiastic Nikkee, she had changed my entire attitude about the test and instilled a newfound confidence about defeating the SAT. Rather than dreading tutoring sessions with Nikkee as I would with any other tutor, the hour with her felt like ten minutes and I left feeling much less stressed. Because she was so incredibly helpful with the SAT, I also sought her help with my college essays. While writing is my worst nightmare and it can take me days to write short essays, I was able to compose a complete supplement essays in one sitting. She also sparked unparalleled creativity in me for my Common Application essay of which I was very proud. Without her tremendous help, my college application process would have been a disaster and I would still be unhappy with my SAT scores. Additionally, I still use the tools she taught me for writing now and believe she was the reason why English class in college was a breeze for me when it was always a challenge for me in high school.
- Thanks again so much for all of your assistance leading up to the LSAT and submitting my applications. I was accepted at Catholic and American and both schools offered me approximately $100k in scholarships. Y'all's help was invaluable throughout this process!J.D., Washington, D.C.
While nothing is guaranteed in the often unpredictable world of college admissions, N.A.P. International has helped students gain undergraduate AND graduate admittance and/or scholarships to many of the top schools (and their honors programs) in the country, including but not limited to the following institutions:
- Agnes Scott College
- American University
- Arizona State University
- Bard College
- Barnard College
- Beloit College
- Binghamton University (SUNY)
- Boston College
- Brandeis University
- Bucknell University
- California Lutheran University
- Clemson University
- College of Charleston
- Columbia University
- Cornell University
- DePaul University
- Dickinson College
- Drexel University
- Duke University
- Earlham College
- Eckerd College
- Elon University
- Fairleigh Dickinson University
- Fordham University
- Franklin College (Switzerland)
- Furman University
- Emory University
- Georgetown University
- George Mason University
- George Washington University
- Guilford College
- Harvard University
- Haverford College
- Hofstra University
- Indiana University
- James Madison University
- Kenyon College
- Lehigh University
- Loyola University (MD)
- Miami University of Ohio
- Michigan State University
- The New School (NYC)
- New York University
- Occidental College (Part of the Claremont McKenna consortium)
- Ohio State University
- Pennsylvania State University
- Pitzer College (Part of the Claremont McKenna consortium)
- Princeton University
- Purdue University
- Queens College
- Richmond, The American International University in London
- Rutgers University
- Salem College
- Santa Clara University
- Simmons College
- Stern College
- Stetson University
- St. Mary’s University
- Stony Brook University (SUNY)
- Swarthmore College
- Syracuse University
- Towson University
- Tufts University
- Tulane University
- University of Arizona
- University of California, Los Angeles
- University of California, San Diego
- University of Chicago
- University of Colorado
- University of Georgia
- University of Illinois
- University of Maryland, Baltimore County
- University of Maryland, College Park
- University of Miami
- University of Michigan
- University of North Carolina-Asheville
- University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of the Pacific
- University of Pittsburgh
- University of Redlands
- University of Southern California
- University of South Carolina
- University of Tampa
- University of Texas-Austin
- University of Vermont
- University of Virginia
- University of Wisconsin
- Virginia Tech
- Wake Forest University
- Washington College
- Washington University (St. Louis)
- Wesleyan University
- Westminster College
- West Virginia University
- Xavier University
- Yale University
- Yeshiva University (New York and Israel campuses)
*Due to confidentiality concerns, we tend not to disclose specific scores or scholarship offers our students receive on our website. However, please check our FAQs section below for more information on score increases.*