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Joyce D.

Cupertino, CA

$75/hr

A tutor who admires and secretly loves languages and literature

Usually responds in about 7 hours

A tutor who admires and secretly loves languages and literature

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I believe in interactive tutoring sessions. I have been teaching and tutoring English, Psychology and foreign languages since 1995. My greatest success with my tutees has come about through listening and appreciating their input and the integrity of their ideas.

My years as an undergraduate and graduate student at UC Berkeley and UC Davis stressed the Socratic method of teaching. That is, the instructor and the student constructively argued his or her points of view, while listening, appreciating, absorbing, and remaining open-minded to adversarial ideas. This is the method I choose for tutoring my students.

I have also lectured in seminars in English and American Literature at the University of Nevada, Reno. With a group of fewer than ten students, I always encouraged students to express their ideas, and emphasized the importance of originality in thinking as well as accuracy and logic in research methods.

Testimonials

"Outgoing and skilled tutor "

- Nancy, Palo Alto, CA on 1/2/12

"Watch Out!"

- Pam, Mountain View, CA on 9/8/13
Joyce replied on 9/10/2013

Hello to future students whom I hope to tutor:
The above response was a misinterpretation by the student's Mother. I specifically told the parent - not once, not twice, but 3 times - that our initial meeting would be a NO charge IF the student and I were to discuss non-academic subjects, such as her favorite music, sports, movies, clothes, etc. But those discussions NEVER occurred. Instead, I attempted to teach the student elements of Literature: character analysis, theme, plot, figurative language, and the student stated she took notes on this purely ACADEMIC lesson. After 45 minutes, the parent wanted to end the session, as her daughter had totally lost interest, and I can only assume that, since the parent was privy to the entire lesson, she obviously knew that it was purely academic, not sports, not music,etc., and the parent did not wish to pay for the ACADEMIC lesson. Regards, Joyce

"Great English teacher but not much of SAT tutoring experience"

- Guna, San Jose, CA on 1/14/12
English:
ACT English, Bible Studies, English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary
Science:
Physiology, Psychology
Language:
French, Latin
History:
European History, Music History
Music:
Music History
Art:
Art History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Homeschool:
English,
French, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills
Test Preparation:
ACT English, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
French, Grammar, Latin, Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

English

I have concentrated on teaching Western Literature - Poetry, Drama, and Prose - since 1995.
I also prepare my students with an emphasis on writing, reading comprehension, and critical analysis skill-building.
In addition, analysis and understanding of modern British Poetry is a subject upon which I place a great deal of emphasis and importance. Although this might appear difficult, I can assure you that we all have fun learning about Literature!
Regards
Joyce

university of California,Berkeley
San Franciso State University
Master's
University of California, Davis
Master's

Education

university of California,Berkeley

San Franciso State University (Master's)

University of California, Davis (Master's)

Outgoing and skilled tutor — Joyce tutors my son in analytical writing, vocabulary development and grammar at the high school level. She is skilled in helping him think more critically about his writing and essay development particularly related to literature. In addition, she shows interest in my son as a whole person which promotes his comfort in the tutoring relationship. Joyce quickly responds to emails, meets our sche ...

— Nancy, Palo Alto, CA on 1/2/12

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $75.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Joyce will travel within 20 miles of Cupertino, CA 95014.


About Joyce

I believe in interactive tutoring sessions. I have been teaching and tutoring English, Psychology and foreign languages since 1995. My greatest success with my tutees has come about through listening and appreciating their input and the integrity of their ideas.

My years as an undergraduate and graduate student at UC Berkeley and UC Davis stressed the Socratic method of teaching. That is, the instructor and the student constructively argued his or her points of view, while listening, appreciating, absorbing, and remaining open-minded to adversarial ideas. This is the method I choose for tutoring my students.

I have also lectured in seminars in English and American Literature at the University of Nevada, Reno. With a group of fewer than ten students, I always encouraged students to express their ideas, and emphasized the importance of originality in thinking as well as accuracy and logic in research methods.


Testimonials

"Outgoing and skilled tutor "

- Nancy, Palo Alto, CA on 1/2/12

"Watch Out!"

- Pam, Mountain View, CA on 9/8/13
Joyce replied on 9/10/2013

Hello to future students whom I hope to tutor:
The above response was a misinterpretation by the student's Mother. I specifically told the parent - not once, not twice, but 3 times - that our initial meeting would be a NO charge IF the student and I were to discuss non-academic subjects, such as her favorite music, sports, movies, clothes, etc. But those discussions NEVER occurred. Instead, I attempted to teach the student elements of Literature: character analysis, theme, plot, figurative language, and the student stated she took notes on this purely ACADEMIC lesson. After 45 minutes, the parent wanted to end the session, as her daughter had totally lost interest, and I can only assume that, since the parent was privy to the entire lesson, she obviously knew that it was purely academic, not sports, not music,etc., and the parent did not wish to pay for the ACADEMIC lesson. Regards, Joyce

"Great English teacher but not much of SAT tutoring experience"

- Guna, San Jose, CA on 1/14/12
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Education

university of California,Berkeley
San Franciso State University
Master's
University of California, Davis
Master's

Education

university of California,Berkeley

San Franciso State University (Master's)

University of California, Davis (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Cupertino, CA 95014

Joyce’s Subjects

English:
ACT English, Bible Studies, English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary
Science:
Physiology, Psychology
Language:
French, Latin
History:
European History, Music History
Music:
Music History
Art:
Art History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Homeschool:
English,
French, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills
Test Preparation:
ACT English, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
French, Grammar, Latin, Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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