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Joyee L.

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Interested in financial preparation for college? During the second weekend of November, I will be holding a seminar for families who are worried about the affordability of college. During this seminar we will discuss FAFSA, CSS, net price, gapping, and other financial concepts that are often overlooked during the college application process. Please contact me to reserve a spot.

My primary career is as an educational consultant. I devote over fifty hours a week to help my students succeed in high school and college through academic coaching, test preparation services, and college admissions counseling. When not teaching, I spend my 'work time' on curriculum design, lesson planning, visiting colleges, networking with college admissions officers. In fact, I am a member of the two largest national organizations of college admissions counselors.

I am a traditional tutor in that I help students learn things that they may not understand in a typical classroom setting. However, I employ many non-traditional approaches to tutoring, including bifurcated tutoring sessions, or flipped learning. My specialties are math and math-based science subjects, test preparation, and college admissions counseling. However, I have helped in many other courses of study.

If you are looking for a test preparation expert, please consider the information below:

I am one of very few tutors in the world who has received a perfect 36 on the ACT and a 2400 on the SAT. In addition to the fact that I sit for each official ACT and SAT exam (13 times a year), I have designed curricula and coordinated programs for many different organizations across the country. Many of my students come to me after having spent thousands of dollars at other companies -- Kaplan, Princeton Review, Revolution Prep, Elite, among others -- and, sadly, I am not surprised. Unlike most classroom programs, I work with students so that they can learn the foundations of why and how the test is structured so that they can gain a deeper understanding of the test prep that will not only be helpful for test day, but also for college.

In looking for the right tutor, you want to work with somebody who not only can help you with test scores, but somebody who can also help you plan your path to college. After all, good test scores are only part of the picture.

As a caveat, I only accept students who are willing to put in the time and effort required to become a master learner. Unfortunately, for most people, a change will not happen overnight, and you should not believe anybody who tells you they can do that.

My most recent success stories are below.
A. G. Sept '14 ACT - 25 to 30
B. F. Sept '14 ACT - 24 to 30
A. V. June '14 ACT - 22 to 29
L. A. June '14 ACT - 27 to 33
C. H. April '14 ACT - 24 to 30
J. P. Sept '13 ACT - 28 to 33
N.Z. June '13 SAT - 2060 to 2240
N.Z. June '13 ACT - 31 to 34
A.B. Sept '13 ACT - 18 to 27
E.T. Sept '13ACT - 23 to 28
R.S. Oct '13 ACT - 24 to 31
S.O. Nov '13 SAT - 2300!

Note: All tutoring takes place in my office in Laguna Hills.

Many clients have asked me about consulting services. Yes, I am Educational Consultant and I do help families navigate the college application process. Please read more in the subject qualifications to learn exactly what you need to know about College Admissions.

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Joyee’s subjects

ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Writing
ACT Science, Chemistry, Physics
Chinese, ESL/ESOL, French, Japanese, Spanish, TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Grammar
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Chemistry, English, ESL/ESOL, French, Geometry, Japanese, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Spanish, Statistics, Writing
Corporate Training:
Chinese, College Counseling, ESL/ESOL, French, GMAT, Grammar, Japanese, Spanish, Statistics

ACT English

ACT English is where most of my students make the largest score gains. Most of my students have a firm grasp of the English language, but when asked questions about how or why, they are understandably confused.

I shed some light on the common question types students will encounter on the test. By the time a student is done working with me, he or she will know the difference between a relative and reflexive pronoun, and will be able to separate prepositional phrases from participial phrases.

ACT Math

Of the 7 times I have taken the ACT, I have consistently gotten a perfect 36 every time on the math section.

There are many strategies and techniques that truly work on this test. In my analysis of over 30 real ACT practice tests, I can tell you in an instant if a certain type of question is a repeat offender or an anomaly.

One of my specialties when working with my higher-achieving ACT students is that I will combine SAT Math 2 tutoring with ACT Math tutoring. It is like getting twice as much tutoring for the same price!

ACT Reading

Unlike the SAT Reading Comprehension passages, you don't have time to leisurely read your passages.

I have a couple proven strategies that I teach my students so they aren't as pressed for time when taking the ACT Reading.

ACT Science

Like most students, I struggled with the ACT science portion at first. I had trouble understanding questions, and relating it to the confusing graphs.

Soon after my first attempt at the ACT science, I dissected the test into its foundational components and teach those to my students. We learn important vocabulary and sentence structure that makes the process of taking the test much easier and more straightforward.

Algebra 1

There are two ways to teach Algebra.

One is to teach each subject as an isolated idea. The other is to relate the ideas and show how they relate to each other.

The biggest problem I find with students is that they don't see the relationships between numbers, variables, and graphs. The truth is they are all related!

Algebra I and Geometry are the foundation for higher math. Without a strong foundation, subsequent levels of math will become frustratingly difficult.

Algebra 2

Like the course title implies, Algebra 2 must be done after a firm understanding of Algebra 1.

The reason most students do not do well at Algebra 2 is because they do not have a firm foundation and so they can't connect the dots between Algebra 1 and 2.

That's where I come in!


Calculus deals with the infinitesimally large and minute. The class deals with two fundamental ideas. I can help you master these ideas, which can be quite fun once mastered. Just ask me about my 100% AP Calculus pass rate -- maybe you can join that elite group of students!


Mandarin Chinese was my first language. I officially studied Chinese for two years when I was at Northwestern. I can help with basic conversational Chinese as well as characters and pinyin.

College Counseling

I am a member of several professional organizations that offer continuing educations for college admissions counselors. It is through these organizations that I have been able to network with college admissions officers from schools all around the country.

My specialties as a college admissions counselor are curating college lists, essay crafting, Division III Athletic Recruiting, Engineering, Performing Arts, Pre-medicine, Demonstrated Interest, Gap Year Programs.

In addition, I coach students through the four-years of college on scholarship, research, and leadership opportunities. With my assistance, students have received admission into schools like Princeton, Columbia, Georgetown, Northwestern, Berkeley, and Notre Dame, to name a few.

Furthermore, for those of you who are intimidated and confused by the financial aid process, have no fear! Every month, I bring in a financial aid professional to talk to all of my families about college affordability and leveraging merit to get the most money out of college. In addition, he talks about how families can leverage their assets to get the most of out FAFSA and CSS.


In addition to being a private tutor, I am the test preparation coordinator for a boutique company in Pasadena. We focus not only on College Admissions exams, but also High School exams including COOP and HSPT.


Did you know that all of geometry is based on Euclid's 5 axioms?

5 little tiny rules are the foundation of a year-long course that can leave a student frustrated and confused.

The truth is, everything is related to each other, yet that can get lost in translation of proofs, postulates, corollaries, and CPCTC.

Out of all the subjects, this is the subject that I get the most "ah hah!" moments out of.


In addition my immersion in the world of high school test preparation, I am also well-versed in GMAT preparation. The truth is that most of the GMAT is very similar to the SAT and ACT. What I use for my high school students easily applies to how to would structure your program.

As a further testament to resources you would have access to, I work closely with the genius behind GMATQuantum.


In addition to being a private tutor, I am the test preparation coordinator for a boutique company in Pasadena. We focus not only on college admissions exams, but also high school exams including ISEE.


Precalculus is actually my favorite subject to teach. This is where all forms of math converge into a ball of extremely interesting concepts. Whereas many teachers just throw random formulas at students, I work from the ground up, deriving each equation as they were originally discovered thousands of years ago.

Trust me, it's a powerful learning tool.


During my time as a math major, I took a year-long course in probability, during which we studied topics from basic probability all the way to distributions of continuous and discrete random variables.

In addition, I took the first actuarial exam, which tests your knowledge of probability, and received a 10/10 -- a score that less than 5% of test takers receive.


The PSAT is the oft-overlooked little brother of the SAT. This is a compulsory exam for many students, yet most fail to realize that it does have some importance, at least for some students.

A great score can qualify you for the NMSQT. Don't know what that is?
Just ask!

SAT Math

I am a curriculum writer for SAT Math. I am currently developing a program for a college counseling service in Pasadena.

When you choose me as a tutor for test preparation, you are not only employing the services of a test preparation expert, you also gain access to my library of 1000s of test questions.

I have literally spent hundreds of hours amassing and digitizing my collection. In addition, I have read every test book out there and know which ones are worth the money and which ones are complete bollocks.

SAT Reading

I have identified the key tools every student needs to become a discerning critical reader. Most students casually read when they take the test; I teach students how to effectively attack the reading section.

When you choose me as a tutor for test preparation, you are not only employing the services of a test preparation expert, you also gain access to my library of 1000s of test questions.

I have literally spent hundreds of hours amassing and digitizing my collection. In addition, I have read every test book out there and know which ones are worth the money and which ones are complete bollocks.

SAT Writing

While grammar is a necessity of speech, its function has escaped us. It isn't hard, just unfamiliar.

Once you familiarize yourself with the grammar, you'll see how easy it is.

The essay, on the other hand, can be quite a beast. There are still ways to ease the pain of the 25-minute rough draft. I have a pre-formatted essay structure that I use with my students. Instead of having to write an essay from scratch, you actually have a starting point!


I treat Spanish much like the way I treat math. To me, learning a language is like learning math. Everything has a formula that needs to be equalized. Furthermore, I teach Spanish from a language learner's point of view, since I had to learn the language myself.

My favorite part of Spanish is conjugating verbs. I think it's fun.


Over the past few years, I have stepped in to supplement the education of most AP Stats students in the Orange County area. I teach Statistics from a practical point of view, explaining the formulas so that students can apply them (instead of memorizing them).

For both school years ending in 2012 and 2013, all the students I helped in AP Stats were able to pass the AP exam.


Secant, Tangent, Cosine, Sine, 3.14159.

Trig isn't necessarily complicated, it's just a lot of facts to memorize and -- more importantly -- to understand. Memorization will only get you so far.

It's the understanding of why things happen in trig that will help you excel.

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Northwestern University (Mathematics, Theatre)

Northwestern University (Master's)

IECA Associate Member (Other)

Amazing Results! — This is to let you know how pleased we are with the results of your academic coaching and tutoring for our son. His college ACT score increased by 9 points – a 50% increase! It is clear that your skills and knowledge of this critical process were the keys to his success. These included focus on not only test content and homework assistance, but also on building a positive personal relationship ...

— Robert from Irvine, CA on 8/28/14

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Standard Hourly Fee: $75.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

In-office Tutoring only. Additional fees for test prep material. Diagnostic testing: $30 per test Discount for small groups.

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Joyee will travel within 20 miles of Laguna Hills, CA 92653.

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