All of
Joyee’s current tutoring subjects are listed at the left. You
can read more about
Joyee’s qualifications in specific subjects below.
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.
I am confident that any native English speaker should be able to score in the 30s when taking the ACT English.
ACT Math
Math is the most versatile of the 5 subtests; there are a number of ways to approach many of the problems. Usually, the problem is more deeply seated than what seems to be a superficial problem. Often, the problems will date back to elementary school. This requires that a teacher has a firm founding of basic mathematics skills and knows how to pertain to the more advanced problems.
I work with only official test preparation material as the quality of these questions is unparalleled by any third party company.
I have taken the official exam on multiple occasions, and consistently get perfect scores on the Math section.
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
Most people freak out when they hear that the ACT tests science.
The truth is, it doesn't your knowledge of science 'concepts' but it doesn't test actual science.
Your goal here is to familiarize yourself with graphs, as well as experimental processes, as well as critical thinking.
I have a library of actual ACT science questions that we can work on together.
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!
Chinese
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
At Northwestern, I worked closely with the college admissions office as both an interviewer and an essay reader.
Since then, I have used my position as a test prep expert to help students prepare for more than just the test. To look at the SAT as an individualized entity is harmful more than it is helpful. Students truly need to consider the entire package throughout their 4-years at high school: AP classes, extracurriculars, supplemental education, outside passions.
I consult with students to make sure they are making the most use out of the 4-years in high school. The biggest mistake a student can make is to do what everybody else is doing while ignoring their own passions.
I help students approach the process of college admissions holistically, not statistically.
COOP/HSPT
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.
Geometry
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.
ISEE
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
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.
PSAT
The PSAT is the oft-overlooked little brother of the SAT. This is a mandatory exam, 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 Reading
Truth be told, this has been the hardest section for me to master. I've done passage after passage trying to understand the nuances of this SAT passage.
Finally, I stumbled upon one key idea that truly stuck with me and allowed me to finally get a perfect score in the Critical Reading section of the exam.
Let me work with you to help you through this process.
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!
Spanish
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.
Trigonometry
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.