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I have an extremely varied background which makes my style of teaching and communicating interesting. I am an English Literature major and love English. I’ve done teaching in conventional and non-conventional milieus. I am especially adept with grammar, vocabulary, reading, composition as well as enhancing the students' study skills. I can offer some good time management strategies as well. I've worked as editor, taught, done plenty of writing, and have been involved with the United Nations as their Consultant for UNICEF. All this and my travels have made me versatile with different students and children.

My teaching style includes adherence to the fundamentals along with putting things in perspective. Learning and school is not hard if it includes references and examples from history and life. For younger kids, I make studying easy by explaining and letting the students figure out things by themselves. Basically my motto is that consistency with work takes the pressure off the student to do things at the last minute. Another way is to take the best from the students and build around it. No matter what others say, it is still cool to be knowledgeable and do well in whatever one is required to do. In short, it is to be the best you can be.

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Joyce’s subjects

English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Phonics
Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Grammar


I am a seasoned English Instructor and have been doing it for many years. As I know a few languages, I understand the difficulty with learning the English language considering its erratic grammar, pronunciation and other rules. Nonetheless it's a beautiful language and a universal one, a language that gets you by in any part of the world! Learning English from me will be pleasant and fruitful experience. For young adults and adults, I make it interesting by combining learning with your experiences, history, culture and humor. I have taught students with Hispanic, Polish, German and other backgrounds. You will learn English with relish and enthusiasm. I adhere to the fundamentals and make the process pleasant.


My first formal teaching was done for ESL/ESOL. It was really interesting to be with different age groups. The most surprising thing was that most ESL students had a fairly good grasp of grammar but had difficulty in speaking the English Language. I totally empathized with this because I do understand English with its erratic grammar can be very frustrating and confusing. I however did my best to explain through examples and role plays. I emphasized on speaking the language even if it was not perfect.

I grew up with English and my interest, education, and voracious reading has made it my forte. I genuinely like the language, love teaching and writing. It is perhaps the different nuances and the different origins that add to its mystery. More than all of this, ESL students come in all shapes and varieties and one does get a good picture of cultural diversity.


I am proficient in Hindi language - reading, writing, and speaking. With my system of efficient teaching, which makes language learning fast and easy. I have a Bachelor's in Hindi along with English as well as an MA in Communications. With my proficiency in Hindi/Urdu and English, the process of learning Hindi language is rendered simple. I am particular about its pronunciation, sound, accent, and grammar.

Hindi is a phonetic language with its basis in the oldest language of Sanskrit; it is considered a part of the Indo-Aryan group. It is spoken primarily in India and in a mixed form with Urdu (Hindustani) in the countries of Pakistan, Nepal, BanglaDesh and the region of South East Asia. The script is written from left to right and appears hanging from a line. It has been influenced and enriched by Persian, Turkish, Farsi, Arabic, Portuguese, and English. Hindi is also closely related to Bengali, Punjabi and Gujarati. A good knowledge of Hindi is therefore likely to be useful to anyone having an interest in the countries of South Asia or in the numerous South Asian communities of the world.

There are no particular difficulties in the study of the language. Hindi inherited its writing system from Sanskrit. The script, Devanagari, is extremely logical and therefore straightforward and easy to learn. Pronunciation is easy because, unlike English, letters are always pronounced exactly the same way. It is the official language of India, and the common second language of Mauritius, Fiji, Trinidad, Guyana and Surinam.


Reading and Writing are important components of learning any language. In fact, it is reading that stabilizes one's learning, expands the imagination and enhances your vocabulary. Accompanying reading with Writing helps make one's thoughts and feelings concrete through words. Reading opens your mind to a plethora of scenarios, shows you different ways of expressing yourself and allows you to wander in the realm of imagination. Once you are ready with that, it is writing that takes over and arranges in a specific order your multitude of thoughts and feelings.

The best approach is to begin it. Find what interest you, head to the Library, talk to friends about books they have enjoyed and why, take suggestions from teachers for a list of appropriate books and also look up the Internet. Next is to select a place, get comfortable and turn off distractions like TV and web browsing. Voila, you are on your way to reading and letting your imagination soar. The more you read, the better you will get with your vocabulary and writing as well. Select topics that interest you in both fiction and non-fiction. As an added bonus, find out about the writers and authors and how they began. Have fun.

I will be the best teacher for Reading because simply put, I love books and reading. After a few sessions with me, you will emerge an excellent Reader. You will also experience a big improvement in your writing skills. Most importantly, you will see the world around you differently. That is the power of Reading!

Study Skills

I have a Master's Degree in Communications and Theory. I have my Bachelor's Degree in Literature with a minor in Writing and Composition. My combined education and work experience put me in an excellent position for Tutoring in Study Skills. A Diploma in Alternative Treatment and Homeopathy has made me proficient in recognizing attention disorders, anxiety, and lack of concentration. This combined with my knowledge of breathing exercises (yoga) have helped young adults and adults show a tremendous improvement in their levels of study and work habits.

Study skills are a combination of work, concentration, work habits, study habits, and an efficient use of resources and time. With improved study skills, students can certainly gain better grades and do well in their studies.

Study Skills require a few tenets that help toward better use of time and effort. It is an efficient time management which allows for an individual to gain a better perspective to improve their grades. Some of them are:

1. Organization of time
2. Organization of space especially work or study
3. Learning ways to improve concentration
4. Use of skills like breaking up tasks into smaller modules.
5. Identifying points of distraction.
6. Reducing noise and other distractions.
7. Learning and practicing skills of concentration to stay focussed on the task ahead.
8. Planning in advance.
9. Being prepared with extra options.
10.Designating place of study.
11. Rewarding yourself for accomplishing something you set out to do.

Improved study skills result in better grades, better concentration, improved accomplishments, reduction in stress, and a general feeling of well being. Study skills are specially important in today's times because of the constant bombardment of computers, phones, and videos. It is important that students and interested adults practice proper study skills so that they can accomplish what they want to do in the given time. After all, we all have limited hours in a day. Study Skills allow people to reach their goals.


Writing is an important component of learning any language. In fact, it is writing that stabilizes one's learning. Writing helps make one's thoughts and feelings concrete. It is the process that arranges in a specific order our multitude of thoughts and feelings. The best approach is to begin it. Select a place, get your writing instruments or get on the computer, make an outline, put the most important points down, let your imagination soar and voila you're on your way to writing. Write from the heart. Write how you feel. Write with passion. Have fun. I will be the best teacher for writing because simply put - I am a Writer, and you will be too.

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Delhi university (English Literature)

Mass Communication Res Center (Master's)

British Institute of Homeopathy (Master's)

Great tutor — Joyce is a fantastic tutor. She helped me prepare for my interview process. She always varied when tutoring between writing, reading and speaking activities, which really helped me to improve my language ability. Joyce was fun, energetic and always open to adapting her lessons to my needs. She has helped me to formulate very precisely all my writing and editing for my papers. I was lucky to work ...

— Margarita, Skokie, IL on 10/15/13

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