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Joyce D.

A tutor who admires and secretly loves languages and literature

Cupertino, CA (95014)

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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.

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Joyce’s subjects

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


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!

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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: $65.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

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

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