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Agnes Scott College (French)
I hold two master's degrees -- one in applied mathematics, one in physics. I started teaching math in 1999. While many of the intervening years saw me as a part-time adjunct instructor of mathematics, I did enjoy a full-time appointment to the math faculty of Alabama A&M University for 5 of those years. I have also used my skills in industry and government, most notably at NASA and Intergraph.
I've taught just about every undergraduate math course and tutored some graduate ones, too. I started out teaching introductory statistics and probability for several semesters at Oakwood College (now Oakwood University). I have also taught at UAH, Strayer, and Calhoun. I am familiar with the undergrad curriculum. I've tutored students from schools all over north Alabama and even one or two from south-central Tennessee -- high school and college.
I have tutored students from pre-algebra to differential equations (and in an assortment of "off-road" courses like business calculus, statistics, discrete math, finance, graduate psychology statistics, etc.). Some students have followed me through their entire undergraduate career: trigonometry, calculus 1-2-3, differential equations, and linear algebra. High school students, too, have stayed with me from pre-algebra through two algebras and geometry into pre-calculus or even calculus. I foster loyalty by making the student a priority.
I also have a depth and breadth of experience that helps me help you figure many of the WHY's of the math you are tasked to learn, and I know the really salient points that you need to hang onto as you progress.
Drop me a line if you have any questions! I want to help. I hold two master's degrees -- one in applied mathematics, one in physics. I started teaching math in 1999. While many of the intervening years saw me as a part-time adjunct
If you refer new students to me, I will give you a reduction in your rate.
Joy is exceptional. I have had her now for a semester and a half for college cal and she beats any other tutor I have ever had. Definitely keeping her through graduation!
An update after 2+ years with Joy as a tutor.
My son is headed to the University of Alabama in the fall. He is far more confident in math than he's ever been. He finished AP Stats with straight As his senior year and was an honors graduate. This is directly related to his work with Joy over the past few years, because math was his weakest subject and would usually pull his GPA down.
Tutoring with Joy has been a game changer for him and with a Presidential Scholarship to UA - I feel like we should crown Joy the Queen of Math!!! We're still trying to figure out how to get her to Tuscaloosa on a weekly basis. :)
If your child is struggling in math, there's no better solution than scheduling tutoring sessions with Joy and I encourage you to get set up on a permanent weekly schedule because word is out, she's great and it's not always easy to get an open appointment with her!
Joy has been phenomenal with my son. He has struggled with math the past two to three years and we've tried multiple tutors, and I feel like we've finally found someone who truly helps him learn. Joy is worth the 45 minute drive for us!
Joy is always responsive when we text or call - I have no complaints and there have been no red flags. She is very patient and thorough. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for assistance with advanced math classes.
We look forward to continued success!
Very helpful, looking forward to working with Joy throughout the summer semester. She is a very patient and knowledgeable tutor.
Joy is a great tutor and really knows how to simplify the complexities of calculus. I am working on a masters degree and had not taken a calculus based class in 20 years. She really helped me work through remembering all the rules and shortcuts. Without her help, I would not have gotten an A in my calculus based probability and statistics course.
Joy is a treasure! Our son is enjoying working with Joy, and his attitude after every lesson is the best evidence. They are working on Honors Geometry, and he has done excellent!! She is very caring and truly cares about his success and that he understands each lesson. His test scores have improved and his confidence. We look forward to Joy working with our son in future math classes. I know with her help he will continue to excel and enjoy success with all his future classes. Great decision to work with Joy!
I contacted Joy after reading many of the positive reviews on WyzAnt. I was looking for a tutor to work with my daughter specifically on ACT math prep. Joy did a great job pulling specific areas of the test that she needed practice on. She also gave her tips and tricks to help with the math portion. She listened to our needs, evaluated my daughter's strengths and weaknesses and came up with a plan tailored to her needs. My daughter came home after taking the test and said several of the questions were easy to her because of what she had gone over in tutoring and she felt the tutoring had helped. The best testimony is that her math score was boosted 4 points which gave us the overall ACT score we were striving for. Thank you, Joy!
Joy really knows her stuff! She goes the extra mile to ensure you know every resource that's available to assist you. She's very detailed, and her tutoring style is exceptional!
I had searched multiple options to find a tutor in Geometry for our sophomore. Joy was able to explain formulas in such a way that it finally clicked. His grade improved by two letter grades, with an A on the final. She was patient and thorough - and, she was willing to review homework and practice tests. I would highly recommend her if you are looking for a great tutor with proven results. We'll be working with her again this fall to tackle the next class!
Joy J. is a wonderful tutor. Is she kind, funny, patient, and most importantly, great at explaining concepts and answers to problems thoroughly. Highly recommended.
Joy is a great tutor! Joy tutored me in Statistics and helped me master something that I never dreamed I could. She explained the subject well, had patience with me and I enjoyed her sense of humor. Joy is a natural born teacher and I highly recommend her to anyone who is interested in learning a new subject.
Mrs. J. is an excellent math tutor that I highly recommend. Over the last five (5) semesters, she has tutored me through all college math courses required for my Civil Engineering degree. These courses included – Calculus (I-III), Differential Equations, and Linear Algebra. Through her instruction, I successfully passed all courses with high marks. She is extremely knowledgeable, is a patient instructor that listens well, and is able to convey the material in a manner that is easily understood. Over the course of instruction, she was able to meet my scheduling requirements and often flexible in scheduling additional sessions on short notice. I highly recommend Mrs. J. to anyone requiring tutoring. Do yourself a favor and book her while you can!
Thanks for making extra time available when a difficult test was coming up and for checking to see how it went.
We are very pleased with our tutor, after the session, my daughter said that she felt good that she would understand her math homework.
Joy tutored my daughter in high school Calculus and we were very happy with the results. She was patient and extremely knowledgeable. My daughter earned an A in the class. She was also willing to work my daughter in whenever she had a test or quiz coming up. We feel fortunate to have found her!
In pursuit of my business degree, I was forced to take Calculus from UAH. Math has always been my weakest subject. It had been five years since I had taken Algebra, and on my own, I have no doubt that I would have struggled to pass the class. While the teacher was flying through calculus lessons, I didn't even understand the basics from prior math courses, which your teacher will likely assume you already know. Joy, my tutor was a blessing. She taught me all of the remedial material from prior classes in a way that was easy to understand, and she got me up to speed on all of the material we were going over in class. She also prepared me for what I would see in coming classes as well. I can't thank her enough for her help. Joy is incredibly gifted at solving complex mathematical problems and breaking them down in a way that is easily understood. She is worth every penny and then some. Not to mention I made an A in the class, which is absolutely incredible considering that UAH is not an easy school, and I couldn't even plot a graph in our first lesson! I wish my friend, Joy all the best in her future endeavors.
Thank you so much, Will, and may I say that it is even more important that your future endeavors are profitable and full of luck!!!
Like Joy so such and has been such a great tutor that have decided to continue for another 9 weeks to continue to grow my skills and confidence with math skills. Would recommend her for any student having trouble with math she is very patient and explains the lessons so they are easy to comprehend.
Joy is a fantastic teacher! She not only knows the material, she knows how to present it to her students so that they can understand and apply the material. She has great empathy for her students as well and truly wants to help them succeed and it shows in every lesson. I've had two children taught by Joy and could not have asked for a better teacher.
Joy was easy to set up appointments with and so helpful for my mathphobic daughter. I will recommend her to anyone in this area who needs help with math. We also plan to use her in that critical summer before college to review concepts so that we may have fewer college math classes to pay for.
My child had the privilege of working with Joy for her tutoring needs. We were so incredibly lucky to find an individual like Joy with her skill set and wealth of knowledge. More importantly, she can TEACH math. Lots of people can DO math, but not many can TEACH it. At the time that Joy began tutoring my child her grade was a 59 in Algebra. Joy really helped get my child caught up and as a result she ended up with a high B in Algebra. Joy is flexible, patient, calm and kind. My child not only enjoyed her as a tutor, but views her as a friend that helped her get through a tough time and never once made her feel inferior. She empowered her to believe that she CAN DO math! We will be using Joy again just to stay on top of the learning curve in years to come. She is a fabulous tutor and it was indeed the best monetary investment that I have made in regards to my child's education. Look no further...Joy is awesome.
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I have worked with quite a few students this past year on ACT Math test prep, and my students have been doing well I'm happy to say. I have my own material and welcome other material from the student also. I like to work a lot of questions pinpointing and alleviating weakness and finding time saving strategies.
I had the pleasure of working with a student who was trying to improve their math reasoning for the ASVAB during the fall of 2012. Now I know! I know some nifty pointers that can possibly straighten out lots of the math problems on the ASVAB -- and I'd be happy to help!
I have taught Calculus I/A and Calculus II/B at the university level so many times now that I cannot enumerate them. I have also successfully tutored students in Calculus III/C. I LOVE the opportunity and challenge of helping students with their calculus. I have lots of experience here, so I really think I can help!
As a long-time teacher of calculus at the university level, a holder of a specialty in partial differential equations at the master's level in mathematics, and a master's of physics which applied differential equations extensively, I do believe I could help someone with their differential equations!
I have taught Discrete Math once at the freshman level, and I have taught Finite Math several times. In fact, I was a champion of curriculum reform at one university where I was teaching in order to bring a Discrete Math course into our courses. Needless to say, not only do I know a lot about the topics in Discrete Math, but I also enjoy those topics!
Lately I have been helping high school students and a GMAT student with their geometry. I really enjoy it! As a mathematician with an analysis bent, I begin to understand how to construct a SOLID proof ... plus the calculations are FUN, too.
I actually taught one section of a graduate Geometry course for teachers at the university level, too. And having taught linear algebra gives me even more insight into the usefulness of geometry ASIDE from an exercise at proof construction. 8-)
I have just now completed a semester teaching linear algebra, MTH 237, at Calhoun Community College. I definitely believe that I can help someone with this subject now!
At any rate, we covered the basics of solving systems of equations using matrices, determinants, eigenvalue equations, linear transformations, linear independence, and bases and dimension. I also used linear algebra extensively in my physics graduate work so I know I could pick back up on orthogonalization if the need arose!
I have taught logic in many different courses many, many times over these last twelve years or so! Logic was a part of the graduate geometry class I taught and the remedial graduate math class I helped design. I was even helping a home-schooled high school student with logic problems just this past week.
I really enjoy teaching logic because it is a NEW set of symbols and many students look at them with no pre-conceived notions, no baggage like many people have with subjects like algebra. It's a chance at a FRESH start and fun and success in a really different aspect of math (that is, nonetheless, fundamentally what math is all about).
When Alabama started requiring math teachers pass the Praxis, I was teaching at a local university full time in the math department ... and I volunteered to go sit for the exam myself and report to the department on it.
Not only did I sit the exam, not only did I write a report for my department, and not only did I do well enough on it to get an unsolicited commendation from the Praxis committee, but I also went on to offer prep classes for students at my university for the math portion of the Praxis. I feel very qualified to continue doing so!
Okay, my algebra skills are pretty solid (but I had to work hard to get them that way -- I understand YOU because I once was struggling too). So I get to teach Precalculus Algebra (and Trig) a lot. BUT at least as important is the fact that I also teach and have taught CALCULUS a lot! So I really know what you really need to know and why in order to go from PreCal into Calculus with the best toolset!
Probability is NOT intuitive. I find this subject challenging -- so I understand where the student is coming from -- this stuff is NOT self-evident. Let's work through the twists and turns together -- we'll both benefit.
I've taught Introductory Statistics and Probability classes several times at two different local universities! I, too, was AFRAID of statistics until I taught it -- it's totally do-able -- not to mention INTERESTING! Honestly, statistics is an area that every good citizen should be getting themselves educated in! So That You Cannot Be Fooled By Statistics Ever Again!
One of the first undergraduate math courses I taught was trigonometry and I have taught at least two sections of trig every year in the intervening 10 years or so. I really enjoy trig, and with my heavy calculus background, I really know what you need to take away from trig to your next course and why. I also have enough experience to see where problems occur and good ways to help straighten them out! 8-)
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