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Joy J.

Serious Math and High School Physics Tutoring - - Experienced!

Serious Math and High School Physics Tutoring - - Experienced!

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  • Huntsville, AL 35801

About Joy


Bio

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...

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.


Education

Agnes Scott College
French
UAH
Masters
UAH
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $50
  • Rate details: If you refer new students to me, I will give you a reduction in your rate.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 40 miles of Huntsville, AL 35801
  • Lesson cancellation: 3 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 8/21/2015

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Subjects

Business

GRE

GRE

I really love the DIFFERENT forms of math questions you find on the GRE these days. You need to develop a fluidity in your problem solving that includes the demands of each different setting you see in the GRE. I really enjoy these thoughtful questions.

Corporate Training

Statistics

Statistics

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!

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra I is the time to lay a strong foundation for so many techniques that you will see and use again and again. That goes all the way through calculus. Get strong solving simpler equations, and understand concepts especially as they apply to those abstract objects: the variable!
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

You'll use again everything you learned in Algebra I and then learn how to use those things in subtler and more sophisticated ways. Your abstract thinking will improve and your problem solving skills will grow.
Calculus,

Calculus

I have taught Calculus I/A and Calculus II/B and Calculus III/C at the university level many times now. 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!
Geometry,

Geometry

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 can help 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-)
Precalculus,

Precalculus

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!
Statistics,

Statistics

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!
Prealgebra, SAT Math

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I have worked with quite a few students the past few years 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.
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra I is the time to lay a strong foundation for so many techniques that you will see and use again and again. That goes all the way through calculus. Get strong solving simpler equations, and understand concepts especially as they apply to those abstract objects: the variable!
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

You'll use again everything you learned in Algebra I and then learn how to use those things in subtler and more sophisticated ways. Your abstract thinking will improve and your problem solving skills will grow.
Calculus,

Calculus

I have taught Calculus I/A and Calculus II/B and Calculus III/C at the university level many times now. 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!
Differential Equations,

Differential Equations

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! Summer 2016 I got to teach a first course in undergraduate ordinary differential equations - - it was a blast - - and I'm ever more prepared now to help you.
Discrete Math,

Discrete Math

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!
Finite Math,

Finite Math

I have taught Finite Math at the University level several times. I love the way this course is structured - - many topics - - something for everyone. But I can help students through the parts that are not enjoyable and get them to the place that is!
Geometry,

Geometry

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 can help 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-)
Linear Algebra,

Linear Algebra

I can help with the following linear algebra topics, among others: the basics of solving systems of equations using matrices, determinants, eigenvalue equations, linear transformations, linear independence, and bases and dimension, orthogonalization, and normalization. I am ready to help with proofs, too! I have taught linear algebra and tutored many students successfully for linear algebra, too.
Logic,

Logic

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).
Precalculus,

Precalculus

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,

Probability

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.
Statistics,

Statistics

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!
Trigonometry,

Trigonometry

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-)
Prealgebra, SAT Math

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra I is the time to lay a strong foundation for so many techniques that you will see and use again and again. That goes all the way through calculus. Get strong solving simpler equations, and understand concepts especially as they apply to those abstract objects: the variable!
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

You'll use again everything you learned in Algebra I and then learn how to use those things in subtler and more sophisticated ways. Your abstract thinking will improve and your problem solving skills will grow.
Calculus,

Calculus

I have taught Calculus I/A and Calculus II/B and Calculus III/C at the university level many times now. 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!
Geometry,

Geometry

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 can help 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-)
Precalculus,

Precalculus

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!
Statistics,

Statistics

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!
Prealgebra

Science

Physical Science

Physical Science

I hold a master's degree in physics. I especially like these physics classes that are not computationally dense - - it is really great fun to think about reality and how we can predict it and observe it further and draw links between concept and observation!

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra I is the time to lay a strong foundation for so many techniques that you will see and use again and again. That goes all the way through calculus. Get strong solving simpler equations, and understand concepts especially as they apply to those abstract objects: the variable!
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

You'll use again everything you learned in Algebra I and then learn how to use those things in subtler and more sophisticated ways. Your abstract thinking will improve and your problem solving skills will grow.
Calculus,

Calculus

I have taught Calculus I/A and Calculus II/B and Calculus III/C at the university level many times now. 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!
Geometry,

Geometry

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 can help 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-)
Statistics,

Statistics

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!
SAT Math

Test Preparation

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I have worked with quite a few students the past few years 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.
GRE,

GRE

I really love the DIFFERENT forms of math questions you find on the GRE these days. You need to develop a fluidity in your problem solving that includes the demands of each different setting you see in the GRE. I really enjoy these thoughtful questions.
Praxis,

Praxis

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!
PSAT, SAT Math

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Ratings and Reviews


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Effective and Personable Tutor

Alexis really enjoyed working with Joy and felt that she was effective at helping her to understand the material. Joy also suggested tips and worksheets to help strengthen Alexis' skills with practice. We will definitely use her again.

Toni, 1 lesson with Joy

Very good at helping me review my proofs

Working with Joy has been great so far. She's helped me see some gaps in my explanations for some of my proofs. I've still got a ways to go, so I'm looking forward to working with her more in the future.

Farley, 11 lessons with Joy

If you need help with Calculus Based Probability & Statistics, call Joy!

I had a tough time finding a tutor for this class. Finally found Joy and she gave me the last-minute clarification I needed right before a test. Helped boost my confidence. She was patient, personable, and easy to understand. I'd definitely use her again!

Donn, 1 lesson with Joy

Great Instructor

Joy is helping my son overcome his challenges with Algebra II. He is a lot more confident now. Joy is helping him look ahead to the next lesson as well as helping him with the current lesson. I wish we had contacted her months ago.

Paul, 7 lessons with Joy

Great at making complex topics simple

Working with Joy was great. She really works to help make the material easy to understand, and also has lots of tricks about how to save time while taking a test. I contacted Joy for assistance with my second bachelor's degree. I was specifically struggling with Discrete Mathematics. She cleared up lots of confusing topics for me, and it paid off. I was headed for my lowest grade in the degree, but with Joy's help I managed to get a 95 on my Final exam and a 93 in the class overall. Thanks, Joy!

John, 4 lessons with Joy

Very patient and very knowledgeable

I decided to go to college after being out of school for 30 years. I needed a tutor to help get through a math class. I found Joy, and she is so great. Very patient with me as I wade through math that I have not seen in forever. She has been able to provide techniques to help me retain the information. I highly recommend Joy to anyone who is feeling overwhelmed by math. She is WONDERFUL!!!

Lisa, 11 lessons with Joy

Knowledgeable and easy to talk to.

Very helpful and professional. She knows the material and explains in a way that is easy to understand. Very happy to have found her and highly recommend her.

Dana, 11 lessons with Joy

Encouraging and knowledgeable

Joy was a great help in getting me back on track with my GRE prep and made some great suggestions on additional practice. Maybe more importantly, Joy was very encouraging...and I needed that!

Donna, 1 lesson with Joy

Excellent tutorand great help during my applications process!

Joy is a fantastic tutor and did an awesome job bringing the math down to my level. I am a thirty-something year old gal in grad school who hasn't used calculus in AGES. Joy excelled at essentially reteaching the subject to me in order for me to better understand my MBA class material.

Brynna, 1 lesson with Joy
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