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Joyce R.

Math and Physics Guru

Math and Physics Guru

$72/hour

  • 406 hours tutoring

  • Outer Sunset San Francisco, CA 94122

About Joyce


Bio

I have over 8 years of experience tutoring high school and college math and physics. I have tutored physics (including regular, honors and AP), prealgebra, algebra I, geometry, algebra II, precalculus, trigonometry, calculus, GRE math, ACT math, SAT math, math enrichment, and writing. I have taught the equivalent of AP Physics 1 and 2 (introductory algebra-based physics for pre-med and health science majors) as an adjunct at Huntington University. I have also TA'ed the college equivalent...

I have over 8 years of experience tutoring high school and college math and physics. I have tutored physics (including regular, honors and AP), prealgebra, algebra I, geometry, algebra II, precalculus, trigonometry, calculus, GRE math, ACT math, SAT math, math enrichment, and writing. I have taught the equivalent of AP Physics 1 and 2 (introductory algebra-based physics for pre-med and health science majors) as an adjunct at Huntington University. I have also TA'ed the college equivalent of AP Physics C (calculus-based introductory physics for physics and engineering majors). I have a BS in Physics and a Master's in Systematic Theology from Wheaton College (IL).

I believe that academic excellence comes from deep engagement with the subject being learned rather than focusing on grades or awards. I want students to see the intrinsic worth of the subject being learned, its relevance to their life, and their own progress in the subject. When this happens, the student will be motivated to keep improving, with external indicators such as grades being just the confirmation of the "getting it" experience that the student already has. Thus, in addition to teaching content and skills, I focus on communicating enthusiasm for the subject being taught and helping students develop a lifelong love for learning. I am a patient, understanding tutor, who enjoys breaking down concepts so that they are easy to understand. I work hard to identify each student's strengths and weaknesses and will work with your student to overcome his or her problem areas. I have written mini-lectures and problem sets for students before as supplements to their official homework when I thought that it would benefit the student. I really enjoy working one on one with students and seek to develop a supportive, empowering relationship with each individual I tutor.

In addition to supporting students' academic endeavors, I also enjoy tutoring math enrichment / recreational math. This can be math just for fun or preparation for math competitions such as MATHCOUNTS or AMC. I enjoy exposing students to math topics and problems that they would not ordinarily see in secondary school.

I am available Monday through Friday 1-6 pm.* I live in Outer Sunset, and I am willing to travel to students' homes if they live within my travel radius. My resume and references are available on request.

*My schedule fills up quickly, so actual availability will depend.


Education

Wheaton College, IL
Physics
Wheaton College, IL
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $72
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 3 miles of San Francisco, CA 94122
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

GRE

Elementary Education

Spelling, Vocabulary

English

ACT English,

ACT English

I focus on helping students improve their skills, not just test-taking techniques.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I scored a perfect 36 on the ACT in high school. Since then, I have kept my interpretation skills sharp in numerous humanities and theology classes.
Literature,

Literature

Onomatopoeia, personification, alliteration...literature is the wonderful study of how writers use literary techniques to do everything from entertaining us to conveying great ideas about the human condition. Improve your ability to analyze great literature, write cogently, and think deeply!
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I scored an 800 on the SAT verbal in high school. I have a Master's degree in Systematic Theology, which required me to read and analyze ancient texts, as well as write 15-25 page research papers. As a physics major, I have experience reading scientific texts and interpreting tables and graphs. I teach students how to analyze complex passages and use evidence within the passage to determine the author's message. I also teach students the most commonly tested grammar principles and how to identify mathematical trends in scientific graphs and charts.
English, Spelling, Vocabulary, Writing

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Over the last few years, I have helped several students go from failing to achieving a passing grade. Often students who struggle with Algebra 1 have significant gaps in their previous math learning. I find those gaps and utilize clear and creative explanations to fill them.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Functions, factoring, quadratic equations, polynomials, exponential, logarithmic, and rational expressions--these are a few of the topics that are covered in a typical Algebra 2 course. More abstract than Algebra 1, many students struggle with the complexity of the problems in Algebra 2. While many students approach math with a "memorize and follow the rules" mindset, I help them understand the reasoning behind the rules. I help them move from a rules-based approach to seeing math as a playground of interconnected truths waiting to be discovered.
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus is about two main ideas--finding rates of change and areas under curves. It is a powerful subject that has numerous applications in science and technology. I have tutored calculus many times, and I know how to explain key concepts in a way students can understand.
Geometry,

Geometry

Difficult geometry problems often require insight and creativity. While many students get by in math up to this point by memorizing a step-by-step approach, geometry is often the first time this cookie cutter approach does not work for students. Instead, I focus on teaching students how to problem-solve. I help students understand the theorems they are learning and how they apply to problems. Then, I use a Socratic approach that encourages them to try problems first and to brainstorm what theorems apply before giving guidance. I find that students learn faster and better if I guide them in their own process of mathematical discovery rather than presenting complete solutions.
Physics,

Physics

At Huntington University, I taught introductory physics for health science majors, the equivalent of AP Physics 1 and 2. While I was at Huntington, I developed an extensive set of notes, lectures, and active learning activities. I also wrote new labs that helped the students experience the concepts learned in class. I actively sought out online interactive activities and video demonstrations to supplement my teaching. I have a BS in Physics from Wheaton College and have tutored several students in the subject. I am passionate about physics and love helping others understand this beautiful science!
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Functions, graphs, analytic geometry, matrices, combinatorics, and probability--all of the above are often topics in Precalculus classes. Moreover, as the prerequisite to calculus, many Precalculus classes ask students to think more deeply about mathematical topics, asking students to explain or prove in addition to solving or simplifying. As a tutor, I focus on explaining the concepts involved and drawing connections between topics so that students walk away with a deep understanding.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have tutored students who needed to heavily review the topics on the SAT math test as well as students who only needed help with the most difficult problems. I scored an 800 on the SAT math section in high school and was on my high school math team. I will troubleshoot your student's problem areas, fill knowledge gaps, teach them problem-solving skills, and come up with a personalized study plan for success!
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I scored an 800 on the SAT verbal in high school. I have a Master's degree in Systematic Theology, which required me to read and analyze ancient texts, as well as write 15-25 page research papers. As a physics major, I have experience reading scientific texts and interpreting tables and graphs. I teach students how to analyze complex passages and use evidence within the passage to determine the author's message. I also teach students the most commonly tested grammar principles and how to identify mathematical trends in scientific graphs and charts.
English, Prealgebra, Spelling, Writing

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I have helped students who needed to heavily review for the ACT math test, as well as students who only needed help with the hardest problems on the test. I scored a 36 on the ACT in high school and was on my high school math team. I will troubleshoot your child's problem areas, fill knowledge gaps, and teach problem solving skills.
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Over the last few years, I have helped several students go from failing to achieving a passing grade. Often students who struggle with Algebra 1 have significant gaps in their previous math learning. I find those gaps and utilize clear and creative explanations to fill them.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Functions, factoring, quadratic equations, polynomials, exponential, logarithmic, and rational expressions--these are a few of the topics that are covered in a typical Algebra 2 course. More abstract than Algebra 1, many students struggle with the complexity of the problems in Algebra 2. While many students approach math with a "memorize and follow the rules" mindset, I help them understand the reasoning behind the rules. I help them move from a rules-based approach to seeing math as a playground of interconnected truths waiting to be discovered.
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus is about two main ideas--finding rates of change and areas under curves. It is a powerful subject that has numerous applications in science and technology. I have tutored calculus many times, and I know how to explain key concepts in a way students can understand.
Geometry,

Geometry

Difficult geometry problems often require insight and creativity. While many students get by in math up to this point by memorizing a step-by-step approach, geometry is often the first time this cookie cutter approach does not work for students. Instead, I focus on teaching students how to problem-solve. I help students understand the theorems they are learning and how they apply to problems. Then, I use a Socratic approach that encourages them to try problems first and to brainstorm what theorems apply before giving guidance. I find that students learn faster and better if I guide them in their own process of mathematical discovery rather than presenting complete solutions.
Physics,

Physics

At Huntington University, I taught introductory physics for health science majors, the equivalent of AP Physics 1 and 2. While I was at Huntington, I developed an extensive set of notes, lectures, and active learning activities. I also wrote new labs that helped the students experience the concepts learned in class. I actively sought out online interactive activities and video demonstrations to supplement my teaching. I have a BS in Physics from Wheaton College and have tutored several students in the subject. I am passionate about physics and love helping others understand this beautiful science!
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Functions, graphs, analytic geometry, matrices, combinatorics, and probability--all of the above are often topics in Precalculus classes. Moreover, as the prerequisite to calculus, many Precalculus classes ask students to think more deeply about mathematical topics, asking students to explain or prove in addition to solving or simplifying. As a tutor, I focus on explaining the concepts involved and drawing connections between topics so that students walk away with a deep understanding.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have tutored students who needed to heavily review the topics on the SAT math test as well as students who only needed help with the most difficult problems. I scored an 800 on the SAT math section in high school and was on my high school math team. I will troubleshoot your student's problem areas, fill knowledge gaps, teach them problem-solving skills, and come up with a personalized study plan for success!
Trigonometry,

Trigonometry

Over the years, I have helped multiple students succeed in trigonometry. While trigonometry may seem abstract and irrelevant to real life, it actually describes many real-world phenomena such as waves and optics. I help students understand the "why" behind each topic, so that they are able to move away from memorization.
Prealgebra

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Over the last few years, I have helped several students go from failing to achieving a passing grade. Often students who struggle with Algebra 1 have significant gaps in their previous math learning. I find those gaps and utilize clear and creative explanations to fill them.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Functions, factoring, quadratic equations, polynomials, exponential, logarithmic, and rational expressions--these are a few of the topics that are covered in a typical Algebra 2 course. More abstract than Algebra 1, many students struggle with the complexity of the problems in Algebra 2. While many students approach math with a "memorize and follow the rules" mindset, I help them understand the reasoning behind the rules. I help them move from a rules-based approach to seeing math as a playground of interconnected truths waiting to be discovered.
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus is about two main ideas--finding rates of change and areas under curves. It is a powerful subject that has numerous applications in science and technology. I have tutored calculus many times, and I know how to explain key concepts in a way students can understand.
Geometry,

Geometry

Difficult geometry problems often require insight and creativity. While many students get by in math up to this point by memorizing a step-by-step approach, geometry is often the first time this cookie cutter approach does not work for students. Instead, I focus on teaching students how to problem-solve. I help students understand the theorems they are learning and how they apply to problems. Then, I use a Socratic approach that encourages them to try problems first and to brainstorm what theorems apply before giving guidance. I find that students learn faster and better if I guide them in their own process of mathematical discovery rather than presenting complete solutions.
Physics,

Physics

At Huntington University, I taught introductory physics for health science majors, the equivalent of AP Physics 1 and 2. While I was at Huntington, I developed an extensive set of notes, lectures, and active learning activities. I also wrote new labs that helped the students experience the concepts learned in class. I actively sought out online interactive activities and video demonstrations to supplement my teaching. I have a BS in Physics from Wheaton College and have tutored several students in the subject. I am passionate about physics and love helping others understand this beautiful science!
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Functions, graphs, analytic geometry, matrices, combinatorics, and probability--all of the above are often topics in Precalculus classes. Moreover, as the prerequisite to calculus, many Precalculus classes ask students to think more deeply about mathematical topics, asking students to explain or prove in addition to solving or simplifying. As a tutor, I focus on explaining the concepts involved and drawing connections between topics so that students walk away with a deep understanding.
English, Prealgebra, Writing

Science

ACT Science,

ACT Science

I scored a perfect 36 on the ACT in high school. Since then, I have kept my science skills sharp by majoring in physics. I can help you excel at interpreting and analyzing data!
Physics,

Physics

At Huntington University, I taught introductory physics for health science majors, the equivalent of AP Physics 1 and 2. While I was at Huntington, I developed an extensive set of notes, lectures, and active learning activities. I also wrote new labs that helped the students experience the concepts learned in class. I actively sought out online interactive activities and video demonstrations to supplement my teaching. I have a BS in Physics from Wheaton College and have tutored several students in the subject. I am passionate about physics and love helping others understand this beautiful science!
Physical Science

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Over the last few years, I have helped several students go from failing to achieving a passing grade. Often students who struggle with Algebra 1 have significant gaps in their previous math learning. I find those gaps and utilize clear and creative explanations to fill them.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Functions, factoring, quadratic equations, polynomials, exponential, logarithmic, and rational expressions--these are a few of the topics that are covered in a typical Algebra 2 course. More abstract than Algebra 1, many students struggle with the complexity of the problems in Algebra 2. While many students approach math with a "memorize and follow the rules" mindset, I help them understand the reasoning behind the rules. I help them move from a rules-based approach to seeing math as a playground of interconnected truths waiting to be discovered.
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus is about two main ideas--finding rates of change and areas under curves. It is a powerful subject that has numerous applications in science and technology. I have tutored calculus many times, and I know how to explain key concepts in a way students can understand.
Geometry,

Geometry

Difficult geometry problems often require insight and creativity. While many students get by in math up to this point by memorizing a step-by-step approach, geometry is often the first time this cookie cutter approach does not work for students. Instead, I focus on teaching students how to problem-solve. I help students understand the theorems they are learning and how they apply to problems. Then, I use a Socratic approach that encourages them to try problems first and to brainstorm what theorems apply before giving guidance. I find that students learn faster and better if I guide them in their own process of mathematical discovery rather than presenting complete solutions.
Physics,

Physics

At Huntington University, I taught introductory physics for health science majors, the equivalent of AP Physics 1 and 2. While I was at Huntington, I developed an extensive set of notes, lectures, and active learning activities. I also wrote new labs that helped the students experience the concepts learned in class. I actively sought out online interactive activities and video demonstrations to supplement my teaching. I have a BS in Physics from Wheaton College and have tutored several students in the subject. I am passionate about physics and love helping others understand this beautiful science!
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have tutored students who needed to heavily review the topics on the SAT math test as well as students who only needed help with the most difficult problems. I scored an 800 on the SAT math section in high school and was on my high school math team. I will troubleshoot your student's problem areas, fill knowledge gaps, teach them problem-solving skills, and come up with a personalized study plan for success!
Writing

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

I focus on helping students improve their skills, not just test-taking techniques.
ACT Math,

ACT Math

I have helped students who needed to heavily review for the ACT math test, as well as students who only needed help with the hardest problems on the test. I scored a 36 on the ACT in high school and was on my high school math team. I will troubleshoot your child's problem areas, fill knowledge gaps, and teach problem solving skills.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I scored a perfect 36 on the ACT in high school. Since then, I have kept my interpretation skills sharp in numerous humanities and theology classes.
ACT Science,

ACT Science

I scored a perfect 36 on the ACT in high school. Since then, I have kept my science skills sharp by majoring in physics. I can help you excel at interpreting and analyzing data!
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have tutored students who needed to heavily review the topics on the SAT math test as well as students who only needed help with the most difficult problems. I scored an 800 on the SAT math section in high school and was on my high school math team. I will troubleshoot your student's problem areas, fill knowledge gaps, teach them problem-solving skills, and come up with a personalized study plan for success!
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I scored an 800 on the SAT verbal in high school. I have a Master's degree in Systematic Theology, which required me to read and analyze ancient texts, as well as write 15-25 page research papers. As a physics major, I have experience reading scientific texts and interpreting tables and graphs. I teach students how to analyze complex passages and use evidence within the passage to determine the author's message. I also teach students the most commonly tested grammar principles and how to identify mathematical trends in scientific graphs and charts.
GRE

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Reviews


Friendly and skilled tutor

Joyce was an excellent tutor! I have been struggling with college algebra, however Joyce explained the concepts in way that I could understand. She is both friendly and skilled at what she does and I enjoyed working with her!

B'nai, 1 lesson with Joyce

Wonderful tutor

Joyce is an amazing tutor. We could not have hoped for better. She helped with content mastery and with confidence and has a fantastic personality.

Mia, 7 lessons with Joyce

Excellent Tutor.

Joyce is an excellent tutor and very patient to work with . She has a good knowledge of the subjects and explains it very well . My Daughter really enjoyed learning from her . I will definitely be using her next school year .

Rachel , 67 lessons with Joyce

Knowledgeable and kind

Joyce was very patient and has a knack for explaining things. She gave them some great pointers and ways to think through the "why" to the problems.

Amy, 19 lessons with Joyce

It was good

She show me how to answer different questions. I also learn different areas I need to work on with math.

Yajing, 1 lesson with Joyce

Great tutor

My daughter dislikes tutors. However, she really liked Joyce and is going to work with her. So happy we found Joyce.

Trisha, 9 lessons with Joyce

Great results with only one lesson.

My Granddaughter wrote on her Facebook page, Great first lesson I may even like Math this year. WOW! Wish we would have found Joyce sooner. Thanks, Joyce.

Angelia, 35 lessons with Joyce

Great tutor

We found Joyce while looking for a Physics tutor; it turned out that she is also a great ACT tutor. We wish that we had found her sooner.

Megan, 8 lessons with Joyce
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Joyce R.

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