Multi-Subject Tutor and Coach: English/ESOL/Study Skills/Business
Multi-Subject Tutor and Coach: English/ESOL/Study Skills/Business
"Passionate about writing & the power of the written word."
Tracy, 8 lessons with Joy
Response time: 2 hours
Is your child struggling with reading or writing? Need QuickBooks or computer technology in general to keep your business going? Do you need a resume written or proofreading for a paper? With a background that includes teaching and high academic achievement, small business management, professional writing and public speaking, I offer tutoring and consulting services in English Language Arts, QuickBooks, digital literacy (general computer) and educational/life coaching (confidence building,...
Is your child struggling with reading or writing? Need QuickBooks or computer technology in general to keep your business going? Do you need a resume written or proofreading for a paper? With a background that includes teaching and high academic achievement, small business management, professional writing and public speaking, I offer tutoring and consulting services in English Language Arts, QuickBooks, digital literacy (general computer) and educational/life coaching (confidence building, study skills, and more).
I have 15 years of professional experience in business and human services and hold a master's degree from a Columbia University-affiliated institution where I completed coursework in multicultural education. I earned a B.A. with honors in communications management from Howard University where I earned a 4.0 G.P.A. in English. Based on my academic achievement, service leadership and ability to write a compelling application about both, I earned a full, merit-based scholarship to graduate school as well as a $5,000 fellowship.
Working with both children and adults, I address not just the subject matter, but confidence, study skills and overall life context as it relates to learning. Along with leading scholars, I understand that effective teaching requires an understanding of a learner's context and I bring this holistic perspective to my tutoring. With compassion and encouragement, I have been effective in helping adults who, despite academic credentials, may need to fill in some educational gaps and enjoy being a role model for students who need to build confidence and motivation. Below are the subjects in which I tutor and my qualifications.
QUICKBOOKS/BUSINESS/DIGITAL LITERACY (GENERAL COMPUTER)
For over six years, I've consulted with and provided training for small business owners and organizations as well as individuals (mostly older adults) who need to expand their IT skills and general computer/digital literacy. Although I'm tech-savvy, I'm able to explain technology to beginning learners who may have little to no experience. I can assist in areas such as organizing finances/bookkeeping in QuickBooks; learning general computer and internet/online navigation skills; launching and managing email campaigns; learning to use social media and internet navigation; and setting up LANS (local area networks)--a set-up where multiple devices such as a desktop computer, printer,with and a tablet communicate with each other. With a B.A. in communications management and more than a decade working in corporate, small business and nonprofit settings, I have advanced proficiency in more than 30 different applications including QuickBooks, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook, Dropbox, SurveyMonkey, Google apps, Adobe Reader, Zoho CRM, Constant Contact, and other CRM databases.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS AND ADULT LITERACY
The daughter of an English teacher, I'm a native English speaker with expertise in working with speakers of English as a second language and AAVE (African American Vernacular English). I assist with reading comprehension, writing, grammar, vocabulary and other aspects of English Language Arts. I also offer proofreading and specialized writing services for resume writing, business writing, and college essay writing.
Just before graduate school, I spent a year teaching 3rd grade in Montgomery County Public Schools where I received in-service training and conducted reading assessments. I engage the Common Core standards that guide all curriculum in the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia as well as Maryland's broader College and Career-Ready framework. As a long-term substitute, I also taught middle school English Language Arts where I worked with students on types of sentences, parts of speech, punctuation, narrative writing, remedial phonics and much more. Working with children and adults, I've tutored or provided instruction for over 10 years, including 5 years tutoring K-6 students in Washington, DC public schools in English and other subjects.
EDUCATIONAL/LIFE COACHING: study skills, time management, confidence building and more
For more than a decade I worked in faith-based settings helping people to discover their purpose and live fully empowered lives. This included two years as a higher education chaplain where I worked with a lot of first-generation college students who needed to build their confidence, sometimes strengthen skill sets and generally learn how to navigate the higher education process in order to graduate and succeed. Upon request, I can incorporate spiritual resources such as meditation and deep breathing as they have been shown to improve focus, confidence, retention and more.
Note: Due to space constraints, I provide the rest of my policies prior to the first scheduled lesson.
1. CANCELLATION POLICY: I require a 24-hour advance notice for any cancellation or late arrival, but do offer established clients one "grace" cancellation or late arrival with shorter notice due to unforeseen emergencies (e.g., illness or child care issues). Any additional cancellations or late arrivals without the required notice will be billed the full amount of the scheduled lesson time. Please note that you are responsible for reading messages about lesson details.
2. SCHEDULING: If we establish a schedule that ends up not working for you, just let me know and I'm happy to try to work out a new schedule. NOTE: To get the most out of your time and money, I recommend that you stick to a schedule as much as possible.
3. LOCATION: I offer home-based tutoring on a limited basis and only after initially meeting in a public location. For all home-based tutoring of minors, an adult (at least 18 years old) is required to be home. If you or someone in your home smokes, we will need to meet at a public location. If you need to change locations, I'll try to accommodate you, but the change needs to be mutually agreed to in advance.
Passionate about writing & the power of the written word.
Joy is very organized and helped my son to be an organized writer. She began the sessions by really discussing the thought process that should occur before pen goes to paper. She stressed to my son the importance of thinking about the work that was just read. She helped my son strengthen his thesis statement for his paper. She then taught my son how to create a "flow chart" to organize his thoughts and to build an outline prior to beginning to write. With Joy's guidance on preparing an outline to organize thoughts before writing, my son received an A on his first analytical paper for AP US History. I love that she has given my son a strategy for approaching written assignments. I also appreciate that she has given him a tools for reflecting on the material he has read. She really has taught him how to analyze a piece of writing. He has had great success!!!Tracy, 8 lessons with Joy
Knowledgeable, personable...a pleasure to work with ~ answered my immediate concerns and gave insight going forward ~ am looking forward to increasing my understanding of the program she is helping me withLibbie, 4 lessons with Joy
Extremely Knowledgeable and professional
Even after one lesson, Joy's approach to my son was very welcoming. She spoke to him in a friendly manner that was not intimidating. She gave us the tools we need to let him succeed and helped to guide us to get started to make sure he can reach the best of his ability. We very much feel we made the right choice with Joy and look forward to working with her!Julie, 6 lessons with Joy
Knowledgeable patient and helpful
Joy taught me Microsoft and Mac stuff and was very adaptable to my needs and understanding. She was incredibly prompt and professional. She is obviously very experienced.Nancy, 1 lesson with Joy
Joy has been an engaging tutor for our two sons. While it is early in the process she has found creative ways to engage our sons in key subject matter. We appreciate her scheduling flexibility that has made it possible to fit tutoring sessions in our busy schedules.Fred, 6 lessons with Joy
Talented and Patient Tutor
For my business class, learned to be prepared for the unexpected always and to be professional. Also went over time management, and balance. Very knowledgeable in entrepreneurship, and that these things are just as important as having a good business plan.Christopher, 4 lessons with Joy
Astonishing and Inspirational Tutor!
I had great tutoring experience with Joy. In less than 2 hours session time, I had learned new writing skills (template format and outline); understanding the assignment; how to overcome fears of writing or project tasks; and inspirational messages to help me along my journey within my career and personally. I highly recommend Joy!Marie, 1 lesson with Joy
Knowledgeable And Encouraging Tutor
We went over current assignments as well as my overall writing skills. She had a unique and intelligent approach and it was an extremely positive experience.Esther, 1 lesson with Joy
Great with my child!
Joy is able to help my 6 year old get excited about learning. It's such a relief to have her helping to solidify the basics and go in the right direction from there.Lewis, 13 lessons with Joy
Patient, Knowledgeable, Effective...and Nice
I walked into the session knowing a little about Quickbooks online, and walked out knowing so much more. Joy walked me thru step by step the areas I needed help with and did it in a way that enabled me to learn it...not just observe it. I would recommend Joy to anyone who is looking to master Quickbooks online.Guy, 2 lessons with Joy
Response time: 2 hours