Multi-Subject Tutor and Coach for Children and Adults
Multi-Subject Tutor and Coach for Children and Adults
Through tutoring, coaching, consulting, and writing services, I help people excel academically, professionally, and in broader life. Whether it’s teaching English or how to use a computer app, at the core of what I do is literacy. Beyond the ability to read and write, today "literacy" includes being able to access, evaluate, and communicate information across many platforms—most of which are digital. Likewise, I don't just help students learn content or test-taking strategies, but "how to...
Through tutoring, coaching, consulting, and writing services, I help people excel academically, professionally, and in broader life. Whether it’s teaching English or how to use a computer app, at the core of what I do is literacy. Beyond the ability to read and write, today "literacy" includes being able to access, evaluate, and communicate information across many platforms—most of which are digital. Likewise, I don't just help students learn content or test-taking strategies, but "how to learn". Whether getting into college, getting a job, or creating a job, the greatest opportunities exist for those who are able to think critically and creatively, who cannot just memorize, but make meaningful connections to the real world…and imagine ways to create a better one. This is education as the practice of freedom, of self and community empowerment, and it's why I'm as invested in your learning (or the person you're here for) as you are.
My background includes teaching, small business management, and more than 15 years as a communications and human services professional. I've worked in higher education; provided writing services to organizations, businesses and individual clients; and done paid public speaking. Based on my academic achievement, community engagement, and ability to write a compelling personal essay about both, I earned a full, merit-based scholarship to graduate school and (based on another essay) a $5,000 fellowship.
I hold a B.A. with honors in communications management from Howard University where I earned a 4.0 G.P.A. in English and completed coursework in multicultural pedagogy through Columbia University. However, my ability to connect with students across a wide range of differences (e.g., learning, cultural, language) is most shaped by parents who exposed me to the world as a classroom and being raised in a community that taught me, by example, to love my neighbor as myself. I believe the students, parents, professionals, small business owners, seniors, and others with whom I've worked over the years, find in me someone who brings both intellectual rigor and compassion, a commitment to results as well as the joy and power of learning.
As you consider your needs, please be sure to read the policies I share below regarding scheduling, communication, travel time, and more. (Because there's a space limit here on Wyzant, I send my full Terms of Service before scheduling the first lesson.) To learn more about my services for reading, writing, computer applications, learning differences/special needs, general academic support, ESL/ESOL, and more, see my subject-specific profiles. For writing services (proofreading, resume writing, etc.), typing instruction, general (including group) computer training, or other requests, feel free to message me if you don't see what you need listed.
1. SCHEDULING. The hours of availability listed in my profile are somewhat flexible, especially for online tutoring so feel free to request earlier or later times. I require at least 24 hours advance notice. However, if we're meeting at a public library and you want a private study room, you usually need to secure a reservation 7, and not less than 5, days in advance. To schedule the first lesson: 1. Message me with the exact days of the week AND time windows you are available. For example, Tues. and Thur., 4-7 pm or Saturdays 9:30-11 am. 2. Once you've reserved the room, message me with the room number and I'll schedule the lesson in Wyzant. If you're making a request for someone else who is 18+, then provide that person's number so I can schedule directly.
2. TRAVEL & RATES. Although Wyzant requires a travel radius, my travel limit is actually determined by travel time, especially during rush hour. However, if you want to meet in certain parts of VA, DC, and MD that are beyond my travel radius, a midway meeting location might work or I may already have clients in your area, so my standard rate would apply. If your requested meeting location has difficult, distant, and/or costly parking, I will send you a request to authorize a rate change before I schedule a lesson.
3. COMMUNICATION. To utilize my services through Wyzant, you need to be able (or willing) to effectively use internet-based technology such as text messaging, opening file attachments, and using Wyzant's platform specifically. If you are having difficulty with any aspect of Wyzant's platform, please call Wyzant's customer service for free technical support. During the first lesson, I do a consultation to review your tutoring goals, questions, background information about yourself (or your student), and more. If you prefer to do a phone consultation first (or instead), I offer consults by appointment starting with 20 minutes at my prorated hourly rate. Just leave the date(s) and time(s) you're available along with your phone number.
4. PRIVATE RESIDENCE. I offer home-based tutoring on a limited basis and generally 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. Because I've developed allergies to some cats and dogs, they must be kept in another room for the entire duration of the first lesson. If, after leaving your home, I report no allergic reactions, then I'm happy to see your four-legged loved one the next time around.
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
Joy was successful in connecting with my twins and motivating them to do their writing assignment! She proved to be very knowledgeable about English literature and writing techniques to help them complete their assignment.Shenda, 3 lessons with Joy
Inflexible / Insensitive
If you are looking for someone who is flexible with their schedule, Joy is not your person, My mother was just diagnosed with Cancer and I had to meet with the doctors to determine the best treatment at the time that my son, she and I were supposed to meet and determine if she was a fit. I contacted her around 4:30 pm and our meeting were supposed to be 3:00 pm the next day to reschedule to the 9:30 am and asked if we 1/2 hour could be good. Although my son could make the meeting, I couldn't and Joy wanted us both on the call. She responded that she would change the appointment from 9:30-10:30 but if for some reason we did not meet, she will charge the $60 because she didn't get 24 hours notice. Understanding as a tutor myself how important time is, I was still taken aback by her insensitiveness to my situation, It was the hardest day of our lives and I felt kicked while down. The human side never came out and she never even mentioned my mother. It was then that I realized that she was not going to be a fit for my son who struggled with time management, organization, and prioritization, the skills that she was supposed to help him with. Children like him need accountability but at the same time understanding to keep going when they fall short. I knew then that if she couldn't show empathy to my situation, I knew that she would not be able to help my son.Jennifer, 2 lessons with Joy
Patient & Knowledgeable
Joy has been doing a great job of building the foundational writing skills of our 10 year old. We appreciate her patience and guidance as he works to become a stronger writer.Russ, 32 lessons with Joy
Knowledgeable & patient tutor
Joy is an expert in quicken and accounting principles. She was superbly helpful to me in so many ways. She really knows Quicken inside and out and numerous shortcuts.MaryBeth, 2 lessons with Joy
I am preparing many questions about MBA interview. She not only correct my pronunciation but also organizes my contents. She is talented in business or Advantage English. You will not regret to have a lesson with her.AJ, 1 lesson with Joy
Connects well with her students
My son reports that his time with Joy is enjoyable because he doesn’t experience the pressure and anxiety he’s had with other tutors. Her calm disposition and organized lessons really support him.Cindi, 4 lessons with Joy
Gets the job done!
As a parent, I appreciate Joy’s patience and tenacity. She is upbeat and persistent. She took the time to get to know my son and his current requirements. Thank you Joy!Jeanne, 7 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, 8 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, 12 lessons with Joy
Response time: 2 hours