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As a former teaching assistant for biology laboratory classes at a small private school, University of St Thomas, I love interacting with students on an individual basis to bring them to a deeper understanding of the amazing world of biology. My tutoring philosophy is to cater to every student's unique learning style, and to help them gain independence in mastering the material. I enjoy sharing with students my excitement talking about biology! I am currently in a Physician Assistant program at University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth and am loving every minute of clinical practice! I earned my Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Philosophy from University of St Thomas. While an undergraduate student, I enjoyed leading fellow pre-health professional classmates as campus President of HOSA-Future Health Professionals. One of my most unforgettable health care experiences was a two-week medical missions trip which involved extensive teamwork for fundraising and bringing medical supplies to serve a remote and underserved village in Huancayo, Peru. I also received a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences from University of North Texas Health Science Center and am pursuing a career as a Physician Assistant. While pursuing my master's degree, I learned to ask for help from teaching assistants and tutors, and am immensely grateful for their guidance! I am interested in academia after gaining several years of clinical experience as a PA. In my free-time, I enjoy cooking, dancing, and spending time with my two lovely poodles. I am also passionate about rescuing animals!

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Joyce’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of St Thomas - Bachelors, Biology, General

Graduate Degree: University of North Texas Health Science Center - Masters, Biomedical Sciences

Test Scores

ACT Science: 31

GRE: 309

GRE Quantitative: 152

GRE Verbal: 157


Cooking, dancing, and rescuing animals

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10th Grade

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

1st Grade

1st Grade Math

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Science

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

5th Grade

5th Grade Science

6th Grade

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Science

9th Grade Writing

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ACT English

ACT Science

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Anatomy & Physiology

AP Biology


Cell Biology

College Biology

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing


Evolutionary Biology

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High School Biology

High School Chemistry

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Middle School

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Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe it is important to first help students identify their greatest strengths as a learner, and which learning style they are most receptive to. Some students prefer listening to topic reviews, seeing diagrams, or working through problems. Regardless of the learning style of students, I aim to provide the student with tools to help them gain confidence in mastering the topics at hand.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

In a first session with a student, I will gain an understanding of the student's immediate and long-term goals, and learning style.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I would first introduce a student to free resources at the library or online and emphasize they should first start with a clear understanding of their goals. After a student knows what their learning objectives are and has covered the material, I suggest creating practice questions.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

To help a student stay motivated, I can remind them of their former accomplishments and remind them of the joys of mastering new material.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

After presenting similar concepts or analogies for the student, I would ask the student to then explain the concept or demonstrate the skill again and see if they have gained a better understanding.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

First, I will ask the student to interpret what they understand from a passage and then review the passage with them. For sections the student is struggling with, I will go over alternative ways of expressing the same idea and ask the student to practice summarizing it in their own words.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I have found it is useful and effective to draw diagrams and connect many small ideas in order to explain comprehensive concepts. When students are able to understand why the smaller tasks or concepts are important in the overall theme, I find they are more excited about learning.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Finding practical applications for the subjects that relate to the student's interests can help engage them more. For example, if a student is interested in fast cars and is struggling with algebra, then I will review practice problems related to driving cars or comparing their costs and features.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

For science related topics, I would ask a student to design an experiment or present a topic to me that demonstrates their mastery of the material. For math topics, I would ask a student to work backwards and solve a similar problem with new numbers or variables. For English or writing topics, I would ask the student to interpret reading material that they are interested in and synthesize an appropriate writing sample.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

For the many small goals that we will accomplish as we reach milestones along their educational journey, I will provide encouragement and positive feedback. I think it is important to remind the student that their continued attitude of trying and not giving up is already a great achievement in itself.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate a student's needs by reviewing their homework, tests, study habits, notes, and goals. For a student who seems to struggle with note-taking, I may suggest alternatives and study tips to prepare them for lectures. If a student mentions they could not keep up with a teacher's presentation, then I can review the material with them and present it both verbally and with diagrams.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I regularly ask students if they are comfortable and ready to move forward to working on the next goal before finishing the first task at hand. I ask students about their first priority and most immediate academic goals and address these in the beginning in order to devote more time and attention to these.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

In my own academic career, I preferred to use class PowerPoints, textbooks, and occasionally have found some well organized websites useful for reviewing material. For tutoring sessions, I will typically use paper and pen for concepts that the student may wish to keep as reference, and a dry erase board with markers for practice problems if the student prefers to use this method as well. I may also use my laptop to direct the student to online sources that I found helpful, or I refer to my textbooks.

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