Scheduling and Payments
How do I schedule a tutoring session for my teen?
The best way to schedule a session for a new student is to send an email with your name and number and I will get back to you within 24 hours by phone. If you’ve been referred to me through a friend or parent of one of my students, feel free to contact me by the phone number they’ve given you. On our first phone call I’ll answer any questions you have about scheduling and how best to meet your student’s needs.
Can I schedule only one session just to see how my teen responds to private tutoring?
Absolutely. This is a good way to introduce tutoring to a student who may be reluctant or unsure about meeting one on one with a tutor. There is no obligation to buy more than one session.
Can I pay for one session at a time or do I have to buy a package?
Payments can be made once a week or once a month and must be paid on-line prior to the tutoring session itself. The “Make a Payment” button at the bottom of each page of this website will take you through the process.
What’s your policy for cancellations?
I require a 24 hour notice to cancel a session without charge. Any session cancelled within 24 hours will be charged the full amount.
Can I change the day or time of my tutoring session?
Sometimes students need to change their tutoring schedule due to seasonal sports, afterschool club meetings or part-time jobs. I will do my best to accommodate these requests, but cannot guarantee an opening at another day or time.
Do you offer summer tutoring sessions?
Yes. Summer is a great time for students to prepare for standardized testing in the fall (SAT/ACT), for community college students taking intensive summer courses, or for solidifying the fundamentals from the previous year’s math class or getting a jump start to the next level.
The Tutoring Session
Where will the tutoring sessions be held?
I usually meet my students at local libraries, or the occasional coffee shop if the library is closed due to holidays or weekends.
Will you come to my home to tutor my teen?
No, I do not tutor my students in their homes. I have found that teens focus much better and take their work more seriously when they are in an environment that is strictly for learning.
Will you be giving my teen extra homework in addition to the work their teacher assigns?
Unless it’s summer tutoring or SAT/ACT test prep, I generally do not give extra homework. In my experience, high school students already feel overwhelmed by the amount of homework they are assigned. My job is to make sure they are understanding their homework and able to complete it on time. Any extra time left over will be used to work on study skills, preparing for quizzes and tests, or test taking strategies.
Will you help my teen do his/her homework?
Yes, but I expect my students to come to the tutoring session having made a good start at their latest homework assignment. Even if a student comes to a session immediately after school, they usually have some time in class to work on it. However, if I suspect the student sees having a tutor as a reason to not pay attention in class or not put much effort in their homework because they think I’ll help them with it later, then I will contact the parent and we will decide together how best to handle the situation.
Do you work with teens who are on Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)?
Yes, I have worked successfully with many students who are on IEPs through their school system. I do not have specialized training in teaching students with learning disabilities, however, so if your student is on an IEP I recommend you talk to the proper school representative before deciding to hire a tutor for your student. They may recommend you find a tutor who has experience with their particular learning style.
Is your tutoring one-on-one only or do you tutor small groups?
Most of my tutoring is one-on-one. Occasionally I do tutor small groups (2-3 at a time) if the students are comfortable with each other and at the same level academically. The cost for small group sessions is less on a per student basis.