How does online tutoring work?
Students must have access to a computer and high-speed internet. During the session, the student and I will use Skype or Google Hangouts to hear and see each other, and an online whiteboard that we both can write on using a mouse or tablet. We can also upload any images or worksheets into the whiteboard. Sometimes we'll watch videos or use online tools like desmos. It’s very interactive and surprisingly easy!
I recommend that students use a headset during tutoring. It will cut down on background noise and allow us to hear each other better. Any standard headset like this one will work. Many times students are more comfortable if we just talk to each other and don't turn on our webcams. However, it is always nice to "meet" each other and say hi at the beginning of sessions! Most computers have a webcam built in, but if yours does not, I've found this logitech webcam to work well for most computers.
I've found that most students prefer to write primarily on their own paper during our sessions. However, some students may prefer to write on the online whiteboard. To make this easier, I'd recommend using a tablet like this one.
What subjects do you tutor?
I tutor math beginning with pre-algebra going through the first semester of Calculus (or AP Calculus AB). This includes algebra, algebra 2, trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus, college algebra, college intermediate algebra.
I also help students prepare for the GED math test.
Can you help me in other subjects besides math?
I primarily tutor math (as you surely have deduced by now!). That said, I also am able to tutor beginning Spanish. (In college I spent summers in Guatemala and Ecuador on language immersion and took Spanish classes up to a 300-level.) So if you finished your math homework and have some Spanish 1 homework to work on, we can do that during our session!
Can you help me prepare for the SAT/ACT/GRE?
I am no longer tutoring students to specifically prepare for standardized tests (except the GED). There are many excellent online tutors who specialize in these tests, and I am happy to give you a referral.
What will we do during tutoring?
When are you available for tutoring?As of April 2018, I tutor Monday - Friday 11 am – 6 pm PST (that’s 1-8 pm CST and 2 – 9 pm EST). I have some weekend availability occasionally.
How often should I or my child have tutoring sessions?
Frequency of sessions depends on the student’s needs and goals. If your student is behind in material or needs a good amount of support during a class, I recommend two weekly 1-hour sessions. For lower grade levels, 45-minute or 30-minute sessions may be more appropriate. If a student is motivated and needs the help, tremendous progress can be made with sessions three times per week. Sessions can also be scheduled on an as-needed basis, or if a regularly-scheduled student needs extra help one week (such as due to an upcoming test). An online scheduling system for these slots makes signing up simple and eliminates email/phone tag.
How does scheduling work?
For most students, we'll have sessions at the same time each week. We'll discuss this during our initial consultation, and we can also discuss changes to our schedule at any time.
Some students prefer to schedule sessions an as-needed basis. An online scheduling system for these slots makes signing up simple and eliminates email/phone tag. However, if you don't see any availability, email or text me and I will see what I can do.
I need extra help this week. Are you available? How do I sign up for a session?
Great question! I use an online scheduler that shows my availability. Click here! You can sign up for a session and it will take your payment via card at the time of scheduling. You can sign up with just a few hours notice or up to two weeks in advance.
Don't see a time that fits your schedule? Send me an email or text to see if I'm available.
Payment & Getting Started
What are your rates?
My rates reflect my experience and the quality of service you will receive.
- 90 minute session – $90
- 60 minute session – $60
- 45 minute session – $45
- 30 minute session - $30
How does payment work?
For sessions that are scheduled as needed: payment is required by card at the time of scheduling. When you schedule online using the online scheduling system, it will automatically request your payment before you can confirm that you have scheduled a session.
For regularly scheduled weekly sessions: You'll be billed with an email invoice monthly or every two weeks that you can pay be credit or debit card. We will set up this up beginning with the first session. Payment is due by the first session of each month. Any tutoring sessions missed in accordance with the cancellation policy will be refunded by pro-rating the following month, unless the student or parent requests otherwise.
What is your cancellation policy?
This business is my main source of income. That said, my cancellation policy is my very best attempt to balance fairness to the student and to myself. Additionally, tutoring is a valuable commitment, and showing up to each tutoring session helps the student create momentum in their learning.
- - I ask that you let me know about a cancellation as soon as possible.
- - I require a 48 hour notice for a cancellation in order to not be charged. Sessions canceled with less than 48 hours notice must be paid in full.
- - Excessive cancellations may be reason for ending tutoring services.
How do I get started?
Fill out an application and I will be in touch shortly!