What should I bring to a tutoring session?

Each student should be prepared by bringing his or her school textbook, notebook, pencil with an eraser (no pens in math!), TI84 or TI89 graphing calculator for algebra and beyond, homework book, etc. Bring what you would bring to your class! I will provide pencils to the student for the first tutoring session but not for every session. For online sessions, make sure your computer has sufficient battery life or is plugged in to an AC adapter. We can share urls and files during our session or students can email me ahead of time. I also include a file upload feature when you book the session.

What are your rates for in-person and online tutoring?

In-person tutoring is only available Tuesday-Thursday and the rate is $100/hr with a 1 hour minimum booking. Online tutoring ranges from $35-65 and can be booked in 30 minute, 45 minute, and 60 minute sessions. More info can be foundĀ here.

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 Zoom Video Conferencing to hear and see each other, and a virtual Bitpaper whiteboard that we both can write on using a mouse or tablet. We can also upload images or worksheets into the whiteboard. All work and notes on whiteboard are then saved as a PDF and can be kept for future reference. With the screenshare feature we can also use other math tools like Desmos for graphing functions or watch instructional videos if need be. A headset for cutting down background noise and a tablet for an easier whiteboard experience are recommended but not mandatory.

Do I need to subscribe to Zoom and Bitpaper? How do we connect?

No. Although subscription is free for both, it is not necessary. When our session begins, a link will be sent to the email address you provided when booking. This link will allow you to join the Zoom video conference and this will be our audio and video. Video is not necessary if the student wishes to tutor with audio only. Once we are in Zoom, I will send you the link to our Bitpaper whiteboard. Then we will be ready to roll. If needed, we have a screenshare option that allows us to use Desmos to graph and allows me to instruct students on the TI graphing calculators.

If we tutor online, how do I show you my review packet, textbook, or any other paper assignment that is not digital?

For any assignments that are not posted online or are not digital, such as a worksheet handed out by your teacher or pages assigned in your text book, I recommend getting the Cam Scanner app for your phone or iPad. This app allows quick and easy scan to PDF function which can then be shared via email to me, yourself, or google docs. You or I can then insert these pdf files or images into our virtual whiteboard and write on them, highlight, etc. Don't forget, we can save all work done on the whiteboard and now you will have notes forever on this topic. This goes for review packets, test/quiz corrections, SAT/ACT questions, etc!

What if I can't make a tutoring session?

An in-person tutoring session must be canceled at least 12 hours in advance without penalty whether it be via email, phone call, or text. Online tutoring sessions must be canceled online and there will be a link in your confirmation email to do so. Cancellations within 12 hours of a session start time will be charged the full price.

How often should I meet with a tutor?

Students meeting with a tutor on a weekly basis have a much better chance of success by increasing their confidence levels and content understanding, which translates into a higher grade. Students who only meet with a tutor the night before a test and expect a miracle are just not being realistic. Lastly, no amount of tutoring can substitute work ethic or practice outside of class. Success requires practice and completion of homework! A mentality of "The only practice I need to do is with my tutor" will not result in success! 30 minute online sessions are only recommended for students that are experiencing success and need a brush up with a few questions. The recommended online session length is 45 min for Algebra I and lower. Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calc require more time when it comes to solving problems and I recommend at least 1-1.5 hours per week in these classes, depending on the student's ability.