(and a few Questions That Should Be Frequently Asked)
How much does it cost?
Our pricing is based on our tutors' availability. A pleasant consequence of being so selective when hiring tutors is that we are frequently operating at or near capacity. The prices below are subject to change with the time of year. They also assume 1.5 hour sessions at least twice per month.
Currently, the fees for middle school tutoring start at 60/hr, fees for high school tutoring start at 75/hr, and fees for test prep start at 95/hr.
Once you begin long-term tutoring with us, the price will never change. For our weekly high school students we offer both subject and test prep tutoring at the lower subject tutoring rate.
How do I pay? Can I pay online? Do you take cards?
We do our invoicing using Google Wallet, which is Google's take on PayPal. You will get an email bill and pay via card through Google's secure site. If necessary, you can also pay by card over the phone.
Advantages that Google provides over PayPal include increased buyer security and more flexibility with refunds. We encourage you to look further into Google Wallet and the breadth of services it offers.
Who are your tutors? How can I be sure that they are good?
Good questions! We have a page here specifically devoted to introducing you to some of our tutors.
Every potential tutor must pass what we call the "dinner party test." If a tutor isn't the sort of person we would be happy to have over for dinner, then that tutor isn't for us. Moreover, he or she must be able to explain concepts at a dinner party - that is, explain things in everyday language so that people can understand them.
Naturally, many of our tutors come from the UCLA and USC communities. We also look for working professionals with degrees in math and science. The strength of our tutors is the strength of our company.
My child just doesn't like ______. (math, science, the teacher, etc.) Can you help?
We've found these issues, in their various forms, are probably the most common that are holding students back from success. There isn't a one-size-fits-all answer, and that's why our private tutoring can make the biggest impact. Our tutors are experienced with building rapport in a 1-on-1 setting with all types of students over a wide range of learning styles. One of the areas that we always focus on is building confidence, which can spark renewed interest in a subject and in school in general.
How much tutoring does my child need? How often?
Of course, the answer is always different. But our minimum recommendation is typically weekly sessions of at least 1.5 hours each. This is assuming that you are beginning before any "problems" arise. To correct a falling grade, or to address having fallen behind, it is usually best to start with biweekly sessions until things turn around.
When you contact us with the details of your situation, we'll make concrete recommendations along these lines. This is all part of our free consultation.
Which AP classes should I take?
We consult with students frequently on these choices. In general, it depends on what you plan to major in during college, and what sort of credit your prospective colleges give for AP test scores.
The answer to the most common question, though: AP Statistics involves easier math and easier problems than AP Calculus.
Do you tutor children with learning differences?
Absolutely, we consider this one of our specialties. We've worked with many students diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, dyscalculia, and various other processing difficulties. Several of our tutors have first hand experience with these, having overcome them as children themselves. Contact us and we can discuss the specifics of your situation and what we can offer.
Do you charge more for groups?
No, so have some friends over and split the cost. Siblings also don't cost extra.
Why shouldn't I hire someone off of Craigslist? They cost like $25 an hour!
In tutoring, as in all things, let the buyer beware.