Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What subjects can you tutor?
A: In math I can help with anything between prealgebra, all the way through college algebra or pre-calculus. The course names vary between different institutions, but generally I can help with anything that is primarily algebra focused. I might have difficulty helping you with things that are 200 level and above such as calculus, finite math, etc.
Here is a list of math courses that I have taken that I am also comfortable tutoring students in:
- Beginning Algebra
- Intermediate Algebra
- College Algebra
- Google Apps Script
- Git & HitHub
Any of which I would feel comfortable helping you with.
Q: What qualifies you to tutor me in the subjects that you specify?
Q: What is your tutoring style?
A: I loosely follow the Socratic method. My approach is to allow the student to do as much of the work as possible, and only when they have trouble will I nudge them in the right direction with carefully constructed questions that lead them to the answer. I will however, give them the correct answer if it becomes apparent that they are completely lost. I also will adjust this style to best suit the way in which each student learns. I understand that not every student learns the same way, and will do my best to accommodate the particular learning style of each student.
Q: Do you allow group tutoring or only one-on-one?
A: Generally, I stick to one-on-one tutoring as I find it easier. However, if you want to do a group tutoring session with one of your classmates, I am open to you scheduling the session and then sending the link along to your classmate if you want. If you choose to do this, you will be responsible for splitting the cost of the session with your friend if you wish to do so. You will also be responsible for paying for the tutoring session in full if your classmate decides they don't want to participate.
Q: How can I send you problems during the session?
Q: Will I be able to share my screen with you during the session?
A: Absolutely! I use Google Meet to conduct the video call, so either one of us can easily share their screen with the other without installing anything. You will need the latest version of Google Chrome however.
Q: What payment methods can I use to pay for my session?
A: Once you are successfully in a session with me, I will give you the link to my payment page. It has PayPal buttons on it which will allow you to pay with either a credit or debit card, or by logging into your PayPal account.
Q: Can I pay in advance for tutoring?
A: No. You can however put money on a prepaid card and use that. This might be helpful if you need to limit how much your child spends for example.
Q: What is the catch with free tutoring?
A: There isn't really any catch, but it is limited to 3 free sessions per person and is given away on a first-come first-served basis. I also limit the total number of free tutoring sessions that can be given away at one time, so there are some limitations in that regard. I also give students the option to donate/tip me at the end of the session if they wish, and if they cannot afford to donate/tip, I ask them to spread the word about the tutoring that I offer.
Q: Do I have to be taking a course to receive tutoring?
A: I generally assume that you are working within some kind of course framework to guide your study unless you tell me otherwise. However, there are some subjects like math which are sufficiently standardized that I could likely guide you through them without you being enrolled in any particular course. I personally was home schooled for much of my pre-college schooling, so I am rather familiar with this type of learning. Just let me know what you would like to self-study and I will try to help you where possible.
Q: What curriculum are you familiar with?
A: I am not particularly selective when it comes to curriculum, but I have extensive experience with MyMathLab, EdReady, and MyOpenMath as these were the systems that my college used.
Q: Why can't I schedule a recurring session?
A: I have found that students who schedule recurring sessions generally end up needing to re-schedule frequently and sometimes just stop showing up to their sessions and won't respond when I ask them if I can cancel the remainder of their sessions. Thus, I will only consider such an arrangement after you have scheduled and attended several sessions with me.
Q: Can I pay you to take my test/quiz for me? What about doing my homework for me?
A: No. Doing this would be unethical and would violate generally accepted academic integrity principals. I can however, help you study for a test/quiz, or help you work through problems on a test/quiz that you have already taken. I also cannot simply do your homework for you as you won't learn anything that way. I can however, guide you through the parts of your homework that you are having trouble with.
Q: Can I take a quiz/test during my tutoring session?
A: I won't be able to help you with any of the problems on the test/quiz for academic integrity reasons, so taking a test/quiz during your session wouldn't really serve any particular purpose, but if you feel like it, I can't really stop you.
Q: What is the difference between scheduling a free tutoring session and scheduling a regular tutoring session?
A: The only real difference is which form you use to schedule the session. If I am offering free tutoring then the form on my Free Tutoring page will allow you to schedule up to 3 free tutoring sessions. Otherwise, you can schedule a regular tutoring session with me right from my homepage. Note that I am not always giving away free tutoring. I typically give away free tutoring when I have spare time. Thus, you may not always be able to schedule a free tutoring session with me.
Q: Why can't I schedule a session that starts and ends exactly on the hour?
A: I have set it up that way intentionally so that there will always be a 6 minute gap between sessions that are back-to-back. I need this time for doing things such as starting the next session, emailing the link to my next student, using the bathroom, etc.
Q: How do I know if my session was scheduled?
A: You can check my calendar to see if your session appears. It should have the first 4 characters of your email address on it. You should also have received an email indicating that your session was scheduled.