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 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?
Q: Can I pay in advance for tutoring?
A: I mostly focus on one-on-one tutoring, but if you wanted to purchase a tutoring session from me, share the link with a friend or two and then collect reimbursement from them I probably wouldn't mind. One person still needs to be in charge of your group though and purchase the session.
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 computer setup and programs will I need in order to join my session?
A: I have spelled out all these details on my Computer Requirements page.
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.