How much does a tutoring session cost?
Currently, a one-hour tutoring session is $50. The cost is the same whether we meet in-person or through one of the online meeting platforms such as Skype, Zoom, or Google Meet.
Will tutoring rates increase?
The rate you start with is the rate you will always pay; I never increase tutoring rates with ongoing students.
How do I pay?
I will provide you with whatever payment method you prefer. Some clients pay on a per-meeting basis with cash, check, major credit card, or through Zelle or PayPal. Many clients prefer to be billed on a monthly basis.
Can I deduct the cost of tutoring on my taxes?
For federal income tax purposes, regular tutoring is considered a "personal service" and is not deductible. However, if your child has special needs, you may be able to deduct tutoring services as a medical expense. Please consult your tax adviser. If you need a written record, I'm happy to provide itemized invoices and receipts for all tutoring sessions. If you pay using Zelle or PayPal, you will automatically receive an itemized statement.
What age groups do you tutor?
The majority of my students are in middle school, high school, and college, but I will work with any age from elementary to adult.
Can you tutor any subject?
My subject areas include all areas of English and Language Arts, public speaking, speech therapy, humanities, and ESL instruction. Sometimes students need assistance with history and social studies writing assignments, and I can assist with these, too. When I assist with standardized tests, I only focus on the English, reading, and writing portions of those exams. I do not tutor in math or science but can recommend other tutors for these disciplines.
Does a parent need to be present during tutoring?
No. Parents of my younger students usually drop students off at the library and pick them up when the tutoring session is over. At least one parent is usually at home when I conduct at-home tutoring sessions, but I do ask that parents not "sit in" on the sessions. High school and college students routinely meet without their parents being present. Regardless of the student's age, I always send parents a follow-up report.
How much does it cost for books and other learning materials?
I do not charge for any books or learning materials. I provide all necessary materials free of charge.
If I cancel a tutoring session, do I need to pay for the cancelled session?
I always confirm our scheduled appointment the day before. If an emergency arises on the day of our tutoring session, please notify me as soon as possible, so I don't make an unnecessary trip. I do not charge for a cancelled appointment.
My child is only in 6th grade. Isn't it easier to tutor younger students? Shouldn't the cost of tutoring vary depending on the student's grade level and needs?
Every student, regardless of age, has unique needs. I prepare materials and lesson plans specifically tailored to each student. While some students do need more help in between our weekly meetings than others, the amount of work required to assist every student is usually about the same, no matter what the grade level.
Can I change meeting times?
Yes. I always give priority to my current clients and will do my best to accommodate changing schedules.
How often do you meet with students?
I strongly recommend that students meet with me once a week on a scheduled day and time. If you desire to meet on a bi-monthly basis, be aware that bi-monthly meetings are more difficult to schedule: I can usually provide bi-monthly meeting times in the mornings or early afternoons, but not in the evenings after school gets out.
How do I confirm that a tutor is qualified?
There are several ways to verify a tutor's qualifications. Many of us who tutor are retired teachers. The easiest way to verify a tutor's credentials is to contact a retired teacher's school human resource department. I was a full professor at College of Lake County for 23 years, and CLC's human resource department will verify my teaching position and years of experience. Tutors should also undergo background checks. In order to be listed with the Libertyville School District as a qualified tutor, I have passed the necessary state and federal background checks. Sometimes the best qualification is often simply word of mouth: I always encourage potential clients to talk with other parents about experiences they have had with tutors.
What do tutors in this area typically charge?
In Chicago and suburbs, qualified tutors usually charge from $45 to $60 per hour, depending on the subject and years of experience. Often, you can find college students who will tutor for less. Licensed teachers with teaching experience will generally charge higher rates. Experienced qualified tutors are in high demand and often have limited availability. As the old saying goes, "You get what you pay for."