FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions:

**This page is a work in progress! Please be patient as I work to answer all of these questions. If you have a question that you don’t see, please feel free to ask me in the form at the bottom of this page. Thanks!**

  • Are/were you an educator?
    • I was certified in Elementary Education, grades K-6 and taught in public schools (2nd and 3rd grades) for over 5 years when I lived in Florida. I also tutored after school during that time. In May of 2012, my husband and I moved to Austin to pursue his career in video games and I began tutoring during that summer while looking for a teaching job. However, by the time the school year started, I had a full tutoring schedule, and I LOVED IT! I will never go back to teaching in the classroom as long as there is a place for me in the tutoring world. This is what I am meant to do!
  • Is this your full-time job?
    • Yes! During the school year, I work with students about 20-25 hours per week. During the summer months, I typically spend 30-35 hours per week with students. The rest of my time is spent preparing for lessons, researching/learning new methods for helping my students, creating math videos, and creating resources to sell on Teachers Pay Teachers. I work from 10 am to around 7 or 7:30 each night Mon-Fri.
  • How many students do you have?
    • I usually have anywhere between 20-25 students. It’s always bittersweet when a student discontinues tutoring. I always miss them, but I’m happy that they don’t need the extra help anymore.
  • I’ve never used a private tutor before. How does it all work?
    • A typical lesson lasts for 1 hour. During the first session, I will conduct an assessment to find out areas of strengths and weaknesses. This will give me an idea of what skills/topics need to be covered, and it gives us a good starting point for tutoring lessons. I generally like to send home a little bit of practice if we are trying to get caught up on any skills. The practice isn’t very long, and is designed to reinforce whatever skills we worked on during the tutoring lesson. It also gives me a chance to see if we need to review that skill any more during the following lesson. Some students have tutoring sessions once a week, and some like to meet twice or even three times per week – it all depends on need, and availability. Payment happens either before or at the time of tutoring lessons.
  • How do I know if I or my child needs tutoring?
    • Sometimes It’s hard to know when it’s the right time to reach out for help. Usually students come to me because it’s difficult to keep up with their peers in school, they don’t feel confident, and/or are receiving poor grades. Other times, students aren’t feeling challenged enough at school, or want to prepare for an upcoming class or test.
  • What do you do to help kids to focus during tutoring?
    • I’ve worked with a lot of kids, all of them different in their own way. One-on-one tutoring is a great way to help students who are more active, have shorter attention spans, or need physical movement while learning. I design each tutoring session to fit the needs of my students. I use a lot of positive rewards, stickers, motivational games, activities and prizes to help keep kids focused and motivated. A lot of times, high energy kids are lost in school because it’s hard for them to focus with so many distractions. It’s amazing to see how excited they are once they have the chance to learn it. All of a sudden they get super motivated to learn and do more!
  • What can I expect during a lesson?
    • This one is tough to answer with a blanket statement. While the actual content of the lesson varies for each student, you can expect the use of many different materials specially selected to target the student’s needs, plenty of feedback, lots of praise, extra practice for remedial skills, and honest answers.
  • Do you communicate with my child’s teachers, other tutors, or other support persons?
    • Yes! I’m happy to share my information with my student’s teachers or anyone else who is involved in their education. I will collaborate to the best of my abilities to make sure we are all working together towards a common goal.
  • What types of curricula have you used?
    • Many! To name a few, Scott Forseman, Everyday Math, enVision Math, Singapore Math, Acaletics, Linda Mood-Bell Reading, Houghton Mifflin Reading, Harcourt Reading, Peasrson Math and Reading curricula, iXL, and A to Z Learning.
  • What about Common Core and state testing?
    • Oh boy…common core and state standardized testing are some serious buzz words flying around in the education world. In a lot of schools I’ve been in, that’s all they talk about! I realize the importance of these types of tests for students, teachers, principals, schools and school districts. Trust me. I get it. However, “teaching to the test” is one of the biggest reasons I left the public school system. During tutoring, I do my best to equip students with the knowledge and testing techniques that will help them in school, but more importantly, I help them to learn things they really need to know, not just memorization for a test.
  • Do you guarantee your work?
    • I cannot guarantee that a student will pass a test, or earn a specific score in a class or on a test. Those types of things all depend on the student completing assignments, studying for tests, finishing practice, attending tutoring sessions and class frequently and consistently, and actively participating in class. I can guarantee that I will provide tutoring services to the best of my abilities, and if, for some reason, I feel that I am not adequately providing the student with what he or she needs, I will say so.
  • What are your hours of operation?
    • I work out of my home office, and generally answer phone calls, texts and emails from around 10 am to 9 pm. I do not answer phone calls or email while I am in a tutoring session, or when I am spending time with family or friends. If you’d like to chat, the best thing to do is schedule a time to talk with me. I’ll make sure I’m available. I schedule lessons for as early as 10 am, and as late as 6:30 pm. I am a one-(wo)man band! Please be patient if I don’t get back to you right away.
  • Where does tutoring take place?
    • For most typical tutoring sessions, I meet with students online. I use a combination of Skype, Scribblar and/or Google Docs to work on various subjects with my students. I have several students who live close by, but actually prefer to meet online because of the flexibility and alternative features online tutoring offers. We play games, work on homework, share informative websites, and can simultaneously edit documents.
    • Otherwise, students come to my home office/classroom for tutoring. I have a room set up just for tutoring, and parents are welcome to hang out in the living room while tutoring is taking place or drop off and return an hour later. My home office is located near 183 and Lakeline Blvd – very convenient for anyone living in Cedar Park, NW Austin, Round Rock or Leander. All of my students who come here find it to be a great environment for tutoring because it’s like a miniature classroom full of materials, games and activities. For special occasions, and depending on availability, I will meet with my students at their home or a public place like a library or coffee shop.
  • How does online tutoring work?
    • For math lessons, I typically use an online interactive whiteboard through a site called Scribblar. It allows both the student and me to write directly on the page simultaneously, and we can also upload documents or pictures, so working on homework or school assignments is super easy. For writing/reading lessons, I typically use Google Docs to easily store all of our work where it is accessible to me, the students and parents. I also use Skype so that the student and I can easily chat and be “face-to-face” during the entire lesson. I do offer free demo sessions, so please let me know if you’re interested!
  • How much do you charge for tutoring?
    • Please take a look at my pricing and fee schedule here.
  • What if I’m unhappy with your tutoring services?
    • Well first of all, I’d be so sad to hear that. Momma always told me, “you can’t please everyone.” so, if you are ever unhappy, please let me know and I will do whatever I can to remedy the situation or issue a refund. I am not a huge corporation, just one person trying to build her own business, so customer satisfaction is very important to me.
  • What if I have a friend who wants tutoring? Can I give them your information?
    • Yes! I love referrals! It’s the best way to grow my business. I even give a 1/2 off discount on your next tutoring session when your referral schedules and completes a tutoring session.
  • What forms of payment do you accept?
    • I accept all major credit cards through Square, checks, and good ol’ cash! Please take a look at my contract for more information on that.
  • Do you offer a background check?
    • I am currently seeking a credible organization to provide background checks to my clients. You are welcome to complete a background check on me on your own. I am fingerprinted with the state of Texas Education Agency – however I have no idea how I could get that information to my clients. See how honest I am?!?
  • Can I contact your references?
    • Yes! I am happy to provide a list of references to you once we have established communication and you are close to being ready to proceed with tutoring. I will be honest with you, I am not comfortable giving out the names and numbers of my current clients to just anyone. They have been nice enough to give me permission to give out their personal information, and I won’t jeopardize their trust.
  • Are there any other fees I should know about?
    • Please take a look at my contract for more information on this. I generally do not charge extra fees except for credit card transactions, special material requests, or if there is some other unusual circumstance.

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