FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW DO YOU SCHEDULE SESSIONS?
Our approach is to be as flexible as possible. We recommend coordinating sessions on a week-to-week basis, advocating for proactive and consistent communication to ensure that student needs are met, while at the same time accommodating changing and busy schedules.
WHERE DO YOU HOLD TUTORING SESSIONS?
We offer both in-person and online tutoring.
We often meet students at local public spaces like coffee shops or libraries. Our most frequent cafes include The Red Silo Cafe in Arvada, Bean Fosters in Golden, and most Starbucks. We also are happy to meet at any other location convenient to you, including your home.
Since 2018, we have been conducting a high volume of our tutoring online using Zoom. See an explanation below of how online tutoring works.
WHAT SUBJECTS DO YOU TUTOR IN?
For SAT/ACT test prep, we tutor all subjects and also teach strategies by section to equip students with time management techniques to maximize their score. We also identify gaps in content knowledge that arise and develop a game plan to concurrently address them!
For subject-specific tutoring, we tutor the following levels for the following disciplines:
MS Science through College Physics
Reading & Writing to AP Language & Comp.
MS Social Studies to AP US History & Gov.
We are also versed in teaching students fundamental academic habits like organization, time management, and how to study, all while providing mentoring and general homework help.
HOW DO YOU CHARGE FOR YOUR SERVICES?
You can choose to purchase a tutoring package for a discounted rate or pay session by session using our standard hourly rate.
Discounted rates are also available for group tutoring. We also offer a 15% military discount on any package for clients that have active or retired military personnel in their immediate family.
Payment is accepted using Venmo, Zelle, PayPal, or cash/check. The contact info for payment is firstname.lastname@example.org. Any opportunity to avoid platform fees is also greatly appreciated!
DO YOU TUTOR OVER THE SUMMER?
Yes! We are most available to tutor over the summer and have tutored students with a variety of goals, including students seeking accelerated studies to progress to their next level math class, students seeking remediation to get back on track with proficiency, and students who are dedicated to completing as much SAT/ACT test prep as possible.
DO YOU OFFER ANY TRIAL SESSIONS?
Yes. We offer a risk free tutoring session for clients interested in determining whether or not working together is a good fit. You only pay if you are satisfied with the session!
ARE HOURLY PACKAGES FLEXIBLE?
Yes! Hourly packages never expire and hours can be used over the course of multiple years and for different students within the family across any and all subjects.
WHAT ARE YOUR TEACHING QUALIFICATIONS?
Our team is comprised of licensed teachers going for National Boards Certification, valedictorians, aspiring lawyers, data scientists, etc., all with extensive experience in tutoring at the middle school, high school, and college level.
HOW ARE YOU DIFFERENT FROM OTHER TUTORS?
We are locally based and pride ourselves on being accommodating, relationship driven, and excellent.
Whatever parameters you set for your optimal tutoring scenario, we work to make it happen. We want to know your academic needs so we can best invest our efforts to help you meet your goals, whatever they may be.
DO YOU DO ANY COLLEGE AND CAREER PLANNING?
While we offer our best insights to students and families about next steps, we encourage you to reach out to Cardinal College Planning. Owner Tonica Johnson is dedicated to providing personalized college counseling to find the right college for every student.
95% of their students have been accepted to their top-choice school, securing an average financial aid package of $62,610!
Before the pandemic made Zoom popular, we were already leveraging it’s usefulness to help students. Since 2018, we have been effectively tutoring students online using the free Zoom platform.
Our tutors use their iPads to screen share a whiteboard through the Notability app and work through problems with students while dialoguing in real-time just like they would in person.
Students send copies or pictures of relevant documents that can be uploaded and annotated on the Notability Whiteboard. These notes are saved and sent to students as a PDF for future reference.
Meeting remotely cuts down travel time for both students and tutors, saving time and energy that can then be used to optimize student learning. This flexibility also allows our students to request sessions and help ad hoc if necessary, in case they are needing some last-minute help before a test or in completing an assignment.
See attached an example of an annotated document that was used during a tutoring session, along with a video explanation of how it all works below.