Scheduling and Payment
How do I pay for lessons?
My preferred method is using credit cards (MasterCard or Visa). Prior to the first paid session, you will get an email from "Bothell STEM Coach" via Stripe to pay an invoice. Click on the link and fill in your credit card information to make the payment.
How do I schedule or reschedule lessons?
You can view my availability by going to the Schedule Lesson page. On there, you can pick 1, 1.5, or 2 hour lessons and see what I have available. You can then either schedule it directly through the website, or you can email/text me if you see a time slot you would like to reserve.
How often do you meet with students?
It varies by student and on how much help they need. For each subject, I find most students need about 1 hour per week to understand new material. In the beginning, there may be a few extra sessions if the student is behind. Some students also ask for extra sessions before a big test, too.
When are payments due?
No payment information is needed for the first free 15 minute consultation.
How much does tutoring cost?
My current rates:
What happens if the session runs longer or shorter than the scheduled time?
I generally bill based on the actual length of the lesson, but it's rounded up to the next 15 minutes. So if a lesson goes for 1 hour 10 minutes, then I round up to 1 hour 15 minutes and bill accordingly.
Can lessons be odd lengths such as 30 minutes or 45 minutes?
Yes. When scheduling a lesson, just let me know if you'd like to have a shorter or longer lesson. The cost of the lesson will be pro-rated based on the length, so a 30 minute lesson will be half of the hourly rate, and a 45 minute lesson will be 75% of the hourly rate.
What happens if I miss a lesson?
Sometimes life happens, and I do my best to accomodate. But some students are waiting for open spots each week, and skipping a lesson without notice is unfair to them. For any missed lessons or cancellations within 24 hours of the scheduled time, the lesson will be billed in full, except in extenuating circumstances.
How it Works
How does Online Tutoring work?
I use Zoom for audio and video chat. It is a completely free and available on PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices. I recommend using a laptop or desktop computer with a larger screen, but I've had students use their iPads and tablets.
I either share my screen or I use a website called bitpaper if I need to see the student's work. But most students just find it helpful for me to explain how to break down specific problems.
Isn't it better to tutor in-person?
How do you see the student's work or problems they need to go over?
If I need to see specific problems, you can take a picture and send it to me before or during the lesson. But it's actually not that big of an issue. Most math problems are pretty standard, so I don't need to see a specific problem to be able to teach on that topic. And I have several similar problems that I can pull up if we need more examples to go over.