Common Tutoring Queries

Everything You Need to Know

Do you have a specific teaching qualification?

Of course! I am building on seven years of professional classroom teaching experience, in addition to language arts and reading/writing private tutoring in both group settings and one-on-one (private teaching) settings. I received my BA in English from the University of Missouri in Columbia where I attended on the Mark Twain Out-of-State Scholarship for Excellence in Journalism, and in addition to teaching after graduation, I enrolled in Bridge University for certification in TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) for ESL students and adults. I taught for five years in the classroom and tutored for ten years both privately and at local colleges (including Lone Star College - University Park) and secondary schools throughout the Region IV area of Greater Houston.

How do you charge for your teaching services?

Great question! I believe in being upfront and clear about pricing, payment options, and more importantly, ensuring you and/or your child know exactly how that price is calculated. Nobody likes to talk money - it's awkward - and yes, teachers do love what we do! However, hiring a teacher who is experienced, certified, and can give insider knowledge and tips and tricks into the school system and its workings and how to best succeed through it, is much more valuable than, perhaps, your teenage family friend who likes to read sometimes, or even a college student. This. is why on "churn and burn" marketplace websites that turn out more tutors than I can count at one time, you may be offered abnormally low prices. Please remember: You truly do get what you pay for, as with anything, and fortunately, I still charge on the much more reasonable spectrum of teachers and tutors with similar qualifications. The pricing for tutoring services is as follows:

1 Hour Face-to-Face (In-Person) Tutoring OR Online Tutoring (One-on-one): $60 per hour.

(*During the peak months/years of Covid-19, these were charged separate rates to ease financial pressure on struggling families and students. However, please be informed that all tutoring has resumed at its standard rate.)

1 Hour ESL Tutoring or TOEFL/IELTS/Citizenship Test Prep: $50 per hour (plus additional incentives and discounts for individuals undergoing hardship as a result of language barrier, immigration or legal status, etc.)

Any Consultation: $20 per hour (or Free)

Writing and Editing Services Vary. Please click here for more information. (Generally, $.05 per word for line editing)

Where do you hold your teaching sessions?

In-PersonCurrently, I am located in close proximity to the Memorial-Spring Branch-Highland Village area, but I am also a short distance to other suburbs and downtown areas including Montrose, Heights, Upper Kirby, Bellaire, Cypress, Highland Village, and Tomball. I am able to travel to your home or other preferred place of study (i.e. library, school campus) within the Memorial and Spring Branch area to a location of the student's choice at no extra cost, while other locations will be considered upon request, and at a minimal fee for travel expenses.

My general recommendation is to meet outside of your home though. I go into more detail about this in a recent video responding to questions which you can find here. Libraries or my work location (a shared office space) are most ideal. Essentially though, you decide where you prefer to learn! 

*Please note that students must be within a reasonable distance to a parent or guardian at all times with no exceptions! This is crucial in case a student faces a medical or unexpected family emergency, experiences an injury, or if either party feels uncomfortable to learn at any given moment. This has not happened before, but being safe, rather than sorry, is the best (and legal!) way to go.

Online: This option, of course, involves no restrictions in terms of location. Receive all the same quality services from ni-person tutoring, but through Zoom instead! Zoom links will be sent along with appointment confirmations.