Are you a parent considering tutoring for your child?
I offer a free session for prospective students. This gives you a chance to see whether or not I have the skills you are looking for in a reading teacher for your child.
During the free session, we’ll chat and I’ll read with your child, to get an idea of what he or she knows and doesn’t know about letters, words, and reading. Within this half-hour, I’ll be able to determine whether I can help your child or not. I never lie about it. if I can’t, I tell you so immediately.
If you’re not considering tutoring, the session won’t really be helpful for your child, because there will be no follow-through, which is one of the essential pieces of my teaching. The child and I revisit new things learned again and again in ongoing lessons, and this helps the skills become natural.
How do you teach “online?”
- We connect through Skype, a free program that lets us see one another.
- I share my computer screen with you, so that your child sees the books or whiteboard on my screen.
- I create an appropriate lesson for each session, and it changes from moment to moment as we work together, because I teach precisely what the child needs most at that moment in time, using the hundreds of ebooks I have to choose from.
- Once I understand your child’s issues, we work with ebooks that I search for and buy specifically for your child’s problems.
My child is older. Is it too late for you to help her?
I don’t know, but will be happy to spend a half hour to find out. Being older is not something that makes it impossible for your child to learn. If your child hasn’t learned because of a severe problem,* then it’s possible that I can’t help. But I have successfully taught many older students, including adults, who became successful readers.
Have you ever taught a child who hates to read?
Most of the kids I teach hate reading! And with good reason. They feel like failures at school, they somehow aren’t doing what all the other kids seem to find easy. They’re bewildered, scared, and angry! So yes. I teach kids who hate reading, and many turn out to like it just fine, and others even fall in love with it.
How much does online reading tutoring cost?
The first two weeks are 25% off my usual price, making lessons $26.25 per half hour. This price is effective for as many lessons during that time as you wish. Often parents decide to schedule extra lessons at the begining, to save money, and to get their child off to a strong start. It’s completely up to you.
After the first 14 days, the price is $35 per half hour.
How do I pay you?
I accept Paypal payments prior to lessons. It will be your responsibility to see that each lesson is prepaid. You can pay per lesson, by the week, or by the month. The payment should be made no later than 6 hours before a lesson.
Can I pay by check?
If you prefer to mail checks, they must arrive and clear the bank prior to each lesson. It will be your responsibility to see that each lesson is prepaid. You can pay per lesson, by the week, or by the month.
How many lessons should my child take per week?
As many as you can afford! The more frequent the lessons, the more quickly he or she will progress. I strongly recommend at least two sessions per week.
I can’t afford two lessons a week.
If you simply can’t afford it, I will accept your child once a week, but the progress will be very slow.
I can’t afford a weekly lesson. Can my child take one lesson at a time when I have the money?
Yes, but I don’t offer a free assessment for this arrangement.
How do I arrange a lesson only when I can afford it?
I send an email to those who want an occasional session whenever a regular lesson is canceled. It’s on a first-come, first-served basis. It could help a bit. If there’s nothing else you can do, it could be worth a try.
Do I have to buy any supplies?
No. I provide all the materials we will need.
How long will it take to make my child a good reader?
I don’t know. It depends on what your child already knows, what he doesn’t know, how quickly he picks up the skills with the new approaches I use, and how much he can remember from lesson to lesson. Every child is different.
Some catch on to reading quickly, because they simply missed some essential details about how to figure out words. Once I fill that gap, they’re off and running.
Others have a bit more serious issues, and those take more time to unwind and figure out. In most cases we do find the causes behind the reading problems. I address each one, and gradually, the child improves and learns to read well. It can take a few months, or a few years. It totally depends on each child’s needs.
I work closely with parents to ensure we come up with the best possible outcome for your child, as quickly as possible.
When can we begin?
As soon as you wish, depending on the openings I have available.
Will there be homework?
I don’t assign homework, but it is vital that your child read daily, even on weekends. Kids who need my specialized help lose ground every time they stop daily reading. Your child may do this on her own, or with you, depending on what works for the child. If little reading occurs in the home, the odds of the child becoming a reader go down drastically.
How do I contact you if I have questions about my child’s progress?
We will correspond through email.
What if my child is sick, or we can’t attend a session due to vacation or other commitments?
Naturally your family is free to vacation as you wish, and with advance notice, it is not a problem at all. If possible, inform me the week before.
It is extremely important that your child attend lessons regularly. If not, the progress will be slow. But things do come up, I know. If your child can’t make it, the lesson will be made up at the soonest time we can arrange. I need 6 hours notice in advance so that I can schedule another child in your slot. Without 6 hours notice, the paid lesson is forfeited.
If cancellations happen too frequently, I discontinue lessons with the student, as it can’t be successful.
What if I want to stop the tutoring?
You may stop the lessons at any time. It’s helpful for your child if you give notice a few lessons before you quit so your child and I can review the skills gained to help him retain the learning, but it’s not required.
Teaching struggling readers is my favorite thing in the world, and I have thousands of solutions at my fingertips. Let’s get your child on the road to happy reading, a successful school career and a better life!
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*I cannot help the profoundly disabled, altered, or injured child.