To pay less for long time or pay more for short?
I have been responding to a lot of requests recently, yet got no further reply thereafter. Some students just wrote me that my rate is higher than others.
Well, I have some say there, as I had students before who came back to me after they tried other tutors. The question is, would you rather pay more for a short time or pay less for a longer period of time?
First, some students do not have a clear goal of the "deadline," which means they do not know to what extent they need to learn about certain subjects and until which date they need to achieve this goal. They would set up a schedule for one or two 1-hr lessons each week and see where it takes. The result is, after a long time, or after they couldn't make it to the classes for some time, they would lose their urge and quit the classes. In this way, they waste the money spent on previous sessions, even if they pay a less-than-usual rate.
On the other hand, some students know what they are going to do and just work to the point. They would pay reasonable rates or even higher rates just to achieve their goal(s) for a certain period of time. For example, when they need to crash SAT/ACT to prepare tests in two months, they just go for them, and usually they would make it to the goals at the end of two months, then move on to the next goal. Everyone is busy and has goals of life one after another, why bother to waste money and time on some slow and dragging sessions?
Second, some parents of little kids would like to find tutors to babysit the kids by engaging the kids with reading and story-telling. This is another story, as their goal is killing time. Although they could finally find a tutor with a low rate, they don't realize this is harmful for the kids for the long run. What the kids see and experience is long, low-efficiency classes and less interesting activities. And this would plant different ideas in kids' mind that they do not have to work hard toward their goals since they have a lot time on hand to kill. The education for the kids would fail at the beginning.
So I would support the idea of investing more intensive time and money to solve problems at school and in life. Stay focused on some key issues and crack them one by one. Also, stay ahead of school schedule and plan ahead. Then everybody could be the winner!