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Hello! If you are reading this, it’s likely because I have sent you the link to this blog before scheduling a lesson with you. I enjoy tutoring students and teaching them what I know about computer science and cybersecurity, but I value the time I spend teaching, just as you value the time you spend learning. As such, I have implemented the following policies to facilitate mutual respect for each other’s time. These policies may be updated over time. If you are a returning student, I generally will not resend you the link to this blog unless I have made changes, as it is implied that you have been previously informed of my existing policies.   COVID-19 Policy: The ongoing pandemic has pushed most learning online, including tutoring. I am still willing to offer in-person tutoring to students in the Washington, DC Metro area on a case by case basis. During any in-person lessons, please wear a mask at all times. Do not schedule an in-person lesson with me if you have tested... read more

I see a number of tutor requests similar to this plea for help. I never answer them, or offer to help. A student may well ask, but why? What's wrong with my asking for last-minute help. I'm desperate. And that's precisely the problem. You are desperate, you've waited until the last minute, you want someone to bail you out. Other tutors may be eager to help, but I won't. If you have landed in this predicament, then there are problems you should have addressed much earlier in the course. I wish you would have asked for help way back then. I might have been able to save your class work, so you would have learned what the instructor taught related to grammar, writing, etc. That would have been a better use of your tutor dollars, and you might have been able to work on your own thereafter. Now, you just want someone to save you. You won't have learned the topic or the skill. I'm sorry for you, but if you fail the class, perhaps you will consider finding a tutor at the beginning of the course... read more

Please notify me at least three hours before the lesson if you need to reschedule or would like the cancel the lesson. If you give notice at least three hours before the lesson, you will not be charged and the lesson will be successfully cancelled. If you give notice from three hours before the lesson to at least ten minutes before the lesson starts, you will be charged up to 50% of the agreed rate. If you give notice anytime after ten minutes before the lesson, you may be charged up to 100% of the agreed rate.

I value my time spent teaching and your time spent learning. In order to facilitate the scheduling of lessons, I use the following cancellation and no-show policies: 1. If you are unable to attend a scheduled online session, please send me a message through the Wyzant Messaging system 24 hours or more before start time of scheduled lesson. If done so, no charges will be applied to your account. If a student asks for a cancellation/rescheduling of lesson less than 12 hours in advance of the scheduled lesson, a cancellation fee will be assessed. 2. No Show: If you are more than 15 minutes late to a session / fail to show up and did not communicate to me that you are going to be late / absent before the session began, I will consider it as a "no show" and charge the full cost of the session. 3. If you are late to any session, but it is not considered a no-show as per my policy, we can continue the session. However, you will be charged the full amount,... read more

I respect both your time and mine. As such, the following cancellation policy will go into effect on 10/14/20. If you need to cancel: If you cancel at least 12 hours before your scheduled lesson, there will be no charge and we can reschedule for a better time. If you cancel within 4-12 hours before your scheduled lesson, there will be a cancellation fee of 50% of the lesson price. If you cancel less than 4 hours before your scheduled lesson, there will be a cancellation fee of 75% of the lesson price. My minimum lesson time is 1 hour. If you arrive late to a lesson, need to leave early, or don’t have enough material for an hour, I will still charge for the entire hour. If you do not show up within 15 minutes of the lesson start time, I reserve the right to consider it a ‘no-show’ and charge a cancellation fee of 100% of the lesson price. If you are canceling because of an emergency or similar, I will take that into consideration when assessing a... read more

As a high school teacher of over 35 years and a college adjunct for more than 10 years, it's quite obvious that I love teaching and tutoring! Five outside the box tips that help make my tutoring lessons fun: 1.  get to know my student by finding out music he/she likes, food likes, social media favorites, anything that helps us connect 2.  create a fun, comfortable environment/setting that is productive and enjoyable 3.  insert games/hands-on activities into tutoring sessions 4.  bring contagious, positive energy to tutoring sessions  5.  learn something from my student to help them gain confidence and self-esteem (usually tech related)

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