What is the actual cost to you of tutoring and what is the cost benefit?
Lets compare some apples to apples or maybe apples to oranges if you like, on costs. The ACT test is $62.50 to register with a $30 late feel. The general SAT is $49.50; with the essay - $64.50. The individual subject tests (required by many universities) is an additional $48 per test. The Toefl test is $166 to $300 for the IBT (computer test) and $180 for the paper test with a $40 late fee. The ASVAB test is free. The down side to this is a passing score is an absolute minimum to join the military.
So, lets compare. If the tutor charges $30 per hour and you meet once each week for eight weeks the cost is $240. If the tutor charges $20 per hour for eight weeks is $160.
So again, what is the cost? The cost listed above isn't all that great unless: you fail, you pass but the score is too low and you cannot get into the school/program you want to get into. Again, with the military, you are just out of the game. If this were for a class, how much? At the community college where I teach, the cost of one class (4 units) is $714.50. How about that class? What if you fail or get a D and have to repeat it? How much are you out of pocket now?
Let's consider one even more chilling thought that was recently passed onto me by a school counselor. This guy has been around for awhile, so he knows. Let's take for example, the Engineering Dept. at the local Uni. It is your desire to become an engineer. Because you are not so great at calculus, it takes you four stabs to get through. But you got through, right? No harm,no foul. Actually, no. According to my counselor friend, the department in question will evaluate your entire transcript to include......how many times....it took you to get through calculus. Oh, my. Apparently, what they are looking to see is not four stabs, they would very much like to see one time and, by the way, with a B that time. Oops!
Last thought, many schools and programs do not offer endless 'windows of opportunity' for admissions. Often, the best schools are highly competitive (which is why they're the best.) That best foot forward really needs to be on the front end, not the back end after you've had a lot of time to think about those C's and D's. So.....at the end of the day, what is the value? You tell me. Thanks! Courtney W., MA