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The newest Wyzant poll asks about how we keep our schedules.  I use the Wyzant calendar to schedule the lessons and log into them, but I use a Google calendar to add them as well, so that my family has access to when I will be unavailable.  This is especially important since we're working from home during Covid19 restrictions and managing parenting. I invite my family to view the lesson time/date so they are able to better manage their own schedules.

Since I need to coordinate the university classes I teach, my family schedules, and my tutoring, I sync it all to  I then restrict the public information. Any open time slot is available for tutoring. Since I hate playing text-tag to schedule an appointment I send my link and my students can see what times work for them (in their own time zone, too) and then they let me know what they want.

I use a combination of calendars, but I really like that the Wyzant calendar is easy to make changes. Showing the students time is really helpful when I schedule online through messages. It would be wonderful if that would show when I schedule through the app, too. The biggest issue I have is trying to keep up with all the different time zones of my students.

I use the Wyzant calendar exclusively as I do all of my private teaching in wyzant. However the calendar could use an upgrade. It's a kluge when you have to scroll down to the evening hours. Said another way, when scrolling down to the evening hours, the day and date move up to the top such that you can no longer tell which column is the day of the week.   Most other calendars I use permit the user to scroll up and down while the day/date stay above that column as a banner.   Nuf Said? Huey

There are tutors out there charging less than $15 per hr for tutoring in Engineering, Really..I am getting prospects that are trying to negotiate with me an hourly rate at or below that. This is unfair competition, and if you are desperate enough to get students that way, then you should not tutor as you are driving the value of the profession way down..Then I get notification from Wyzant that I should be $10 at or below that rate,,,What a disgrace!!! 

1. If you are unable to attend a session (in person or online) that was scheduled, please give written notice through Wyzant 12 hours or more before start time of scheduled lesson. If done so, no charges will be applied to your account. 2. No Show: If you are more than 15 minutes late to a session (in person or online) and did not communicate to me that you are going to be late before the session began or during that 15 minutes of tardiness, I will charge the full cost of the session and it is your responsibility to schedule another session and any other session will be charged as per my rate regardless of this missed 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, you will be charged the full amount, but the time will be deducted from your session (Ie. if the session is for 5PM and you arrive at 5:10PM, the session will still end at 6PM). 4. Please note also, if we have a session... read more

Recently I had a female student that I did an excellent job tutoring her in an Engineering subject. During the session she lost interest in the subject and I could feel it because she came unprepared and was not understanding much. She also asked me few times about getting overcharged as we went over the 2 hr limit with about 15 minutes or so. I only charged her for two hrs, but she gave me a 2 star rating. I tried to contact her to see why she rated me this low, but she did not answer. I was then forced to cancel the lesson to remove the low rating before it was charged to her account. I lost out on the money and she got away with free session. My thought was that I would rather lose the money than having such a low and unfair rating on my record. I am afraid that she might do it again to another tutor. So, if you get contacted by this girl for a lesson DON'T give her a lesson, because I believe that she will do to you what she did to me. If you would like her name, then send me a... read more

Hi all,    I just joined Wyzant as a tutor a few days ago, and was a bit perturbed by an answer I saw to a student question about how to transition to the study of law online. The one tutor who answered this student spent the majority of the post selling himself to the student, noting his high ranking on the website. He did not really answer the student's question. Should I report this?    I understand that Wyzant is a business, and that the tutors on the site are looking for compensation for their time and effort (especially due to current events). However I still feel that pretty much any blog post answer should be 99% dedicated to answering the student's question, and maybe 1% at most "selling" one's services or offering further help.   Thoughts?    Thanks!

I am sure most of you have noticed when scrolling through the questions under the Ask An Expert tab how many of them actually ask the tutors to do the described tasks for the students who ask the questions themselves.  Although we as tutors can report students who ask us to take tests, write whole essays and research papers, I think WyzAnt should start filtering out questions under Ask An Expert that explicitly ask tutors to carry out assignment tasks large and small.  Even though we as tutors can simply bypass those questions when looking for questions to answer under Ask An Expert that fit our own expertise, I think that if WyzAnt were to filter out such questions--namely ones that have keywords in them including "What do you think..." for argumentative-persuasive essay topics to be discussed from the students' own perspectives and knowledge, or "What is the answer to this problem?" for math exercises, for example, then students could also be alerted... read more

Obviously, very few people, across all aspects of our country, as well as others, never foresaw the impact of a worldwide pandemic affecting our daily lives, especially as it comes to the school season. Never the less, in spite of the significant changes to our lives, we in the 21 Century have a great many advantages for continued learning. For many of us, we can probably remember when a mobile phone, was a futuristic fantasy, let alone something called the Internet. These are tools, just as drawing in the sand with one's finger, to a mud tablet with itching, now we have digital binary data points flying around cyberspace. However, teaching, instructing, and education have one factor which transcends human development. 'A teacher'. It is a tremendous responsibility to offer another person, a student, the opportunity to expand their knowledge, to consider different perspectives, to 'think outside the box', to imagine, to wonder, and to entertain concepts which challenge... read more

I used to tell my student teachers: For every hour lesson that you teach in a classroom, be prepared to spend 10 hours prepping and preparing for the set up and delivery of that lesson.  The first time you teach any lesson, you will prepare all of the conceptual material, all of the interactive materials that your students will be using, and you will be adding to your knowledge of the content-- particularly if you are teaching any of the sciences.  People generally do not understand how difficult it is to fashion an hour's lesson at a professional and excellent level.     I have deep sympathy for the AP students out there who are scrambling to adapt to a changing text environment.  Meanwhile, I do not wish to present anything other than an excellent presentation online to represent myself-- or Wyzant.  This is not as simple as "turn on the cameral and talk for an hour".  Perhaps it is reasonable to ask for a FREE hour from tutors... read more

I would love to help students prepare for the AP Biology Exam! In this time of change, I understand how teaching has changed and students have been forced to adapt to the online learning environment. I am willing to do everything in my part to help these students succeed, including providing free AP Biology Exam prep lessons. In high school, I passed the AP Biology exam and I graduated college with a BS in Biology so my passion for learning and teaching this subject is truly warranted. 

With the AP Music Theory Test on the horizon, it is important for students to prepare for a type of test we have never seen before. While your regular teachers are a great resource, it is a good idea to check in with someone who specializes in Test Prep and who is keeping up with all of the sudden changes. The College Board group has submitted new preparations, new practice exams, and new formats to handle the online format, are you up to date? In order to grab that college credit (and potentially pass out of unnecessary classes) I encourage all student's taking the AP Test to reach out to a AP Specified Tutor who is familiar and capable of reviewing all of the changes.

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