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Old 06-23-2020, 01:38 PM
 
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I have a parent who is asking about some tutoring. I have never done it before, but I am considering it as this family is very nice, and it could be nice to make some extra money this summer. However, I have some questions.

This child was in my class this year. The year is fully over, though. The child will be attending a different school in the fall (private) which is part of the reason the mom wants some additional support for him. She reached out to me asking about said tutoring, and if I would offer it.

He's a rising 1st grader. Wants support in reading. I don't have many resources with me here at home. However, I could potentially print some resources from online and/or borrow books from the library (they are open now, in my city).

Thoughts on what I should charge? I've never done this before (I know rates can vary by area). How much time for each session?

Where should I meet them, if I do this? I would definitely require (for my protection) that either a parent be present (not necessarily "right there" just in the same place - such as if I met them in their home, the parent might be somewhere else in the home, but not leaving) and/or in a public place such as a library. However, Covid makes this a bit more tricky.


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In my area most charge $70/hr. I would suggest you create a tutoring contract of sorts that clearly outline your fee, how/when payments should be made, and your no show/cancel policy. It shows your professionalism and is easier to lay it all out in advance of an issue arising. Send the contract in an email. Maybe meet at a park? My sessions are one hour max.
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I agree that an hour is plenty - 50 minutes is generally enough so plan on 5 minutes for se- up and settling in and 5 minutes for closure. We charge $50 here but it depends on where you live.

I have always tutored in a student's home but that doesn't seem like a reality now - perhaps outside on a deck if that works out.

Would your school let you use a room for tutoring if you were strict about where you and the student would be touching?

I would also have supplies/books that the student takes care of, if possible to limit how much you are passing back and forth.

It is doable. I am going to tutor a student via Zoom but I am going to drop off materials to the family ahead of time. Good luck!!
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