FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

We're proud to offer very competitive tutoring rates. Our sessions do vary for subject and travel time, so it's important to get a custom quote. You can get an idea of our rates on our rate page. For most students, we recommend hourly meetings; SAT and ACT prep requires 2 hour sessions. All prices are given per hour.

We are confident that you will find our rates to be the best value for one on one tutoring. We do offer discounts for group classes.

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How much is tutoring?

As of March 2020, we are online -- which means we are global. We do accept in-person clients in the Glendale area on a case-by-case basis. 

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Where are you?
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Just fill out a consultation request and we'll get back to you ASAP. Please note that office hours are M-Thu 9-2p and I screen all phone calls; email is the best way to contact me.

How do I sign up?

I've put together some additional resources for families you can check out. The ACT / SAT Test Prep Timeline, the ACT & SAT average scores, and the schools that accept the ACT's superscore.

The ACT & SAT are pretty similar at this point; the difference boils down to this: the ACT has more questions, less time; the SAT has tricky, confusing questions. If you don't like feeling tricked, take the ACT. If you like puzzles, take the SAT. Yes, even after 2020, we still recommend taking the exam.

Getting started ASAP is great; three months is a good sweet spot.

 

We do NOT offer a score guarantee, and frankly, no tutor worth his salt should. There are way too many variables and, as with all things, what you put into it is what you'll get out!

Make sure you review the timeline to see when you should take the tests.

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SAT or ACT? When do I take it? What are these?!
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Is Kate available personally?

Absolutely! Please check the 'book a class' page for my schedule. 

As of March 2020, Kate has moved most sessions online, which means her hours can be a little more flexible. 

Tell me about group tutoring?
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We love it! In groups of seven or less! We do not ever host more than 8 students at a time because we believe in the benefits of individual attention; we also believe that teaching strengthens comprehension, so if your child has friends they'd like to tag in, we love that.

What ages do you teach?

We can work with students K-12 and adults (college level and beyond). We can help with college or work essays/presentations, simple reading comprehension, and everything in between. 

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What are your lessons like?
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Tell me about the consultation package deal?

For just $200, Kate personally designs a customized study plan, complete with tools for your student. I give you the plan, you do the work! This includes a 20 minute call either with a parent or with the student and one round of emailed questions and a quick follow up chat about a week or so later!

This is a great option for families on a budget or if you're looking to make a change without committing first. It's NOT so great for kids with motivation problems or anyone who needs ongoing structure, but I love to suggest it as a first resource! You can inquire about the plan by requesting a consult.

I get this question a LOT and I absolutely understand why BUT! I think any tutor worth your time is going to tell you this:

It depends entirely on the student. I can't answer that accurately until I meet your child.

And here's why: my lessons are not boiler plate for all kids. If your daughter knows how to write essays and doesn't need help with that for her ACT, we won't focus on it. If your son is struggling with limits but knows how to FOIL, I'm not going to waste his time. Or yours! So let's get to know each other a little and we'll take it from there!

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Will you take my test / write my essay / guarantee a score / doctor answers / etc.?

ABSOLUTELY NOT. 

We are here to educate, encourage, and assist. Never, ever will your tutor agree to cheat for you. Your scores reflect your work and your aptitude. We hope you're happy with them; we hope we help them go up. But no, we will not do your work for you. We also do not guarantee grade or score increases because there are simply too many variables at play -- it's your work and you're ultimately responsible for it.