FAQ's

Why is tutoring important?

Tutoring can help strengthen subject matter comprehension, boost students' confidence, and build important learning skills. Tutoring gives students individualized attention that they don't get in a crowded classroom. Tutoring helps children who struggle academically to keep up and advance, as well as challenging those students who aren't challenged enough in the classroom. Tutoring also keeps students on track, or get them caught up, during breaks from school, such as during spring break, or during the summer recess periods.



Is online tutoring effective?

Online tutoring has become increasingly popular in recent years, especially with the rise of remote learning due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While some may be skeptical of the effectiveness of online tutoring, research has shown that it can be just as effective, if not more so, than in-person tutoring.

One benefit of online tutoring is that it allows for greater flexibility and convenience for both the tutor and the student. Students can receive personalized instruction from the comfort of their own home, without the need to travel to a physical location. Additionally, online tutoring often utilizes technology such as video conferencing and screen sharing, which can enhance the learning experience.

Furthermore, online tutoring can be beneficial for students who may feel uncomfortable or intimidated in a traditional classroom setting. Students may feel more at ease working one-on-one with a tutor in an online environment, which can lead to greater engagement and improved learning outcomes.

Overall, while every student is different and may have different learning preferences, online tutoring can be an effective option for those seeking personalized instruction and greater flexibility.



What evidence is there for the benefits of online tutoring?

An interesting survey by Bramble* found that the majority of their users found online tutoring more or as effective than face-to-face tutoring. The survey which represents 2,000 users in a total of 38 countries gives a great insight into all sections of the tutoring industry. In the survey, 84% of students reported that online tutoring was more effective or as effective as in-person tutoring. Furthermore, 73% of parents and 72% of tutors agreed that better grades resulted for students who learn online.

*Source: https://about.bramble.io/blog/news-online-tutoring-beats-in-person.html



Why should I choose Advanced Minds Tutoring?

Our tutors have experience in every type of school setting (public, private, and online), and they are highly qualified. When you work with us, you are getting a tutor that will give your student quality one-on-one attention and personalized interactive instruction. Plus, our tutors are ready to listen, encourage, and empower your student so that they can not only improve their skills, but also increase in their overall self-confidence.



What grade levels do you offer tutoring for?

We currently tutor for children in grade levels 2-12 for all of our English tutoring. Mathematics tutoring is coming soon.



What subjects do you offer tutoring in?

We currently tutor for: reading, writing, mainstream English, English as a Second Language, English as an Additional Language (EAL), and English as a Foreign Language. Mathematics tutoring is coming soon.



How will tutoring sessions be conducted?

All sessions will be done virtually (online), via Zoom video conferencing. Skype is available upon request. You will need a computer, or laptop, a webcam, and access to high-speed internet.



How long are tutoring sessions?

You may choose between 30-minute sessions and 60-minute sessions.



How many sessions will be provided per week?

It is generally recommended that sessions be held twice a week, however, you have the flexibility to choose how many sessions will be held per week. 



How much does each tutoring session cost?

The 15-minute initial consultation session is free, and we charge $50 USD per hour for English tutoring sessions. 



How do I pay for a tutoring session?

Payments are collected electronically through Stripe, on a bi-weekly basis. Every other Friday you will be charged for two weeks of tutoring in advance. For example, if your tutoring sessions are scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays, you will be charged the Friday before your first week of sessions begin. Payments must be made before your scheduled sessions begin.



What is your cancellation policy?

If you need to cancel a session for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible. We require 24 hours’ notice for cancellation. Sessions canceled within 24 hours may not be rescheduled. Exceptions may be made in case of an emergency.


Since all sessions are prepaid, we do not provide refunds for canceled sessions. Instead, your paid credit will be applied to the next scheduled tutoring session.



What is your “no-show” policy?

It is important that you communicate with us as soon as possible, if you know that your student will be late to our tutoring session. If the student does not arrive within 15 minutes of a scheduled session time, they will be considered a “no-show.” A “no-show” session cannot be rescheduled, though exceptions may be made in case of an emergency. Time missed due to a late arrival will not be made up, and refunds will not be possible.



How many times will emergency situations be excused?

Twice in a one-year period.



What is your planned absence policy?

If you know in advance that you will need to miss a session due to a vacation, medical appointment, or other reason, please let us know at least two weeks in advance.



What happens if my payment is declined?

You will be contacted directly in the case that a payment has been declined, and the payment must be made before the tutoring session is scheduled. Otherwise, the session will be cancelled. 

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