“The only thing that is more expensive than education is ignorance.”Benjamin Franklin
In many parts of the world, education is undervalued. If one takes into account the fact that I have over thirty years of experience teaching, tutoring, attending or leading professional development, and my ongoing research into new methods of teaching such as online education and virtual reality, my fees may seem reasonable. Of course, one’s own budget must be considered, but I have tried to strike a balance between my costs and experience and the budgets of the families I work with. There are also supply costs for my science instruction, equipment to purchase as a VR teacher and many more costs that you may not be aware of.
I charge $60 per hour for tutoring and home school support. If you have been working with me in the past, I will continue to “grandfather you in” with the previous (lower) prices.
I have worked with students that require tutoring and have also worked extensively with home learners for years. I am willing to create a program together with the parents and the students. It is impossible to determine what the cost might be as there are many factors that influence the process. I am willing to work with home learners on a regular basis. For in person teaching in the Greater Vancouver area, driving time will need to be considered.
I have some payment policies meant to avoid miscommunication and ensure fairness for myself and my clients. Over the years, many people have assumed they could change their minds at the last moment without considering that I may have turned down other work to teach their scheduled lesson. To deal with this issue, I require pre-payment.
Clients are expected to pay at least four hours in advance for lessons and if they are not home, they cancel the lesson or the student does not appear in Zoom or in the VR app we are using during that four hour window, the fee will be considered paid. In some cases, I may make exceptions to this rule, but I reserve the right to charge the fee for students who do not attend the lesson or for cancellations.
You are welcome to just pay for just one lesson at a time until you feel enough trust to pay for more than one lesson. I have current families that are willing to be references you can speak to if you are concerned about the idea of pre-payment of the lessons.
Once we have established a regular schedule, the time you have chosen is yours for as long as you need it. I will not give your time to someone else, but I might ask if there is another time that suits you just as well if someone asks for that time. You have the right of refusal on this request. The only exception I make is when a family regularly takes extended breaks from tutoring. In that case, I can not guarantee that you will retain the time you have chosen. My bills and expenses do not take vacations.
Payments can be made by e-transfer for Canadian students and PayPal for international students. I am looking into payment through this website and Bitcoin for future transactions.
As always, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about these policies.