Will I need to sign a contract?
Are there fees?
How do you select and screen your tutors?
If they are currently working for a school district they already have on file with the school district a Vulnerable Sector Screening (“VSS”). A VSS is a special police check of individuals who intend on working or volunteering with those who are dependent on others because of their age, disability, or other circumstances, and are therefore at a greater risk of being harmed by a person in a position or authority or trust.
If the tutor is not currently working for a school district, we require and keep on file a recent VSS.
Every one of our tutors has been personally interviewed by Inspiring Tutors’ Director to determine their teaching and communication styles.
How do I know that your tutors really are Ontario certified teachers?
What happens after the initial free consultation?
We do our very best to accommodate your schedule. But sometimes it may be necessary to find an alternate time in order to adjust to the availability of the tutor that we believe is best for your student. The tutoring will start as soon as a schedule has been agreed. All the information garnered by Inspiring Tutors during the initial consultation is shared with the tutor before the first tutoring session.
Do you start with a placement test or skills assessment?
How do I pay for the tutoring sessions?
Are there discounts available?
At the start of tutoring, however, we do not encourage advance purchases. Not because we do not want to give discounts, but because the student may not need that many sessions. The tutor is the best person to determine after the first few sessions just how many additional sessions may be needed. It boils down to what is best for the student. If tutoring continues past what is necessary it may reverse the positive effect that the tutoring has had on the student’s experience of the learning process.
How long are tutoring sessions?
The desire of parents and/or tutors for a longer session is often motivated by monetary considerations. The parent may believe their child needs more than an hour a week but doesn’t want to pay for two. They may believe that one 90-minute session would be a good compromise to get more tutoring at less cost. And the tutor may want to earn more for the time invested in driving back and forth for the tutoring session.
We at Inspiring Tutors believe that it is the student’s learning experience that should dictate how much time is spent tutoring. If the student’s interest and concentration is still keen after 60 minutes, then a 90 minute session is perfectly acceptable. The tutor is the best person to gauge this.
What materials will my student need for the tutoring?
Inspiring Tutors provides the tutor with a checklist of the Ontario curriculum expectations for the course the student is taking. The tutor will use this to continually assess and mark the student’s progress.
Because our tutors adapt to the particular needs of each student, there may be the odd occasion where the tutor determines that your student’s course materials are not enough. It is then the tutor’s responsibility to communicate what is needed to the parent. It is the responsibility of the parent to procure the materials needed. The tutor is not allowed to require materials from which the tutor will personally profit, or to purchase materials for the parent and charge the parent an additional fee for having done so.
How can you help with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia, or difficulties resulting from ADD/ADHD, etc.?
What about home-schooling?
That is where Inspiring Tutors can be an important addition to a home-schooling plan. And it is why we provide substantial discounts for multiple hours of tutoring per week. As well, our Ontario certified teacher/tutors are experienced in curriculum development and may assist the home-schooling parent in devising an individualized curriculum for the student.
What if my student and the tutor don’t seem to be getting along well?
What if the tutoring is not meeting our expectations?
We must emphasize that tutoring is a two-way street and for that reason we cannot make any guarantees. Although our tutors make every effort to inspire their students, your student must possess enough desire to want to put in the necessary effort to succeed. Otherwise it can be a waste of time and your money.
If the tutoring is not meeting your expectations, we would like to know as soon as possible in order to remedy the situation. Please also note that you may at any time request a different tutor or cancel with no cost to you if you provide a minimum of one week’s advance notice.