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Before a Session Begins
  
First and foremost, be on time for your tutoring sessions, and try not to miss any appointments. The student is counting on you for assistance, and cancelling or showing up late for tutoring sessions could be a great hindrance to his/her progress and development.

Try to take some time to get to know the student, and find out what his or her interests are. Sharing your interests sends a message to the student that you are genuinely interested in him/her as an individual, and not just as another client. The more comfortable that the student feels with you, the more willing he/she will be to cooperate in the tutoring session.

Avoid distracting environments by holding the session in a quiet area that is cleared of all books, papers and sounds that are not relevant to course material.
   
Initial Observations
The most important step is to determine where the student lies with respect to his/her understanding of the subject. Make sure you know if he/she understands the basic fundamental concepts before getting into more complicated subject matter. This will ensure that the student has a firm foundation on which to build higher level concepts.
 
Provide positive feedback when the student responds, even if his/her answer is incorrect. You do not want the student to become disheartened and give up.

Do not let the student take advantage of you. Be sure that he/she complete assigned problems. This will create a level of respect between you and the student.
Be creative in your teaching style, even if you are working with older students. Using analogies relating to your student's interests, such as sports, will help motivate him/her to try and solve the problem.
How to Manage Billing and Collections
 
The ways in which you receive payment may differ on a client to client basis. If tutoring sessions are sporadic, i.e. you work with the student each time he is studying for an exam, you should collect your fee at the end of the session, depending on how long the session was. If you know that you will be tutoring the child for one hour per week for the entire school year, you can collect the entire month's payment at the beginning of each month. However, unless you have a special arrangement with the student or you have been paid in advance, do not leave a tutoring session without being paid.
How to Prepare for a Lesson
 
Before your first lesson, you may want to review the subject material before meeting with your student.
 
 For the first session with a young student, you may want to bring materials with you if you are not sure what the student will have. The student will be responsible for bringing his/her textbooks and notebooks, but you will make a good impression on the student and his/her parents if you come with notes, folders, calculators and other useful material. 

Maintain a record of what is accomplished at each tutoring session. This way, you can create a lesson plan for your next session based on what was completed in the previous session.
How to Determine Pricing 
 
The fee that you charge should be dependent on your level of education and experience. Keep in mind that acceptable fees vary widely. It may be helpful to consult with other tutors to get a better idea of acceptable fees. Below are some suggested average prices for differing levels:  
  • Subject teacher: $25-40.00/hr  

  • Head/Master teacher: $35-$60.00/hr

  • Master Teacher (including marking/syllabus/assessment experience): $35-$70/hr  

  • Trained coaches: As usually advertised.

 
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