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How does your tutoring work?
Where are you located?
How much does your tutoring cost?
What are your hours?
Why choose Masterminds over other tutoring services?
What subjects and grade levels do you tutor?
Who are your tutors?
How long are the sessions?
Can my student change tutors if they aren't a good fit?
Do I have to sign a contract to receive tutoring?
Do you use a curriculum or lesson plans?
Do you provide homework help?
Can I schedule a session for today?
Do you offer tutoring packages?
Can we record the tutoring sessions for future reference?
What are your cancellation, rescheduling, lateness, and no-show policies?
What other test prep, besides the ACT, do you offer?
Do you offer tutoring for students with learning disabilities?
Why should my student try tutoring?
How do payments work?

 


 

How does your tutoring work?

 

You schedule a session with us through the "Schedule Now" button above, and we send a tutor to meet your student at your preferred meeting place. After each session, we email you notes written by the tutor so you can stay up-to-date on your student's progress. All of our sessions are one-on-one so your student always gets the undivided attention of their tutor.

 

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Where are you located?

 

Anywhere you want us to be! We don't have a physical location; we send our tutors to you. Our tutors can meet your student in your home or at the closest library or coffee shop: whatever is most convenient for you. Each of our tutors has their own service area, which you can see on our Tutors page.

 

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How much does your tutoring cost?

 

Each of our tutors has their own hourly rate. Please check the Tutors page.

 

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What are your hours?

 

Our tutoring hours are 9am to 9pm, 7 days a week (individual tutor availabilities vary). Our "office hours" are generally from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday with extended hours for current clients, but you can book sessions 24/7 through the “Schedule Now” button above.

 

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Why should I choose Masterminds over other tutoring services?

 

In short: we offer both the flexibility and convenience of a private tutor and the quality and reliability of a tutoring center.

 

Unlike tutoring centers, 1) there's no pre-written curriculum that we force your student to work through (instead, we help them conquer whatever they're working on in class), 2) you aren't required to sign a multi-session contract in order for your student to receive tutoring (instead, you can schedule sessions whenever you want through our website), and 3) your student won't be placed with a random tutor who was only hired to guide them through the script of a pre-written curriculum but who has no personal expertise in the subject that they are tutoring (instead, our tutors specialize in the subjects that they tutor). Tutoring isn't fast food, so why would you want to get your tutoring from a franchise?

 

Unlike random private tutors (online or local), 1) our tutors all undergo an interviewing process and comprehensive background checks, 2) we hand-pick our tutors based on their previous tutoring experience, unique knowledge of the subject matter, and professional but easygoing personalities, and 3) you're free to switch tutors anytime without any hassle.

 

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What subjects and grade levels do you tutor?

 

We specialize in helping 6th through 12th grade students. Sometimes we help younger students with math or homework help, but we do not currently have any tutors who specialize in reading instruction. We also sometimes help college/adult students with 6th-12th grade subjects. Subjects that our tutors help with include: 6th grade math, algebra 1, algebra 2 (with trigonometry), pre-algebra, geometry, pre-calculus, calculus, statistics, physical science, biology, chemistry, physics, english, history, government/economics, Spanish, homework help, and ACT or SAT test prep.

 

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Who are your tutors?

 

Click here to see our current tutors and learn more about them. Our tutors come from a variety of backgrounds: some are college students who are teachers-in-training or are studying the subject areas that they tutor, some are professionals who are uniquely qualified to tutor certain subjects, and others are retired teachers who still have a passion for teaching. All of our tutors go through a multi-step interview process and comprehensive background check to ensure that they are qualified to tutor your student.

 

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How long are the sessions?

 

You can choose from either hour-long sessions, hour-and-a-half-long sessions, or two-hour sessions, depending on how much help would benefit your student the most.

 

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Can my student change tutors if they aren't a good fit?

 

Most likely! If your student doesn't click with the first tutor they try, we can usually find another tutor who can help with the same subject. However, we believe all of our tutors are excellent at what they do or else we wouldn't have hired them, so we don't foresee that you'll need to change tutors.

 

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Do I have to sign a contract to receive tutoring?

 

No, we don't require any kind of commitment. You can schedule sessions three times a week, once a week, or once a month - whatever would be most helpful for your student. You can schedule sessions weeks in advance or the day of (if we have a tutor available) through the Schedule Now button above.

 

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Do you use a curriculum or lesson plans?

 

No, we believe that it's more beneficial to work with what your student is currently working on in class rather than give them extra work. If you want tutoring during the summer, we need the student to bring to the session some kind of materials they want to go over with the tutor.

 

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Do you provide homework help?

 

Yes, our tutors are happy to provide general homework help. We will gladly assist your student with whatever they are currently working on in class - homework, take-home quizzes, papers, test prep, etc. If the student has previous tests or assignments that they didn't score well on, we recommend bringing those, too, so they can review the material with the tutor. Our tutors can also provide general study habits and organizational tips along the way.

 

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Can I schedule a session for today?

 

No. Because our tutors have busy lives, their plans change, and we respect their time, we cannot offer same-day scheduling. If we see that you selected today's date on the scheduling form, we will contact you to reschedule for a later date. Therefore, we highly encourage you to plan ahead, get your student's testing schedule early, and schedule tutoring far in advance of the test or on a regular basis.

 

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Do you offer tutoring packages?

 

Not at this time. But you're welcome to pay for multiple sessions in advance if that's easier for you.

 

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Can we record the tutoring sessions for future reference?

 

No. For the privacy of our tutors and your student, we do not allow the tutoring sessions to be recorded, but, after each session, the tutor will write detailed session notes that we'll email you for your review.

 

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What are your cancellation, rescheduling, lateness, and no-show policies?

 

Please let us know about any changes to your scheduled sessions as soon as you know about them. You must give us at least a 4-hour notice to cancel or reschedule a session or else you'll be charged a fee equal to one hour of tutoring. We must do this because the tutor that you reserved could've been helping another student during that time.

 

If your student is late to a session, we can't always extend the time of the session because the tutor must get to their next session on time, and you'll still be charged for the full session time. If your student is late, we'll attempt to contact you to see if they're on the way. If we don't hear from you by 15 minutes after the session start time, the tutor is free to leave.

 

If your student doesn't show up at all, unless we get at least a 4-hour notice from you, you'll be charged for the full session. We do this because we always pay our tutors for their time even if the student doesn't show up.

 

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What other test prep (besides the ACT) do you offer?

 

We get frequent requests for help with the SAT, PSAT, GED, GRE, and other standardized tests. Although we don't have any formal programs for those tests like we do for the ACT, students find it valuable to book sessions with one of our tutors who can help them review practice tests they've completed, correct mistakes, brush up on math or English skills, and provide general test-taking and study tips. When you book a session through the Schedule Now button, select the "Test Prep" option as your desired class and write detailed notes in the text box so the tutor can better assist your student.

 

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Do you offer tutoring for students with learning disabilities?

 

While we don't have any specific programs or curriculum designed for students with learning disabilities, some of our tutors do have experience with these students. However, as of now, we don't have any tutors who are experts in any particular learning disability. If your student simply needs general help with the material in one or more of their classes, we can help. If your student needs more specialized attention concerning their particular learning challenges, they might benefit more from another professional who offers those specific services.

 

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Why should my student try tutoring?

 

Most times, the one hour per day in class that a student receives in school is not enough to fully grasp difficult material. Other times, extracurricular activities make sticking to a homework schedule difficult.

 

Students find that time spent with a Masterminds tutor helps them conquer their workload much more efficiently than they could on their own.

 

Plus, did you know that research has found that the average tutored student's grades were higher than 98% of the other non-tutored students in their class? (Source). Even more reason to give tutoring a try!

 

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How do payments work?

 

Payment is due at least an hour before each session. If we don't receive payment by then, the session will have to be postponed. You can pay through our Payments page (via Square) or by providing your credit card info over the phone. If paying by credit card, there's a 3% processing fee charged by our payment processing system. If needed, you can also pay by check, which can be mailed to the address on our Contact page, but the check must clear at least an hour before the session.

 

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