What benefits are included with your fees?
When you study with Jeff, you can send Jeff notes throughout the week for Jeff to read and organize. You are not charged extra for this, as it helps Jeff get ready for the lesson. It is time consuming. Also, Jeff maintains an exclusive client list so that you are guaranteed Jeff has enough time to provide high quality professional service.
Do you still explain material while teaching study techniques?
Jeff spends part of each lesson explaining the material. However, Jeff knows from experience that the student must be able to look things up more quickly, analyze better, memorize, and remember. On the test, students must answer questions correctly AND quickly. This means a student must learn to respond faster and with confidence. Learning and applying Jeff's tutoring techniques helps with quickness, analysis, memory and recall.
How does Jeff's program include strengthening my child's ability to learn by Zoom?.
Jeff understands that some students learn more productively in person than while studying over zoom. That is why Jeff demonstrates how to learn by Zoom. Jeff works diligently before each lesson so that his resources and notes are visible and accessible for the student and Jeff. And, Jeff uses a digital white board to write and share examples.
My child's schedule is hectic with sports and choir and I don't know if we can plan once a week.
Consistency is vital to learn and apply Jeff's techniques, and vital for Jeff to plan ahead for lessons. Jeff recommends that a family evaluate its priorities to determine how consistent weekly date and time can be planned.
Math is a challenge for my son. Do you recommend a second lesson each week?
Extra lessons can be reserved for an hourly fee paid in advance of the lesson. If it is for a test, Jeff recommends a 90- minute lesson so we can practice and review. Ask Jeff what date and time he has available, even if it is early in the morning before class.
What is your payment policy?
All classes must be paid for in advance to reserve a weekly date and time. Enrolling in an 8, 16 or 32-week class allows you to pay some to enrol and the balance before the mid-point of the sessions.
For students who learn best by having examples written out for them, how do you accomplish this without "doing the student's work" for them?
Jeff does not do homework of any kind for any student. Jeff's tutoring situations must be ethical, which benefits students and promotes honesty and confidence. Jeff will write out notes when giving examples of applying a tutoring technique.
What time-tested technique do you use to help my son succeed at "Getting Started".
Good news. Jeff knows how to get started! Implementing Jeff's tutoring techniques always leads to getting work done, such as reviewing assignment sheets and the syllabus, making note cards, turning reading into questions and answers, finding math problems to redo, etc.
How many of your 12 Tutoring Techniques will my child apply in the 4-week class vs. the 8-week class?
Jeff applies 2 techniques in the 4-week class, 3 techniques in the 8-week and 16-week classes, and Jeff applies 4 techniques in the 32-week class. This is the effective number of techniques to apply that offer a substantial improvement in study habits, in consistency of schoolwork, and an increase in grades.
Do Jeff's techniques lead to improvement in any subject?
Jeff knows how to tackle any subject by applying his time-tested techniques, and has taught himself numerous subjects by applying his techniques while he studies on his own. Remember, every class involves some level of reading, writing, analysis and problem-solving. A big part of learning a new subject is being confident that you can try and succeed.
Is it helpful or distracting if I observe my child's lesson with Jeff?
Yes, parents can observe any virtual lesson. In Jeff's experience, very few students want their parents in the same room during a tutoring lesson and the lesson quality and accomplishments will be lessened if a parent sits and observes.
Can students email Jeff directly?
With parents permission, a student can email or text Jeff directly with questions or to send notes, assignment sheets, reading materials, etc. Parents may also require that they be copied on all emails. Jeff prefers that all scheduling is done by parents unless the student is enrolled in a 32-week course and has demonstrated reliability during the first 16 weeks.
Some tutors promise short cuts. What is Jeff's experience with short cuts?
There are no shortcuts. The shortest path to providing an answer is the path your child remembers when they are stressed or in a time-crunch. Jeff's job is to find out which paths your child is likely to remember and to strengthen their abilities when on that path.