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You simply want feedback on your essay's content, organization, and grammar over email. Students who choose this don't want a full lesson, and they don't need help getting started. They just need some outside advice to ensure that what they're writing makes sense and will stand out in the best possible way.
The most common request I get for this is a college application essay or personal statement, although I've also done research papers for high school and college—including for subjects other than English language arts.
Note: I'll give advice, but I will not write the essay for you so you can "get an A." There are services online that advertise such a thing, but I consider it unethical.
Struggling students: "I hate this class," "I don't get how to do this," "I have no idea how to write this essay," "my teacher goes too fast and I need someone else to explain this to me," "I need a higher ACT/SAT score because I did horribly the first time," "school sucks but I know I need to do this so I can raise my grade."
Excelling students: "My school doesn't offer this class but I want to study it anyway, and I need a tutor to help me," "my teacher goes too slow and I want to progress with advanced material," "I get bored in school and want a more exciting challenge," "I did well on the ACT/SAT but I want to raise my score even higher to get into an elite program."
If your student agrees with any of those statements, live tutoring is likely a good fit.
Tutoring is usually not a good fit if the student has zero motivation to learn or simply needs "homework help." Extremely reluctant students don't usually respond well to "forced" tutoring, and you'd likely be better off meeting with a guidance counselor or educational psychologist to identify the root of the problem. If students only have occasional questions about their homework but generally do it well on their own—I'll be honest—regular one-on-one tutoring is probably not worth the cost. I'd instead recommend a custom video lesson to explain those tricky homework questions.
This is the most versatile option. Many students benefit from the ability to go back and rewatch something or prefer to work at their own pace rather than sit through an hour-long tutoring session. Maybe you're a parent or teacher who wants a new resource for your classroom or co-op and you haven't quite found what you're looking for online.
I'll send you a nifty Google form to fill out. You tell me what you want (or don't want!)—the more specific, the better. Then, I write a brief proposal of what the video will include. If everything sounds good, you sign off and pay, then I create the final video.
Requesting a video is like commissioning a piece of artwork. Sometimes a client wants something that's outside of my personal style or expertise, or it'll take significantly more time than usual to meet every specification. If I'm unable to make what you're asking for, I'll politely decline or quote a new price that accounts for the additional work required. Unless otherwise specified in the contract, I will reserve the right to use the video lesson I create for promotional purposes on this website or on my social media.