Besides providing a better value in terms of dollars and cents, there are several other reasons why it is to your advantage to pay monthly for tutoring sessions, instead of hour-by-hour:
- Tutoring is most rewarding when undergone as an ongoing relationship, rather than a one-time event. If you are seeking help as a student then most likely what you need is not a quick fix but rather a fundamental change in the way you approach your education, or at least some part of it. Making an honest assessment of your or your child’s educational needs and your time and money budget for the foreseeable future is good practice of executive functions, including planning ahead and setting and scheduling realistic goals, and it makes the tutoring process more efficient and effective in terms of time, money, and personal effort.
- Paying for the entire month up front invokes both a commitment and a motivation. It is easy and all too common to step back and look at the big picture, decide that a program of change is needed, but then re-prioritize (i.e procrastinate) when it comes time to take action. This is because for all of us, will power alone has severe limitations, especially when we can rationalize within ourselves that by skipping lessons we can save money in the short term. However, paying for a month of sessions up front not only requires you to make a definite commitment, it also reverses the monetary incentive, making it more profitable for you to take action than to procrastinate, so your commitment doesn’t have to ride on willpower alone.
- Another way that paying monthly results in a more effective tutoring experience is by allowing the tutor to plan ahead and manage his or her time with greater certainty, which means that the tutor can afford to be more flexible with time and more attentive to the student’s needs. If you are paying hourly each session, this not only diverts part of the student’s and tutor’s attention away from the task at hand, but it also makes it more difficult and stressful for the tutor to re-schedule or postpone appointments. If the tutor doesn’t have to think about if and when payment will be forthcoming, then he or she can easily adapt the tutoring schedule as circumstances require and also focus on providing the best service possible without worries or distractions. The result is that the tutor has the necessary leeway to be more patient, caring, and attentive, and thus the student gets a better value for the time and money spent.