Frequently Asked Questions
- Who will my tutor be?
- Can I pick my tutor?
- Can I get tutored on weekends/evenings?
- Where does tutoring happen?
- Where are group courses held?
- After I request a tutor, when do I get started?
- Should I purchase any prep books?
- What are your hourly rates?
- How many hours of tutoring do I need?
- What subjects can I receive tutoring for?
- What is the private tutoring refund policy?
- Can a student try a different tutor or subject part way through a package they have already purchased?
- What is Crimson Coaching?
A: That depends on you. We understand that all students are different in the way that they learn, which is why our tutors are all different in the ways that they teach. Our tutors are not only outstanding academically, but are also trained to adapt their own personal affinities to the narratives of their students. The average score of our tutors is above 770 on each SAT section, and 35 on the ACT - in the national 99th percentile of scores.
A: Based on the information you provide with your request, we will match you to the best possible available tutor. We take multiple factors into consideration such as academic background, shared areas of interest, and possible scheduling conflicts. As a result of this process, we cannot guarantee that you'll be matched with a specific tutor, but if a student feels like their tutor is not well-suited to their personal learning style, we can always match them with a different tutor more aligned with their needs.
A: Yes. In fact, most of our tutors prefer weekends and evenings since they are full-time students too. We are happy to work with you and find a schedule that accommodates your needs.
A: Tutoring can take place on Harvard’s campus, online via video conference, or off-campus within a 30 minute drive of Harvard’s campus; when requesting your tutoring, you can indicate which of these three options works best for you. The tutor will let you know the location of the specific classroom/meeting spot before the session.
A: Group courses are held on the Harvard College campus as well as online.
A: All tutoring requests are processed and tutor matches are completed in 3 business days. Within these 3 days, a tutor will introduce themselves and suggest some times that may work for scheduling your first meeting.
A: All of our SAT/ACT private tutoring and group courses include a free prep book. However, if you would like to continue learning more after you have completed your tutoring, our tutors can recommend further reading.
A: Hourly rates range from $50-$75 depending on how many hours you purchase at a time. Hourly rates drop if you purchase in bulk.
A: The amount of hours that a student needs depends greatly on their current level of confidence and the level of expertise that they would like to reach. Whether the student requires a foundational overview of a subject or a more focused, specialized examination of the material, each of our hour offerings reflects different goals and teaching styles.
A: Our tutors are equipped to teach any K-12 school subject, as well as SAT subject test and AP test material. For other standardized tests, tutors teach the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, and TOEFL. In addition to one-on-one tutoring, we also offer comprehensive group courses inthe SAT and ACT.
A: At HSA Tutoring, we understand that education is not transactional. That is why we guarantee that if students do not show improvement, we will fully reimburse them for all their hours.
Q: Can a student try a different tutor or subject part way through a package they have already purchased?
A: Yes. If a student feels like their tutor is not well-suited to their personal learning style, we will first work to match them with a different tutor more aligned with their needs. Students can also transfer their purchased hours between all subjects. A student may continue with the same tutor they were assigned if the tutor feels comfortable teaching the new subject, or we can find a different tutor with greater expertise in the new field.
A: Crimson Coaching is a college-preparedness service designed to help students utilize their time in high school, whether that be receiving coaching for extracurriculars like debate as sophomores or polishing their Common App essays as seniors.
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