Private Tutoring FAQs

How do students benefit from private tutoring?

College or some other form of post-secondary education is no longer an option, but a necessity for a student to compete successfully in the 21st century economy. The competition for college acceptance is growing while scholarship dollars are shrinking. Technology is becoming increasingly sophisticated, and STEM skills have become the foundation for many areas.

Though we no longer offer tutoring for students younger than middle school, our best one-on-one tutoring program is available for students who need a boost in their reading, writing, math or science skills. College bound students are encouraged to take challenging classes because they offer the best academic preparation. Honors and AP classes give them the boost they need.

How are your tutoring sessions organized?

All tutoring sessions are one-on-one and run for an hour (minimum of 50 minutes) or longer, if requested. Your student will work with an experienced specialist in his or her individual area of expertise. Well educated, motivating teachers are our greatest asset. Teachers work with each student to his or her skillset while promoting the joy of learning. Students have the same teacher from session to session, and they work in a private room. This develops trust as students feel free to ask questions without embarrassment and admit if they are not understanding. Tutors can gauge progress and readily make adaptations to their teaching as needed.

What is your payment and cancellation policy?
PAYMENTPayment is due before or on the day of service

1) Clients set their own appointments online and prepay using electronic payment services such as PayPal or VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, or AMERICAN EXPRESS.* If clients prefer to book appointments by phone or email, they will be billed using square payment systems. 2) Clients who prefer to pay by check on the day of service should call or text 573-239-4074 and leave a message. We will schedule your appointment through the office.  Any collection fees/legal costs occurring from nonpayment will be the client’s responsibility.    IF PAYMENTS AREN’T RECEIVED AFTER EACH APPOINTMENT, WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO WITHHOLD FURTHER APPOINTMENTS UNTIL AN ARRANGEMENT FOR PAYMENT HAS BEEN MADE.  *Cancellations made 24 hrs. prior to the appointment will be carried over to the next session. Late cancellations will be charged a full rate.


Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance, except for illness or emergencies, or FULL rates will apply.  Missed appointments (NO SHOWS) will also be charged FULL rates. Please leave a message or text for a call-back at 573-239-4074.


If students forget the materials previously provided for a follow-up session, they will be billed for new materials. Students will not be charged if they bring back forgotten materials.

What subject areas do you teach?

We work with middle & high school students in core academic areas that include all levels of math, natural science, earth science, physical science, biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and anatomy. In addtion, we offer ACT, PSAT, and SAT prep, and STEM coursework assistance.

How often will my child attend Focus on Learning?

The number of hours vary depending on the service. Private subject tutoring is ususally one or two hours per week, depending on how much make-up work is required by a student in their courses at school. The number and duration of ACT, PSAT, and SAT sessions vary based on students current composite score. We ask students to begin prep no later than 3 weeks prior to the test(s), and depending on the goal score students set in relation to their previous highest score, students may require 2-6 hours of preparation per week. The number of sessions is agreed upon after a free 30 minute initial consultation.

Do you teach study skills?

Study skills are essential for school success, and we incorporate study strategies into individual subject tutoring sessions. We also offer study skills sessions and classes.

Who are your teachers?

Our teachers are experienced subject specialists. They have a minimum of a B.A. or B.S. degree, and many have M.A./M.S./M.Ed. or Ph.D.’s. Since teachers teach in their field of expertise, they are able to identify specific needs and adapt teaching to each student.

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