Frequently Asked Questions
a) They must be a full time mathematics or science teacher at a well regarded, competitive school. If you are struggling with calculus, it makes sense to have someone tutor you in calculus whose job it is to teach that curriculum to students learning it for the first time.
b) They must have great evaluations from their previous students.
c) They must have attended a competitive undergraduate college or university, majored in the subject they are teaching, gone on to graduate school for that particular subject, and have an advanced degree in that subject. Many of our tutors have PhD’s, and though some parents believe this makes a teacher too intellectually detached or “too cerebral” to relate to a high school student, greater knowledge of a subject does not detract from an ability to teach that subject. Graduate education enhances and enriches one’s understanding of a discipline, which makes teaching easier!
d) Finally, we tend to like people with engaging personalities. When you are teaching vectors to a 15 year old, it’s a must! But, the personality aspect is only considered if they meet the other qualifications, first.
Within the U.S., our preferred method of payment is via ZelleQuickPay, an easy to use online transfers between almost all US banks. You may also see your bank’s website for the app or Zelle’s homepage here. We accept all major CCs except AMEX, checks made out to Warp Drive Tutors Inc, Paypal and Square.
There are several whiteboard/video programs we can use, and we are familiar with just about all of them at this point. The video & whiteboard we use most frequently require only that we have your email address: you receive an email at time agreed upon time with the tutor; the email contains the following steps that will walk you through it:
- Go to link we will provide you.
- Enter your name and email address. If you are not comfortable entering this you can simply fill in anything, ie “Fred” for name and “email@example.com” for your email address.
- A password is required and is provided in our email. Enter the meeting password
- Click “Join”. The very first time you use the program you will get a prompt asking to install an add-on, which you do by clicking “download” and “agree”. You will see a pop up message; click on “run”. The “add on” then gets installed. This is very quick and completely safe.
- Follow the instructions that appear on your screen. Be sure to click “Call Using Computer” on lower left of the pop up window, and have your volume turned up.
- It will help if you quit any programs you are not actively using, i.e. MS Word etc.
Second, a statistical analysis is meaningless if we conduct it on ourselves. If a research group at a graduate program in education conducted a survey on us and published their data in what are known as referee journals, then that data would have legitimacy. But if we paid for someone to come in and conduct a statistical analysis, that study would have little validity.
“My son, Paul, found himself in AP chemistry in senior year without the proper foundation and hopelessly lost. He had taken basic chemistry as an accelerated course in the summer after freshman year and remembered nothing. Of course, this was crunch time for the college apps! Paul, by the midpoint of the first marking period, was receiving a grade of C, something he had never had before, and could really not afford now. It would have been devastating!
Well, Warp Drive to the rescue!!! Paul met with Josh online, his skills were assessed, and a schedule for online sessions was coordinated. Paul and Josh worked together to shore up the foundational knowledge, then to move forward. Josh was wonderful in accommodating Paul’s challenging schedule (he was drum captain in the marching band and on the fencing team, so not a lot of free time). With hard work from Paul and the right instruction from Josh, Paul’s C became a B+ by the release of first quarter grades. Every grade thereafter was an A (often achieving the highest exam grade in the class). Paul’s overall grade for the course was an A and he was admitted early to his first choice of college.
Paul would not have been where he is now without Warp Drive and I cannot recommend them highly enough”
“Josh worked with all three of my kids, at various times and for various subjects. Long story short, he’s absolutely terrific. He is patient and friendly, understands his material thoroughly, and became a true friend and ally for my kids. Of all the educators with whom my children were involved throughout high school and college, he is the only one who remains a friend and with whom they are in contact. My kids still call him to say hello and even text him with an occasional question, and they see him when they are home on break.”
Hopefully you are doing well! Although this is a bit late, I want to thank you so much for helping me out in chemistry this past year. It has helped so much! Although the class ended pretty abruptly do to corona, I still really appreciate your support. Anyways, hopefully you and your family are safe!
“Thank you Josh,
You have been a wonderful tutor; you are well organized , responsive, and a great teacher as well. It is obvious that you have a great deal of experience in test prep so as to provide a focused schedule for the prep.
Regardless of the future outcome of the chem sat test results, thank you for your work with Paul.
We will keep you in mind for physics and math if needed and let you know the results of the SAT chem test.
Thanks again, Kevin”
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