FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes you can! We simply email you a link to the program, and you will then have the whiteboard on your computer. You will see how easy it is to write out equations and diagrams, in black and white or in color. While at this point you could only do some rudimentary scribbles, we will provide everything you need should you decide to sign up.

The video & whiteboard 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:

  1. Go to link we will provide you.
  2. If requested, enter your name and email address. If you are not comfortable entering this you can simply fill in anything, ie “Fred” for name and “fred@hotmail.com” for your email address.
  3. A password is required and is provided in our email. Enter the meeting password
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. It will help if you quit any programs you are not actively using, i.e. MS Word etc.

Within the U.S., our preferred method of payment is via ChaseQuickPay or clearXchange. Both are easy to use online transfers between banks; the only difference between the two depends on which bank you use. We accept all major CCs except AMEX, as well as checks, Paypal and Square.

Internationally we accept PaypalSquare, all major credit cards, and wire transfers.

Only if you ask us to! If so then yes we can record them, and we can send you the link afterwards. But remember, you will always have the ability to download ALL of the whiteboard notes onto your laptop, and we will encourage you to do so.
We have several requirements, which include
a) They must teach math or science 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 have to 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.
d) Finally, we tend to like people with engaging personalities. When you are teaching math to a 15 year old, it’s a must! But, the personality aspect is only considered if they meet the other qualifications, first.
We have compatibility with MAC, PC or Lynux devices, but in general recommend using a device with larger screen, ie laptop, desktop or tablet. In a pinch we can communicate on an iPhone, but you lose whiteboard features.
No, for two reasons. First, a statistical survey is meaningless unless you work with very large numbers. We would need data on vastly larger numbers of kids than we work with each year. Statistics do not really offer information on the smaller population sizes that we see.
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.”

No. First it is obviously not possible to guarantee someone’s performance. Second, “guarantees” are simply marketing ploys offered by many test prep firms that, when you look at the fine print, are hardly guarantees at all. What they state is that if your child’s score does not go up by a certain amount, they will give you several more sessions for free to prepare for the next test. But what kind of sense does that make? If your child did not score at the level they were hoping for when using the tutors, tests and methodologies of a particular tutoring firm, how is it to their advantage to continue working with the same group?
We do not offer referral fees or honorariums to anyone who refers students to us.
It never hurts to ask. Because we all teach at very good schools, we interact with a broad swath of teachers from other disciplines. Some of our colleagues have, in the past, worked with our students in English Literature and Latin; both of those students in fact did very well. So while our specialty is in the STEM subjects, we do have a pretty extensive network of colleagues with whom we can always inquire.
There is no plan! At least, there is no “template” plan, because every child’s situation is different and the whole idea of private tutoring is to figure out how best to communicate the material to your son or daughter. The plan is to custom make a plan in a manner that works for your child!

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