We found Andrea through another site and initially only signed up one of your kids with her. She convinced our other three kids to switch to Andrea. After talking with our kid's teacher, we agreed that Andrea was a better choice for English than our usual tutors. Because we were adding three more kids, Andrea offered ways to save us time and money. She doesn't give discounts, but she is always thinking about ways to meet our needs better for the same money or less.
She also offered to set up a custom course for our 4 kids, including our recent grad, to improve their essay writing skills. We were even able to add three cousins, but I had to be the adult contact to make it practical. Our teens are looking forward to taking this course together, and Andrea is designing activities for them to do between sessions so they can get even more out of the course. Because it takes a lot of Andrea's time outside of teaching hours, the pricing is different than with tutoring. For a highly customized program, it's a great deal.
One of the surprises we got when we started working with Andrea is that she trained her genius son from childhood to tutor. He's amazing and now works with every one of our kids in math, science, and test prep. He works with college students too, and so we're going to have our recent grad work with him in the first year of college tp get off to a good start.
At first, I was surprised at how little I had to do once Andrea and Lander were working with my kids. I almost felt as though something was wrong because I was used to having to do so much to make sure everyone was on track. For this, she does almost everything directly with the students rather than going through the parents. She has them show parents plans and give input and approve, but she does it in a way that takes very little parent time. Simply put, she doesn't need parents' help because she's a real teacher and like other real teachers she works directly with her students. So be prepared to let go and let her do her job. She won't even let you do what students are supposed to do in her system.
I've noticed that as I've let our kids work with Andrea and Lander, our kids have taken ownership of their programs and communicate better with teachers. They keep better track of their own schedules and seem more mature.
We sought out Andrea because we had a student who hated working with their current tutor. We found a one stop solution for 90% of our tutoring needs. By working with Lander and Andrea via Google Hangout, we have saved untold hours in traffic, money that would have been spent on gas, parking, and eating out, and energy. My kids are more rested, happier, and more confident about school. They are also thrilled with their improved grades, as are we.
While I was reluctant to review Andrea for fear they would not have hours for us, she explained that the less time she spent reaching out to new customers when her students graduated, the more time she'd have for us. She also gives existing customers first dibs on available hours. You do have to pay in advance to get times reserved, which is fair. We made a choice to sell one of our vehicles to schedule our kids through the end of the year. I was arid to do that in case anyone got sick, but when I looked the rapid progress my kids have made, I realized that it was a false economy to go with a lower quality tutor. Andrea says that she's only had one student in two years miss due to illness and due to the nature of that chose to make accommodations. She pointed out that the way she works, missing a session is not really an issue and I agree for many reasons I won't list here.
We are very happy with how this is turning out, and we're noticeably all les stressed out about school than we were before. Having two fulltime, highly experienced teachers for our kids to work with on a guaranteed schedule is beyond what we'd ever thought we could find.
If Andrea accepts your kids into her program, nurture that relationship so it's easy for her to keep them on. This is her fulltime job and Lander's fulltime job, so they tend to hand pick their clients. She'll always treat you well, but to keep her you have to treat her well too. All you have to do is be considerate by respecting the written agreement so that she can focus on your kids and not on you. That takes getting used to, but it's the way it should be.
For example, she wouldn't take my brother's kids because my sister-in-law insisted on doing things in a way that wouldn't be realistic for Andrea without her charging a lot more. But, when I offered to be the adult contact, she took them.
Right now, they are just coming off a waiting list since their seniors are graduating. So, they probably have at least some availability for summer and maybe some for fall. Grab what you can.