What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
All the time. I read articles on education and parenting as well as write an advice column for parents and kids for the Los Angeles Examiner at: http://www.examiner.com/academic-success-in-los-angeles/michael-thal
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
It's pretty simple. If you come to me, I charge $40 per lesson. Remember, a lesson is the time needed to get a concept over to the student. An average lesson is about 90 min. If I drive to your home, I charge $50.00. I'm flexible, so call and we can negotiate.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I was a summer camp counselor when I was attending college. I loved the kids and thought spending a career working with them would be a fun job. I wasn't disappointed.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Helping children with their math homework seems to be the most requested job I'm asked to do.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A high school student working on her personal statement for college wrote a great essay, but the grammar and syntax needed work. After editing her piece, she submitted her college application and was admitted.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Make sure your tutor doesn't watch a clock. His prime concern should be a student's acquisition of knowledge; and understanding the child's way of learning.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I'm hard of hearing. It doesn't affect my ability to teach, but clients should know about my hearing impairment.