Please read everything on this page carefully, as this will constitute the contractual terms of our engagement should we decide to proceed. If you have any questions, please ask.
My default is remote tutoring through the Zoom app. Skype and Google Hangouts are also popular options, and I’m open to anything else you prefer – it just needs screen sharing capability so I can utilize my digital whiteboard setup. Requests for in-person tutoring will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Generally speaking, I’ll do my best to accommodate your wishes as long as it doesn’t interfere with my other scheduling. But if I can’t make it work for whatever reason, you’ll have to be okay with remote sessions. I reserve the right to bill travel time to and from in-person lessons at my discretion, though I will of course always let you know when that is happening so we can all be on the same page.
First Session Logistics
Generally speaking, I hate wasting time. I think that the best way for a student to figure out whether we jive is to actually work through some stuff together, so that’s what we’ll do. My LSAT work (excellent) speaks much louder than my sales skills (poor) so I don’t mind actually demonstrating my knowledge instead of just claiming to know things. So, we’ll get an hour on the calendar, and when the time comes we’ll just dive right in, get the diagnosis process going, and work on some issues together.
This is not a free trial. You will pay in advance for half an hour of lesson time because you will be receiving a real lesson, not just some ‘getting to know you’ fluff. In the process of working together in that first hour, we’ll discover together whether there is a mutual ‘fit’ to be had. If so, and we both want to continue, we’ll do so and all time (including the first hour) will be billed normally. If not, the half hour fee will be for the diagnosis and lesson you received; the remainder of the hour is my gift to you. If you decide not to continue initially but later change your mind, the outstanding balance will be due before any further lessons are scheduled. I’ve found that this is the best way for me to simultaneously showcase my capabilities and my personality while also appropriately valuing my session time.
I’m flexible with scheduling – you can have a standing weekly session or arrange sessions ad hoc, whatever you think you need. Popular options are 1x 2-hour session per week, 2x 1-1.5 hour sessions a week, or 2x 2-hour sessions a week, but we’ll only ever do what makes sense for you. I typically schedule 9am-10pm Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, on a first-come first-serve basis. Scheduling standing sessions is therefore very helpful, both in terms of securing your time slot every week and also for predictability and ease of week-to-week scheduling for all parties involved.
In general, I do not work weekends. I have been known to give lessons occasionally on weekend mornings in special circumstances, but it’s very rare for me to give a standing weekend session. It has happened before, though, so if that’s something that you will need, feel free to inquire.
COVID-19 Modification: Since this crisis means I’m stuck inside with my fiancee all day every day anyway, days of the week no longer have much meaning for me. Therefore, I am willing to be much more flexible with my weekend schedule than normal for the duration of the crisis. It’s still not a “pick any time you want” kind of deal, but feel free to inquire and I’ll let you know what I can do for you.
Cancellation and No-Show Policy
Cancellations within 24 hours of the scheduled lesson start will be billed for half (50%) the scheduled lesson time, and cancellations within 6 hours of the scheduled lesson start will be billed the full (100%) lesson time. No-shows will be billed for 2 times (200%) the full lesson time. No further lessons will be conducted until this penalty is paid in full.
Late cancellations carry a huge opportunity cost for me, especially when I am very busy. No-shows are particularly disrespectful, which is why they are penalized especially harshly. I understand that life happens, so I’ve historically given my students plenty of leeway for emergencies and other such circumstances. If these circumstances are legitimate, infrequent, and you are respectful of my time, you won’t have to worry about a thing. Nevertheless, this policy will be enforced solely at my discretion.
My regular hourly rate is $250/hour. I acknowledge that this is a top-of-market rate, but I am confident that you’ll find my decade-plus of experience and expertise warrant it.
Payment can be handled in one of the following ways:
- Lump sum retainer in advance – I offer a 5% discount on each block of 10 prepaid hours.
- Per-lesson payment in advance
- Payment immediately following each lesson
- Credit card on file (I will run it through Square or Stripe per lesson)
- An alternative payment method, specifically arranged with me
If you choose to pay after a lesson, payment is due within 24 hours of the end of the lesson. Late payments will be subject to a 10% fee per day late, compounding. I absolutely, positively loathe having to chase people down for back payment, so if I ever have to do so, you will be subject to the late fee and I will require you to pay in advance from that point forward. If you are worried that you will forget, please choose one of the advance payment options.
That said, I don’t usually mind setting up installments or other special arrangements (within reason), as long as I’m kept up to speed on what the situation is. I’m generally very flexible and understanding of peoples’ circumstances and don’t mind working with you to find an arrangement that works for everyone. I once had a student spread his payment out over nine additional months after we finished tutoring, and had no complaints. But to be clear – any such arrangement must be made explicitly in advance with me, and I have to be kept in the loop at all times.
Payment is accepted via the following methods:
- Venmo to @brightlinelsat
- Zelle payment to email@example.com
- PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org – add 4% to cover their processing fee
I make no promise or warranty with regard to your performance on the test as a result of any tutoring provided. My track record suggests that I am very good at my job, and I will always do my best to help you achieve your maximum potential, but it’s like the old cliche goes – the only things that are guaranteed in this world are death and taxes.
Choice of Law
This agreement shall be governed according to the laws of the State of New York. Venue for any legal or equitable action which relates to this Agreement shall take place in New York County. I’ve never had anything get to this point, so please don’t be the one to change that.
Just Be Cool
For me, nothing would be better than never having to even think about any bad stuff like late payments, no shows, and so on. Unfortunately, because the world doesn’t work that way, I need to have something in place that spells everything out. Most of the provisions contained here are for my protection, and are therefore worded in rather severe terms. I will not hesitate to enforce my policies if I have to. But I promise you that I am a very chill and very understanding person who just wants to help you learn the LSAT. I don’t want to have to think about or deal with any of this other stuff, and with most students I don’t have to. I hope that I won’t have to with you, either.
If you have read, fully understood, and are agreement with everything contained here, please include the phrase “I’m on board!” in your email response to me. In addition, please include the following information for my records:
If you’ve made it this far, give yourself a pat on the back – you deserve it. Looking forward to getting started!