Common Questions about Menstar's Tutoring & Counselling
What academic levels can you help with?
There are no limits. Just as I help students regardless of their subjects, so I help them regardless of the academic levels they are studying at.
I am not a 'typical student'; can you still help?
The range of learners I help is wide, from the hobbyist studying for something, to the more 'typical' college/university student, to holders of assorted occupations - such as nurses and paramedics who are taking in-service courses/exams. And regardless of the way in which you feel you are not a 'typical student', I will anyway assist in a personalised, understanding manner that is the best for your needs.
How much will it financially cost me?
A crucial question for you. I agonised over 'pricing' and whether to state it here. The truth is, I am flexible over the cost. Being students, my clients often aren't exactly wealthy. And you may be particularly cash-strapped, despite a crushing need for assistance. So I say, 'let's work something out'. For something a little more concrete, though, consider how much you would pay for private music-tuition, say. My charge is usually going to be around this. We'll work it out!
How do I pay?
Via Paypal, please. To help with communicating my sincerity and confidence over helping you, you only have to make the Paypal payment after a surgery. This is something of a gamble on my part. However, really it's only a token of the respect I have for my clients - for their initiative and 'gamble' over first contacting me.
For how long will Menstar be helping me?
The time-taken can vary greatly. Some clients' matters can be dealt with very quickly; those for other clients may demand quite some time. Be assured, I aim to be of service in the shortest possible time. You want your progress and success asap, and I want to be there for further students who need help.
At what times will you have sessions with me?
We will have to co-ordinate our diaries, though my emphasis is to accommodate you - given what is convenient for you.
Who else is involved?
Nobody. And all that is communicated between us is 100% confidential. You can tell me anything; it goes nowhere else, and will never be seen/heard by anybody else. Confidentiality is an integral component of my practice. If wished, you can be anonymous throughout, using other than your real name.
Do you audio-record our spoken communications? If so, can I have a copy of the recording?
I do not routinely electronically record communications in any way, though have done (audio) where felt helpful. I would never make recordings without first discussing doing so with you. And if you want recordings, I will happily make and furnish them. If you wish to record our communications, you're very welcome to.
Do I need special software to use Menstar?
Not other than such as Skype and WhatsApp. If you especially like particular communications software (say, Viber, for audio calls), then I'll try to use this too.
Can I cease having your help at any point?
Of course you can. You are under no commitment to me whatsoever.
You are UK based. Do you help students who live elsewhere?
Though many of my clients are from Britain, I do help students from anywhere. The limitation is that you can speak English; I apologise for this. Increasingly, I help students who originate from continental Europe; they necessarily enjoy 'incidental' practise with their English language skills, which is a pleasure. I find that the studying-concerns are universal, despite differences in academic programmes. I also find that my diverse clientèle makes me a better educator and counsellor. I anyway welcome you, wherever you live. Let's capitalise on the age of the internet, and get your studying flying!