Frequently Asked Questions
If you find that one of your questions regarding our quarter writing or literature classes is not answered through this page, feel free to contact us! FAQ regarding our English program can be found here.
How do the online classes work?
Visit our How It Works page for details!
How much do your writing classes cost?
Each quarter class costs $60. Skype sessions cost $30 for thirty (30) minutes. Rates for private tutoring vary by situation. Occasionally, we offer special promo codes through our newsletter or Facebook. We also do offer a multi-student discount which will automatically be applied when you sign up two or more students from the same family.
Do you support Common Core State Standards?
No, we do not support Common Core State Standards. We design our courses with students' and families' needs in mind without any regard to state or federal educational regulations. Any similarities between what we teach and the Common Core State Standards are merely coincidental, but we will never intentionally align our material to meet any state or federal regulations.
Are your online classes equivalent to a curriculum?
Our quarter classes provide a service that completes the writing and grammar components and some of the literature components of a solid English program. Our classes can make up the entirety of your English education, or they can supplement a pre-existing curriculum.
If you are looking for the complete package, we recommend our full-year English program, currently offered for students grades 6th through 12th. Our English program works the same as our quarter classes but provides instruction in literature, vocabulary, grammar, and writing. Learn more here.
Are the online classes only for homeschooled students?
No. We market mainly to homeschooled students and families, but we are willing and happy to work with public or private school students as well as adults who are looking for assistance in writing.
Do we have to take a course every quarter?
No. Parents and students can decide how often courses are taken, whether one course every quarter, one course every other quarter, or even one course per school year.
Do we have to follow a specific order of courses?
No. Courses are geared to specific skill levels, but parents and students can choose which courses they'd like to take. There are some recommended classes to start with, but this can be discussed with the instructors before enrolling if parents are unsure.
How do I know where to place my child?
While we have provided suggested grade levels for each of our class divisions, we highly recommend that you enroll your child based on his/her skill set. Beginning writers have not yet mastered the sentence or paragraph or are just learning how to write basic compositions with three simple paragraphs. Growing writers are ready to learn about the five-paragraph essay and expand beyond this, with easy-to-understand skills. Advanced writers are prepared to utilize a thesis and citations, in order to write multi-page papers.
What if we cannot complete all of the assignments in the week?
Assignments are given in a manageable amount, and usually should not be too overwhelming. If the student is consistently unable to complete the work, the instructor will work with the student and parent to create a manageable schedule to finish the assignments. If the student is unable to complete the work in the given week (sick, vacation, etc.), the instructor will work with the student to make up each assignment.
Should parents be involved with their students?
This is a common question but is generally left up to the parents and students. Younger students often need their parents to help them read and understand certain lessons or complete some assignments. Older students are challenged to be in charge of their lessons, time management, and assignments. However, parents should always be checking their student's progress, reviewing incoming grades and corrections, and monitoring the work. This ensures the student is getting as much as possible out of each course.
How is grading completed?
Grading is completed by the individual instructors based on the given course. After the student has sent the assignments in, the instructor reviews and grade each assignment within 24 hours of the due date. Students will then receive a document containing corrections, comments, and a grade for that assignment. A final review and grade are given at the end of each quarter.
What if the assignments are late?
Late assignments receive docked points according to the instructor's guidelines. Generally, unless the student has a viable reason to be late or has spoken with the instructor prior to the due date, late assignments are docked five points for each late day.
What if revisions are needed?
We try as much as possible to allow students to revise assignments with multiple errors. Most of the time, this is not an issue. However, as students get into upper level essay classes, fitting eight weeks of material in along with revisions for each essay can become complicated and overwhelming. However, if you prefer your student have time to write a rough draft for an assignment, followed by time for revision before sending in the final draft, we are happy to work out a special schedule. Contact us to discuss details.
If I already have curriculum that contains writing assignments which I'm using with my child at home, do you provide personal one-on-one tutoring for this?
Absolutely! If you don't feel any of the courses match your student's particular needs or curriculum, please let us know. We can talk about a flexible program and cost that will suit your needs.