How long have you been in practice?

I’m the longest practicing professional academic coach in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, and have been teaching privately more than 45 years (since 1978).

What are your fees?

My fees are high, in line with those of other top professional academic coaches.

Discounts are offered for small groups, advance payment, bulk purchase, and sessions conducted via video conference.

For details, visit the Store or contact me here.

When are you available?

I’m generally available 12pm-9pm PT on weekdays and 12pm-6pm PT on Saturdays.

Other appointments may be available, and can be scheduled by special arrangement.

Can you come to our home?


Tutorials can be conducted at students' homes or other locations in San Francisco, Marin, and Sonoma County, California.

Do you work online?

Absolutely! Video conferencing is a convenient and effective way to conduct coaching sessions.

I've developed and utilize a proprietary tutoring protocol called "2-Way Tutoring" – a process of engagement which enables a "back-and-forth" learning experience that takes online tutoring to a whole new level.

Can you provide references?

Yes. I’m happy to provide recent clients' contact information upon request.

In the meantime, please browse the reviews included in sidebars on each page of this site to see what students, clients, colleagues, administrators, and others have said about me and my work.

Will you be able to help my student?

Probably yes.

The most important factors in a successful tutorial relationship are: student motivation and commitment, student/teacher “chemistry,” quality of instruction, and frequency of sessions.

How many sessions will be required?

This depends on a number of things, including: student preferences and academic ability, time remaining till deadlines, and how much needs to be accomplished.

Typically, one 90-minute session per week is sufficient to achieve most goals.

Do you give homework?

I do.

For academic coaching to be maximally effective, a good rule of thumb is to expect two hours of homework per hour of tutoring.

My student doesn’t want tutoring. Can you still help?

Probably not.

A given student's personal investment in the tutoring process is the top predictor of success in any tutorial relationship.

Suppose there isn’t a good match. Do you offer a guarantee?

Yes, I do.

If, at the conclusion of the first session, we are not unanimous in deciding to continue work together, we will discontinue our work and the charge for the first session will be refunded in full.

When and how can we get started?

We can most likely get started right away.

Contact me to arrange an initial session or get answers to further questions.