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Q:  How does work?

You can set up a session booking an appointment online.  Unlike other tutoring sites where a chat room and typing are necessary to get help, once you're connected with our teachers at, you will be able to both see and talk with a science teacher while getting help.  Two-way live conversation is more effective and saves valuable time in the learning process.

Q:  So how do I "Get Connected"?

All you will need is an Internet connection, a microphone and/or webcam on your computer. Once an appointment for a session has been booked, all you need to do is go to at your scheduled session time and enter your special code that you received from

Q: What subjects can I get help with?

Currently we are offering help in the following listed subjects. As the need arises, additional subjects may be added in the future.
  • Physics
  • Physical Science
  • Earth Science
  • Meteorology
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Genetics
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Zoology
  • Botany
  • Math (intermediate levels)

Q: How do I connect with a science tutor?

Simply book an appointment online or email us and we'll get you started with a teacher with expertise in the subject area in which you are having trouble.

Q: Will my science teacher give me the answers to questions and problems?

Our teachers adhere to the same philosophy as they used in the classroom: they will attempt to lead you in the right direction toward a solution, but will refrain from "giving" answers. Our goal is to help you learn how to learn, and thus learn how to solve similar problems in the future.

Q: When is available?

Please see our availability calendar. If no sessions appear to be available at the time when you need them, please contact us. It may be possible to determine an alternative availability.

Q: What if I don't need the entire time allotted for the session?

Each session lasts approximately 25 minutes and is usually adequate for the items that need to be covered. Session minutes cannot be “rolled over” to additional/future sessions.  Once a time slot has been booked, students are responsible for attendance during the entire session, although students may voluntarily choose to leave early.  However, refunds for missed sessions – partial or full – cannot be made.

Q: What if my tutor can't help me?

Our teachers are all professionals but they are only human, and nobody knows everything. We want your experience to be a positive one!  We always attempt to determine in advance if we will be able to accomplish your goals. If we determine that we are unable to help you with a specific problem/concept, we will promptly refund your payment.

Q: Do I have to sign a long term contract?

Absolutely not. You only pay for the appointment you book. If you are unsure of how much time is needed, simply give us a call and we'll help you plan your sessions.

Q: How do I pay for my sessions?

Payment is easy. Go to the Get Started page, once you choose you session appointment time, you will be directed to the secure PayPal site to pay for the session(s).  Credit card payments are accepted; a PayPal account is not required.

Q: Who are the Teachers?

Our teachers have earned either undergraduate and/or graduate degrees at accredited Universities in Illinois and Indiana, and previously held valid teaching certificates in the state of Illinois through the Illinois State Board of Education in grades 6-12. Copies of their certificates can be made available upon request.

Q: Is safe?

Yes. Every session is essentially anonymous, but since it occurs online, it can be monitored closely by parents and/or guardians in the safety of your own home. Your teacher will not need, or have access to, your home address, phone number or billing information, and we will never ask for sensitive customer information. Both students and parents can feel safe using the service; students are free to ask whatever questions they have without being embarrassed.

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"I had the pleasure to work with Richard Ross for many years as a fellow science teacher. He was a favorite amongst students and staff. Students were always excited to take Mr. Ross's physics class because he made it not only educational but interesting and exciting. Any student would be lucky to have him as a teacher. And now they can. I am very interested in technology in the education world. This seems like a fantastic way to get help outside the classroom from an experienced veteran! What a great idea." JRO


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