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I tutor another teacher's student every day after school because he was miserably failing math. The mom agreed to $15/hour, which is actually on the low end of what teachers around here charge (one I know charged $30/hour). We agreed to exchange services (she's a photographer) for the cost of tutoring. Well, now we've exchanged that, and I don't need any more pictures. Today she implied that it was going to cost a lot of cash to cover the cost of tutoring. I feel bad because I know they don't have a lot of money, and the student really needs the help. However, I don't want to work for free, and I feel that $15 is way less than normal already. What do you think would be fair to do? Keep charging? Cut a discount? Maybe tutor only a few times per week?


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Anything else?

Is there anything else you can barter? If not, stand firm. The kid's teacher should be providing help, so if you are not being compensated, then do not do it? If they have money for a vacation, new clothes, little league sign-ups, etc, then too bad. Sorry, but as a mom, I sacrificed when my kid needed tutoring (and I'm a teacher!) Do not cheapen what you do by giving it away for free. (Something my mom told me....why buy the cow if you get the milk for free? I think she was talking about something else......):o