It is no secret that at Crystal Clear Tutors we charge a premium for our service. In fact, if you found us, then odds are you found other standardized test prep tutors charging substantially less per hour. With all due deference to the competition, we charge more because we’re worth every penny! In fact, we give you a return on every penny!
Tutoring is not a commodity business. Tutoring is both a science and an art honed over many years of tutoring many different kinds of students (some with ADD; some with less discipline than others; some dyslexic; some more ambitious than others, etc). Every student is unique, and every tutor is unique; and what’s more, the dynamic in every student-tutor relationship is unique. Furthermore, it is much easier to determine whether or not a student “gets it” when the student is continually face-to-face with his teacher, rather than lost in a sea of faces. For this reason, one should always choose one-on-one tutoring versus the typical classroom-style test prep centers; or at least compliment the latter with the former.
So what do we mean by “a return on every penny?”
Well, if your goal in life is to go to a community college, then you would be wasting every penny on us; hire the cheaper competition. But if your goal is to get into a top-100 university program, or into a prep school feeder pattern that will lead to the same, then we are absolutely worth every penny and here’s why:
It is well known that, on average, college graduates make more money both upon graduation and over the course of their lives than do those who never went to college. More poignantly, those who graduate from a top-100 university (especially Ivy Leaguers) make much more money on average than those who graduate from the average university.
Here are some statistics that substantiate the above:
According to the United States Census Bureau, those with a college degree can expect to earn $900,000 more over the course of their lives than those with only a high school diploma. Those with a master’s degree can expect to earn $1,300,000 more than those with just a high school diploma! Of course, graduating from a top-100 university makes it much more likely that one will be admitted into a top master’s program if one so chooses to pursue one. Even if one does not go on to pursue a master’s degree, it still pays to be an Ivy Leaguer. According to PayScale Inc., an online provider of compensation-related data, the median starting salary for Ivy Leaguers is 32% higher than that of non-Ivy Leaguers.
So let us say that you pay Crystal Clear Tutors $6,000 to help you get the SAT score necessary to gain admission into an Ivy League school; and let us say that upon your graduation the median starting salary of graduates of the median college is $48,000. That means, statistically, your starting salary should hover around $63,000. So in your first year out of college, the $6,000 investment you made in the Crystal Clear Tutors “Ivy League Guarantee” will yield a differential of $15,000. That’s a 183% return on your investment in just your first year of employment! That return becomes exponentially greater with every year you remain employed.
So, if you can afford to pay us, how can you afford not to pay us?