Frequently Asked Questions

How are instructors remunerated for their teaching and mentoring work?

Students use their grant funding to cover the costs of private training or lessons with instructors, in the respective fields. Each instructor will have his own hourly rate. In North America, these will usually vary between $20 to $30, while in the United Kingdom the average rate is closer to £18 to £25/hour. Students and instructors should establish the hourly rate of instruction prior to the first session, as well as appropriate payment methods, which can include cash, cheque, bank transfer, etc.

Are there any other related fees that students are expected to pay in addition to the hourly rate?

Instructors may provide their students with supplies (textbooks, photocopies, gear or equipment), which may result in additional fees.

How many hours of instruction per week are required in each course?

This depends on the stated goal, the level of progress shown and the amount of the grant. Generally, three hours per week is the maximum.

How are course times scheduled?

Students are expected to provide their instructors with their full schedule of obligations, in order to allow for effective scheduling of class times. Based on information provided by the student, the instructor proceeds with scheduling class times and communicates these times to the student. Students are expected to show up on time at these scheduled times and may only cancel for a valid reason (health/medical or family emergency).

What happens if a student cancels with less than 24 hours notice?

In these circumstances, the student is usually responsible to pay the full hourly fee for the lesson in question.


Are students expected to sign contracts with their course instructors?

Instructors may require that their students sign a contract, with specific terms. These may include the hourly rate payable, the duration of the program, penalties if classes are missed or cancelled without appropriate notice, penalties if the student does not complete the program, expectations, responsibilities, etc.


What items are students prohibited from having on their person during lessons?

Students must not bring alcohol, tobacco products, lighters, any controlled substances or sharp objects to lessons. Students should leave any coats, jackets and backpacks and their outdoor shoes at the entrance of the location where the instruction is taking place. As well, students should not be chewing gum during lessons. Students are, however, encouraged to bring a bottle of water.

What is the appropriate attire for sessions?

Students are asked to keep a clean, neat appearance, with clothing appropriate to the type of lesson.  Instructors often have specific instructions–students should check with them for more details.

How should a student address his instructor?

It is vital that students and instructors maintain a professional student/teacher relationship throughout this course. As such, students should address their instructor as either Mr. or as Sir. Teachers will address their students by their first name.

What type of contact information should students provide their instructors?

Students should provide their full contact information to their instructors, including their email address, cell phone, day-time phone number, home phone (if different) and home address. Students are expected to respond to questions from their instructors and to confirm scheduled class times in a prompt manner.