Frequently Asked Questions

Our Frequently Asked Questions page provides answers to the most common questions we receive from parents. If you can’t find an answer to your question on this page, please don’t hesitate to contact Holly for assistance.

What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I think the most important way to begin with a new student is to build rapport and trust. The student needs to feel comfortable working with me, and know that I am on their team. Learning new skills involves risk, and it’s important that the student knows it’s okay to make mistakes and push out of their comfort zone with me, because I am there to gently steer them in the right direction, and cheer them on in their success. My goal is to develop confident and independent learners.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I hold a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Master’s Degree in Instructional Leadership. I have attended numerous workshops taught by Andrew Pudewa and completed his Teaching Writing: Structure and Style training. I have used his formula for teaching reluctant writers with students of all ages, and I am an accredited IEW instructor.  I also attended several Nancy Fetzer Writing Institute trainings for Common Core Reading and Writing.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students of all ages and abilities, ranging from kindergarten through freshmen in college. Some students come to me for enrichment, while some come because they are struggling due to learning disabilities or just lack of understanding and confidence.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

There are so many teachers out there, so it’s important to find the right fit!

Your child should feel comfortable with the teacher’s personality and teaching style. They should find the teacher engaging and comfortable. In a classroom, they should feel like they understand the expectations and that there are clear boundaries set for behavior. Many of my classroom students describe me as “strict, but fun!” When looking for one-on-one help, the teacher should be willing to meet your student where they are, and help them to learn and grow. They should be willing to explore different teaching methods to find the one that best fits your student’s learning style. And, of course, they should have experience and expertise in the areas which your child needs the most help.

How do you keep students engaged in online classes?

My classes have lots of interaction in the form of class discussions, questions and answers, and small group projects in break out rooms. The classes are packed with activity and learning, and students are asked to engage and participate frequently. Students say they love interacting with the teacher and with each other, and even make friends with other students during break out room interactions.

When do classes take place? Are they based on a particular location or time zone?

My live online classes typically begin in September, with second semester beginning in mid January. I do accept late enrollments in most classes, so please feel free to reach out if you are interested in a class that has already begun. Live online classes are on Pacific Standard Time.

My pre-recorded, self-paced classes are available to start at any time.

Private tutoring and writing coach services are also available to start at any time.

How do I enroll in a live online class?

Holly’s live online classes are offered through, a one-stop shopping destination for a wide variety of classes for home school students.

To register for classes, click here and select Holly Dodson in the instructor drop down box. You will see all my classes, required materials, and payment options. When you have registered for the class, I will be notified, and we can arrange payment through your charter or private pay.

How do I get started with a pre-recorded online class?

Please email me at  to enroll in a pre-recorded online class. We will arrange payment, and I will send you a pdf of all the materials and video links your student will need for the class.

How do I get started with tutoring or Writing Coach services?

Please email me at, and we can discuss scheduling.

What type of payment do you accept?

I accept purchase orders from charter schools, Venmo, and PayPal.

I am an approved vendor for the following charter schools: Blue Ridge, Cabrillo Point, Excel, Granite Mountain, Springs Charter, iLead, Julian, Mission Vista, Pacific Coast, Sage Oak, SCALE and Sky Mountain.


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