Over Friday and the weekend I gave 5 hours maths tuition to a young lady who had come home from an excellent university for the weekend. I had tutored her in maths and physics for the previous two years, when she attended what is considered to be a very good school. Another young lady has to be driven here, as she is a reasonable distance away and would find it really difficult to get here with public transport. I teach her chemistry, and she always has a smile and appreciates her lessons with me. However, for girl number three it's a short but very different story. Firstly she came via UK Tutors, which is often a bad sign as their introduction fee is a lot less, unless tutors collect the other half, which (like myself, up to now) many don't. The night before her second lesson she sent a text saying she had to attend a parents' evening at school, and that for the following week (half-term) she was going to Romania on holiday. Now, this morning, before her lesson today, she has cancelled completely. She goes to a pretty useless school, and definitely needs the tuition, and it's also easy for her to get here. The lesson to draw from this is that when you lose a student it isn't necessarily down to poor performance on your part. Some students have very unrealistic expectations, and some are just down right peculiar and nasty.