I currently have two private students, a brother and a sister. I teach one on Sundays and the other on a week night. Last Sunday, the one who was having a lesson on Sunday sent me a text message a few hours before the lesson asking if they could have the lesson the following day (which was a day off school for both me and the child.) I agreed but was a bit annoyed because I had planned my Sunday to include that lesson and was also looking forward to having a completely clear day on the Monday. The week night I was due to teach the other child was also a day off school but I had agreed to still give the lesson. I sent a text in the morning to be sure they still wanted the lesson and so that if they wanted to cancel I could make plans but they said they still wanted it at the normal time. Then, a couple of hours before, I got a text from the Mum saying that the child had forgotten about a school maths test the following day and needed to study for that instead of having the private lesson. This child had cancelled their lesson the previous week too but had told me three days before so at least I knew I had that time free. So, my questions is, do you still charge in the above situations? I do not, I guess it is just part of the job but it is pretty annoying when it keeps happening, especially when it is too late to do anything else with that time or teach one of the students I had turned down.