Hello everyone. This is my maiden post (although I've been tutoring for seven years) so please bear with me if I seem to say anything too obvious.... However, I really don't think I will, because on scanning the thread titles (I've gone through all 50 pages of threads listed), two things really stood out for me as being quite contrary to the way I see things. The first is the amount of fuss so many of you appear to kick up about student "cancellations", which sure enough, on enquiry turns out to be cases where a student misses a session for illness etc. Even more surprising, to me, is the amount of pettifoggery on here about cancellation having "less than 24 hours' notice", when you know perfectly well that someone can go to bed fine and wake up feeling unwell and phoning school they won't be coming in, and then contacting you to say to skip the session, obviously with about 9 hours' notice. I've got quite a lot to say about this, but I won't in this thread because as I say, it's really not my concern and I want you all to focus thoroughly on my second point: In complete contrast to the above, is an issue on which our respective attitudes seem to be the reverse of the above. While my overall experience of tutoring is good and I have no intention of quitting, by far and away the most irritating issue is what you might call PERMANENT cancellation, i.e. students/parents pulling out for ever after a single session. I've been taken aback at times by how often it's happened, usually without any reason given, otherwise generally with reasons which, to me, range from the unacceptable to the absurd - but I'll confidently leave that to your judgment when I come to describe them, and am pretty sure there'll be a consensus on the forum about this. But what really, really surprises me is that having now scanned, as I said, all the thread titles in this part of TES forums, I can identify only two that discuss this problem, and neither received many replies (nowhere near a second page for example), and one quickly got diverted to a tangential issue. If my case is anywhere near typical, I'd have expected floods of complaints all chiming in. Where are you all? This is even stranger when you reflect that some of the reasons people grumble about individual session cancellations apply with knobs on to the case of cancellation of what you had reason to think would be a string of 10, 20, 30 sessions in the coming school year, apparently gone up in smoke on a whim. So before I come to specific cases I've encountered, I'm going to give you all the chance to prove me wrong and come out and say that yes, despite your unaccountable silence hitherto, on reflection you do agree that this is a significant nuisance factor in the tutoring life. I'd be very interested to read your experiences, and then offer some of my own for your evaluation.