Cancellation and No-Show Policy
The #1 rule is don't be a douchebag.
If you scheduled an appointment with any other service providing professional (doctor, dentist, dance coach, physical therapist, etc.), you would be expected to be at the appointment and be accountable for the time that the professional has set aside for you.
The cancellation and no-show policy is meant to be a deterrent for students thinking it's okay to be inconsiderate to me. The policy is not in place to ensure I get paid even if we don't actually do our session.
Honestly, I feel a little slimy with that exchange where I get paid for services technically not rendered. That being said, I believe people need to be accountable for their actions and deal with the consequences for their behavior.
Students need to understand that there is usually additional work and planning I need to do for them before our session. Also, I have a life I'm trying to live in addition to being The OChem Tutor, so last minute cancellations impact more than just the time slot we were meant to meet.
My policies below are about as lenient as possible without me being a total doormat, but hopefully the philosophy of "don't be a douchebag" is the guiding light.