Frequently Asked Questions
How do I book multiple lessons?
To purchase more than one lesson use the following link: https://www.brandonclarke.co.uk/book-online. Unfortunately my system will only allow you to book in the first session on the booking calendar. We can discuss after the lesson when you'd like your next one, and I'll get that booked in for you. Most students do the same time each week.
How long is the lesson?
Typically lessons are 1 hour, but of course can be longer if you wish.
How do I pay?
You can pay using either PayPal or Credit Card when prompted at the checkout.
What do I get with each lesson?
We'll go over a topic related to improving your chess. Afterwards, you'll receive a lichess study of what we studied so you can interactively practice it at your convenience along with homework puzzles, and finally a google spreadsheet (regular students) to keep track of your lessons.
How are lessons conducted?
I used to use Skype, but prefer to use Zoom now. After booking, you'll receive a zoom link which will allow you to join the meeting room a few minutes before the start time. Once there you'll be able to see/hear me and see my screen. If you don't feel comfortable using video, that's fine, I just need to be able to hear you
What do you do in the first lesson?
I usually start of by going through some of your games (from OTB or online) to see your strengths/weaknesses. I then like to discuss your opening repertoire, to make sure that is in good shape and then will make a plan on tailoring each lesson to making you a better player.
What levels do you teach?
I have experience ranging from beginners to titled players both old and young. As long as you're willing to work with me, I can help you reach the next level.
Do you offer group lessons?
I currently don't have any group lesson services offered, but am open to it. If this is something you're interested in, please get in touch and we'll sort something out.
Do you offer face to face lessons?
Given the current pandemic, this might be tricky. I'm currently based in Cambridge, so if you happen to be nearby, then it is something we can look into.
How do I reschedule?
You'll receive a reminder email 24 hours before our lesson. You can reschedule anytime before the lesson by emailing me. If you could give me at least 1 hour notice, that would be appreciated.