I was telling my therapist this morning about some frustrating email exchanges I've been having with my new tutee as we try to plan a time to meet, and while I was talking, giving examples of how the student didn't respond in appropriate/useful ways to my emails, it suddenly dawned on me that this girl has reading and writing difficulties! That's why we're meeting in the first place! So it's not surprising that our emailing communication -- seeing as it's in writing -- doesn't go as smoothly as it could. Duh. I can't believe that didn't occur to me before. I'll just be sure to be as direct and explicit as possible in the future, and phone her instead of emailing when possible. Live and learn.