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  •  Oh, and they do schedule tutoring sessions. (0+ / 0-)

    But they also have instant access, and that's what I do. More scheduling flexibility, and less prep time since there's no way to know who will be needing what at a given time. I actually prefer the instant access because it pays the most per actual working hour. Although I did spend the last 12 months going through my college physics books and working half the problems, plus studying geometry and other things to improve my skills. And along the way I discovered that if I had had to buy those same two books today, it would have cost me about 25 hours of work to buy them. I kept a lot of textbooks from my college days and it looks like I have a 7 or 8 thousand dollar pile of books there, which might have cost me 1/10 of that, at most. There's a racket, I have one pair of advanced math books that were published in 1950 and 53 (Morse and Feshbach) which are still available, for $350 for the set. And they have not been updated as far as I know.

    Anyway, I have been witness to many, many "I get it!" moments in this work and it almost makes up for the pay. I have also been told by my students with some frequency that their teachers "don't do anything"; one tonight said that very thing. And it shows. I often have to teach them some of the basics that they should know to work the problems they bring to me for help. Many times it only takes the working of a few examples and they suddenly understand what they were missing before.

    Moderation in most things. Except Reactors. IFR forever!

    by billmosby on Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 10:47:49 PM PDT

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