November 4, 2014

To Tutor or Not to Tutor, This is the Question

I honestly can't remember (and I'm too lazy to look right now) if I've mentioned that I started a side tutoring job this fall. It's one hour twice a week, but it's honestly a pain in my you-know-what.

It's not the kid. I adore him. He's a very bright, respectful, driven, and funny little 5th grader.  I enjoy the hour I spend with him very much. 

It's the time that surrounds our session that's killing me. Originally, we were scheduled to meet at their local library at 5:00 PM. They informed me that this was the ONLY suitable time for them since he must eat dinner when he arrives home from school at 3:45. 

But you know... the plan sucks for me. I get out of school at 3:00. I work 35-45 minutes southwest of my house. These tutoring sessions take place about 15 minutes east of my schools. That left me with 1:45 of time to kill twice a week. It wasn't SO bad when I was doing my long-term because I could keep myself busy with grading/organizing/copying/planning, but once that ended, that time just dragged on and on.

And let me just say that I'm not really cut out for 12 hour days. I mean, I will happily meet a friend for dinner or drinks, but when 12 hours of my day is spent working or commuting to/from work... no. Ain't nobody got time for that!

On days that I don't end up working, I still scheduled my whole day around tutoring because there's just no good way to get to this library at that hour. I live about 15 minutes north of the expressway, and the library was at least that far south. This leaves me stuck sitting in bumper to bumper traffic.  It didn't take long for me to hit my breaking point when I was literally crying to my mom in the library parking lot where I sat after driving 1.5 hours to get to the library during rush-hour in Chicago. 

Through my tears, my mom suggested that I push back and ask them to make some changes to better accommodate my needs. I'm the one with the skill they want, after all. I offered to pick him up from school, change locations, ANYTHING, to make the time earlier. 

So, now I go to their home (and extra 10 minutes out of my way) at 4:00. It's definitely better on the front end, but coming home sucks! It took me 23 minutes to drive about 3 miles. Seriously. I know people who can run faster than that (I would not be one of these people, just FYI). 

I guess my question is... at what point do I thrown in the towel? Yeah, the cash is nice, but is it worth all the extra aggravation? Would you do it?

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