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What Tutoring is Like

At TheEcontutor, I work hard to create a friendly, comfortable environment where I can teach and you can learn. But I need your help as well. The following are a few simple rules or expectations that I have for all my students. Most students feel these rules are reasonable. Others view them as a significant constraint on their behavior. I am view them as part of a contract. The classroom is my work place and these are benefits that I have earned. They help me do a better job and they make my job more enjoyable.

1) Turn off your cell phone and other electronic devices during the lecture.

This means, of course, you will not be able to receive or make phone calls during the lecture.

2) You are expected to stay until the scheduled end of the lecture.

If, for example, a session is scheduled from 7:15 to 9:30pm, then you are expected to stay until 9:30pm.

3) If you have an emergency and you have to leave a session early, you will be asked to turn in your playbook before you leave.

4) The study guides (i.e. playbooks) are for your own personal use.

Do not copy or distribute the study guides under any circumstances.

5) The only way to receive the study guide is if you attend the session.

They are not for sale and they are not distributed outside of the classroom under any circumstances.

Coming to our session.

Step 1 Use the link for Econ Courses to find out when reviews are scheduled for your courses. They are also listed on calender and weekly schedule. We usually have our sessions two to seven days before homework assignments are due or midterm exams take place and we try to post our schedule one week before our sessions occur. However, we are constantly responding to new homework assignments or changes in exam dates, so our schedule will change occasionally. As such, you should check our web sites fairly frequently. In generally, we are very reluctant to change our schedule 24 hours before a sessions takes places but anything posted 4 to 10 days in the future should be considered a tentative date. In fact, we often rely our students to tell us if a time slot doesn't work for them and we will try to adjust our schedule accordingly.

Step 2 Create Your Account In order to attend our sessions, you must first set-up your student account. This is basically your name and an e-mail address. All this information is confidential and will not be shared or sold to any outside firms, academic institutions or government agencies. We use this information to contact you if the schedule changes and to anticipate the demand for our sessions. Some time slots are more popular then others and we try to allocate the most popular time slots to the sessions with the highest demand.

Step 3 Be Considerate and ready to work. Most academics seem obsessed with their intelligence and your ability to learn. I am not. If you are bright enough to get into UCSD, then you are bright enough for me. Instead I obsess about your behavior. I take my sessions very seriously. I try to provide a relaxed and friendly environment where you are comfortable asking questions and where you can develop friendships with the other students in your class. I understand that sometimes you will be confused, lost, disillusioned or unmotivated to keep up with your schoolwork. But if you come to my sessions, you must be ready to work. I love to teach and help people learn, but I cannot stand being around apathetic people. It is fine to want to talk to your friends and use your cell phone, but not during my sessions. I want you to like me and I want to become someone you can trust and depend on, but if I have to choose between being your friend or your instructor, then I will choose to be your instructor. This means that I won't hesitate to ask you to sit-up straight, pepper you with questions if I think your attentions is wandering or confiscate your cell phone if you try to use it during my sessions. I don't do this to be mean, I do this because I want you to succeed. From me, you should expect professional, well-organized and informative sessions. From you, I expect that you will be considerate and ready to work.