A Tutor’s Dilemma

By Bryan Toporek — April 20, 2010 1 min read
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Ms. Cookie found herself conflicted last week, as a student with “attendance issues” (read: missing more than 50 percent of recent classes) decided to ask for tutoring help two days before the class had a test.

Ms. Cookie, admittedly, wasn’t proud of her reaction.

Oh my god, can you WAIT until the last minute and then expect me to teach you everything in 45 minutes while at the same time tutoring other kids? This was in my head. What came out of my mouth was something equally as sarcastic along with widened eyes on my part, "sure, but maybe it would be better if you actually COME to class and learn the material, but yes, come for tutoring." That basically guarantees a no show, I'm guessing.

As it turns out...Ms. Cookie was right. The student never showed up for the tutoring session.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Blogboard blog.