Tuesday, August 9, 2011


I got dumped. I met him on Craigslist and he only charged twenty-five bucks an hour, which may seem cheap but he’s a college kid just getting by. My husband said go ahead, try to hook up before I get done with work so I can pick you up on the way home. I thought it’d work out with him and my life would be so much easier.

I called him and arranged to meet at four o’clock on Tuesday. We would meet at the library for one hour. It started well, and we met up every Tuesday for a few weeks. I thought everything was going swimmingly.

Then, I got burned.

Math. He was my math tutor. And he dumped me. He stood me up. No text message, no phone call, not even an email.

How mortifying? It is hard enough sometimes to admit you need help and to reach out, and for this to happen? I am so embarrassed. My tutor quit me. And now I am left here to pick up the fragile bits and pieces of my arithmetic and algebra.

With the school year beginning again, I am faced with a problem. Do I spend a lot of money and time on remedial math courses to get to the one I need to move on? Or do I hire a tutor so I can test out, take the one math course, and move on? It all really comes down to time and money. Kind of a lot of money. A lot of money for courses that don’t “count.”

But on the other hand, we all know how the tutoring worked out. Am I that frustrating to teach? Probably. I don’t like to do stuff I am not good at, which is not one of my more endearing qualities.

To be fair, I haven’t taken a math class in more than ten years.

I am not great teaching myself math out of a book. Khan Academy is pretty cool.

Maybe there is a solution I am not thinking of.

Any suggestions?


  1. I am just like you! I hate Math and was always terrible at it.

    I was in the same boat and ended up having to drop my Algebra classes in college because I was failing.

    I know this isn't what you want to hear but I suggest spending the time and money to re-learn the basics.

    It will be painful and it's going to suck, but it's pretty much the only way to succeed at it.

    Good luck!

  2. Math suuuuuuuuuuuucks! Sorry about that. Maybe try another tutor or just bite the bullet and take the remedial stuff. Best of luck to you!

  3. @Jen

    Thanks! I am leaning towards taking the courses...bring on the pain!

  4. @Jacob Divett


    Hope life with the new baby is going well. :)


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