PerpetualChange Posted October 3, 2019 at 01:12 PM Report Share Posted October 3, 2019 at 01:12 PM I study with an online tutor once per week, but I am having a tough time making good use of the time. I'm fairly advanced, having studied formally for two years and on my own (at varying degrees of efficiency) for several more. My tutor has a nice personality, is reliable, and at least right now, tutoring sessions are fairly open ended. Generally, it goes like this: We talk for a few minutes, she'll give me some things to read that are more or less at my level, and we look at homework I did throughout the week (usually writing sentences based on vocab readings) and correct them together. Sometimes we'll spend a month or so on a long reading, other times we'll finish readings in a week or so. Anyway there seems to be no particular direction or system to the readings we go over, to the point where I've started to wonder if I should find a way to implement some kind of curriculum, maybe like downloading a PDF of an advanced textbook and sending it to her. I'm starting to wonder if the tutor who doesn't seem to have much of a system or curriculum, is really all that valuable, for $20 an hour, when I could just spend that money (far less, actually) on something like Chinese Pod and then do language exchange with people on WeChat for free. Ultimately, my tutor isn't enough, and I spend the majority of my study time each week doing things extra from whatever my tutor is currently having me do. Perhaps this is the right way to go about it, but I'd still like to make the best use of a tutor if I'm going to keep spending the money every week. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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