Updated: Jun 10
When you end up tutoring a student in website design for a five-hour lesson more than once in the same week on top of your current class load, sleep becomes a distant memory.
Without enough sleep, I can't seem to function and think clearly the next day.
The last two weeks of my life have been a complete blur because I don't remember getting any sleep at all even though my body was beyond exhausted from tutoring almost 30-hours, and I did go to bed! Some nights I even went to bed early, before 9 p.m. which is early for me, or I just don't remember going into a deep sleep because I heard the whirling of my air purifier all night. And if I can hear that, then I'm pretty much useless the rest of the day.
So, now you're probably wondering how can only working 30-hours a week keep a person from not sleeping. Well, it's pretty simple: When you end up tutoring a student in website design for a five-hour lesson more than once in the same week on top of your current class load, sleep becomes a distant memory. That's basically what happened to me.
How it Began
Over nine years ago I got my first teaching gig as a part-time Web Design Adjunct Instructor with an occupational college, and I wasn't sure if I would like it or even be good at it. Apparently, I must be good at it on some level and even enjoy it because I currently teach over 20 different subjects related to art, design, English, hair and makeup. I've also have been doing it for going on nine years now, and I like it. There are a few drawbacks though.
I am fully remote, unless on that rare occasion where I have that one student that requires an in-person lesson because they don't feel comfortable with the screen share option, or they think having me sit next to them will make the lesson that much easier to learn. It won't. It really depends on you and how well you pay attention. Anyhow, I teach a mix of individual and group classes depending on the age and subject. I've had students as young as five-years-old up to adults over 60 in a variety of subjects, but many of those students needed help in design or English. I know, a very wide range of skills, but I have the credentials to back up my skills. I have a B.A. in Journalism and a B.A. in Graphic Design, plus some teaching skills from my Certification in Education, so yeah...it's possible for me to teach a wide range of subjects. Not to mention that I've been doing art all my life, design for over 20 years, and I've been speaking English since I first learned how to talk. Now that you know a bit about me, let me get back to my story.
So most of my classes run an hour long with a few ranging between 1.5 – 3 hours in length, and very rarely do I teach a student longer than three hours. However, I broke my record last week when I tutored a student for a five-hour lesson one day and then another 5.5 hour lesson that same week which ran until 2:30 a.m.! I normally don't teach for that long, or more importantly that late, but the student was in Hawaii and we had to work with a six-hour time difference. I honestly don't remember teaching that late at night for so long. Words coming out my mouth at such a late hour may not make sense. Or I might fall asleep at the computer.
Why Online So Long and Late
That's easy! My student, we'll call her Lisa, was assigned to create a website portfolio as her final project in her Web Design college class. No problem, right? Wrong! Apparently, the teacher whizzed through the course material so fast that the basics of HTML and CSS may or may not have been covered, which is a constant trend and pattern I've been finding with my website design students (I'll get to that in another post!) for the past three years! Anyhow, Lisa and her classmates had the option to purchase and use an online template (think cookie cutter) or create a website from scratch, and then it had to be uploaded to the school's online server. Sounds pretty easy, right? Not so much. It's actually a little more complicated than that, especially if students aren't taught basic coding and how to use a website template. Or more importantly, how to read, understand and manipulate the code in the templates to create their own website design. So, the assignment wasn't as easy to complete and too much longer because it seems that the professor weren't taught ALL the basics of website design and development first. This is a clear indicator that there's a good chance they're going to struggle through the entire class and not understand what they learned. Or, they won't be able to complete their project on time. This almost happened with Lisa until she reached out to me for a tutoring lesson. It seems Lisa didn't fully understand the professor's earlier lessons on website design and also help students understand how it works with the development side, aka coding or back-end in order to complete a functioning website. She was never taught how HTML and CSS work together. So, guess who had the joys of teaching her HTML and CSS all while trying to build a new website from scratch? If you guessed me...then you've just won a new car! Kidding! I can't afford to buy you a new car, but I can educate and share with you the best way to learn website design and development. My job isn't to make things complicated and difficult, but super simple and easy. Just see what Raneisha B. had to say about working with me because she was failing her Web Technology and needed to bring her grade up or, she'd fail her junior year. "Thank you so much for helping me pass my class and having so much patience with me even though you might have had a long and busy day. I appreciate all the time and words of encouragement. Thank you for believing in me even when I was doubting myself." So, if you want to hear how everything turned out for Lisa and her website project, stay tuned. There's definitely more to come. Stacy
If you need tutoring help with art, design, English or homework assistance in your design courses, please contact Stacy for online remote lessons.