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my job has eaten my life. - helen-louise
my job has eaten my life.
I think I'm back now.

As a private tutor, I have extremely seasonal work patterns. It's probably not surprising that my peaks are close to exam times. I'm always busy in late December and early January with the first lot of A-level exams, then quiet for a couple of weeks as people recover from those exams; busy again from late March until mid-June with the GCSEs and second lot of A-levels. Things really pick up over the Easter holidays, because that's when a lot of students start their revision and realise what a bad state they're in, or decide that because they're free during the day they want a lot more lessons than usual. This is good for me financially, but it rather eats my life. 6 or 7 hours of work a day for 5 days a week plus another 6 or 7 hours spread over Saturday & Sunday is basically a full-time job. Except I already have a full-time job - looking after myself and the house :/

Then just to make things extra-chaotic, for some reason, the schools round here had staggered Easter holidays. Some of the schools broke up on Friday 23rd March and went back to school on Wednesday 11th April, some broke up on Friday 30th March, some didn't finish until Thursday 5th April, and won't be going back until Wednesday 25th April. I have no idea what's up with that, but it's extended my excessively busy period over 4 weeks instead of 2. So I haven't really been online for almost a month, because I've been entirely without energy for anything that isn't work for money.

What was I supposed to be writing about?

Current Mood: tired tired
Current Music: Mega City Four - "Who Cares Wins"

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From: chrismoose Date: 22nd April 2007 06:32 (UTC) (Link)
As a teacher, staggered holidays are good - I go back tomorrow and the last week has been nicely free of the normal thousands of children wanting to do the same things I do.
Hope you have time to recover this week!
hiddenpaw From: hiddenpaw Date: 22nd April 2007 06:38 (UTC) (Link)
Just wait untill next year when some schools are concidering not basing thier spring break around the easter bank holidays at all due to it being so early next year (mid march)
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