[Tutor] looking to hire a tutor

Carroll, Barry Barry.Carroll at psc.com
Mon Apr 24 20:06:23 CEST 2006

Hello, Meenakshi,

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> Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2006 19:44:57 -0700 (PDT)
> From: meenakshi at mbi.ucla.edu
> Subject: [Tutor] looking to hire a tutor
> To: tutor at python.org
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>   Hi,
>     I apologize if this has been covered before.
> I am a postdoctoral research scientist learning Python programming.  I
> would like to hire a tutor who can spend 1-2 hours a week with me
> overand critiquing my programming.  I have looked for online Python
> programming classes (not free tutorials), which offer structure and
> feedback for a reasonable price.  To my surprise, I havent been very
> successful.
>    Working with online free tutorials hasnt been an ideal approach,
> because I dont get feedback and partly because they dont completely
> meet my requirements.
>  How would I go about hiring a python tutor who:
> Spends time critiquing my code and providing detailed feedback.
> Cares about good programming practices and is able to provide cogent
> explanations of programming principles.
> Can instruct me in the finer points of breaking a programming problem
> into constituent parts.
> Is well versed in Python.  It would be great (but not necessary) if
> were also familiar with data mining practices.
>  I would be willing to pay 20-30$ an hour (or more depending on
> qualifications).
>    How do I go about doing this?  Any suggestions?
>   Thanks
> Meenakshi 

I agree with the others that this list is an excellent place to learn
both Python and best programming practices.  However, the more personal,
one-on-one approach can be very useful.  

Have you checked the resources available there?  I'm thinking
particularly of the Computer Science department and the Student
Placement Service (or whatever they are called on your campus).  Most
placement services have a student employment service (web page, bulletin
board, etc) where students in need of part-time work can find job
listings.  Likewise, many computer science departments have a job board
or web page that does the same thing.  I'd be very surprised if UCLA
doesn't have something similar.

Good luck.  

barry.carroll at psc.com
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