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By gzt (Wed Jan 04, 2012 at 04:25:16 PM EST) gzt, phone interview, grad school, moneys, chess (all tags)
All right, so I finally, after several years of knowing about it, sent something off to the State of $CORN_STATE to get them to send me an old "last paycheck" I neglected to pick up one summer. It's a couple hundred dollars. Every little bit helps.


I'm also getting some moneys back from school for some reason or other and I'm getting some moneys back from work on the next check for tuition reimbursement, both only a few hundred. This is nice. In the near future, I'm getting moneys back from OSU to reimburse me for flying out. That should resolve the present liquidity "crisis".

One thing I'm considering doing - unrelated - is cashing out an old chunk of Roth IRA contributions from 2008. I bought one of those target retirement date funds and it plunged in value almost immediately. It's up to 90% of its original value, but I don't think it'll beat 6.55% in the next 5 years, so I'm considering cashing it out, eating the loss for tax purposes, and using it to pay off two small student loans the wifing unit has to reduce our monthly obligation by about $60, as that might come in handy if I end up going to grad school and prefer a lower monthly obligation. Until then, obviously, I'd just use the extra money each month to pay extra on the other loans. Of course, it might have been better to do this before the end of the year for tax purposes. Or something.

I have a phone interview with a local, better-paying test prep service today. As in, they pay around or better than my putative hourly rate at work. Not sure what to expect, they didn't ask me to prepare a lesson. It'll probably be a conversation about stuff and, if I sound okay, they'll schedule an in-person thingy and have me audition.

Anyway. Flying out tomorrow to OSU for super fun happy graduate school information day. Woo hoo.

In other financial news, it seems my 401(k) only lost 3.99% in the last year. Better than I expected based on market performance in the last half of the year, still not awesome.

Finishing off statements of purpose. I sound like such a wanker.

Sweet JFK. It seems everybody has the same idea: "Hey, I just set this thing on fire and I think you're a fireman and none of us can fight fires, ergo it is your jorb to fight this fire. K THX BYE." But... but... I just set something of my own on fire and it actually is my job to put it out... And I'm leaving at 4:30 because I have a phone interview I'm taking at home, and, no, I'm not going to reconsider.

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Test prep tutoring: by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Jan 04, 2012 at 05:46:21 PM EST
What kind of prerequisites are they looking for? Would, say, scoring at the 99.9th percentile on a graduate entry exam be an adequate qualification? Not that I'm sure it's what I want to do, just that I realised I've got intellectual muscles I should be stretching (and financial targets I should be reaching), and it may be fun.

Yeah, that's typically what they want by gzt (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed Jan 04, 2012 at 10:26:33 PM EST
High test scores, experience tutoring or teaching. These people seem like they might be good to work with, actually, as they don't have a curriculum to go through.

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that's right by nathan (2.00 / 0) #3 Thu Jan 05, 2012 at 01:06:45 PM EST
I got a good LSAT gig and a very good GMAT gig that way. Consider, only 1/1000 test-takers hits that number, so on the GMAT, around 650 worldwide/year, of whom not many are in a position to teach. There are several firms in each industry that only hired from the 99th percentile and up.

My gig with Veritas paid $60-65/hr, while Manhattan GMAT pays $100/hr. Both have international practices, so you could wind up teaching a class via videoconference to students in Dubai, etc. If I wasn't lawyering right now, there's no way I wouldn't be tutoring. Tutoring is a crappy career but a very good side gig.

If you want to talk to me about this in more detail, just PM me.

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i find it bizarrely tempting by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #4 Thu Jan 05, 2012 at 07:08:42 PM EST
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