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>Dear Debbie,
>
>When we got sick and tired of doing what you do, we sat down and decided to
>write a program that would do it for us.  We, at the Univ of AZ Learning
>Center, have a fairly large group tutoring operation (you don't specify
>whether your program is group-based or individual) in which groups of
>students are formed and matched with a tutor that can tutor what the
>students want at the time the students can get the tutoring.
>
>Six months later we were ready to try it.  It worked!  That was 1990.  The
>program turned out to be a monster system that almost has taken on a life of
>its own.  We have fine tuned it and expanded it over the years.  It creates
>about 90 groups of not less than 4 students that meet once a week for 90
>minutes.  It takes a 486-class machine most of the morning to sort through
>the available times, affine requests, and available locations to create
>this. Our Coordinator sees an assortment of different assignment lists plus
>the registration slips for each student.
>
>Students come in and feed the computers with their schedule of free
>assignable time and the courses (up to 3) they request tutoring for.  Ditto
>for the tutors who must be able to tutor at least five courses.  The
>computer akes care of the rest.
>
>There is a big but in this tale.  This program has been developed in our own
>datbase system's programming language so it is not easily portable.  I am
>looking into the possibility of writing a grant to rewrite this thing into
>something we can simply install and run in any machine.
>
>If you are interested I can tell you what database system we are using and
>would be willing to license the use of this system by you.
>
>For individual tutoring we have a referral system that brings the names,
>rates and phone numbers of private tutors to students.  They simply do the
>rest of the homework themselves.
>Guillermo Uribe Ph D
>Coordinator, Systems Support
>University Learning Center
>University of Arizona
>Tucson AZ  85721
>
>
Guillermo Uribe Ph D
Coordinator, Systems Support
University Learning Center
University of Arizona
Tucson AZ  85721