4 trial lessons in one day. 4 new students. 4 new people whose mathematical ability I have to detect. And they are all hopeless. I have that September feeling again. Sheer despair, when I contemplate where my students are now and where they expect (!) to be. Oh my God, what to do? How do I get these people the grades they expect, deluded as they are about what is needed to get those grades?