Fast forward six months.
My schedule is set, but it is rather weird. Monday 7-9 at Branch A; Tuesday 2:30-5:30 and 6:30-9:45 at Branch B; Wednesday 3:30-5 at Branch C and 7-9 at Branch A; Thursday a repeat of Tuesday; Friday 2:30-4 and 7-9 at Branch A. I also get paid a significant less than the average. I was ok with this but based on this I have no social life (Q:"Hey Peter, want to go out later on?" A:"No thanks, I have to work tonight") and while my salary is adequate for my needs, it does not lend itself to having much extra money. Plus I have a Taiwanese friend who speaks English as a Second Language and works at another Company, and HE makes MORE than me.
So I asked my boss almost 2 weeks ago for a raise. I indicated I had been working for 6 months and thought it would be appropriate. She said she would talk to her boss and see what the branches I teach at thought (they would ask some students to evaluate me). I said that was fine and I have been patient. Monday marks 2 weeks since I asked and on that day I would call my boss for an update. If the result was unsatisfactory (as in "No raise" or "Here is a $1 an hour raise") I would give notice and look for another job that pays more and has better hours.
Tonight towards the end of one of my classes a student asked if I was happy with what I got paid and (I don't recall exactly what he said) if I had ever asked for a raise. Obviously having students evaluate me means telling them I have asked for one and asking "Does he deserve a raise"?
I will be patient and wait til Monday to see what the deal is. I am almost certain if it is a "Yes" the dollar amount will be a pittance.