|Now that I'm out of school, if I need to know how to translate "Skritter" into Chinese, or whether adding "r" really changes a word's meaning in standard Mandarin, or if qia is an important reading of 卡, I can't just walk down to 马老师's office and ask her. But I can go to ChineseTeachers.com and get those questions answered in five minutes.
This kind of flexibility is new, it's cool, and it's a lot cheaper than traditional private lessons. Study at my convenience? Yes! I should never have worried about sounding silly, because the teachers are nice and here to help