I'm hoping you can help. My background is that I became a parent at an early age, and chose at the time to prioritized raising and feeding my child over going to college. Doing both really wasn't an option. I've done well, and I've been doing community college courses part-time since my youngest is pretty independent and is finishing high school. I work full-time, standard US office hours.
I have a professor who's causing me a bit of tension. I have to be highly organized with my time, for obvious reasons. This very knowledgeable gentleman has poor time management skills, and I think it's far less of an issue for my young classmates who don't have the same level of other responsibilities in life. He's an adjunct. He rambles for long periods of time, takes water breaks (gets up, leaves, and comes back) while on camera, and actually spends about half the class time preparing the materials he wants to present to us. Early on, I spent three days trying to get an add-code to register because he doesn't read his email -- finding his home phone number via a Google search was the only way to reach him.
He has shown up on camera wrapped in a blanket (We live in sunny southern California, not Iceland!), or wearing clothing that he'd probably be counseled about if he showed up wearing it on campus. He's late starting class (online) about 75% of the time, across two classes that I have with him four mornings a week.
The nature of the homework is very detailed (it's a music theory class). I'm finding that the written instructions don't convey the outcome he's expecting (some other instructor in the department created the worksheets). I also find that I'm the only one who's asking for such clarification. With the haphazard way he communicates expectations, it gives us the least amount of time before it's due (usually three days), and it's a lot of work!
This class got moved online very suddenly at the start of the semester, and I don't see anything in our learning management system where he offers "office hours". He's mentioned using two virtual tutors that are available to us, but this approach feels really counterintuitive to me, and is obviously more time consuming. The lack of in-person opportunities makes the communication really challenging.
Do you have any tips for managing around such a messy situation?