Nice to meet you online and thanks for trusting in the Trainer — I wish you the best with it.
In terms of your questions —
I’ve organized the Trainer very carefully to try and help you optimize your learning process, and the book is designed to build upon itself, and so I encourage you to go through it in order.
In terms of organizing your learning with your drill work and PT’s — check out the free Trainer study schedules —
There are some available here, and there are also brand new beta versions that go up to PT 81 that I can email you as well. Please see this link for more information —
Depending on how much time you have per week, you probably want to start off with the 16 week schedule, extend it as you’d like, and then, as time allows, optionally add in extra work from older exams.
And finally, in terms of keeping track of your work, and assessing when you might need a tutor, one tool I suggest is the Readiness Checklist —
This can serve as a nice macro list of all of the issues you want to work on and master.
Tutoring certainly isn’t required, and there are many different ways that you can learn about and master the exam, but tutoring can be very effective.
In terms of when to go for it, I think it’s best to try and work toward mastery using the Trainer and practice first — then, when you know you’ve put in the time in a certain section and can sense that your understanding just isn’t right or you could use extra help, etc., that’s when you might consider a tutor. Alternatively, if you know you want more guidance, you can certainly work with a tutor throughout your studies.
Hope that helps — if you need anything else please get in touch —