A student who excels in classes doesn’t happen by chance. An effective learner exerts effort, has determination, patience, and the curious mind that goes beyond the regular halls of the school.
The norm of common sense suggests that you succeed by what you do, not by who you are, whom you know, and how you look.
Let us take a look at some significant qualities and practices that can help individuals to reach their full potential as a student.
Organizing your things will save you time and stress. Imagine looking for a note in your pile of files instead of spending time in studying.
Place your files in separate folders and mark them so that you can grab them in a moment’s notice. Preparing a folder for each subject matter in your computer will serve you in the same way. Arrange your books in a manner that similar topics are bunched together. Developing this skill will give you a sense of discipline to keep your things in order, a good quality to tag along when you are employed.
Manage your time
You can enjoy both worlds, live the moment in your student’s life and be an “A” student at the same time.
Prepare a weekly planner for organizing your activities to effectively manage your time.
Avoid cramming for a test, memory retention will only be temporary and there will be a mix-up of information that will only give you a headache.
The time in a day is not enough to juggle studies, part-time job, and extra-curricular activities. In your spare time please go over notes or readings from every class. Making it a habit to review every day, it will go a long way in your preparation for a test or a project.
Pursue understanding diligently
Good learners have a curious mind, they want to learn things beyond their area of expertise. Getting some answers concerning something they didn’t know fulfills them for the moment, yet their interest is addictive.
They understand things easily, but this came only after great efforts and their willingness to invest in time. When they don’t comprehend something, they read, analyze, and ask information from others until they are satisfied with the answer. Good learners are diligent and don’t give up effortlessly.
Disappointment startles great learners, yet they know it’s gainful
In the event of repetitive disappointment and apparent futility, great learners stand up to the challenge, certain that they will be able to sort it out in the end.
They will treat the experience as an opportunity to learn something new. They use the new knowledge to analyze what went wrong, figure out what needs to be done, and to create innovations to provide a solution to the problem.
These events inspire them to construct a better information structure, adding to their data base of stocked knowledge. The new knowledge has to make sense to add up to what the learner already knows.
All efforts will go and disappear if the learner are not self-disciplined, not being committed and self-trained to achieve their goal. Things won’t come easy, they won’t come into place easily and the ride isn’t enjoyable. Practicing the strategies mentioned, one day at a time will put you right on target to be an efficient learner.
It’s unlikely that anyone will be surprised to the information that English has already captured our planet and is on the list of the most common spoken and written languages, and that certainly one of ten (or even less) people on the planet is fluent in English. This nuance makes many countries where English is not the official language, or even is not a part of the same language group include its learning from the first class of the school, and sometimes from the pre-school groups in kindergarten.
Perhaps, many parents want their children to begin learning new foreign words and phrases along with the words and phrases of the native language from an early age precisely because of the mass globalization of English in the world and integration in many areas of life, beginning from culture and art, and ending with business and politics. Parents want their kids to perceive English on the everyday level, to grow and to adapt easily to the English-speaking community.
Why English? It’s everywhere now: the highest-grossing movies are in English, the most popular music – in English, the best-selling books – in English. We are surrounded by this language and its impact. But the most surprising and amazing is that there are a lot of different courses, online lessons, websites and literature for learning English on the Internet. Everything is very accessible and easy to learn. Our time offers a unique opportunity to become more advanced each day, receive the necessary information which is ready for use.
Of course, English grammar cannot be compared, for example, with Russian grammar; it may seem confusing and not logical, but everyday communication and learning makes it possible not to focus on the rules, but to take everything on the right level with the native speaker’s speech stream. With that in mind, it’s important to communicate with those people for whom English is the native language or who have been living in an English speaking country for a long time.
If we talk about the lexical fund, it’s huge; moreover, one word may have several meanings depending on the context or the sphere of use. Transcription horrifies many beginners who have never faced a phonetic system of English. Surprisingly, spelling rules are not so difficult compared to other languages. In general, English has one of the most successful and richest phonetic systems in the world.
It’s difficult to imagine new interesting acquaintances and meetings, amazing and unforgettable trips, good food and sightseeing tours without English. After all, it is what units us with other people and cultures, a connecting thread, which helps to study in other countries, to be part of important international events, to develop in various areas and present the individual self and own achievements to the world, to broaden horizons and always be kept up-to-date of the latest news. Ridiculous though it might sound, but if everyone spoke the same language, it would be English!
In pursuing a college degree you should probe whether a school or program is recognized. Aside from the typical campus-based learning, another option is through online education.
According to Open Education Data Base (OEDB) there are 3,509 online schools that are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Before, online tutoring was considered as having poor certification practices. As web learning becomes conventional, improvements were made to bring it at a level that is at par with the teachings in a traditional institution.
Prerequisites for both online and campus programs are the same. You will get the same high standard of learning whether you are enrolled in a traditional or online program, as long as the school is accredited.
In finding a job, online graduates are in the same footing with campus graduates. It is up to the employer to determine which of the candidates will fit the job vacancy.
Since online education had been accredited, earning a degree in the traditional manner is the same. Some people pursue such program thinking that this is cheaper – Is it true?
Let us examine this further.
By and large, educational cost charges for online study is much cheaper than those of the customary classes. Tuition fee comprises the biggest portion of learning. Rates differ for online tutoring and classroom teaching. In making a choice, it is important to examine the program if it meets your requirements and the fee involved.
Online students miss out the campus life, the joy of associating themselves with your genre, and the feel of having people around you and a live teacher lecturing in front. However, there are unseen expenses which are high when you sum it all up. There are commuting costs, if you travel by car there is gas and the parking charges. You also have to consider outlays in printing, notebooks, bags, clothing and more in going to a school, and the time in going to and going home from school. There are also intangible things to consider like getting stressed, tired, and anxious.
If you are taking classes on the web, you will encounter fewer worries and expenses.
Most online learners save a lot of time and can take on a part-time job while studying. They can pay for their education or help in their family’s expenses.
If you live far from the school, and plan to take up a college degree, chances are you will live in a dormitory. It avoids long travel time and high expenses in transportation. Online learning will spare you from this.
In case, you are the type of student who needs to be encouraged by a teacher, you will fit in a regular school environment.
Things to consider in deciding to either take up an online or campus-based learning experience will depend on: your financial capability, the type of environment that suits you, and your decisiveness in completing a college degree. However, if you are very motivated on getting that diploma it does not matter what situation you are in. You will find ways in attaining your goal no matter what kind of barrier is in your way.
Out with the old – in with the new, it’s a New Year’s Day but the vast majority are still fine-tuning themselves that this is no longer 2015.
January is a great month to concentrate on fresh starts and objectives for a New Year that just began. It is the best time to assess our accomplishments, success and failure, and the changes that we need to make us better.
In many countries, a resolution is a tradition prepared by an individual which contains a list of “Things to Do or Not to Do” for self-improvement from the first day of the New Year onward. These enhancements can be studying another dialect, giving up a habit like smoking, getting healthy by losing weight, being friendly to your neighbors and other positive improvements.
At the onset, there’s a lot in the list but as the year winds up more are crossed out as you fail to follow through your resolution. In the end you have accomplished nothing – do not be dismayed and you are not the only one.
Here are some recommendations to assist your ESL learners in preparing and remembering their New Year’s resolution throughout the year.
Start the year on a positive note, discuss with the learners the idea of resolutions. Why are these made? What are these? Why are these not followed?
It’s time to take out the pencil and paper to prepare their list of resolutions for the 2016 Year.
To start the ball rolling ask them these:
• What are some New Year’s resolutions you have made in the past?
• How can New Year’s resolutions help you in the coming year?
• What are some New Year’s resolutions that you have broken quickly?
• How can New Year’s resolutions be a good opportunity for change?
• What New Year’s resolutions are you still keeping now?
Have a go at this worksheet, “My New Year’s Resolution.” It urges your students to consider positive things they can do to enhance their general surroundings. Let them compose their thoughts in the spaces. The subjects will focus on their household, school environment, their group, and the world. This will encourage your learners to develop their thoughts and their writing skills, as well.
There are wonderful projects that will get your learner’s innovative juices rolling. Typically, arts and craft inspire creativity.
Request your learners to sketch two images. One on something that they appreciated in doing in the year that has recently passed, and the other on something they are planning to achieve this year; like mountain climbing or getting a pet.
Partition the class into 12 groups, each group will be assigned a certain month. They need to design and make a page for their allocation. Put the pages together and make this the official class calendar for the year.
New Year’s Resolution Game
Give each of your learner a piece of paper and let them write down their New Year’s resolution. Put these inside a box and have each student pick one and draw it on the board without using any words
Ask the student’s what the resolution is. This will encourage them to speak out the English language they learned.
Time flies imperceptibly. We graduate from school, college, university or academy, build our career and personal life, but realize in a certain moment that we need to learn a foreign language to raise our level of its knowledge, to work with foreign clients or for a feeling of confidence and calm while traveling to other countries. The fact of the matter is that when we have an opportunity to communicate with people in the same language, we can share our ideas and feelings freely, can establish connections, conclude contracts, make purchases and sales, and just advance and self-improve.
It’s too hard for very active and mobile people to “snatch” at least a piece of time from their filled in schedule, so the Internet to them is an unsurpassed achievement of mankind. No matter where you are – at home or at work – you can always start the lesson and imbibe new knowledge.
The best part of foreign language lessons on Skype is that native speakers or real professionals with a unique experience will teach you. Lessons are held individually, and a teacher communicates only with you and teaches only you. Among the advantages, there is also a possibility to ask direct questions and get direct answers to them without being afraid to seem ridiculous because of misunderstanding some points; in fact, it will be much easier for a teacher to understand the nuances of individual lessons with you and choose the most effective program through your questions and errors. In addition, with regard to the program, it will be picked up only according to your level, including a variety of topics or focusing on the questions of specific sphere.
Of course, some opt for self-learning, but according to experts, it is very difficult to train without assistance, having only a basic level. In any case, it is difficult to be impartial, objective and consistent in self-study. We need someone from the outside, in order to correct us and expound the cause of a particular error, to find the right way to explain the material, to stimulate and encourage us, to assess our progress and achievements.
One of the important steps in the beginning of online learning is a selection of online school or online courses which are suitable exactly for you. Most companies offer a free first class. Of course, it doesn’t last long, but you get the opportunity to evaluate all the qualities of a teacher, beginning from the friendly and communicable relation, his vocabulary, pronunciation, the quality of interactive exercises, accessible explanations of the rules of grammar or spelling, and skills of provoking interest of performing any exercise. You must be comfortable working with this teacher. If you have a share of distrust, seek further, because there is a great choice of online courses and teachers in our time that your teacher can be even in the tens of thousands of kilometers away from you.
Summarizing, we can say with confidence that online tutoring has a lot of positive aspects. All you need is to have a high speed internet for the smooth operation of Skype, a webcam and a microphone. The possibility to communicate with native speakers and adopt their knowledge and pronunciation is a huge plus which makes more and more people choose this kind of classes. Individual lessons are forcing to begin learning language thoroughly and specifically. But the admissibility of training anywhere in the world where you have a laptop and the internet is a unique finding for very busy people, who often travel around the world for the purpose of rest or work. Your teacher is always with you.
ESL students learn new English words daily. What happens is that they remember but don’t comprehend these, when they mix these with other words it doesn’t make sense.
Take for instance in answering a question, when they use these new words to provide an answer the reply is way off. Even if they were able to come up with the correct choice of words to provide a correct answer, still they don’t understand the content. Without understanding, this acquired knowledge becomes useless.
The way tutors can help ESL learners is by giving them clear instructions in the subject that they are being taught in class. When they present and fortify the academic dialect, there will be astonishing improvements in the ESL students’ performance.
Reinvent the Academic Language
The tutor should plan ahead, review the topic and classify words or sentence configurations that they think will be hard to understand by the ESL learner. Reference these on the board and let the learners note these down.
Mathematics and Science subjects could be better understood through illustrations and hands-on learning. Words can be learned by labelling parts and identifying terms, making sure that students understand the terminologies. Augment the learning process by resorting to visual aids, use your thespian ability, and convert difficult words to simple ones.
To make sure that the student learned English properly, encourage a healthy discussion. Ask them about the pictures that you had presented, it is a way of checking their vocabulary and how they understood the lecture. Let them exercise their minds, encourage them to say things in another way. Like, a caterpillar turns into a butterfly, other ways of saying it is; a caterpillar grows into a butterfly or a butterfly comes from a caterpillar.
Encourage Creative Thinking
Do not limit your learners’ vocabulary words based on the lesson. Let them think “Out of the Box”, allow them to use the new English words in more meaningful ways. Ask questions about the subject matter, and give them time to express themselves.
After all, the tutor is not looking for the right or wrong use of words or sentences at the moment. This is a good time to assess the training need of their students.
The tutor must model the proper use of the language structure and the correct mix of words to guide the learners to communicate in English correctly.
Assessing the Student’s Skill
It will take some time, practice, and guidance before an ESL Learner can communicate in English well. In so doing, some tests in between will be needed to gauge the depth of the English skill of the learner.
A good head start will be the unit tests which many textbook provide. They have different formats like: multiple choices, true or false, fill in the blank, and questionnaires. A student may seem to understand the lecture but fares poorly in the exercise. An assessment will discover the student’s weakness that will guide the teacher in helping the learner improve.
Some students have strong verbal skills but weak in literacy skills. The teacher may ask the student to do a presentation on what they learned and what was the difficult portion in the exercise.