Every student is different and every teacher is different, so it important to think about what you want from a teacher so that you find the right teacher for you.
So I would like to share with you three things you can think about before you invest your time and money in a language course.
Tip 1: Find a teacher who specialises in what you want.
What do you need your lessons for? Do you need it for work? Or to have conversations on holiday? Or is it something even more specialised like presentation training or training for an exam? Or do you just want to focus on your pronunciation?
Whatever it is, really focus on exactly what you need, then look for a teacher who specialises in this. When you have a teacher who specialises with a lot of experience in the area you are looking for, your learning can become a lot deeper and you progress quicker towards your goals.
Tip 2: Ask for a trial lesson.
Most teachers will offer a free trail lesson. Of course, the teacher will come with lots of questions for you. I also encourage students in my trial lessons to ask me a lot of questions.
Here are some examples of questions you can ask:
- Where do you come from?
- Where did you learn how to become a teacher?
- How long have you been a teacher?
- What experience do you have with X? (“X” can be what you need e.g. presentations, pronunciation etc.)
Plus, you can use this time to see how you feel with this teacher. Do you feel comfortable or nervous? Is this someone who you want to meet every week? How you feel during the lessons is very important because the better you feel, the easier it will be for you to learn.
Of course, you can’t get everything from the first meeting, so you may need a few lessons to see how the lessons grow. At the same time, it is very important to have these questions in your head, so that you can see if this is the right teacher for you.
Tip 3: Tell your teacher exactly what you want
I have wasted a lot of time (both my time and my students’ time) with students who don’t know what they want.
Yes, it is the teacher’s job to teach you. It is YOUR responsibility to a) know what you want to learn and b) actually learn it. We are your teachers, not your parents.
When you take this responsibility, the teacher’s job will be easier, you will have more motivation and your learning will be a lot more effective.
So ask yourself: What exactly do I want to learn? When do I want to learn it by?
And if you don’t know, that’s also fine. Just tell your teacher! It will make your lives much easier.
In summary, here are three things you can think of:
- Find a teacher who specialises in what you want
- Ask for a trial lesson and see how you feel
- Tell you teacher what you want.
In my experience, if you think about these three things, it will be easier to find a teacher, you will save a lot of time and money and your learning will be more effective.
Am I the right teacher for you? Contact me for a free trial lesson and find out!