Un regalo de cumpleaños (A birthday gift!)

I thought I would spread the birthday cheer!  If you 5 book sessions by August 12 you can still get 5% OFF!   Use a session or two to prepare for school and the rest throughout the semester!  They won’t expire and we even have nice gift certificates for you to give to others!

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¡Feliz cumple! (Happy Birthday!)

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5 Things to Consider When Hiring a (Language) Tutor

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1. What are your goals?  Do you want to be fluent, conversational or get an “A” in Spanish class?  Any and all are great, but be sure you know what you are looking for.

2. Have expectations, but be reasonable.  Fluency and learning take time, no matter what the language or subject.  Hire a tutor before you start struggling in class.  It’s better to be prepared and not need much help than to wait a few weeks before grades come in.  Having a tutor is helpful to grasp concepts and help with understanding, clarification, etc.  But tutoring is more effective when you also put study time in on your own.

3. Tutoring can be fun! Depending on what your goals/needs are, sometimes it’s nice to do something out-of-the-box, creative, and away from the textbook.

4. Ask your tutor if they have any specials, discounts, or packages.  Many times your tutor is willing to work with you and can find ways to meet a budget or schedule.  If you can’t come to them, maybe they can come to you.  If traffic is consistently a problem, consider online lessons.

5. Is your tutor a full-time or part-time tutor? Now, this may sound like a silly question, but it’s an important one.  If your tutor is full-time, they may have more openings and scheduling options, which could be beneficial.  Also, like any other appointment you schedule, try to keep it or reschedule with enough warning.  That way, rescheduling is much easier on the tutor and the student.

I saw the sign

While studying abroad in Córdoba, Argentina, we had the opportunity to travel around the country during our free time.  As we traveled, I began to notice the signage; bus stops, cross walks, graffiti, and translated signs.  In highly trafficked tourist areas there were many signs in various languages.  In these places I noticed that the signs translated from Spanish to English, were not always translated correctly, which made me wonder, how often do we also make those mistakes?  However, although some words were missing, one could understand the message!

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Learn something new

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Summer is finally here! I know that it’s the South and I know that it’s hot, but summer is definitely my favorite time of year.  Sunscreen, flip-flops, the beach, what could be better than that? 

I know that we all have busy schedules, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t try something new, even if your on vacation, out-of-town, or in a different state.  Try taking Skype lessons!  We offer all our lessons on Skype, so no matter where you are you can review, practice, prepare, and learn something new!

 

For more details check out the “Online” tab!

That ‘new-fangled’ internet

exam-preparation I guess in all reality I should admit that I am getting older. And yes, yes before I hear the backlash, I know that I am not old, but I’ve noticed that learning methods and things I used to do in school are not done (or are done minimally) anymore. Now, I know that I was spoiled because we could and did use the internet for research, but I do remember the card catalogue days! But I know that my students today rarely use a textbook and do most (if not all) their work on a computer and submit assignments over the internet.

I am glad that I didn’t have to do this when I was in school. I know I would have struggled with doing everything on the computer. Given the opportunity, I would choose to write something down before I type it. And I am one of those ‘old-fashioned’ people who still has a daily agenda and doesn’t program my schedule into my phone. But the great thing about all the computers and the internet is we are so easily connected! Especially during this time of year, when everyone is cramming for exams, the computer makes even tutoring convenient!

So, we’re offering Skype tutoring sessions for all subjects for $35.00 p/hr. Now until May 20 you can book 3 sessions at a 10% discount!

It will save you a lot of time and some green and we all can use a little of that!

Una oficina

oficinaI am excited to announce that the S.T.A.T. Project is now looking for some office/workspace! In light of our new announcement, for the New Year, I thought I would share some “office” vocabulary.

la oficina- office

la silla- chair

el escritorio- desk

los archivos- files

la computadora- computer

la impresora- printer

la fotocopiadora- photocopier

el teléfono- telephone

la pluma- pen

el lápiz- pencil

el proyecto- project

el trabajo- work

los papeles- papers