Back to School

Yay! It’s my favorite time of year. Nothing better than new notebooks, a fresh pack of markers, some new shiny tabs! I miss back-to-school shopping. There was always something so promising heading off to your first day of school, your backpack full of new binders, neatly organized.

Get back into the groove with some Spanish or Study Skills lessons to stay on top of your classes this year!

Happy Back-to-School time!

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.

What are you doing?

To tell what we ‘are doing’ right now in Spanish we use the Present Progressive.

It’s formed by using ESTAR in the Present Tense + (the gerund) AR-ando and IR/ER- iendo (or yendo)

Estar- to be

yo estoy
tú estás
él está

nosotros estamos
ellos están

Ejemplo:

El rana está leyendo el libro.
(The frog is reading the book).

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What are you doing?

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!