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!

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Gracias a mi familia, mis amigos y mis clientes

Lately I’ve been running around like a crazy person.  I guess sometimes that happens.  You know, when you feel like you’re balancing 100 things at once and there’s not quite enough time in the day.  Or when you on your way to an appointment in rush-hour traffic and there’s nothing you can do about it.  Yep, those kind of things definitely happen.  And boy am I thankful for the people who understand that sometimes things are just out of your control.

And I’m very happy to announce that we’re adding some new ‘thing-balancers’, helpers, hard-workers, and all around great new tutors!  Kim Sanchez (whose bio you can find on the “Spanish” tab) is observing some sessions this week and will be joining to help out with our Spanish clients soon!  Mai Silvius (her bio is under the “German” tab) is willing and ready to take on some new German students.  And Jingya Zhang (our Mandarin tutor) is now available through Skype.  And for those of you who were wondering, we’re all available through Skype for online sessions so we can help you no matter where you are!

In addition to our great new tutors we are also adding Note-taking, Study-Skills, and Time-Management Classes to help all you “100-things-at-once” balancers out there!  You never know, but sometimes it helps to just sit down and get an outside perspective! I know sometimes we all feel like were running at 80 mph with an empty tank, but there are people out there who love, support and understand you.  And sometimes all we need is a little acknowledgement and a ‘thank you.’  So, I want to say, ‘thank you’ to all of you out there.  Thanks for your support and business.  And all you blog followers, thanks for reading the musings of this native SC girl, living and working in the big-city, growing her business one step at a time!

I wanted to share with you the thanks and appreciation I’ve received in the past couple weeks and I want to thank those people in return.  First of all, thank you to my wonderful fiancé for my “Welcome Home” sign after my trip up North and back.  And thank you from the bottom of my heart to a former student who took time out of his busy day to write to me.  That meant more than you know!

 Thank You Letter

¡Gracias a todos y que tengan una buena semana!

Cosas nuevas…

Many new things are happening here at the S.T.A.T. Project!  We are so excited to have recently added German and are looking to add other languages soon!  And we now have some awesome gift certificates available so you can give the gift of language for the upcoming holidays (or any day!).  Finally, we will soon be welcoming a new tutor to the ranks in the next few weeks and we can’t be more pleased and excited!  We hope all of you out there have a wonderful week….and don’t forget it you’re a seasoned politico or not, the last presidential debate is tonight!

Chau all, will share some more exciting news soon!

El alfabeto

El alfabeto y el sonido de las letras son muy importantes para la pronunciación correcta del español.
(The alphabet and the sound of the letters are very important for the correct pronunciation of Spanish)

This may sound a little silly and of course very basic, but it’s the truth.  The alphabet (in any language) is essential to all aspects of language, reading, writing, and speaking.  Once a student understands the alphabet I’ve seen them get that awesome “ah-ha” moment where they say to themselves, “Oh, yeah, that’s how you say that! That makes so much sense now!”

Now, the Spanish alphabet does have a few more letters than the English alphabet (26).
In addition to all the English letters, Spanish also has the “ch” (che) sounds like “ch” in English, “ll” (a-yay) makes a “y” sound, “ñ” (n-yay) makes an “n+y” sound, “rr” sounds like the ‘r’ in “Vrrrooom”. 

Some other tidbits: “h” is always silent at the beginning of a word, i.e. “hola”
There are very few words in Spanish with the letters “k” and “w”

I thought I would include this cute little alphabet video.  It doesn’t include the special characters, but it’s very good and has a catchy tune!

Órale, El Alfabeto

Predicting the Future of Technology

Technology and how I see it…

WALL-E

Ok, so I’m not going to exactly answer this question, but I will say how technology has influenced my life or generation. Since I was born– PCs have become a common commodity, there were portable CD players, cellphones evolved from the Brick to the i-phone, walk mans became i-pods, and now PCs are net books and i-pads.

When I was little I had the Sega video game console (were they called consoles then??) and the Sonic the Hedgehog video game…I thought that was the coolest thing, and now I’m sure a kid today would look at that thing and say something like…”Wow, this is really boring….lame.”

And I’ve always been a big ‘note-taker’ and I don’t mean I type notes on my laptop, I went to the classroom in college and was one of the last people with things called notebooks (with college-ruled paper) and pens and pencils.

Now, I’m all about technology…it’s great for keeping in touch with people, making a statement, etc. but I miss seeing kids playing outside (I haven’t seen kids playing outside in my neighborhood in YEARS) and I think that actually writing a letter and sending it in the mail is more personal than sending someone an email. I guess I’m saying maybe technology is killing our imaginations and creativity and maybe having too many media outlets is actually giving us too many choices?? But hey, I could be wrong. I just keep thinking that possibly in five years we’ll all end up like the “people” in WALL-E…motorized chairs and forever in front of a computer screen.

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