5 Reasons To Start Pursuing A Hobby Today

5 Reasons To Start Pursuing A Hobby Today

Are you overwhelmed? Stressed out? Consumed with work, school, kids, the demands of daily life? In our crazy turbo sped frenetic lives, how do you find balance and mental health? The answer might surprise you…  Take up a hobby!

“What?! Who has the time? Hobbies are frivolous and a time suck,” you might object. But research shows that people who actively engage in hobbies are happier, healthier and more productive.

So put away the Netflix, Facebook and all the daily habits that make you feel busy and start using your precious moments wisely.

Here are 5 great reasons to help inspire you to start pursuing a hobby today.

1. Hobbies Make You Zen (Reduce Stress)

Hobbies promote “Flow.”  Have you ever lost yourself in playing an instrument, or a doing an art project or other absorbing activity? If you have, then you’ve experienced “flow.” Most hobbies engage our minds and bodies actively, whereas watching TV and web surfing are passive activities that don’t distract our critical busy minds. When we are in the “flow” our actively stressed out mind turns off. Time flies, self-consciousness disappears and we experience in this immersive flow state: peace of mind. Think of it as a healthy and healing mini-break from the stress of your daily life.

2.  Hobbies Can Lead To New And Meaningful Social Connections.

While some hobbies are solitary endeavors, many get us off the couch and into our communities, meeting people we otherwise may not have. Sharing our passions, and knowledge can lead to especially deep and meaningful bonds with other people. Countless studies have found that social connection is a key component of happiness and a meaningful life, and hobbies have the ability to generate these important relationships.

3. Hobbies Actually Help You Manage Time Better.

According to Parkinson’s law, “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” Or simply: things take as much time as you have. We all know the saying” Give the Job to the Busy Person.”  It’s true, people who are in the habit of actively getting things done to do more and are more efficient.

Next time the weekend or night stretches out before you and you find yourself stressing over nonessential work or home projects try practicing a musical instrument or drawing or engaging in the hobby of your choice. The structure of having time slots allocated to mentally enriching activities will calm you and make you more efficient.

  1. Hobbies Boost Self Esteem

The more effort and time we spend doing something new and learning a skill the better we become. Whether it is learning a new language or playing an instrument, we all know that “practice makes perfect” or certainly makes way for distinct improvement. The better we become at something the more we start to feel self-pride. In return, this new source of self-pride boosts self-esteem and our overall sense of greater purpose.

Hobbies unquestionably add meaningful layers to our identities and a richness to our sense of self. You will not only feel better about yourself and more inspired when you pursue hobbies actively, but your new grounded sense of self and purpose will help to inspire others as well.

  1. Hobbies Make You Happier

Having a hobby is like having a trusty pet or an attentive lover – no matter the stresses of life, work dissatisfactions, or replays of internal negative tapes your hobby is there to draw your attention, love and focus. Hobbies simply make your days more enjoyable. When we engage with hobbies we care about, we release negatively and build in its place confidence and a sense of purpose. This pursuit of focused leisure “me” time is essential to helping us develop a healthy balanced life. It boils down simply to our innate joy-of-learning new things. Hobbies not only entice us into gaining new skills and knowledge but into fulfilling our potential as human beings.

Whatever your hobby of choice, don’t wait to start enjoying the benefits. At Eurekly, we have your perfect tutor ready to help you start. Dive in today and learn that new language or musical instrument or whatever calls out to you, and start reaping the benefits of a more meaningful happier life.

Top 5 Reasons Everyone Should Learn Sign Language

  1. To Communicate with Millions of People. The most obvious reason to learn Sign Language and the reason that motivates millions of people worldwide is that it is the best way to communicate with the deaf and hearing impaired. But did you realize, just how many people worldwide are hearing impaired? Over 5% of the world’s population or 466 million people has disabling hearing loss (432 million adults and 34 million children). It is estimated that by 2050 over 900 million people – or one in every ten people – will have disabling hearing loss. Currently, in the USA,  American Sign Language is the 4th most used language.

2. It Makes You Smarter.  Learning Sign Language provides all the same benefits of learning a foreign language. Bilingualism of any languages (whether signed or spoken) is a great brain booster. It strengthens cognitive function and reasoning, increases memory, attention span, creativity and communication skills. Studies show that bilingual students score higher on standardized tests than monolingual students and secondary language immersion contributes to increased IQ in students.

Furthermore, Sign Language can be easier to learn than other spoken languages not only for the hearing impaired but also for people with autism, dyslexia and other learning differences.

3. It Gives You A Superpower: Expanded Vision. Sign language provides all the benefits of bilingualism but also bimodalism as well. Bimodal, that is using visual-spatial medium, expands your visual-perceptual skills: spatial awareness, mental rotation skill, visual sensitivity, and more! Sign language helps to develop small motor skills because of the dexterity required for communicating with hand gestures. Relying on a different sense to communicate exercises your peripheral vision and trains you to become more aware of your environment.

4. It Makes Children Smarter And Better Behaved Sign language is a great way to bond and communicate with pre-verbal children and it benefits impact children of all ages. Recent research confirms that signing boosts babies vocabulary and mental development, and helps to reduce childhood tantrums while deepening the parent-child relationship. Children that learn to sign gain all the benefits of being bilingual and a few extras including being better spellers and readers. Research shows that children who learn basic sign language skills (such as American Sign Language – ASL) have improved spelling skills. Signing helps to give kids another tool for remembering spelling words and leaves a larger imprint on the brain. Our muscles have their own mini-memories, so when we add signing a word to orally spelling the word,  it makes it easier to remember.

  1. Because It’s Beautiful and Fascinating. Sign language is, in fact, not one universal language but many different languages — as many as 300 worldwide. The exact number of sign languages is not known as different countries have different forms of sign language which are still developing and changing over time.  Interestingly enough, there are even different dialects and accents within a specific country. In the USA for example, we all know that people in Philadelphia speak with a distinctive Philly accent but did you know Philadelphians converse in their own sign language dialect?  Philadelphia is known for having one of the most distinctive regional sign language accents and it resembles French Sign Language roots more closely than American Sign Language (ASL).

Sign Language– and all its variations worldwide are filled with a fascinating and rich history. It is a beautiful language that is unique, graceful and filled with expression. Whatever version or specific sign language you want to learn, Eurekly is here to match you with your perfect tutor.   

Start learning to today and book a trial lesson with on our fantastic Sign Language tutors:

https://eurekly.com/user/destiny.yarbro.1

 

 

Q & A with Davella: A University Student Teaching Mandarin

Profile of a Eurekly Student Tutor: Davella Tang

Teaching on Eurekly is incredibly flexible. You get to decide what to teach and how often. Teaching part-time is a perfect opportunity for students in particular students working towards a teaching degree.

We recently caught up with one of our Mandarin tutors who is a full-time university student to find out a little bit about her and her passion for teaching.

Name: Davella Tang

Current Profession. Full-time student studying: Teaching and Linguistics at Auckland University.

Native language: Mandarin and Cantonese

Also speaks: English
Teaching: Mandarin and Cantonese
Number of students: 12

Q: What does Davella mean? Where did you get that name, it doesn’t sound Chinese.

Well, most Chinese people get an English name for themselves simply because the name sounds good to them. Some of them just search for it online. I got the name when I was 12 because the name of my celebrity crush was “Vae”, so I wanted to have those three letters in my English name. Then I literally just searched “English names for girls” online, and picked this usual name as I really like to be weird and unique, lol.

Q & A with Davella Tang

Q: What do you love about teaching?

A: What made me decide to be a teacher was my interest in teaching foreigners Mandarin. While I have teaching experience in areas other than language teaching, I am particularly passionate about teaching Mandarin.

When it comes to teaching, it takes effort to analyze the language rules, because as native speakers, we speak the language without knowing the explicit rules. Sometimes I spend days trying to figure out the explicit rules of my mother tongue because as a teacher, I need to explain the rules to my students. I find it very interesting studying the rules of my first language since I am always learning something new.

Cultures are closely associated with their language. So when I am teaching, I am also thinking about my culture from a foreigner’s perspective, which is intriguing.

Q: Did you have a teacher that inspired you?

A: When I was in primary school, my head teacher taught me for 5 years. She had a huge influence on me. She always told us to keep reading and keep studying, to be kind and try our best to be the best person we could.

My mother who is a Chinese teacher in an intermediate school in China is also an inspiration. I didn’t want to be a teacher when I was young because I remember my mother was always marking exam papers and essays at home late into the night. A teacher often needs to work overtime, spending lots of time reading and researching in order to prepare well for lessons. When I was preparing for my first one-hour-lesson for my first student, I spent two days preparing it!

Q: Tell us a favorite colloquial expression in Mandarin?

Instead of saying “How are you”, we often ask instead “ni chi le ma?” (Have you eaten?) It is usually used around lunch or dinner time. You can ask your mates or simply any people you know this question. The way people greet each other actually shows how much we value food in our culture in China.

Q & A with Professor Ashish: Eurekly’s Resident Polyglot from India

Professor Ashish and his wife

Sometimes in life, we get lucky and get to be taught by an extra special teacher that is willing to go above and beyond because they are passionate and dedicated to teaching.

At Eurekly, we are proud to have Professor Ashish, a highly skilled teacher of English, ESL, Hindi, Sanskrit, and Portuguese.

Ashish born and raised in India currently lives with his wife, a professor, in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. We recently sat down with Ashish for a little Q & A session where we learned about India and his teaching style.

Q.  Hi Ashish, tell us about your hometown in India?

A.  I am from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. Varanasi is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, with settlements dating back to the 11th century BC. Many Hindus believe that dying in Varanasi brings salvation/nirvana and so they make the trip to the city when they realize that they are close to death. The scene of pilgrims doing their devotions in the River Ganga at sunrise set against the backdrop of the centuries old temples is probably one of the most impressive sights in the world.

Q.  Hmm Interesting! So how did you land in Brazil?

A.  Actually, my wife is from Brazil. We have been married since 2012. She had been visiting me in India since 2011. But in 2015, I decided to move permanently to Brazil. I really enjoy things here as it is quite different from India. People are very helpful and dedicated to work. In Brazil, we always have a festive environment!

Q.  What kind of languages do people speak in India? What do you speak when you are in India?

A   My family speaks both Hindi and English at home. Though my native language is Hindi, I was brought up in an English speaking environment. I went to a convent school where we were strictly asked to speak only in English.

India, however, is a country of varying cultures, traditions and languages. More than 30 languages are spoken by the people of India, and several hundred dialects. Hindi, English, Punjabi, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Oriya, are amongst the most widely spoken Indian languages. Since 1947, both, Hindi and English are used as the official languages of the country.

Q.  What is your favorite Indian food?

A.  I’m a complete foodie. Each region in India cooks their food differently. North Indian food is all steaming curries and hot bread. Very spicy and tangy food. East and North East Indian food mainly consist of rice, fish, and vegetable. South Indian food uses coconut as its main ingredients. West India, prepares wheat-based bread, spicy curries and uses onion in abundance.

Paneer (cottage cheese), Naan (a typical peninsular shaped bread with stuffing), Keema (Minced goat meat) Fish curry with rice, are a few of my favorite food items. I also love to gorge on Paranthas. (Bread made of wheat flour, molded in thin round shape and butter fried on both sides in medium to high heat on a flat base pan.)

Indian sweets are known as ‘Mithai’ in Hindi. We have very delicious sweets made of cottage cheese dipped in sugar syrup called Rasgulla. Although it may sound strange it is distinct in flavor and is very spongy to chew. ‘Ras’ means Syrup and ‘gulla’ means round balls.

Q. What do you like to do when you are not teaching?

A.  I love learning languages, traveling, meditation, listening to and chanting mantras & other ancient Sanskrit hymns. I also enjoy watching Hollywood and Bollywood movies.

Professor Ashish
Professor Ashish teaches ESL, English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Portuguese

Q. Tell us about your teaching and lesson style?

A.  I am a Certified Professional of English, Hindi & Sanskrit with over 10 years of experience. I have students who are doing PhDs, Masters; and those who want to travel to countries like USA, UK, INDIA etc. for business or travel and students who need to pass TOEFL, IELTS, and other Exams.

My lessons are flexible and designed to suit individual needs with a focus on the understanding of the language. I teach students all aspects of English, Hindi, Sanskrit & Portuguese language, namely conversation, pronunciation, listening and reading as per their requirements and requests.

Q. Do you have advice for students wanting to learn a new language?

A. I would just suggest that a student of any language shouldn’t be in a hurry. Learning is a gradual process. It is a journey with interesting paths and delays and obstacles to overcome. Take your time to really enjoy the ride. Have fun on the way.

Book a free trial lesson with Professor Ashish today: https://eurekly.com/user/professor.ashish.1

 

 

9 Steps to Create The Perfect Teacher Introduction Video

9 Steps to creating good teacher intro videos
How to Record the Perfect Teacher Intro Video

In the world of online teaching, it is important to make your teacher profile stand out. One of the most powerful ways to make yourself appealing to potential students is to post a video introduction of yourself. Having an introduction video on your profile creates a more personal connection right away and it is a great way to build rapport with students looking for a teacher.

An introduction video provides a preview of your unique characteristics and what it’ll be like to work with you. Students are attracted to teachers who are easy to speak with and are passionate about their subject. Videos enable you to quickly build a bond that can set the stage for that perfect teacher-student match.

Here are 9 steps to create a captivating introduction video:

  1. Plan out what you want to say, don’t be afraid to let your personality shine.

A great script is essential to a great video. Your script should introduce you to prospective students and convey your objective, professional experience, and most marketable skills. Communicate these points in less than a minute, 30 seconds or less is best.

Tips To Create The Perfect Teacher Video
Tips To Create The Perfect Teacher Video

Here are some points to include in your script:

  • Your name
  • Where you are from
  • What subjects you teach ( If you are a language teacher you might say a few words in the language you are teaching)
  • Your teaching experience
  • Why you love teaching
  • In conclusion offer a Call to Action: “Book a lesson”. “Try a Fresh Trial lesson”

Please make sure not to provide personal contact info or promote or advertise other services in your video. If using media or music make sure it is royalty free.

  1. Use a digital camera,  your smartphone, or the webcam on your computer to film. Shoot in high definition or 1080p to ensure the video quality is good. If using a phone make sure it is placed horizontally to record full width.

    Tips To Create The Perfect Teacher Video
  2. Make sure you shoot in good light. Along with a great script, good lighting is one of the most important components to creating a stellar video.

We recommend filming indoors in a well-lit room with plenty of light in front of you or to the side of you. Natural light is fine. Make sure you don’t have strong light behind you. If there’s lighting above you, make sure it doesn’t cast shadows on your face. A tabletop lamp can help offset any shadows. 

  1. Clear away tabletop and background clutter. The focus of the video should be you, not the things around you. Also, make sure you’re in a quiet place (e.g., no children at play, electric fans, etc.) because your mic will pick up the sounds and make your video hard to watch. 

    Tips To Create The Perfect Teacher Video
  2. Frame your video.

Now that you have your camera, lighting, and background ready, it’s time to frame the shot. Place the camera so you’ll be slightly off-center in the frame. It may sound counterintuitive, but it’ll better capture the viewer’s attention when you’re standing slightly to the left or right of center. Also, shoot from the waist up and make sure your face and hand gestures are visible as you talk in the video. 

Tips To Create The Perfect Teacher Video
  1. Light, camera, action: Have fun!

Before you start recording, make sure you are looking presentable. We recommend that you dress neatly in work-appropriate attire. Once the camera starts rolling, be yourself, have fun, smile and speak clearly. You want your students to can get a sense of who you are and how you can help them.

  1. Review your video.

Sometimes getting the perfect introduction video takes a few tries. Before sharing your video check the following:

  • Did you speak clearly and not to fast?
  • Is the sound and volume good?
  • Can the viewer see your face clearly?
  • Is the background clear? No clutter, other people or distractions in it.
  • If someone recording you, is the shot steady and not shaky?
  • Did you smile?
  1. Upload your video to YouTube.

    Tips To Create The Perfect Teacher Video

To upload your video from a computer, follow these steps:

  • Go to YouTube and sign in or create an account if you don’t have one.
  • Click the “Upload” button at the top right of the page.
  • Select “Unlisted” from the drop-down menu.
  • Select the video from your computer.
  • Change the title of your video to “Your Full Name – Introduction.”
  • On the “Advanced” settings tab, make sure “Allow Embedding” is checked.
  • Click “Done” to finish.
  • On the next page, copy the link to your video.

To upload a video from a smartphone, visit YouTube’s help article.

  1. Add the video link from YouTube to your Eurekly Profile. Yay! Your perfect intro video is complete!

“How I Write”

 Today we have the incredibly talented Michael K Freundt guest blogging for us. Michael is one of our super talented English teachers. Cambridge University educated, Michael, teaches ESL and creative writing at Eurekly.

Book a lesson with Michael here: https://eurekly.com/user/michael.freundt.1

Check out Michael’s blog here: michaelkfreundt.wordpress.com

How I write.

A story starts with a jump.

When something makes me jump, a line in a book, a caption in a magazine, a phrase overheard, a tone of voice, a dream; a beginning. Short form stories are more personal than long form. I write most days but it can be on my notes page on my phone when I wake up at 3.46 am; on my iPad as I’m watching the news with a G&T at 6; on my desktop after staring at the screen for god-knows how long. Sometimes I’ll experiment. One of my current projects, a short story, I’m writing as a woman. I’ve tried this a few times but this time the woman is very unlikable, in fact she’s awful; the challenge is to make sure the reader understands that she’s awful. The reader has not to be on her side, yet is, in a way. That’s tricky, and more so as it’s in the first person. I test myself like this sometimes. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

At a New Year’s Eve party a friend told me a little anecdote about his piano lessons as a boy. I now don’t remember exactly what he told me because I turned it into a story and now, in my head, that story, Prelude, has become the reality of the anecdote. It’s no longer John’s anecdote, it’s Michael’s story.

I’m writing when my partner catches me talking to myself. I’m writing when I don’t answer him because I don’t hear him because I’m wondering what Robert will say when he sees his dead mother. “What? Sorry.” is a common phrase of mine at home.

I spew it onto the screen. I try not to worry about where does this fit or what can I do with this or how do I spell …, I just let it out. I usually write chronologically, but not always.

I’m always aware that I have to trust myself, my imagination, my ideas, my abilities. It’s no good second guessing; I’d get nowhere. What comes pouring out in the white heart of creation I have to trust that it’s right, correct, apt, necessary, true. It’s later when the white-heat is down to warm, in the cool light of next morning that decisions have to be made.

I write on an online publishing platform (Tablo); while the piece is labeled ‘draft’ no-one can read it. I have four or five projects going at once; two novels, three short stories, I think. One of them is dormant until I come across a really fail-safe murder plan. Once it’s finished I ‘publish’ it on Tablo and anyone can read it. I also have the option of posting it to iBooks where it is for sale. Regularly I email my notes, from my phone or iPad, to myself and cut and paste them onto the respective Tablo page. I have an iMac and don’t have Word; Tablo has all the editing tools I need.

When I’m trying to go to sleep at night it’s important to think about only one thing, not 247 things. That’s why counting sheep works. It’s one thing. I also concentrate on one thing: what Robert might do when he sees his dead mother, or any other character or snippet. These stories, half in my head, half on my screen, over time develop their own reality and they always get to a point where it’s imperative that I write them down; I have to write them down because they are the closest thing to the truth I know. If I don’t write them down they just sit there taking up space. Getting in the way. Writing them down is like getting rid of them.

But writing them down has its own responsibilities. I must think of the reader. I must get the process right. The process: my story, my descriptions, my ideas, my images being transported accurately, truthfully from my imagination to the reader’s imagination via little dark marks on a pale background, with no loss of information.

How I Write

 

Once it’s in the imagination of the reader, it isn’t mine anymore, and it means whatever the reader thinks it means. I have no say in it once it’s there, in your head. If you read the short story linked above, what was John’s anecdote, became my story, becomes your reading experience; and if you seek me out and ask me what did I mean by something, I won’t answer. It’s not my place to answer: it’s not mine, it’s yours now. It’s now you that has to trust your abilities.

Is Eurekly Private Online Tutoring Right For You?

Learning new things can be a challenge, and it can be especially daunting when you are trying to do so on you own without professional guidance. As a student or a working professional you are probably already tight on time and super busy juggling lots of responsibilities, so it is more important than ever to use your use what time you have as wisely and effectively as possible.

If you are feeling overwhelmed or unsure how to broach learning something new then perhaps private tutoring is the solution for you. Ask yourself these 4 simple questions to determine if a private tutor is right for you.

1. Do I have the time to learn things on your own?

Often there are simply not enough hours in a day to accomplish everything on our to-do list. That’s why time management and prioritization is essential. A good tutor can help you manage not only your time better but help you digest new information more succinctly and thoroughly. They are the ones who will spend the time collecting resources and lay out the best possible lesson plans for you so you can focus on what you want to learn. Having a private tutor is like taking the highway instead of winding back country roads to your learning destination.

2. Am I my own best cheerleader?  Do I hold myself accountable?

Sometimes, we all need a cheerleader to encourage us to move forward. It is hard to accomplish everything we set out to do on our own. We often get distracted and discouraged by the tasks of everyday life. It can be enormously helpful having someone to encourage us to move forwards as well as hold us accountable for the goals we set forth.  Having a set meeting time can make learning goals real and concrete. In general, students tend to prioritize items that they need to answer to another person first. Also when we need to convey new information to someone, we learn it more thoroughly.

3. Do I like working with other people?

Studies show that more people learn better in groups than sitting alone at their desk. If you are one of those people that does not thrive on going it alone, then private tutoring might be the best option for you to learn something new. It can be enormously helpful having live discussions with a person passionate and knowledgeable about your subject of interest. And unlike a large classroom, you have the floor and can ask all the questions you want without having to compete for the teachers attention. Having someone’s undivided attention is an incredibly powerful learning tool.

 

  1. Can I afford it?

At Eurekly, we belief that education should within everyone’s reach. We have a wide range of teachers offering free or low-cost trial lessons. Many of our teachers also provide support through smaller blocks of time that can be more affordable. Additionally some tutors offer discounted lesson bundles. At Eurekly, you won’t pay anything until your lesson is completed, so feel free to search and contact tutors within your budget. Our tutors are way more affordable, useful and flexible than you may realize. And if you don’t find the perfect fit, let us know, we are committed to finding the right tutor for you.

 

The Top 4 Advantages of Online Learning

Online learning is the greatest revolution in education today.  Revolutions are disruptive. Revolutions turn society upside down! That’s what Eurekly, your live learning specialist, is about: changing lives through education in a way that is engaging and fun.

The Top 4 Advantages of Online Learning:

1. Learn Whatever you want.

At a traditional brick and mortar school, students are limited by current class offerings and subject matter. Online, the world of education is your oyster. At Eurekly, if we don’t offer the subject you are interested in, we will find you the perfect teacher that will teach you your desired subject within a week.

2. Learn Whenever you want.

You get to decide what time class starts. There is no getting up early if you dread morning study. There is no sitting in lecture halls for hours and hours in an uncomfortable chair. You do not have to waste time or money driving or taking public transport to get to class. Class comes to you, at your convenience. Any time, any day, night or day. And class time can be a 10-minute refresher or a few hours deep dive. The choice is yours.

3. Learn at your own speed.

One of the biggest benefits of online learning is that you get to set your own pace. If you decide to do a deep dive into French before a trip to the South of France, you can line up as many lessons as your heart desires. Or if work gets super busy, you can check in with your tutor at your convenience. Even in your regular sessions, our teachers will pace your lessons to your unique level of retention and progress. Live learning at Eurekly is customized for your individual need.

There are no deadlines or mandatory tests that need to be completed to move on in a subject matter. There is no getting left behind when you don’t understand something. The curriculum is tailored to your needs exclusively. You get to decide with your teacher the pace that works best for you and the milestones you want to reach.

  1. Receive 100% of the Teachers Focus.

One of the best parts of online learning at Eurekly is you don’t have to share. Your teacher, during your session, is 100% there for you exclusively. There is no competing to get attention, no disruptions from other students. Your live learning lesson is for your benefit alone. You teacher is looking you in the eye and answering every one of your questions until you grasp the subject matter. Yup, that’s right, class is 100% about you and what you want to get out of it. There is no faster, more thorough way to learn a new subject than with that kind of attention and focus. Imagine the places you can grow!

5 Tips To Become A Successful, Well-Paid Online Tutor

5 Tips To Become A Successful, Well-Paid Online Tutor

Top online tutors on Eurekly can make up to $10,000- $15,000 dollars a month and you can too! Yup, you read that correctly! You can make more money as an online teacher than you did in the classroom (or in your other jobs) and on top of that, you get to be your own boss and have ultimate flexibility. You decide your hours and what and where you teach. So if you want to teach watching the sun come up in Thailand, you can. Sound too good to be true? Well, it is not, but you have to take real action and focus if you want to be top tier.  Here are 5 concrete tips to set you on the road to online teaching success:

Create an engaging profile.

The first thing a prospective student will notice about your profile is your picture. Make sure it is a good one. That means do not upload pictures sideways or post dark, blurry and confusing images. Choose a photograph that makes you look friendly and approachable and ideally professional looking ie: not pictures from your Tinder profile!

Secondly, write an honest and interesting bio. Keep it real and informative. It shouldn’t be overly formal like a resume but rather a personal way to introduce yourself to prospective students. Don’t be afraid to share your unique experiences. If you struggled as a kid because you were dyslexic, mention it. Go on and explain how that experience turned you into a super passionate and empathetic tutor for dyslexic children.

Make sure to list all your credentials and include positive experiences with former students. Add a couple of personal tidbits about yourself. You want to make yourself seem relatable. In the virtual world, students have the choice to choose their teachers, so look at yourself and your bio through the eyes of a prospective student. Would you want to spend time every week with the person in the profile you just created?

Make Yourself Available.

When a student reaches out to you, respond! The faster the better. In the digital world, on-demand contact pays off. And once you do make contact, don’t be afraid to ask questions and to find out exactly what the student is looking for in a tutor and lessons plan. Every conversation with a student is a learning experience that offers you an opportunity to refine how your present yourself and your skills. Connecting with students before your first lesson is the best way to make sure that first lesson is a great one!

 

  1. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare.

Before you even have your first online student you must decide what you are teaching and with what tools. It is important to lay the foundation for your online classes. Just like in the classroom, a teacher needs to prepare for lessons.


Connect with your student before the lesson and ask them a few questions so you know what their goals are and what level to begin teaching. Collecting information from students in advance will help you prepare appropriate questions and materials. It will also show students that you’re interested in what they have to say, which will help spur a lively discussion.

Tell students what to expect.  Inform them of topics or questions the lesson might cover, how they should prepare, and what they might be expected to do. Be as concrete and specific as possible. When students have time to prepare, they are often more invested in the discussion and willing to participate.

4. Be Passionate and Engaging

Online learners are active learners! They have determined that sitting in the back of a classroom listening to a teacher lecture is not the best way for them to reach their learning goals. Your online student has decided instead to invest in a teacher (You) that they can personally connect with, a mentor of sorts. So do your best to connect with them in a meaningful and engaging manner. Don’t be afraid to joke and laugh with them.  Ask lots of questions and work to create a dialogue rather than a lecture. Finally, make sure that each lesson has a clear takeaway.

Remember: You are their guide on their learning journey, not an instructor shouting out next steps.

  1. Get Feedback & Great Reviews!

Don’t be afraid to ask your students for their honest feedback. Any criticism should be accepted with appreciation. They are giving you information that you can use to become an even better teacher.  Make sure to let your students know if they give negative feedback or are dissatisfied with a lesson to bring it up with you first. You want to make sure that you address all their concerns before they rate their experience publically.

Ask all your students for a testimonial and to evaluate their experience with you and your lessons. But remember, people are busy so don’t take it personally if not all your students follow through. Consider instead, sending the student a reminder to write a review and let them know how much you appreciate them taking the time to do so.

If you follow these specific tips you can build a highly lucrative and rewarding student base from scratch in 1-2 years solely on Eurekly. Remember, it’s karma, we are all in this together. When we help others to be successful, our success multiplies as well!

 

10 Reasons Why Learning A New Language Is The Key To A Happier and Healthier You

Have you always dreamed of speaking another language? French? Italian? Russian? Don’t delay, the benefits of multilingualism are vast and include a swathe of incredible health and lifestyle benefits. Here are 10 reasons to motivate you today to turn your wish into reality.

1. It Makes You Smarter
Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. Language acquisition has a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills. Learning a second language improves memory and increases attention span. Studies show that bilingual students score higher on standardized tests than monolingual students. Studies show that secondary language immersion contributes to increased IQ in students.

2. It Keeps Your Mind Active & Healthier Longer                                         Learning a new language is a powerful weapon in delaying the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s. According to a study performed by York University of Toronto, those who learned a new language beyond their native tongue offset the average age of dementia by almost 5 years. Research findings also indicate that multilingual people recover from strokes quicker with better outcomes.

3. It Helps You Become A Better Multitasker
Multilingual people, especially children, are skilled at switching between different systems of speech, writing, and language structure. According to research by Pennsylvania State University, this “juggling” skill helps make people good multitaskers. In one study, participants used a driving simulator while doing separate, distracting tasks at the same time. The research found that people who spoke more than one language made fewer errors in their driving.

4. It Improves Memory
Learning a new language involves memorizing rules and vocabulary which strengthens our mental “muscles.” Exercising our brains improves our overall memory. Studies show that bilinguals are better at retaining shopping lists, names, and directions.

5. It Improves Perception And Observation Skills
Multilingual people are better at observing their surroundings. A study from Spain’s University of Pompeu Fabra showed multilingual people are better at focusing on relevant information and at spotting misleading information.

6. It Makes You More Creative
Multilingual speakers are more creative than monolingual speakers according to recent research. Learning a new language makes you experiment with new words and phrases. You also gain a new perspective from within the context of another language and associated culture. Improving your skills in divergent thinking leads to innovative solutions and more creative self-expression.

7. It Builds Confidence
Confidence increases whenever we master a new skill and learning a foreign language is no different. Learning and mastering a new language while fun takes work and dedication. One of the rewards for our hard work is feeling good about our accomplishment. Knowing another language also makes you a better more confident traveler as it opens up your options for communication and self-expression.

8. It Can Help You Earn More Money
Learning a second language adds an average 2 percent increase in people’s yearly salary but not all languages are created equal. German, for instance, is the most lucrative to learn increasing non-native speakers salaries by an average of 3.8 percent yearly.

9. It Leads To Better Work Opportunities                                                       Speaking and understanding a second language will make you more attractive to potential employers and lead to expanded employment opportunities. Speaking a second language will add a new skill to your resumé that will help you stand out. It also broadens the scope of people you can work communicate and work with as well as expanding geographically new employment opportunities.

 

10. It Makes Traveling More Fun                                                                       Knowing another language will make you a traveler, not a tourist. The benefits of speaking the local language when traveling are innumerable: read menus, navigate around with ease, earn the respect of locals, make new friends, get the inside scoop. You will have a access to new opportunities and experiences that you might have missed otherwise.

As the Austrian philosopher, Ludwig Wittgenstein once said: “The limits of my language are the limits of my world.” So why not take that first step and expand your world today?