Find a professional teacher.
The difference between a professional teacher and an informal tutor is simple.
The professional teacher has some kind of certification to teach, whether that’s a TEFL certificate or a master’s degree in Education.
The prices usually aren’t vastly different, but you’re more likely to get a teacher who is more comfortable working with a textbook.
Sometimes they’ll have scans of the textbook so you don’t have to buy it and sometimes they’ll require that you buy it.
Read about the teacher, see the requirements and determine if they’re a good fit.
Choose “Professional Lessons” from the top of the Italki site.
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Search for what you need in a teacher.
Go to the profile you like.
Check out their “Video introduction” if they have one.
You can also see their work experience, education and certificates at the bottom of their profile.
On this profile, I can check out her:
- Time schedule to see if it corresponds to when I’m free
- Contact her to learn more about her teaching style and expertise
- Read feedback from past students
- Schedule a session
To schedule a session, you’ll need Italki credits in your account.
If you don’t have any at the moment, you can buy some while scheduling the lesson.
I’ll choose the 30-minute option for 40 ITC.
Here I chose 8 AM on Tuesday and the second arrow on the bottom shows that my time zone is PST.
You can change your time zone so you’re always choosing based on your time and you can avoid having to calculate the difference.
I press “Save.”
Add in your method of communication and your username for that medium.
I typically use Skype, which is free and user friendly.
If you need to buy credits, you’ll see this page.
Choose how many credits you want, a payment option and then checkout.
Then schedule your lesson in your personal calendar, and go to your lesson! :]
Benefits of hiring a professional teacher on Italki
- The teacher often customizes the lesson for you, so it has a more rigid structure.
- You get a guaranteed lesson that’s focused on you.
Downsides of using a language partner on Italki:
- Not every person will be a good fit for you as a tutor personality-wise, so you may have to do a bit of searching before you find the right match.
- You may have to purchase a textbook depending on the teacher.
- If the person is living in a very different time zone than you, it may be difficult to schedule a time that works for you.
- It may feel too rigid depending on your taste.
- It can be pricier.
Full disclosure: Italki sponsors the 30 Minute Italian podcast, and while they don’t pay me to brag about them on my site like this, they deserve the best of the best treatment…and hugs. Lots of hugs.
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Click any of the articles below to get a step-by-step for how to use Italki
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