Should ESL Exam Tutors Take the Test, Too?

Have you ever used Google Maps on your smart phone? Or some form of satellite navigation? Even if you haven’t, you probably know the concept. You type in a destination and a starting point, and you get routes. I love knowing exactly what to do whenever I’m going to an unfamiliar place. If a sat nav gave vague directions like, “In …

When ESL Teachers Blend In…

I’m a member of a Facebook group for IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language). In December, 2015, I made an open poll and asked “What kind of class is your first preference to teach?” I waited until almost 60 teachers answered before making the pie chart below. I’ll be the first to admit that this data may …

Showcasing Effective Success Stories

The question I get asked over and over again is, “How do I get students?” I’ve earned 100% of my income from online lessons since 2012, taught online since 2010 and self-published 3 digital courses that learners buy and use through my own school’s website. Now I’m training a team of highly-qualified teachers. Whatever you do, I’m sure we have …

How to Find 6 Exams Students to Practice Teaching

This is article 4 of 6 in the series, How (& Why) to Teach Exams.  To become a really effective exams teacher, you need to practice.  A lot.  A whole lot.  You basically just need to follow the same process that brought you the sense of confidence about teaching other things.  Below you’ll find advice about how to fill your schedule …

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4 Reasons Your Exam Students Won’t Refer You

Below are four common indications that you aren’t comfortable with how to teach exams — and why students might just take one or two exam prep lessons with you, and then disappear without a trace. Reason #1 – You don’t have enough other TOEFL students. Have you ever made a decision about which restaurant to eat in based on how many customers were already …