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5 Benefits of Having A Tutor

What is a tutor?

By Zeinab Dehayni

A tutor is a private instructor/ teacher that helps a student in their school work when they are in need.

In this day and age having a tutor, a private instructor has become very popular and important to a student’s life. It has been proven having a tutor improves a student’s overall grade. Let us explore together the benefits of having a tutor.

1. A tutor works at the student’s pace

This is actually the first priority for seeking a tutor. The one on one with the tutor helps unblock a lot of areas where the student is having difficulties learning a subject. What I mean by this is that at school a teacher may explain things very quickly and is unable to go over everything again. This is where the tutor comes in handy since he or she can do just that and much more with the time alone. The student will be able to ask every question that comes to his or her mind and see things slower, more detailed and oriented towards their level of comprehension cialis pfizer.

2. A tutor gives one-on-one sessions

In schools, students are all placed together in a huge crowded class of 30 kids (maximum). This can make thing very hard for teachers to give all their students the full 100 % attention that they require. Because there are so many things to go over and so little time to allow for extra attention. Due to that, some students may feel neglected and that is true. I, myself, once felt that way when I was in math class. I was weak. I tried to seek the help of the teacher but she never did give it to me. Therefore, I turned to a private tutor who was a teacher at another school. He helped me improve my F to an A within a few months time. The private tutor is only focused on your learning needs and can give you extra attention and time on the given subject matter.  They also create activities based on the student’s needs and learning level.

3- A tutor can work with learning obstacles

Sometimes a student finds the subject very hard and is incapable of overcoming it to learn it well. It could be a range of subjects  such as reading, writing, math, science. Having a tutor can and will allow the student to relax, work on their homework and overcome any stress or anxiety related to homework.

4- A tutor teaches them more than the subject

At school students are only given what is inside their curriculum. However, one of the wonders of having a private tutor is the fact that he or she can provide real-time feedback. The tutor can give the student many skills that will benefit them in all subjects and their personal life such as time management, organisation, and prioritising your tasks.

5- A tutor is very flexible

The great thing about tutoring is that the student controls the time and date of each session. Many of us have busy schedules and a private tutor can work around our schedules. The student chooses the time and date and it may change from week to week depending on how busy you are. For example,  the tutor comes once a week first but then it may change to 2 times a week, or more depending on the student’s needs. In addition, the tutor may come more during exam times. The tutoring sessions are done in your home or online via Skype.

At Adapt2me, we believe our tutors are the language coaches our learners need for their language journey. Our tutors are flexible, experienced and qualified.

Book a session with one of our tutors. Watch this video and follow the instructions to book a tutor session with Adapt2me.

 

 

 

 

 

No Comments | 06 December, 2016

French/ ENGLISH COGNATES

Have you ever heard of a Cognate?  Chances are you already know them without realizing they had a name.  

These are words that share the same origin and have the same meaning across different languages.  The dictionary defines Cognates as: “allied or similar in nature or quality”.  When learning a new language and come across a cognate; this can help point to similarity, of meaning and help you better understand the word’s meaning.  

readme Sometimes there are slight variances between languages, but the variances can be minimal or so different that the similarity can be missed if you are not vigilant. — Hey! that’s an English/French cognate, “vigilant”.  Most languages that share the same root as in Latin or Greek will share the same words which can be spelt differently, but you’d have a hard time not connecting them.  Even languages that do not share the same roots can have cognates because of conquest, trade partnership or colonialism.

Cognate French/English glossary

Here are a few terms to increase your familiarity with French/English cognates.

English French
absolutely absolument
abundance abondance
accentuate accentuer
accident accident
acrobatic acrobatique
activity activités
actor acteur
address adresse
allergic allergique
appetite appétit
arrogance arrogance
artist artiste
banana banane
battery batterie
bicycle bicyclette
brutal brutal
cabin cabine
cafeteria cafétéria
capitain capitaine
ceremony cérémonie
coast côte
color couleur
common commun
curious curieux
magnificent magnifique
medal médaille
memory mémoire
naturally naturellement
ordinary ordinaire
October octobre
photograph photographie
restaurant restaurant
rock roche
salary salire
solid solide
stomach estomac
testimony témoignage
totally totalement
urgent urgence
venomous venimeux

 

In Conclusion

As you can see, there are quite a few, and the above is just a brief glossary of the many cognates that exist between French and English.  Some of you will notice barely a difference between them, like “October” that becomes “octobre” in French, while others will need a discerning eye to see the similarities, like “January” that becomes “janvier”.  

out site Notice in both example that English capitalizes the first letter for a proper noun and French doesn’t. There are, of course, words that are exactly the same in both languages but do not remotely mean the same things – like “bras” in English that is a diminutive of “brassier” but “bras” in French means “arm”.

It can be fun to pick up literature in a Latin/Greek based language and try to pick out the cognates and try to decipher the meaning of the sentence.

Next time you are speaking to your tutor on the Adapt2me platform, challenge him/her to a cognate contest?

So let’s have some fun!  Below is a list of English and French cognates.  Why don’t you fill in the missing cognate in either language?  Type your answers in the comments section below.

 

décembre
diamant
dictionary
docteur
enormous
exactly
féroce
garden
history histoire
immigrant immigrant
island
lemon
lentille
January janvier

Challenge us by posting your own examples of cognates that will stump us.

No Comments | 29 June, 2016

A New Life in Canada

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The Government of Canada is welcoming over 55,000 refugees to the country this year. After all of the hardship faced by these newcomers, one of the most difficult aspects of adjusting will be learning to speak a new language.

As a provider of innovative language instruction, we want to do what we can to ease this adjustment to Canadian life. We created Adapt2me Cares to ensure all those who need language training would not face any barriers to access quick, adequate and free solutions.

We are working with community organizations and NGOs to deliver language instruction to newcomers to Canada. Our Adapt2me Cares plan offers newcomers 6 months of free access to our learning platform and 18 hours of individual tutoring.

Below is Ajwad’s story of moving to Canada, using Adapt2me to improve his English and starting a new job through the assistance of Adapt2me! We want to help more new Canadians like Ajwad. If you know of a recent immigrant who is in need of language solutions, right now, direct them to our online platform and iOS mobile app.

Adapt2me, a new approach to building confidence!

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No Comments | 28 June, 2016

Language Learning Trends

Here are two predictions:

1. The number of languages spoken by Canadians will increase as immigration trends continue to rise.2. English and French will continue to dominate as the primary languages in Canada, but in certain sections of the country, Asian and Arabic languages will become prominent as population density from immigration rises.

Language Learning Trends in 2016 and beyond

out site English will become one of the top five non-native languages being learned by new Canadians in 2020.  Chinese/Mandarin will join Arabic, Urdu, Farsi, and Spanish  as one of the five most popular non-native languages for Canadians to learn and there will be a double-digit increase in K-12 classrooms using language learning technology.   A confirmation for this trend comes from Rosetta Stone rival Duolingo.

Rosetta Stone also predicts that this year people will use more mobile devices than desktops or laptops to learn a language, which is a trend we can already see in Asia and among learners who use competing services like Adapt2me.

Which Languages will be left in 2115

What will the global language space look like 100 years from now?

Dr. McWhorter, who teaches linguistics, American Studies, philosophy and music at Columbia University, wrote a commendable essay last week.

readme He predicts that in 2115 the landscape will have radically changed but that English will remain lingua franca. From the 6000 languages that are currently spoken only, 600 will survive. A lot of those remaining languages will be dialects of more widely spoken languages like English.

The remaining languages will also be simplified with less complicated grammar and less vocabulary.  The latter will be driven by third wave of language “streamlining” that takes place among immigrant communities in cities around the globe.

Today language learning technology is once again on the upswing, powered by mobile devices as well as better broadband and mobile coverage. This leads to the following five key trends in language learning we see for the coming years.

Mobile

Mobile is the rocket fuel for the new wave of language learning products. Smartphones and mobile Internet made it possible to add bite-sized lessons and learning sprints to the daily routine of commuters. From serious approaches based on curated web content, mobile is THE learning environment to conquer in the language space.

Personalised and Adaptive

One-size-fits-all educational content for language learning will become a thing of the past. Learners today want content tailored to their interest and needs.

Another important factor is adaptiveness when it comes to the learning path. Language learners are not alike; they have different levels at the start and will continue to learn differently throughout the program. Therefore, language learning products need to adapt to the progress of each individual learner, from reinforcing and strengthening weak points to accelerating through topics that are known already or mastered quickly.

Constant Feedback

Learners want to know where they are on their learning path at any moment, not at the end of the month or after they have completed a test or exam.

Language learning startups, like us, Adapt2me for instance, that implement a learning path into their products early on make it easy for learners to visualise their current level.

Faster Results

Based on personalised learning content, an adaptive learning path and constant feedback, language learners will expect faster results. Overall, our society is being constantly trained for instant gratification thanks to Google, Amazon and other web services that get us answers, solutions, or services right away.

At Adapt2me, we are working on language learning content that will lead users through their learning path the most efficient way.

Live and On-Demand

Yes, live lessons will also make a comeback in the language learning space. The difference today is that both technology and infrastructure can handle video and audio connections between tutors and students with ease. And with more and more tutors coming online and searching for ways to earn money teaching languages, the problem of scaling a 24/7 live lesson service will find resolution down the line, as well.

These impromptu sessions will most likely last 30 minutes. I doubt that learners will schedule an entire tutoring session spontaneously, as such a setting requires preparation from both sides. On-demand sessions work well for Q&A and quick help on a specific problem, which could be an interesting service or additional feature for test and exam prep.

If you want to be with the language learning trends, register for your free trial at adapt2me.com today.

No Comments | 08 June, 2016

Tips to Efficiently Learn French

Learning French, like learning any other language, involves a lot of memorization that is daunting for adults who no longer have the flexible minds of youth.  

However, here are a few tips that can help you accomplish your language learning goals a little faster.

Keep Away from Translating

As much as possible stay away from translating words unless you are completely stuck.  There are a number of reasons for this.  One, of course, is the sheer memorization acrobatics you will have to do to retain all that information.  But there are terms that are just not translatable.  For example, “I am” and “I have” when presented in this form are straightforward, but if you add an adjective at the end, it isn’t directly translatable.  

Try to say “I am hungry” which translated verbatim is je suis faim, instead of “J’ai faim.  The latter would translate to “I have hungry”.  We’ve all seen the nonsensical online translated texts.  The other reason, of course, is that using a dictionary instead will exponentially increase your vocabulary – chances are you will discover you already know another word that means the same thing.  Better to learn a word or phrase from within the structure of the language you are learning – especially when it comes to French.

Audio vs. Written

No doubt listening to a language spoken is very different from the written version, and there does seem to be a correlation between reading a text and simultaneously listening to the words spoken outloud that reinforces memory.  But the danger is that in French the conversational language sounds very different than the written version.  Take for instance the term “you’re welcome.”  When someone thanks you which in French, it is “il n’y a pas de quoi in the written vernacular; but this becomes “ya pad koa” in the spoken term.   In the case where the spoken and written forms are straightforward, seeing the words and listening to the enunciation of words, particularly where action, is involved, reinforces that word or sentence in your vocabulary.

Find your Learning Style

Everybody has a different learning style, some need to immerse themselves in the learning process by acting out and experimenting, while others can sit in front of a book and devour every syllable until they retain all the information they need.  Some have good auditory memory while others have good visual memory and some have active memory, where they need to do something related to the topic in order to retain new information.  Whatever your style, this is what you need to focus on to achieve desired success.

Sentences Rather Than Words

Try learning sentences rather than individual words.  This will increase the speed with which you learn because the majority of our communications happens at the sentence level.  A single word can seldom convey a message as well.  The sentence has context, associated with it that helps to form a visual or action image to help reinforce learning.  Naturally, it is the words within the sentence that your mind will focus upon and string a series of relatable or recognisable words into a sentence structure.

Immerse Yourself

Too often I see people who are trying to learn French or any other language fall back to their default language.  For instance, they will only make friends with people who speak the same language, watch TV in only their native tongue, shop only at stores they know will serve them in their native tongue, read books in their native language and so on.  French, in particular, is such a complex language that even Francophones who have been away from their language, need to immerse themselves back into the language to recapture all the spoken nuances that were lost while they were away from their native tongue.

Small Doses

We do not mean to imply in the previous paragraph for you to place all your available time into learning French.  Rather, small does everyday will produce better results than doing it all in one sitting.  Do try to read one article in a French newspaper; do try to listen to French radio on the drive to work or listen to the news in French on the television for one hour.  Try to engage in a French conversation with a sales clerk or cashier at your local market.  The more diverse the ways you use to integrate French into your daily activities, the easier this integration will get over the long run.

Find a Language Partner

Find someone who is a fluent Francophone and ask them to correct you everytime they hear you make a mistake. Make it a point to speak to that person as often as your schedule will allow.  Eventually, this person will ease the anxiety we all feel at looking foolish from the linguistic mistakes we are bound to make.  It is important that you see and hear a lot of material that demonstrates your level of learning, and this is where the feedback from your partner will pay dividends. Alternatively, sign up for the tutoring program at Adapt2me where you will be assigned a partner with whom you can schedule regular interactions in increments of 30 minutes each.

Don’t be Shy

Making mistakes will be part of the journey, and no one will fault you for getting things wrong –  even if you have been at this for years.  Timidity and fear will be your greatest adversaries. But if you persevere and keep at it, one day you will notice that you had a complete conversation that did not require fumbling for words or produce anxiety over whether you made yourself clear enough.

 

No Comments | 08 June, 2016

Because we care … 15 minutes free tutoring with a language expert

When we decided to create adapt2me achat cialis quebec.com we had two main concerns in mind: the first was to create a platform that adapts to the personal needs of each student, and second to support our students individually and addressing their concerns to make sure that they are on the right track.

Unlike other platforms or software that might feel too robotic, our state of the art technology combined with live tutoring sessions creates a unique learning experience.

Creates a support system

Our tutoring sessions allow students with their tutors to practice either English or French. Students can clarify foggy concepts with their tutors and receive real-life examples and applications of the concepts.  

Motivation

Many behavioral studies have shown that there is increased motivation when studying in a group or with a tutor. The ability to discuss what was learned to another person seems to offer a stimulating reward that encourages most students seriously pursuing any studies.

Pronunciation

The tutoring sessions are a great tool to correct common pronunciations problems that most foreign students encounter. The tutor will give the student important tools to avoid the traps of common mistakes.

Prepare for a test or a job

Our tutors will give recommendations for students who are preparing for specific language examinations. The tutors can also assist you by practicing job interviews questions in case you will be interviewed in either French or English

Additional tutoring sessions

If you enjoyed our free tutoring session that comes with our basic plan, you can purchase additional tutoring time by emailing us to:

[email protected]

No Comments | 17 March, 2016

New Year’s Resolutions for 2016

The new year is here. It’s been 2016 for a few days now. Have you made any New Year’s resolutions?!

After the new year, many people reflect on highlights of their previous year. Generally, these are joyous moments of pride, happiness, and accomplishments. Some also reflect on the bad choices they made, missed opportunities and wasted time.

Regardless of what your Facebook “year in review” story looks like- it’s time to look to 2016. Now is the time to set plans for the new year. These plans tend to come in the form of goals, objectives and ultimately “resolutions”. The reasoning behind setting goals and resolutions for the new year is to accomplish what you did not achieve in the previous year and overall to grow as a person. Everyone wants to be better, richer, happier, and healthier. These goals and resolutions are how people plan to progress in the coming year.

As many articles will state- the majority of us do not stick with our resolutions. It seems there is more hype into setting goals and resolutions rather than providing a foundation and structure to foster these “goals” and resolutions. Perhaps, having the commitment and motivation to accomplish resolutions, and goals before setting them should be as important. This could be considered as goal and resolutions insurance.

Regardless of the goals and resolutions, you set for yourself, the objective of setting goals is a good thing. Planning for your year, your future and pushing yourself to be better is something we all need to do. If you plan on setting goals and resolutions this year, why not work on a new language. Since, “trying something new” is always on a someone’s resolution list. So make learning a new language, your “something new”.With Adapt2me, we can facilitate this goal of learning a new language.

Learn French or improve your English with Adapt2Me. Our adaptive technology will personalize a learning path -just for you! Our tutors will motivate you through the learning process and practice your pronunciation and oral skills with you.

Don’t put it off. Do it today! Register for an account on our web-based language learning platform for only $5.99/ month! Just because we want you to check off “trying something new” or “learn a foreign language” on your list of resolutions we’ll throw in a free 15-minute tutor session!

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One more thing – our mobile app is available for iOS on the Apple store. The app will allow you to continue learning on the go. That’s what’s great about Adapt2me, we provide flexible, efficient and effective language training! Do yourself a favor and create an account and start learning! Like any goal, you need to stick with it. It might be challenging at times but we are here to assist you! Just think of how cool you’ll be when you visit Montreal, Quebec, Belgium or even Paris and you can converse with the people there….and they say French is a very sexy language. There are so many benefits to learning French!

For those who want to improve their English being able to effectively communicate in your native language enhances your confidence and provides greater job opportunities for you. As for international students, Adapt2me can help you prepare for the TEFL exam and entrance into international universities.

Learning French and speaking English can only make your life better..isn’t that what goals and resolutions are about? Being a better person?

Let Adapt2me help you be a better person in 2016.

No Comments | 06 January, 2016

5 Tips To Learning A New Language

Learning a new language is challenging and can be very frustrating at times. Here are some tips to assist you along the way.

#1 Goals

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Before you start any language courses or private tutoring sessions, it is essential to set your own personal goals.

Be honest with yourself, you don’t have to be realistic. You can be as ambitious as you please. Either way, the goals you set for yourself will determine your learning path. The goal could be, the ability to hold a conversation in the new language. Or it could be more advanced as to study and or work in the new language. Whatever your goals are, it is essential to establish benchmarks for yourself. These benchmarks will provide checkpoints to measure your progress based on the goals you set. For good measure – have more than one goal. As soon as you complete the first goal, you’ll already be working towards the second goal. Remember…you can never have too many goals.

#2 Behaviour

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Be excited, eager, daring, playful and fearless in your desire and attempt(s) in learning a new language.

A child is unaware of the mistakes they will make, yet, they forge ahead with their curiosity and make them anyway. This is the same for learning a new language. Understand you will make mistakes. The more mistakes you make the more you improve in the language. Ask as many questions, act like a child, as you know nothing. You are starting your learning process all over again. Start with simple concepts, master them eloquently then gradually move onto the following concepts and modules. Remember it should always be fun and exciting!

#3 Coach

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Staying motivated will get tricky, especially when “life” gets in the way.

You will most likely come across a difficult concept, activity, level or get stuck on a pronunciation. At this time, you will need someone to coach you through the challenges, the struggles and uphill climbs. The coach can either be a friend, paid tutor, professor or just anyone who is a native speaker of the language you are learning. This person must be aware of your language goals, strengths & weaknesses so they are better equipped to coach you to success. It is best to solely communicate with your coach in the language that you are learning. Remember: no one is an island.

#4 Lifestyle

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The best way to test your language progress is by making small to big lifestyle changes.

For example, change the settings on your phone/computer/tablet to the language you are learning. Your memory of the buttons and functions mixed with the new language will work as the perfect translation exercise. Other lifestyle changes can include speaking to friends online in your new language, watching movies in the language; listening to music, and attending cultural & entertainment centres. This method has proven to work in a language study conducted by Kaplan. They found that 82% of English foreign speakers learned English by watching American tv shows. 65% of people asked by Kaplan have travelled to English-speaking countries to learn English.

#5 Immersion

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If you ever have the opportunity to travel to the native country of the language you are learning, do so!

Not only will you gain a lifetime of personal experience from visiting another country, exchanging with people, and learning a new culture but it will intensify your language learning journey. Your linguistics abilities will be magnified! There are other solutions to foreign travel, especially for those who live in Canada- more specifically, Quebec. Quebec is a French-speaking province with many small towns where the use of English is limited or not spoken at all. Take a weekend or a week to immerse yourself in the local culture and your French will improve. Likewise, if you are learning English. Travel to an English area and immerse yourself in the local culture. Immersion can also take place by participating in cultural events and concerts. Either way, it is important to get out there and mix it up! As much as possible, surround yourself with as many native speakers of the language you are learning.

No Comments | 27 August, 2015