I want to become a community tutor here in italki, and I want to provide my students with an optimal learning experience. I am certain that the foundation of a good lesson is to understand what your student needs and what his or her goals are. That's why I created a questionnaire, which is intended to give me valuable information about the student, so I can tailor a study plan and optimize the lessons. I would appreciate if you can check it out and give me your perspective on how to improve it. Specially if you are a student, I would like to know what kind of information you think a teacher must have to help you achieve your goals. Here's the link:
*I'm new to the community and I'm not sure if I can post a link to a page outside of italki. If not, I apologize for the inconvenience.
I will definitely consider your advice and significantly reduce the number of questions and change the wording. Again, I highly value honest feedback, knowing what I am doing wrong is precisely the think what I am looking for, so don't hold back any negative opinion! You are probably right and I must reconsider my approach, my personality is very analytical and is easy to consider me "cold". As you say, students look for a totally different thing in a teacher, so I would reflect on that!
Thank you very much.
Hi Susan, thank you for your comment. Can you tell me in which questions you think would be useful to check more than one answer? I can modify that.
Hell Wanda! I cannot thank you enough for your honest opinion, those are the more valuable! Let me go through your points:
Overwhelming: I was worried about that, I tried to avoid that filling this form would be seen as a chore for the student more than something helpful. I would trim down the questionnaire significantly.
Impersonal: That's something I didn't consider, do you think there is something I can do to change that, or having my students fill this form is impersonal by itself and there is nothing I can do?
Possibility: That's a great approach that I would undoubtedly adopt, I will make it completely optional.
Let me say what my thinking was behind this questionnaire:
I wanted to have some information about the student before the first class, information that one can obtain completely by himself and where there is no benefit of having a teacher while you answer them. From what's your name and what are your hobbies to what are your goals and priorities (speaking, listening, reading..). Then, when the first lesson arrives we work with that in order to build a more sophisticated plan of study, with goals that we come up with together.
What I probably got wrong is which topics must me approached in the questionnaire and which exclusively in person. Do you thing there is a way of achieving this without being overwhelming and impersonal?