When students make the decision to start learning or improving their English, they are usually excited and motivated. Maybe they’re starting a new adventure abroad or maybe they need it for a new job, either way, there is an intense desire to work hard and see improvements. However, we know that this desire can burn out pretty quickly. Students are often unprepared for the amount of effort it will take and they can become easily discouraged. So how do we get them to keep going while working hard at the same time?
Recently on Fluentify we introduced the implementation of a one month ‘personal student plan’ for a select number of students. These were designed for students with a lower level of English (beginner, low intermediate, and intermediate) who expressed a desire and a need to improve their English.
So far, it has had outstanding results.
Tutors that are using it find that their students are more motivated and improving faster than the students who only use their 30 minute sessions to work on their English. So what’s the secret? Let’s take a look at its key features so that you can use them with your students as well.
One of the features that has proven to be crucial in this ‘plan’ is that the students have more structure. Instead of recommending that they do 2-3 Fluentify sessions a week, they are provided with activities to do, in addition to the sessions, five days a week. These activities include things to do during their ‘morning routine’ such as listening to an English podcast, grammar review and exercises, and more. Having them actively perform some kind of English activity daily has been a huge factor in seeing improvements faster. The structure also includes recommendations on when to schedule sessions, usually with an average of 2-3 a week based on the student’s level and availability. Finally, giving them this ‘month’ deadline has allowed students to remain more consistent and focused.
One of the reasons many people come to Fluentify is because they’ve tried the standard English courses and they still don’t feel satisfied with their English level- there’s something that’s not clicking. That’s why the personal student plan is great because it’s designed specifically for their needs and interests. Students that need to improve their ability to give presentations shouldn’t have to spend time memorizing the names of farm animals. When choosing activities to include in the plan, it’s important to keep the student’s goals AND level in mind to make sure that the activities are interesting, relevant, and appropriate with increasing difficulty as the month progresses.
Finally, the list of external resources is a great bonus for the students. While they can access all of these things on their own, having them all there already and being able to pick and choose with no stress makes it easier and more fun. With the plans we’ve done so far we’ve made sure to include high quality links that we’ve reviewed to ensure that the students are practicing only with the best stuff.
If you’re working with a student who is discouraged or someone who is just starting out, creating a personal student plan might be the answer. Here we have included a sample of this plan that you can download and modify based on your students’ needs. We are confident that if you send your student something similar to this, they are definitely going to come back for more sessions and they themselves will see major improvements in one month.
What do you think? Is a personal student plan the answer to motivating students? Share in the comments!