Are you ready for the Challenge?
The clock starts on June 1st, but here are 4 things that you should do BEFORE the Challenge starts to set yourself up for success. Our experience shows that preparation really pays off!
Tip 1. Choose your teacher(s) ahead of time
Try to complete those trial sessions so you can choose your teacher(s) and begin planning. Many italki students find it helpful to work with several teachers.
Out of trial sessions? If you used all three long ago when you first registered, email italki support to ask for more.
Still looking for teachers? Find one here: browse teacher profiles.
If you’re about to have your first italki class, then this is for you:
Tip 2. Schedule sessions (or a package) in advance
Booking your sessions early is a great way to make sure you’ll put in your time and complete the Challenge. Even better, buying a package and booking the hours in advance is an excellent way of making yourself commit!
Here at italki, it’s a strategy we use ourselves to cope with our busy schedules!
Want to schedule something now? Here are some links:
- Click here to schedule lessons in a package
- Click here to manage your upcoming sessions
- Click here to schedule a new session (or a package) with a teacher you’ve worked with before.
- Click here to buy credits if you need more italki credits (ITC) to schedule your lessons.
- You can view your session calendar here; watch it fill up! You’ll also see an option to link your session calendar to Google Calendar or iCal, which is so convenient.
Tip 3. Set your goal and discuss with your teacher
Set your own Challenge goal in advance. What would you like to be able to do by the end of June? Decide on at least one little thing you will do every day to keep moving forward toward your goal. If you’d like some help with this, try answering these ten questions to help you clarify your Challenge goal (you will have to sign in to a Google account).
What will success look like to you? It could be everything from a conversation with a native speaker to being able to read a restaurant menu and place an order!
Tip 4. Tell your friends
Social support is a great way to motivate yourself, both by receiving encouragement and by publicly declaring your Challenge goal. Add your voice to the Thunderclap announcement. If you make a video pledge to announce your goal, we’ll send you 50 ITC!
Here’s one of our favorites! We love Cassie’s sense of humor, creativity, and her unique personal challenge goal of explaining how to make bread all in French! This is what it’s all about!
Encourage Cassie by commenting on her notebook entry here.
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