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Lesson Reminders

Dear students,

Hope you are all well.

Below are a few lesson reminders that may be of help to you. This may not apply to every student but it serves as a general reminder. This has been compiled with the help of a few tutors. We hope you find it useful. Please feel free to check back every now and then, for any updates.

How ready are you for your lesson? Please check the following:

  • Writing materials
  • A notebook
  • Your textbook
  • Completed homework
  • Sent homework by the deadline
  • Have questions
  • Texted your tutor
  • Reference your work
  • Default homework
  • Increase vocabulary wordcount

1. A pen, or pencils, ready for use, before you start your lesson.

2. An exercise book to write your notes, tips and homework in? Keep your exercise book, and any work that you have done with the tutor, safe as you may be asked for it by the tutor. Lost exercise books are work, words and tips down the drain. No one is able to recall a whole exercise book worth of work. The tutor is, unfortunately, not obliged to go over a year or two worth of work that may have been damaged, lost or misplaced.

3. Your textbook. o you have your textbook ready?

4. Have you done the homework and sent it to your tutor, on time? Do you have a physical copy of the homework in front of you so you can reference it quickly? Please remember to send homework, well in advance, for the tutor to mark it. Homework sent on the day of your lesson will not get as much detailed attention, if any, as homework sent a day or two in advance. As a general rule if you send your Arabic homework last minute it will likely be seen to last minute. Homework should have your name and date on it, so as it does not get mistaken or mixed with someone else’s homework. Don’t forget each homework has a deadline for submission, usually a day before your next lesson is due.

5. Do you have your questions ready for the tutor? This could be regarding the lessons, or homework, or Arabic in general, or about the textbook, exams or resources?

6. Do let your tutor know that you are present, ready and waiting by sending a quick text message via Skype. This could be a minute or two before the lesson is due to start. Try to avoid just calling straight away as the tutor may be finishing off a lesson. A text message to say you are present and ready shall suffice.

7. Do reference your work by putting dates in your exercise book. It is also a good habit to reference words that you find in your textbooks etc. You can reference these words either by making a verb page, a nouns page etc and perhaps also quoting the source where you found that word (example pg 54 Al Arabeya).

8. Last but not least default homework. Your tutor should make mention of this or write it in the remote conferencing software, such as Skype or Zoom. Default homework means that whether or not the tutor remembers to give you homework it still remains your responsibility to do some form of homework or revision. It is also better to evidence this homework by sending something that you have done to the tutor. This could be written work or a list of words that you are memorizing or any outstanding homework. Default homework applies whether or not you miss the lesson, so yes even if you or the tutor are absent you should be doing default homework.

Remember that you should be attempting to increase your vocabulary and sentences every day. You have a target quota of vocabulary to learn and to understand each year.

Best regards

ADLS Admin