Here at TEFL Org we want to make sure you have the best possible experience while studying with us so we’ve put together some ideas to help you on your way to getting TEFL qualified! These tips will help you to get the most out of your online TEFL course both during and after it.
Take time to work out the best approach for you
We all learn in different ways; some of us need more structure than others, some need to take a lot of notes in order to commit things to memory, and then there are fast and slow learners – it’s all okay! Some of us can open our laptop anywhere and get to work while others benefit from having a dedicated study space – whether it’s a desk at home or a spot in a café. Not sure what type of learner you are? There are some short quizzes you can take like this one to help you get an idea. Particularly if you haven’t studied for a while, understanding the best approach to learning for you can make the whole process so much easier and enjoyable.
We have some very handy tips for completing your TEFL course online, which is a great place to start.
Do further reading
Everything you need to complete the course is included in the price (we are very opposed to sneaky hidden fees) but, obviously, no course could cover everything there is to know about TEFL! Really, your TEFL course is just the beginning and you’ll continue learning and building up your English and teaching skills for as long as you’re TEFLing.
If you find yourself struggling with certain areas of grammar, or discover you’re particularly interested in a specific area, then doing further reading is only going to be beneficial. There are books we recommend over on the TEFL Shop and there are so many fantastic online resources out there to help you expand your knowledge.
Ask your tutor
Stuck on something? Ask your tutor for advice! All our tutors are highly qualified and very experienced EFL teachers so you’re in good hands. Unlike other TEFL courses, you’ll have the same online tutor throughout your course with us so you have the one point of contact for support.
Don’t rush it
To get the most out of your course and really take the information in it’s important to pace yourself and take your time with it. Our online courses are all self-paced and designed to fit around your existing schedule so it’s up to you how you fit it in. Make up a study timetable so you have specific times set aside each week to work through the course and you avoid rushing through a large amount of it before it expires. A good idea is to set mini-targets and aim to complete certain sections of the course by certain dates so that you keep on top of it all.
Get an accountability buddy
This is one for those of you who struggle with self-motivation. Ask a family member, friend, or fellow TEFL student to check in with you periodically to see how you’re getting on with the course. Letting someone else know what your goals are can be a great way of keeping you on track and give you a boost of motivation so you’re not left cramming at the end of the course.
Talk to other students and teachers
Talking to other students taking the course is a great way of bouncing ideas around, getting advice, and feeling like you’re part of a community. You can post on our forums, which you’ll find when you log into your course and we highly recommend joining our Facebook group, which is full of current students and graduates having all sorts of discussions.
Keep everything organised
The course material, notes you take, and resources you come across while studying will all be useful to you when you start teaching so make sure you keep it all organised. Create digital and physical folders to store material and bookmark useful websites so that you can easily refer back to it all when you need it. It sounds simple – and it is, really! – but it’s so important if you want to get the most from your course during and after.