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When tutoring kids in Hindi, I try to focus on the strengths of the language. Hindi is a language where if you can read the alphabet, you can read just about anything. So I introduce my students to the alphabet, quickly forming words out of the letters and telling them their meaning.   Second, I encourage them by praising their efforts. Everyone loves kudos.   Third, I focus on the accent because that is something which is very difficult to "unlearn" if done improperly.   Fourth, I have them apply their knowledge in their practical life. When they start using the sentences with native speakers, there is motivation generated.   Fifth, there is a plethora of beautiful Hindi songs available online. Learning each song helps a person understand its meaning and remember entire sentences and the words within them.   Lastly, my sage advice is for anyone who wants to learn anything well, to make it a practice of sharing... read more

Remember those umpteen quizzes (including those dreadful pop-quizzes) our teachers used to give us in school and college? They are a valuable feedback tool for the teacher. They tell the teacher how well the student has grasped the concept taught and hence the effectiveness of the teaching. I returned today after giving my student a quiz. I realize that we need to work on the current topic a little more before taking it to the next level. I would love to give out a quiz that is interesting to the student and fun to do. Rather than ask straight-forward questions, I want to test how well the student can apply the concept in a situation similar to but not exactly the same as what was taught in class. Puzzles, jumbled letters to be straightened out can be used for languages. Interestingly worded problems, fill in the blanks kind of questions would make math-testing fun. Experiments and real world application of concepts can be used to test science understanding. The quizzes when graded,... read more

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