Having a teaching session with an italki teacher can be a really great educational experience. However, how do you make sure you don't forget what you've just learned? We have a few tips to help you get the most from your sessions.
1. Take notes
During the lesson, write new vocabulary and grammar structures that you've learned. With written notes, you have a record that you can review before your next session. You can take notes on paper in a notebook, or if you are using software with a chat client such as Skype, you first write into the chat during your lesson, then copy it to another file to review later. Collaborative tools like Google Docs are also a great alternative, and your teacher can edit them, too!
2. Use a flashcard learning system
In your sessions, you'll run into many new vocabulary words and grammar structures. We recommend using flashcard systems that take advantage of Spaced Repetition Systems (SRS) to help you memorize them. One of our favorite programs is the free open-source program called Anki (http://www.ankisrs.net/).
3. Share what you have learned on a Notebook Entry
This is another great way to review what you've learned is to write a notebook entry. This will help you chart your progress on the website. You'll also get the benefit of corrections from community members in case you made a mistake.
4. Ask for homework
If you have the time, assigning yourself homework is a very important way to make sure you don't forget what you learn. If you only take lessons once a week, you may find that you're forgetting a great deal. Asking your teacher to assign some simple exercises can help you progress over the week, even if it's just a very small assignment each day.
5. Ask for a long-term study plan
If you know that you want to dedicate yourself to mastering a certain topic or accomplishing a certain goal, ask your teacher to estimate how much time and practice it might take you to reach this goal. You can work together to set a plan for improvement.
6. Go to italki to practice your language
Of course, the best thing you can do is to spend time in the italki community, interacting with native speakers, using the new words and concepts you just learned!