Well, today I'm going to talk about how we can help each other when going through an ASL lesson.
1. We both need to be mentally and physically prepared for our on-line web-cam tutoring or in person sessions. The following tips to ensure helpful benefits of learning new materials:
1. GET PLENTY OF SLEEP or rest before your session -
Seems silly to spell this out but I cannot stress how important this is... if you're tired, you can't really learn. Be well rested before our session and your mind will sponge up useful tools through out the lesson. This goes as well if you're sick, cancel immediately, focus on healing and try to cancel way in advance so I can give the slot to another student who could use that hour's lesson.
2. DO YOUR HOMEWORK ON TIME
Whatever homework your teacher or I assign to you - please do them thoroughly and if you don't know what you're doing, do your best and jot down all the questions you need to ask.
3. BE PROACTIVE
Apply all the Language Hunter's Techniques I've taught you and diligently use them each and every time. If I forget, volunteer to remind me - if you forget, I will remind you to go back using the exceedingly helpful Language Hunter's Techniques. It's okay to sidetrack, but if you're tempted to go way off the course, your learning progress will be very slow. After you get a hang of applying all the helpful techniques, you'll be blown away of how much you've mastered ASL phrases fluently.
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4. PRACTICE RIGHT
Does practice make perfect? After 16 years of studying various students, I realized that one could practice incorrectly for many months and not realizing they're fossilizing into incorrect habits that is hard to undo later on. So make sure that you're observing my role modeling of demonstrations of correct ASL signs and copy it to the T. Do not rely on other amateur students who think they know what they're signing or an S.E.E. teacher who insists that is ASL signs when it's not. Then repeat it using funny stories or funky sentences that will help you memorize the proper signs correctly.
5. ACCEPT CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK
Take advantage of the constructive ASL feedback I provide on weekly basis. I am an honest ASL Master Tutor in that if I see something that looks odd, I will tell you. If you cannot take feedback well, then maybe learning a foreign language like ASL isn't right for you. Or face the consequences of Deaf or ASL interpreters making fun of you behind your back. It's been known for tired Deaf people to walk away and avoid you at all costs if you cannot upkeep constructive feedback from native signers. Don't waste our time repeating the same mistakes over and over. If you notice there are many signs of one word, it's because there are many variations - get used to that! If we can memorize all the various versions, so can you.
I hope these tips will guide you to reap the benefits of a successful and helpful ASL sessions. See you next time!
Lastly, I've been finding even more ASL Bloopers! (Incorrect signs for certain phrases in ASL). When I collect 10 more, I will share them in the next blog.
Happy Hallow's Eve everyone!