2017/02/11 On helping students get into a new habit

As I have written I don't know how many times, I am an English teacher. But I am not in charge of a class. When I teach English, it is one-on-one. It is not too much to say that my students are not cut out for making progress in a class where one teacher gives a lecture to 30 to 40 students.

The experience of working for about a year as a one-on-one teacher of English has convinced me that my job is not so much to teach English to them as to help them get into a new habit of studying English. Teaching them for only  an hour per week, obviously, cannot be of much help to them. They are not going to make progress. In order to make up for this deficiency, I assign them homework. I intend it as a kind of supplement. But as it turned out, the students don't do homework. They are made that way. However, they are not demons. They are sorry for not finishing it. So, recently, I came to believe that they don't do their homework because they are lazy, but because they don't know how to get themselves to do it. It is a matter of studying habit, not that of personality. Therefore, I have started to discuss with them how best to form a studying habit. It remains to be seen whether this will work.