TESL Enthusiasts: i-to-i TEFL Review

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Name: i-to-i TEFL Review


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Subjects taught: Teaching English as a Second Language certification in 2 levels (level 3 and Level 5)

Price Range: $139.60 for level 3 course; $398 for level 5 course. There are also internship packages and other course bundles (which I will outline below).

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Are you an avid adventure seeker? Do you like experiencing different cultures? Do you like learning languages? Do you like teaching? Do you have the flexibility to move to an entirely different country?

If you answered yes to any three of these questions, then Teaching English As a Foreign Language (TEFL) could very well be for you. But in order to do this, you will need to have obtained a bachelor’s degree (in any field really) and then go through the right programs that are certified in TEFL (so no-one can send you in the middle of a jungle with no aid in sight) and i-to-i TEFL is a good choice for that.

Who is i-to-i TEFL?

It’s both an online and on-site training certification program for those that are interested in teaching English as a second language in different countries. Additionally, after completing the training course, they help you find paid internships and also jobs in any non-English-speaking country in Asia, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Latin America and online.

The company first began in 1994 in a classroom and then moved into the online field in 2001. They became the very

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first tutoring program that offered classes online and the longest-running TEFL program to date.

i-to-i TEFL is accredited by The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), which is a government agency in England that regulates qualifications, examinations, and tests.

Now, after explaining all of this, I know that this may be a question that all of you are asking: Is it mandatory for those who are native English speakers to receive certification to teach English as a Foreign language?

Yes. In this day and age, most businesses and/or schools are not going to accept applications without it. even if you have your degree in teaching. This is because teaching English as a second language is hard work, especially if you don’t speak the local language. Plus, you are guaranteed a higher salary with the certification than without it.

What are some of the services?

There are two main courses that the program offers; Level 3 TEFL courses and Level 5 TEFL courses. There are also paid Internship packages and course bundles that might be of interest. I will go in detail of each. The total access time to all of these resources is 6 months from the time you purchase them.

Level 3 TEFL courses

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These are cheaper courses that can either prepare you to teach while volunteering in different countries or prepares you to go into teaching TEFL full time. All of these courses are online so it can fit around your time.

You can choose one out of 3 options of total hours that range from 120h to 300h.

  1. 120h: it is an English government regulated course that is internationally recognized and you have access to support and feedback from qualified tutors. This cost $139.60.
  2. 180h: You have all the benefits of the 120h included and then there is an additional bonus of a 30h teaching young learners course and 30hour awareness of grammar course. This package cost $179.60.
  3. 300h: you have all the benefits of the 180h course included as well as additional options in a 30h advanced lesson planning course, course on teaching one-to-one tutoring and 60 hours teaching business English course. This package costs $259.60

In my opinion, if you are already a full-time teacher and just looking for certification, then the 120h course is the perfect package for you. If you have no experience in teaching what-so-ever, then the 300h package is perfect for you.

Level 5 TEFL courses

This is a certificate course that’s said to give you access to some of the most competitive jobs worldwide. Each course is divided into three nodules with a test at the end of each nodule. Then you must take a final assessment in which you create lesson plans and discuss it with a tutor, then take a final exam.

You can choose one out of 3 options of total hours ranging from 180hours to 300 hours based upon your budget:

  1. The 180h course is a level 5 English government regulated course that allows you feedback from qualified tutors, is recognized and highly respected by employers and is slated to boost your earning and employment potential. This course costs $398.00.
  2. The 240h course includes all the perks of the 180h course and then adds an option of training in one-to-one teaching and online course that is 60 hours long. All of this will cost $478.00.
  3. The 300h course includes all the perks of the 240h course and then adds an option of learning how to teach business English, which is 60hours long. This package cost $518.00

In my opinion, you can get by with the 180h course if you’re on a tight budget. However, the 300h course is ideal because it includes certification in teaching business English, which is a plus because you literally can teach anywhere that has foreign non-English-speaking workers, including in your home town.

Now you may be asking, “what’s the difference between the Level 3 TEFL courses and the Level 5 TEFL courses?”

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Well on their website, they suggest that the Level 5 courses are ideal because you can teach English worldwide at competitive locations whereas the level 3 courses are mainly for those who would like to teach English while volunteering in less competitive locations and you don’t need great English to learn from this course. But I decided to do a little research of my own.

The level 5 course is considered similar to a CELTA and Trinity certification (which are strict courses created by Cambridge University). There are even some jobs that list the CELTA certification specifically. This may be considered a plus if you were to choose to do a level 5 course. However, there is a possibility that these particular companies are only recognizing CELTA qualifications so they may not recognize the level 5 i-to-i training course. In this respect, you must do your research.

The fact that there may not be a lot of businesses accepted i-to-i TEFL courses can also limit the amount of choices to only those that are in partnership with i-to-i TEFL.

Additionally, the minimum industry standard number of hours that a person must have by the end of a completed course is 120hours, so depending upon your goals, you may not need more than a standard level 3 training.

Also, the courses are filled with theoretical concepts, much of it is barely applicable to real-world application but it will get your foot in the door to many foreign businesses. So I would suggest selecting the course that fits your budget and meets the requirements of a specific job that you are interested in.

Internship Packages

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You have the option of 3 different packages where you can stay in a particular country for a short period of time while being paid. These packages include free accommodations, in-country support, orientation, visa experience and you can choose if you would rather volunteer your time than being paid for the internship. Please note that the prices for these packages may not be the same as this post. The packages include:

  1. Paid Vietnam Internship cost $777.00 – This package includes
    1. 120hrs online TEFL training,
    2. 5-month teaching internship,
    3. $700 US monthly salary (with a $700 bonus upon completion of course),
    4. Vietnamese lessons,
    5. accommodation and support throughout the internship and
    6. it can host a group of 75 people or more.
    7. The only drawbacks are that you must already have a degree, must be between the ages of 20 and 35, and you must hold a passport from South Africa, UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. The deadline to apply for this program is January 24th, 2020 and once you would have applied, you have the option of choosing 2 different dates out of the year to go. Of course, there will be other opportunities to apply if you had missed this deadline. You also will need to sort out flight, visa info, and travel insurance yourself as these are not included in the package. Lastly, it is imperative to budget at least $220 for your first month as you won’t be paid until the end of the month.
  2. Thailand TEFL internship cost $837.00 – This package includes:
    1. 120hrs online TEFL training,
    2. 7 week (or 2 months) volunteer internship (i.e. not paid),
    3. accommodations (where you will have a roommate or a friend living with you),
    4. orientation and full support throughout the internship and
    5. is for a group of 20 or more students.
    6. The good thing about this program is that you don’t need a degree or prior teaching experience and its available to individuals between the 18-35 years. You’d also need to budget $360 per month.
  3. Paid China Internship cost $770.00 – includes
    1. 120h of online training,
    2. 5 months internship teaching English,
    3. lessons in mandarin,
    4. orientation and full support,
    5. accommodation,
    6. $260 monthly allowance with a $650 bonus for completion and
    7. orientation and full support throughout.
    8. Can also take a group size of 100 and more and for those between the ages of 18 and 45. However, just as in the previous internships, you will have to prepare at least $55 for the first month as you will not be paid until the end of the first month.
    9. The great thing about this internship is that you don’t need prior teaching experience, a university degree or a second language.

Other Course Bundles

Of course, TEFL allows you to customize your courses with different add-ons so that it is more specified to you. However, I must note that these add on can only be added if you have already purchased a course.

Level 3 course bundle:

  1. Bronze bundle- $59.95: includes 5 different ebooks that range from career planning to grammar. Also, has a 15-hour extension
  2. Silver bundle- $79.95: includes a 30-day extension, 5 ebooks, and a TEFL job guide
  3. Gold bundle- $99.95: includes a 90-month extension, 5 ebooks, TEFL job guide, becoming an online tutor course, how to teach teenagers course and how to become an IETLS coach.

Level 5 course bundle:

  1. Bronze bundle- $39.95: includes 4 ebooks, 30-day extension, and a grammar guide
  2. Silver bundle- $59.95: includes 4 ebooks, 90-day extension grammar guide, and a TEFL ebook
  3. Gold bundle- $74.95: includes all that’s included in the silver bundle with an additional finding a TEFL job guide, How to teach English online and already done lesson plans

Internship bundle $44.95:

includes already made lesson plans, 3 essential ebooks, grammar guide, teaching teenagers course, teaching young learners course, and 12-month access to the course.

If you ask me, the level 3 and level 5 bundles seems unnecessary unless you see that

a). There is something else that interests you or

b). You’ve noticed through your job search that one of the add on bundles has what you need that the regular course doesn’t.

The only bundle that makes sense to me is the internship bundle as everything comes pre-prepared so you are ready to teach as soon as you arrive. The problem with that is, will you actually learn anything while there?

Pros

  1. Flexibility of hours- you can do your lessons any time you want
  2. budget-friendly- all of these course packages are designed to give you the best bite for your buck at your budget (in fact, they are very inexpensive compared to other TEFL certification courses).
  3. You have access to thousands of jobs through their job bank
  4. you’re able to receive on the job training through both their paid and unpaid internships
  5. they don’t leave you basically defenseless during their internships- they provide accommodations, at least one meal, and 24h support.
  6. certain add-ons include lesson planning, which cuts A LOT of time off your hands (trust me. lesson planning can suck at times).
  7. their website is very user-friendly. Everything can be found easily.

Cons

  1. the certification may only limit you to the jobs offered by i-to-i
  2. you’re not able to adjust the course with the add-on (for example, switch out one option for a next).
  3. too many options can seem overwhelming to anyone
  4. The course material themselves are not as mind-boggling as some say in their reviews. It’s mostly surface knowledge but you can get by with it.
  5. You are limited to the amount of time you can access your course material (you don’t have it for life)
  6. the internships are only available to those who hold passports from the countries listed above (however, its worth a shot to still ask anyway if you are from an English-speaking country not listed).

So should you buy?

Whew!

I know this one was a lot of information to wrap your head around but I wanted to make sure that I was as in-depth as possible.

The i-to-i TEFL courses are viable options if you are interested in dabbling in teaching English as a foreign language world and want to see if you would keep it as a career. This is because they are some of the most inexpensive courses that are offered, especially in the online world, and they are government certified.

For those who are just interested in getting certification, the level 3 120h certification course will be just enough. For those of you who know that you want to pursue TEFL as a career, then I would recommend the level 5 300h course. Anything else in between is just a waste of time and money in my opinion.

I would also suggest purchasing add-ons for the internship so that you won’t be so overwhelmed with trying to complete lesson plans while learning how to adapt to a certain culture. That will be extremely helpful. Trust me.

There you have it! if you are interested in learning more about the i-to-i TEFL courses or maybe you have already made up your mind to purchase ——–>click here<————

See you soon!

Why College Education?:The difference between obtaining a degree and recieving education

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Hey guys!

I know it’s been a while since I have posted an article (2 weeks to be exact) and that’s because I was having too much fun during my Christmas break (i.e. sleeping lol)

But I was talking to a Gambian young man recently who raised some issues that, quite frankly, all of us are facing and is exacerbated in Africa.

That is, you’re taught that obtaining a degree/multiple degrees will get you a good job and afford you a better life.

I have learned from personal experience that that is not true. At all. Especially in the Bahamas. In fact, after I busted my butt and had mental break downs several times trying to obtain my bachelor’s degree, I tried to enter the job market and failed miserably.

Why? because there were no jobs available to me.

And this is the case with many individuals, especially Bahamians. You will find that the jobs aren’t there and if you happened to get one, the salary is not what you would expect.

On top of that, there is the issue of cronyism (where friends and/or family is appointed high positions and qualifications are disregarded), lack of job security and a lack of respect for younger citizens entering the job market because they threaten the position of older, less qualified managers.

Now please don’t get me wrong. Education is highly important because you need to learn what you don’t know from those that do but there is a difference between receiving a good education and obtaining degrees and we as a people need to stray away from teaching our kids the latter.

1. College education is supposed to be an enlightening experience

With a show of virtual hands, how many of us actually made our own decision to go to college/university because we found our purpose in life and that purpose required higher education?

 

I bet that if I was in a room with 100 other people, maybe 10 people would raise their hands.

I’d also bet that the reason why the rest of us didn’t raise our hands included our parents having to push us into going to college. To them, it’s necessary financially, but not because it’s supposed to grow you as a person so that you’re able to obtain the financial gains that you need.

I personally have faced this fact. I went to college because it was the next automatic step in a student journey, without knowing exactly my purpose and why I needed to complete the course.

Eventually, I found that my path was leaning more towards music therapy and music education (which is a HUGE deviation from my degree in Bio/chem) and this required me to go back to school.

Thus, I ended up with a degree that is useless to me after finding my purpose and other interests.

2. College education is supposed to be an investment in your knowledge, not an investment on a degree.

As my Grammy would tell me, “they can take your food, they can take your clothes, they can take your money and they can even take your life, but what you put up here *points to head* they can never take that from you.”

This is gold because my grandmother came from a time when she actually witnessed segregation between whites and blacks, including in education. She knows how disproportioned blacks were in society and she knew that receiving education would break the cycle and cause prosperity in the black home. This is why she would push us to get “as much education as you can,” which would, in some cases, entail going to college.

Our grandparents probably tried to convince our parents to do that too but it didn’t travail as much then as it does now. So I think that our parents have realized the importance of college education after seeing other black families prosper when their children completed college.

But they made a slight error when they equated their success to the degree that they obtained, not their actual knowledge base, which resulted in them throwing money at a college/university for their child/children to blindly complete by any means necessary.

This is how we ended up with a lot of degree-holding individuals, who are not that smart.

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Additionally, if the child decides to go off to school in another city or country then in most cases, if they don’t receive full scholarship, the parent and/or child have to take out an educational loan. So when the child is going to school just to obtain a degree because it’s the next step, then that’s exactly what they will get….and also drowning in a boatload of debt.

3. Not everyone was made/created to attend a College/University

Everyone will not need a Ph.D. to complete their educational training (in fact, I would suggest only going to do the Ph.D. if you’re strongly interested in research and teaching at the university level).

Everyone will not need a Master’s degree. There are some professions that requires you to have a Masters to be considered certified, which includes doctors and psychologists. And this depends on what country you plan to stay in, really.

Everyone will not need a Bachelor’s degree. Now, this is a hard sell because a lot of entry-level positions now require a bachelor level degree. However, if you’re into entrepreneurship, you don’t need a 4-year college education. You just need a good mentor and, if needed, pay for really inexpensive classes online.

Obtaining an associates degree is a waste of time and money because it has become outdated.

Lastly, there are some of us who are more talented with using our hands, i.e. trades. These professions include plumbers, electricians, landscape developers, cooks/chefs, mechanics, musicians etc and a lot of these professions simply requires a certification program and apprenticeship (where you’re learning under a seasoned professional who knows the ins and outs of the profession).

I leave you with this:

Please remember that each of your children have unique qualities, strengths, and weaknesses.

Don’t try to place them in a small box

Don’t try to dictate them into areas that you think they should go because it’s YOUR regret. Not theirs.

Don’t compare them to other children, or even their own siblings.

Don’t get mad when they decide to drop out of college or not go to college at all.

Encourage education on THEIR strengths and unique qualities. They will thank you later for it.

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I’d like to hear from you. Do you think that going to college is necessary today? Would you still push your kids to go through with it? Please leave your opinions in the comment section below. I’d love to learn what you think!

Slavery Education and inequality-History of education in the Bahamas part III

I know. Sometimes the topic seems to be rehashed way too many times but its impact had been so severe to our black ancestors that the effects of it have known to have been passed down through generations and that cannot be ignored.

This is because when you are considered one-tenth of a human (no more than animal cattle), you are stripped of any and all basic human rights, which meant that when those rights do become accessible to you, you’d want your children, and your children’s children to take advantage of it fully, even when you don’t fully understand what to do with it.

This was very evident within Bahamians’ drive towards education.

Abolition of physical labor but continuation of mental slavery

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The woes of Slavery

A slave was forbidden to be educated because plantation owners and merchants feared slave uprisings. Therefore, if the slave master learned that one of his slaves could read, usually that slave was severely punished.

Luckily, when slavery was abolished in the Bahamas in 1838, the British crown finally considered the black population as equals in the crown. So they thought that it was imperative that the “freed negros” were given education in order to properly assimilate into society.

The plantation owners, on the other hand, thought that teaching their ‘property’ subjects such as math and English was completely unnecessary but they did agree that freed slaves would be a danger to them unless they trained them ‘to be freedmen and women’ in society, which formed the basis for apprenticeship programs. Within these apprenticeship programs, the freed slaves were supposedly given “mental,” “moral,” and “spiritual equipment” to integrate into society.

The non-conformist missionary groups and abolitionists hated this idea. They just considered it another form of slavery. Nevertheless, the apprenticeship program ended in 1840 with slaves still uneducated and unequipped to properly assimilate into society as equals.

Yay! We can finally learn how to be successful as our white masters…but not so fast

Eventually, two free public schools were opened on New Providence for the newly liberated slaves but this caused problems of overcrowding and unsanitary conditions. Additionally, because these schools were only located on New Providence, the liberated slaves on the out Islands were severely neglected for years. For example, the first school in Grand Bahama did not appear until 1908. That’s a whole 70 years after slavery was abolished and education was allowed to freed slaves.

Moreover, the British Crown gave 25,000 pounds to the Board of education in 1835, which resulted in the creation of 29 schools by 1859. However, the total number of teachers at the time was thirty-nine. Yes. You read that correctly. That’s roughly one teacher per school.

To combat this, the Board of Education had to rely solely on the Madara/Dr. Bell/Monitoring system (which I will explain in Part IV of this series) because it was cheaper and more efficient. Sadly, this meant that some were not getting access to quality education, usually, it was the black children.

In other words, most black kids were unable to receive quality education, no matter what. And it still persists today.

We came from far…but we still have a long, long ways to go

Now you might say that private schools are currently more welcoming (so much so that I know of a particular private school handing out athletic scholarships like candy) so access to quality education has broadened. However, these schools are now overcrowded, taking us back to the initial problem at hand.

Think about it. Are your kids actually receiving quality education when the class size can be up to 40 students per teacher? It doesn’t matter how qualified the teacher is or how good they are at teaching or how much money you are paying in school fees. How can one person effectively split their attention in 40 different ways when each child has different learning capabilities?

OK. Let’s put this into perspective. When Government High first opened in 1925, there were only 5 students in the class. This meant that each student was getting the attention that they needed to effectively succeed. Additionally, it was much easier to identify the slower learner and when they did, the student was refused to advance to the next level until they were up to par with their work.

It’s not possible for this to happen in a class of 30-40 students. In fact, there are way too many students that slip through the cracks and advance to the next level despite their struggles with understanding foundational topics.

Then by the time they arrive at grade 12, it’s already too late. This means that teachers will start recommending these students to complete the core BGCSE paper rather than the extended paper (which is silly as I explained in part I of this series) because the students are not able to handle an extended paper and this leads to a very dismal grade average.

Our educational system is perpetually failing us

Most black Bahamian parents have ignored this fact entirely and deemed it absolutely imperative that their child not only graduate from a private secondary institution, but they attend a tertiary educational institution as well, despite the fact that most Bahamian students these days:

  1. have no firm foundation on core subjects such as math and English (which can be blamed on a variety of factors such as overcrowding, poor teaching methods, too advance of a curriculum, parents not giving them any homework attention…etc),
  2. have no idea what career they will choose since they are limited in their options (most black parents push their child to become a doctor, lawyer or an accountant, which is uninteresting to most) and
  3. lack the motivation to complete these degrees (because there is little to no options to choose from in the Bahamian job market).

It also doesn’t help that the little jobs that are available are requiring higher degrees for little pay and rejecting applicants for being, “overqualified.” This perpetual cycle is dooming our society and our economy. The problem here is that the cycle was put in place by a white majority government to ensure the masses were kept illiterate and dependent upon them and yet it exists when the Bahamas is a majority-black nation that is run by a majority Black government (most of whom actually had access to quality education which will be further explained in part V of this series).

Additionally, teachers have always been blamed for these inadequacies but should they be? Stay tuned as I give my take on this issue in part IV of this series.

Until then, I’d like to hear from you guys. Do you think slavery has had a serious impact on how Bahamians are educated today? Why or why not? Please let me know what you think in the comment section below.

Child rearing techniques: another Brian Tracy Review

Here at Tyra’s Tutoring, we pride ourselves in ensuring that our students are well-rounded both at home and within their academics. This means that parents play an integral role in their child’s education. Seeing that I am not yet a mother myself, I decided to turn to some of the best sources of information regarding tips on parenting, one of them coming from the world-renown Brian Tracy. So if you have ever questioned whether you are raising your child in the right way or would love some tips on how to do so, continue reading on.

 

Disclaimer: some of the links that are on this page may allow me to receive some sort of compensation. But no worries, I endeavor to remain as transparent and honest as possible during this review.

 

Name: Secrets of raising Super Kids

The Secrets of Raising Super Kids - Brian Tracy (MP3)

Subjects taught: how to raise kids with high levels of self-esteem and self-confidence, how-to guide them with love and sensitivity, how to recognize and honor their unique differences, how to build bridges of honesty and openness, how to keep them away from drugs, how to instill good healthy eating habits in them and lastly, how to raise children who are leaders and respected by everyone.

Products: Included in this package is a CD with 70 mins of audio or a downloadable mp3 with 70 mins of audio

Price Range: $22.95 for the physical CD and $21.95 for audio mp3 download

To give you a better idea of the product produced, I will explain the entrepreneur and the pioneer behind this program.

Who is Brian Tracy?

He is a Canadian-American speaker and the Chairman of Brian Tracy International, a company that was founded in 1984 Vancouver Canada that specializes in personal and business training. For the past 30+ years, he has studied, researched, written and spoken on various aspects within economics, history, philosophy, psychology, and business, making him a guru in this particular field of self-help. Additionally, he has a university, also called Brian Tracey International, located in San Diego California of which is another avenue that his knowledge can be transferred.

To talk about how he got to where he is today, it’s important to understand his past. He grew up watching his parents struggle to make ends meet and hearing them complain that they don’t have enough money. This eventually fueled his curiosity as to why other families were able to live at a better quality of life while he was struggling, which has led to the belief that “people become what they think most of the time.” Also, a series of unfortunate circumstances (including a near-death experience in the Sahara desert) had led to a complete life transformation for him, hence his great success.

Based upon his past, this should lead you to a better determination of whether the product is good for you if it resonates with you, especially since he was not raised in a middle class or wealthy environment.

What are some of the products and services?

There are about 64 products available with the ability to be privately coached by Brian, see him speak at a seminar or learn how to be a coach in one of Brian’s seminars (all are separate prices).

The products can be further subdivided into 7 categories: Personal development, sales training, business training, Time management, Leadership training, Book Writing, and Public Speaking.

But for this particular article, we will be focusing on the “The Secrets of raising Super Kids” program.

The Secrets of Raising Super Kids review

This program is similar to that of my previous review on “How to Raise Happy, Healthy, Self-Confident Children” in that it talks about how to raise your children to be more self-confident and self-sufficient but it’s different in that it focuses on building solid relationships with your kids to ensure that you have fluid and open communication, which are very important in any parent-child relationship.

I must note that even though this audio lesson is much cheaper than “How to Raise Happy, Healthy, Self-Confident Children” training set, it is basically an overview of parenting principles. It doesn’t go as in-depth as “How to Raise Happy, Healthy, Self-Confident Children” because it is intended to be only 70 mins long. None-the-less, it is still a great read with some ideas that can be adapted. For example, during this lesson, Brian teaches how to recognize and honor the uniqueness of their children.

This is highly important because there are a lot of parents raising each of their children either the same way that they were raised or raising them to be an ideal child that they have in their head while ignoring the actual talents, gifts, and interests that the child has. This not only discourages the child from becoming who they are meant to be, it also means that the child is not self-sufficient, lacks self-confidence, has low self-esteem, is unhappy and eventually, they will distance themselves from their parent/parents. I highly recommend taking a look at this product if you feel that this represents you as a parent or if it resonates with you because of your relationship with your parents (and you wish to end the cycle).

Pros

There are several advantages to using this program:

  1. The program is set where you can learn at your own pace, in your own time and in any space.
  2. You can choose between getting the Physical CD, if you’re a bit old school, or downloading the mp3 if you cannot wait for shipping (and because it’s cheaper)
  3. It’s a one time buy so you can reference this program for years to come.
  4. It’s a good read for all stages of parenting. Therefore, no matter where you’re at in your parenting journey, you can benefit from this lesson.

Cons

  1. As I’ve stated before, because each individual is different, all suggestions and advice presented within this lesson may not apply to everyone. The lesson will have to be adjusted based upon your current circumstances.
  2. Physical CDs are prone to being scratched very easily, which makes them unreadable by DVD/CD devices. Therefore, they are not proper for long term use.

So should you buy?

As always, Brian is very transparent with his products so he ensures to leave disclaimers to let you know that:

1). The results of the program will vary based upon circumstances, time commitments, and how much of the program’s lessons that you decide to use with your children and

2). That some of the testimonials listed on the product page may discuss above average results but BrianTracy.com does not promise similar results.

Therefore, you may have to adjust his teachings a bit to suit both you and your child’s/children’s situation, personality, and interests for the training to be effective.

Additionally, there is an option to read some snippets of Brian’s lessons through his blog and a YouTube page that freely gives information on parenting as well as many, many others.

So why not go ahead and try him out today! Click here to learn more about the program.

Raising positive Kids in a Negative world: Brian Tracy Self-Help program review

Here at Tyra’s Tutoring, we pride ourselves in ensuring that our students are well-rounded both at home and within their academics. This means that parents play an integral role in their child’s education. Seeing that I am not yet a mother myself, I decided to turn to some of the best sources of information regarding tips on parenting, one of them coming from the world-renown Brian Tracy. So if you have ever questioned whether you are raising your child in the right way or would love some tips on how to do so, continue reading on.

 

Disclaimer: some of the links that are on this page may allow me to receive some sort of compensation. But no worries, I endeavor to remain as transparent and honest as possible during this review.

 

Name: How To Raise Happy, Healthy, Self Confident Children


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Subjects taught: 4 Behaviors of effective parenting, how to raise responsible children, how to communicate with your children on a deeper level, how to help your child achieve higher grades in school, how to help your child stay drug-free, how to manage your time so that your family comes first and how to raise healthy kids.

Products: Included in this package is a 6-CD set that totals 6 hours of instruction and an audio program on time management

Price Range: $97.00 for the physical 6-CD training set and $77 for the digital downloadable training kit

To give you a better idea of the product produced, I will explain the entrepreneur and the pioneer behind this program.

Who is Brian Tracy?

He is a Canadian-American speaker and the Chairman of Brian Tracy International, a company that was founded in 1984 Vancouver Canada that specializes in personal and business training. For the past 30+ years, he has studied, researched, written and spoken on various aspects within economics, history, philosophy, psychology, and business, making him a guru in this particular field of self-help. Additionally, he has a university, also called Brian Tracey International, located in San Diego California of which is another avenue that his knowledge can be transferred.

To talk about how he got to where he is today, it’s important to understand his past. He grew up watching his parents struggle to make ends meet and hearing them complain that they don’t have enough money. This eventually fueled his curiosity as to why other families were able to live at a better quality of life while he was struggling, which has led to the belief that “people become what they think most of the time.” Also, a series of unfortunate circumstances (including a near-death experience in the Sahara desert) had led to a complete life transformation for him, hence his great success.

Based upon his past, this should lead you to a better determination of whether the product is good for you if it resonates with you, especially since he was not raised in a middle class or wealthy environment.

What are some of the products and services?

There are about 64 products available with the ability to be privately coached by Brian, see him speak at a seminar or learn how to be a coach in one of Brian’s seminars (all are separate prices).

The products can be further subdivided into 7 categories: Personal development, sales training, business training, Time management, Leadership training, Book Writing, and Public Speaking.

But for this particular article, we will be focusing on the “How to Raise Happy, Healthy, Self-Confident Children” program.

How to Raise Happy, Healthy, Self-Confident Children review

This program is boasted as a sort of instruction manual on how to rear kids in the right way and it has garnered many positive reviews. The reason being is that Brian places a lot of his personal grievances with raising his own children and how he effectively managed them. He also has included an individual with a Ph.D. in education (who was also a parent as well) to further cement his claims. To me, this is important because you cannot give parenting advice unless you are:

a). A parent yourself and have actually tried your own methods (and they worked)

b). A parent who has researched extensively in this area or

c). A parent who has extensively researched child developmental stages and effectively used their knowledge to implement proper strategies with their own children (the main reason why I have personally refrained from trying to give advice myself)

Brian also identifies the importance of raising children to gradually assume responsibility. He states that when a child is born, they have 0% of the responsibilities. However, as they get older, the percentage will increase to maybe 5% and then 10% for example. Eventually, the goal is that by 18 years of age, the child is willing and able to assume 100% responsibility for their own lives. This activity also leads them to become more confident individuals.

Pros

There are several advantages to using this program:

  1. The program is set where you can learn at your own pace, in your own time and in any space.
  2. You have various options for learning each lesson; The CDs are great for popping in your car while driving or your laptop (if you still have a DVD/CD drive in your laptop) or you can take a much easier route and just purchase the digital downloadable version and download it to your phone/mp3 device to listen during a flight for example.
  3. You can purchase a used CD training set from amazon for just about $20 (however, I wouldn’t recommend because CDs tend to scratch easily, making them unreadable. This is to give you another option if you can’t afford the program off of Brian’s website).
  4. It’s a one time buy so you can reference these programs at any time for years

Cons

  1. There is no true hard and fast rule when it comes to parenting because there are no two individuals who are alike and were raised in the exact same circumstances (this is true even for your own family of siblings; no two siblings are raised exactly alike….or at least they shouldn’t be). So the fact that they advertise their product to be an instruction manual is not exactly true because instruction manuals give detailed descriptions of a product and also some troubleshooting methods in case the product has a malfunction. They should really advertise their program to be a foundational guideline of sorts that are adjustable to personal circumstances.
  2. The book is pretty old (its latest publishing is dated back to 2002) so some of the issues that exist in parenting today, such as the use of technology, for example, may not be addressed, thus deeming some of it useful.
  3. If purchasing the physical CDs, they are more expensive and they do not have longevity; they scratch easily causing the content on the CD to become unreadable by a computer or other CD/DVD reading device. In fact, the use of CDs are now becoming obsolete.

So should you buy?

Even though there is no hard or fast rule when it comes to parenting a child, Brian does leave disclaimers at the bottom of his product page, warning potential customers that:

1). The results of the program will vary based upon circumstances, time commitments, and how much of the program’s lessons that you decide to use with your children and

2). That some of the testimonials listed on the product page may discuss above average results but BrianTracy.com does not promise similar results.

I like these clauses because they prove their transparency of their product. Additionally, Brian Tracy’s transparency with how he raised his children during the training course should also give you an idea of how effective it may be. There may be a need to make necessary adjustments to suit the program to the current decade but the principles remain the same.

Additionally, if you feel as though you rather test-drive his ideology first, Brian also has a blog and a YouTube page that freely gives information on this same topic of parenting as well as many, many others.

So why not go ahead and try him out today! Click here to see more about the product

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