This is written from a perspective of a student and a private tutor (not on eduFire, though). I’m really happy the beta days of eduFire is gone. It’s all live now, and lessons range from free of charge to extremely affordable. If you’re serious about learning new languages, I highly recommend making full use of eduFire. I’ll be referring to it as eF from now onwards.
I first heard of eduFire via Tofugu, a Japanese culture blog I’ve been following for a long time. I’m not new to online tutoring, but I was a little bit curious about this new program. My Japanese friends told me they enjoyed learning English on ef. I didn’t register straight away, nope. I just lurked around for a while until I got too busy and forgot about it. I was reminded of it again near the end of last year, and thought “Why not give it a shot?” They even give lessons for free!
It’s just like signing up for courses in university. Registering for a class is not a hassle at all. In a nutshell, the process you go through is simple: 1) Sign up for free, 2) find a course you’re interested in, 3) look at the timetables, 4) register for the class if it’s not yet full.
Usually even if the course that you’re interested in is full, the tutor would open up another session to give more people the chance to learn. Tutors on eF are also very friendly. Just introduce yourselves in the forum and you’ll see what I mean.
One on one video tutoring is available too if you’re not comfortable joining a crowd. You’ve got to love the learning panels. You have a panel showing you your tutor, a lesson panel and an interaction panel. I might have missed some, but that’s basically it.
Another good thing about eduFire is that it gives you the chance to get to know people from various parts of the world. The exposure is something you need, especially in regards to language learning. Different language, different rules. Think of eduFire as a small melting pot for foreign languages and learning combined. With its cost-friendly lessons, there’s no need to fork out more than $25 per session anymore. Even if you don’t want to take up classes, you can play language flashcards. They’re good for language training.
I’ve been tutoring a small group of students in learning Malay and creative writing in English through Skype all this time. Think I could give tutoring on eduFire a shot? I don’t know. I signed up for a student account, so I have no idea if I could switch to being a tutor from my current account.