2019年3月5日 星期二

New Course on Teachable 

Working on my next course - A Complete Course of HSK 1 👩‍🏫📚🎉🎯 I’m really glad that my first complete course- Chinese Pronunciation for Beginners is so well-received. I’ve been getting new online students mailing me how this course has helped them with their Chinese💖💯📝 All the encouragement and compliments have really boosted my confidence in making more online courses.

So here I am planning on the follow-up course which will keep helping students from a total beginner all the way to be able to understand and form basic conversations in real life as well as to build their confidence.📚👩‍🏫✏️💪👍💕 It’s really fun to create online courses and help students around the world whose I’ve never seen in person. 💯🇹🇼🏡👩‍🏫📙
SMART Mandarin 
Katrina Lee
www.smart-mandarin.teachable.com


2019年2月27日 星期三

My Online School 


SMART Mandarin 

My online school 

Learn Chinese at your own pace💯👌👩‍🏫📙

Classroom Experience at 🏡 home


This year, I’ve just completed “ Total Beginner’s Pronunciation Course” which helps students to grasp the knowledge of Pinyin system and the basic knowledge of Chinese grammatical structure.


The next follow-up course will be “ A Complete HSK 1 Course for Beginners” which is the next milestone after pronunciation course. 👍💯🎉


I’m also planning on finishing “Simplified Character Course for Beginners”. ✏️📙👩‍🏫


Each course on my online school 🎯 targeting a specific goal and they are sold separately.


And all the courses are one time purchase, life-time access. You can go back and review as many times as you want💕📝📚


Click and register now and I’ll see you in the program.


SMART Mandarin 

Katrina Lee

2019年2月25日 星期一

Online teaching isn't as easy as you think





It's been about almost 5 years since I started teaching online with video lessons and via Skype.

It never has been easier as I thought it would be since the world of online business is changing and I have to constantly learn new things to improve the quality of my lessons.

Recently, I've got a couple of new challenges. 

One, looking for a quiet place for work and life.
Recently, I need to find a new apartment for myself, the one I'm staying right now which I've been living for 3 years is getting a bit loud for me. It's no longer a suitable a quiet place for online Skype teaching.  Even my students don't really feel so much about that, but I still decided to look for a better environment for myself.
A quieter place is better for me working on Skype and filming video lessons and a better place require more money which means I have to work extra harder!!

Two, people keep mailing me for FREE lessons or bargaining.
This makes me really frustrated since I've already offer so many good video lesson online. Teaching Chinese is my only income in life, I try to help people as much as I can. But I do need to offer my course with a reasonable price.
Many people mailed me said that they are poor or they can't afford my video lessons (the lowest rate on Patreon is 5 USD a month). I don't understand what kinda of people can't afford 5 USD a month but can afford electricity, a computer and Internet to mail a bargaining email to me?!

I've been feeling that I'm being used or being taken advantage of by those people who don't understand my handwork and don't value my profession. 

It's okay that people just watch my YouTube channel for free lessons. It's also okay that people think my courses are not good enough, not helpful so they don't want to join. 
But it's NOT acceptable that people think they can lower the value of my course and asking me doing free lessons for them. 

I'm very sorry that some people are just in a poor condition and can't afford my lessons, I'm really sorry about that, but it's not my fault that they are poor. I work very very hard to support my own life, I'm not rich!   Being poor is not the reason for you to take advantage of other hard-working people. 

In order to keep my online teaching career going, I have to work long hours, I have to switch to a more expensive place for work, I have to spend money to learn new skills, I have pay and get a upgraded web-page for my online school.  

So I guess I'm trying to say is...teaching online isn't as easy as people think it is. In face, I know that there are lots of jobs out there are more challenging than mine, and I do pay lots of respect for people who work hard to get what they want. 

Anyway, I'll try to ignore people who want to take advantage of me and my hardwork and focus on the people/students who really value what I do then try my best to give them the best quality of my courses.

Btw, don't forget to check out my platforms :)
Patreon
https://www.patreon.com/smartmandarin
Teachable
https://smart-mandarin.teachable.com/

SMART Mandarin 

2019年2月24日 星期日

SMART Mandarin Courses | Detail & Introduction



My online course platforms
Teachable
Patreon
-----------------more DETAIL for my courses --------------------------

Skype lesson which I charge 28 USD per hour, students only need to install Skype with their computer and they can book a lesson with me.
A student can purchase any number of hours they would like.
I usually suggest my student to book only one hour first and see if they like my teaching style on Skype.
Sign up for a Skype lesson : smartmandarinchinese@gmail.com (Katrina Lee)

Patreon Course
I also have online video lesson and there are two platforms serve my lessons.
First Platform called Patreon
With this platform, students are paying monthly, there are different options for my monthly subscription.
With monthly 10 USD, you can watch all video lessons that I made. I have lots of video lessons which are not shown on YouTube.
With monthly 20 USD subscription, you can watch all videos and get (download) my eBook - 5 Essential Topics of Mandarin Chinese.
Once a student stop the subscription, then he won't have the access to the lesson of this platform.

Teachable Course
The second platform Teachable
This is a platform where I offer a complete course on a certain topic.
Each course targets a differently goal with curriculum and study schedule which
I plan for students for them to study more efficiently.
Every course are being sold separately with different prices.

Students only need to choose the course they need, make the payment and enjoy the lesson.
All Courses on Teachable is with one-time payment, life-time access, there's no monthly subscription.
Recently I've just launched my first course on Teachable called -
SMART Mandarin's Total Beginner's Pronunciation Course.
This course so far is pretty well-received.

That's all for all the detail! :)
Thanks for you patience to read it through :)

SMART Mandarin
Katrina Lee

2019年2月22日 星期五

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance!



Wow....I just love this sooo much!!!! It writes right into my ❤️ heart I’ve never asked for a discount when enrolling a program because I know if I really want to learn something. I’ll do whatever it takes to get the education even it’s expensive for me. 💪💯 But over the years that I have been receiving requests asking me to offer my profession and expertise for free or with a low price so they can afford. I felt guilty at first for charging the price that I think I should deserve. Also, there’s another voice in my head that I’ve been taken advantage of by those who ask for a free program. Speaking from my own experience, people who usually ask for free services are the ones who will not only take granted for your hard work but also won’t genuinely appreciate your talent. And I’ve certainly work with some people like that during my teaching career. I realized that I’ve done lots of free lessons on YouTube which I’m happy to do so. And I’ll be continuing to do it. Therefore, I should really follow my heart, charge the price that I think I should deserve and work my ass off, bring out my A game for the students who really, truly, genuinely appreciate my work and benefit from it. Serving people who genuinely would value my talents and my expertise and happy to pay for my hard work is something wayyyy much more valuable than money. It gives me the fuels ⛽️ that I need to keep working and serving good lessons. It’s definitely an organic growth for my teaching career and my students. Education is priceless because it gives you the future and opportunities that you want!! So if you think education is expensive, try ignorance. Katrina Lee Online Chinese Course https://smart-mandarin.teachable.com/

2019年2月21日 星期四

So Far So Good 💯

The mobile technology and the internet has been changing way of earning over the years in a mind-blowing way. Many are taking advantage of this trend and change staring their own micro business online. I’m just one of them.


I would stay E-commerce has really benefit influenced me and my career a lot. And never did think one day I could make money at home from the internet! Of course i still have to work, but my workplace is never limited in a certain place or time. My students is not limited to my geographic location only.

I get students everywhere around the world and I can get my job done as long as I have the internet.


Well..everything comes with a good and a bad side of it. When you enjoy the freedom of being your own boss, on the other hand, you have to take the FULL responsibility for yourself and the business. As a result, you probably eventually work much more than 9-5 office people who can just punch in and out on time because taking care of your own career is much more than you can imagine. But my love for freedom and the passion for teaching manage to conquer all the downsides of being self-employed.

So far...so GOOD😊

My Online Chinese Course 📗💖😊💯👩‍🏫

https://smart-mandarin.teachable.com/p/smart-mandarin-total-beginner-s-pronunciation-course

SMART Mandarin 💕🎊📚🇹🇼💯👩‍🏫

 

2019年2月12日 星期二

Modesty is NOT a Virtue!!!




(This photo is a screenshot from one of my awesome video lessons. CLICK HERE to watch. )




Modesty is NOT a Virtue!!!

Just watching this video lesson which was made few years ago...
wow...I was good!!!! Even I didn't get many viewers or online students back then because I simply didn't know how to promote myself. I guess it does have something to do with our Chinese education.

We are always taught to be humble and low-key by our society and Chinese culture, it's always considered being "cocky" when telling someone how good we are, even it is TRUE!!

We are always taught not to be a "show-off" in a group, so we have to "hide" our talent and always be modest.
But over the years, I've learned that when it comes to business, modest is definitely NOT a virtue!!!!

Doing a business is all about telling people how good your products are, therefore, you have to be outshine yourself from the crowd and tell people how GOOD you are!!

I'm not a person who likes to tell people how good I think I am, and how good my lessons are. I just show people my work and let them decide if my lessons are worth their time to watch and worth their money to spend on.

But recently, I've been reviewing and re-watching my own lessons, trying to find something to improve from my previous work. Then I suddenly realized that how good I was/am, how HARD I've been working, and how much I've been dedicated myself to my online programs!!!!

I can finally see what my students see!!!!
I really like the way I teach...haha))
I explain things soooo well in my video lessons!!
My lessons are so simply, direct to the point, easy and informative!!!

While I was watching my old videos, I put myself in a student's prospective. I TRULY know that my video
lessons are really helping people who need to, who want to improve their Chinese.
I'm helping people who need my talent!!

So if you find my courses and talents are EXACTLY what you NEED.
You are VERY welcome to become my student on Patreon and I'm very happy to help you improve your Chinese!

I'll see you in class, if you CLICK HERE to join my lessons!


SMART Mandarin
Katrina Lee :)