General Guidelines for Studying
with Trikāya Tibetan Language Academy
- Connection methods used for classes are WhatsApp, Jitsi, Google Duo, Zoom, Telegram, Signal and Skype. Students may choose from any of these methods, according to their needs and preference. The teacher will provide you with the relevant contact details.
- The teacher is located in the Eastern European Time Zone (EETZ). Therefore, students should adjust their schedules accordingly in order to match their current local time with Eastern European Time (EET). Please check online for time zone difference.
- Working hours for Trikāya Tibetan Language Academy are 12 pm to 12 am (noon to midnight), Monday through Friday, Eastern European Time (EET). Classes are usually scheduled only within this timeframe. Some exceptions may be granted upon request.
- For private courses, class scheduling is arranged between teacher and student. Meeting times for classes are agreed upon by both parties.
- Time zone differences between the student’s time zone and the Eastern European Time Zone (EETZ) must be taken into consideration before scheduling.
- The duration of a regular class is generally either 1 hour (60 minutes) or 2 hours (120 minutes).
- Students may choose to study for 2 hours in each class session. Please let the teacher know if you’d like to do 2-hour classes instead of 1 hour. Fees are adjusted accordingly.
- Classes sometimes run overtime by 5-15 minutes. Please state your preferences regarding the exact duration of each class.
- Extra time exceeding the scheduled class time is recorded, and counted toward the total amount of hours for each course.
- Private classes are held 1 to 5 times per week. The minimum is 1 class per week and the maximum is 5 classes per week.
- For private classes, 2 to 3 classes per week is recommended for most students, in order to maintain more continuity and regularity in one’s study. Most students choose to schedule 2 or 3 classes per week, and sometimes 4 or 5 per week.
- Group classes are held 1 or 2 times per week. Each group class session is either 1 or 2 hours in length.
- English and Tibetan are the languages of instruction. Erick Tsiknopoulos able to teach in the Tibetan language itself, teaching classes in Colloquial Tibetan, if desired or applicable. The vast majority of students choose to study in the medium of English. Tibetan language medium is generally for advanced students who already have a strong grasp of Colloquial Tibetan, or else those who would like to learn Colloquial Tibetan in a more immersive way in the context of a class setting.