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Completing your General Profile

When? After you have completed your Lingworld registration.

Why?  You should complete your general profile to give teachers/conversation partners general information about yourself.  It will allow them to learn a little more about you, which is nice if you are going to connect with them.

This guide outlines creating a General profile.  For information about creating a Student profile, please see the Creating a Student Profile guide.

General Profile

The General profile contains information about you including your email address, full name, nationality, native language and time zone.  This information is collected so that LingWorld can better connect you with suitable teachers.

You can create a General profile at any time.  The General profile can be accessed from the navigation pane on the left.

To create a General profile,

Click General in the My Profile section of the navigation pane on the left of the screen.

1. The General Info screen displays.  Notice that some of the fields are pre-filled with information from your Student profile (if you have already completed it).

2. Fill out the General Info screen fields as accurately as possible.  The General Info fields are described below.

Username: 

The Username field displays the username that you entered when registering with LingWorld.com.  The Username field cannot be modified from this screen.

Email: 

The Email field displays the email address you entered when registering with LingWorld.com.  This is the email address that LingWorld.com will use to contact you.  To change your email address, type a different email address into the Email field.

First Name: 

The First Name field displays the first name you entered when registering with LingWorld.com.  To change your first name, type the first name you would like to use in the First Name field.

Last Name:

The Last Name field displays the last name you entered when registering with LingWorld.com.  To change your last name, type the last name you would like to use in the Last Name field.

Gender: 

Click the radio button for your gender.

Date of Birth: 

Use the dropdown boxes to set your date of birth.

Nationality: 

Use the dropdown box to select your nationality from the list.  This information is used by LingWorld.com to match students and teachers using certain criteria.

Native Language:

The Native Language field displays the native language you selected in the registration process.  To change your native language, select the appropriate language from the dropdown list.  This information is used by LingWorld.com to match students and teachers using certain criteria.

Location: 

Use the dropdown box to select your location from the list.  This information is used by LingWorld.com to match students and teachers using certain criteria.

Time Zone:

Use the dropdown box to select your time zone from the list.  This information is used by LingWorld.com to match students and teachers using certain criteria.  It is useful for teachers when scheduling sessions with students.

Academic Level:

Use the dropdown list to select your academic level from the list.  Choices include:  Bachelor, Masters, PhD, O Levels and A Levels.  This information is used by LingWorld.com to match students and teachers using certain criteria.

Education Country: 

Use the dropdown list to select the country in which you attended school.  This information is used by LingWorld.com to match students and teachers using certain criteria.

School/University: 

Type the name of your school in the School/University field.  This information will make it easier for you to connect with people that have attended the same school.

Media for Classes: 

Since all training done via LingWorld.com is done on the Internet, there are several web technologies you can use to connect to teachers or students.  Choose the media that you have on your computer so that teachers or students will know which methods they can use to contact and work with you.  Media available includes:  Skype, MSN, Yahoo Messenger, Phone, GoogleTalk and OpenWengo.

Your Profile Photo: 

You can add a photo of yourself to your profile.  This will make it easier for other users to identify you on the site.  To upload a picture of yourself to the site from your computer,

1. Click the Browse button in the Upload Photo section of the screen.

2. Browse to the location of your photo.

3. Click Open.  The selected photo is uploaded to your profile.

Email Notifications: 

Click the Email Notifications heading to view the Notify me when there is a new teacher that matches my criteria checkbox.  Check this checkbox if you would like to be emailed when a new teacher matching your criteria joins LingWorld.com.  Leave the checkbox unchecked if you don’t want to be notified.

Change Password: 

To change your password, type your old password in the Old Password filed, and then type your new password in the New Password and Retype Password fields.

3. Once you have completed the General Info fields, your General profile is complete.

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