Help, I'm lost! What do I do?
Well, for starters, the fact that you are here means that you are seeking some type of help or improvement in roleplaying. That is where we come in. Here at the Roleplaying Academy, we offer a wide range of classes, everything from character development to world building, and should hopefully be able to accommodate you on your needs. The mentors teaching the classes are some of the best roleplayers in their specialized fields. Look through the mentors to find the one most compatible with you. Later on in this post, you will find a short template that we ask you to fill out to request your mentor.
Alright, I have a mentor. What's next?
That is entirely between you and the mentor. Every mentor teaches differently from each other and have different teaching methods. Establishing communications first is key here, as you can't be helped very much if there is no interaction between the mentor and the student. Once it has been established, what you'll need to do is talk with your mentor. You'll need to discuss the specific reason you are seeking and help and then identify any sort of weaknesses. From there, you'll need to discuss the mentor's teaching method and what is to be expected.
My mentor isn't helping me!
First of all, have you tried contacting your mentor through multiple ways (if there are any)? If not, try that first. However, if you've tried contacting your mentor through several methods, your mentor may have something in their life that needs the attention at the time. If that's the case, you can always ask for another mentor or wait for your mentor to come back. Now, if your mentor has been online and has been (or you may suspect them of) purposely ignoring you, then we ask that you bring this to the attention of either Orion or myself. From there, we will look into the incident and let you know afterwards what will happen.
So, how will I know when I'm better or done?
There are a few ways. First off, your mentor will be watching your progress and if they believe that you have improved greatly enough from when you started with them, they will let you know and you'll be finished. Another method of tracking your progress will be via an optional grading system, in which a grade will be given to a small piece of written work (such as a standard roleplaying-styled post) when you first arrive, and then again and again whenever you wish to resubmit a revised and hopefully progressively better copy of the post.
All of the core classes offered at the Roleplaying Academy fall under one of three categories: Character, which concerns the roleplay characters and their development and interaction; Conception, which concerns the devising of ideas (such as plot) for the roleplay; and Composition, which concerns the grammatical part of roleplaying. You can follow the links below to go to the category-specific post, which will list all the classes that fall under that category and a broader explanation of each catagory.
Basics and Learning How to Roleplay
These basic courses are offered to people who are interested in learning how to roleplay, be you new to roleplaying completely or someone who has seen some roleplaying, but has never understood it or its rules. The basics are offered as a broad class for each category, teaching you the basics of that category. Any mentor that specializes in a class that falls under that category can be requested for the basic course of that category.
Some of our mentors also have a specific genre in literature in which they excell in, be it horror, fantasy, romance, or thriller, and will impart their knowledge unto anyone who should ask. Different from regular courses, those seeking help with a specific genre will be given a general and broad teaching of that genre by the mentor.
Have you ever had a roleplay story or idea or a character that you would like to get some one's opinion on? Well, now you can. At the Critique Hall, you can post up a link to a character or roleplaying story and have one of the mentors critique the piece for you. However, if you do this, then you must do it under the understanding that the mentors are going to be completely honest, even if it is brutally honest. With that said, we would appreciate it if you were to not get upset (at least in here) if we were to step on your toes. However, the Critique Hall will only critique a piece once, so make sure all your "i"s are dotted and all your "t"s are crossed before submitting the piece for critiquing.
A small area set aside so that mentors and their students can participate in a roleplay with other students and mentors without any fear of heavy scrutiny or harsh criticism from other roleplayers. The Recreational Center's roleplay will contain no set plot and is a place for you to practice on your weaknesses with other roleplayers. The Recreational Center is not a place for random people to just hang out and spam the thread. If you are not involved with the Roleplaying Academy, we ask that you please don't post in the thread.
Code of Conduct
You came to us to improve your roleplaying and writing abilities. We at the Roleplaying Academy do not need to be here and do not need to help you, but we do in hopes that we can help spread the joy of roleplaying and writing. As such, there are certain things that we expect from you as the students.
Firstly, we ask that you remain polite to your mentor. You might not always agree with their opinions or with something they say, but that does not give you the right to bad-mouth your mentor in any way or to do anything worse. Remember that you came to us for help, and, in turn, we give you that help. However, in doing so, we may step on your toes. So, to reiterate, be polite and don't get mad if you don't necessarily agree with something your mentor says. If there is some sort of problem with your mentor, then we ask that you please inform either Orion or myself and we shall look into the situation.
Second, we ask that you take into account your mentor's life, as, from time to time, things do happen that take priority over their mentor-ship. Please take into consideration that your mentor may not always be able to accommodate your needs at a specific point in time and that some circumstances requires time that would otherwise be applied here. We also ask that you respect the wishes of the mentors if they cannot or wish not to teach you.
Finally, we ask that you are respectful toward your fellow classmates in both this thread and in the Recreational Center thread. Keep any bad blood that may exist between you outside of the Roleplaying Academy.
Student Registration Form
Now that you've got through the student information, here is the short registration template for you to fill out to get started.
(Which area are you seeking improvement in? Post 'Basics' or 'Genre' for said areas and which specific area within those.)
(Who would you want as a mentor?)
Grading System: (Y/N)
(Do you want the optional grading system to track your progress?)
Have you read and agree to abide by the Code of Conduct listed above? (Y/N)