IT course content is structured as follows. Every month has a theme, and each week will feature a different scenario that is related to the monthly theme. To complete tasks effectively, it's best to keep this in mind. Often, tasks sent later in the week will reference tasks sent earlier in the week. Many Friday tasks provide you with opportunities to practice language you may have learned earlier in the week.

There are six different problem types.

  • Short Essay
  • Long Essay
  • Q&A
  • Short Essay + Q&A
  • Conversation 
  • Special

The problem type will be listed under the date at the top of the screen.
Problem content varies depending on problem type. Sometimes you will see sentences in your native language that you will need to translate. Other times, you will see English questions to respond to.

There will be a grey box beneath the problem content.
It will describe the context or scenario that you should imagine you are in.

Your answer goes in the box at the bottom of the screen.
To complete a task, first look at the problem type. Short Essay and Long Essay types are translation tasks. You should read the text to be translated and think about how to express that content in English. Do not directly translate what you see. This will most likely result in unnatural English. 

Q&A tasks require you to read a question written in English and respond to it. If you do not understand the English question, do a 
quick Google search or consult a dictionary. You can’t answer a question you don’t understand!

Short Essay + Q&A require you to first translate the text or question that you see, and then respond to that question.

Conversation problem types are designed to emulate conversations, and they’re a great way to practice what you’ve been learning throughout the week. Your goal is to write a response to the English question or text in a way that will continue the conversation. Your teacher will respond up to three times.

Special problem types will contain instructions written in your native language. Please do not translate the instructions. They are there to explain what you should write or do.

In all cases, please be sure to read the text in the grey box. This will help you construct your answers because it contains information about the situation you should imagine yourself being in when you write your answer. The text in this box will also indicate if the current task is directly related to another previous task. For example, in this task, you are being asked to write the first part of an email, and you know that there will be four additional sentences because “(1/4 )” is written in the grey box.


Your teacher’s initial response will include the following:

  • A revised version of the sentences you wrote.
  • Explanation of significant edits.
  • A voice recording of the revised sentences.
  • Constructive pronunciation feedback (if you recorded a voice answer)

If you submit a conversation problem, you will receive different feedback. Your teacher will revise your response, record it, and then write and record another question to continue the conversation. Since teachers respond up to three times on conversation problems, you will not receive explanations of edits or pronunciation feedback. 

After you’ve read the feedback that you received, feel free to comment, send a stamp, or ask your teacher some questions. You may ask up to three questions per piece of homework. You can ask questions about any of the following.

  • The grammar, expression, or vocabulary used in the problem content (Q&A, Conversation types)
  • Grammar or vocabulary used in the sample answers.
  • The revised sentences your teacher provided.
  • Your teacher’s explanations.

Please see HiNative Trek Correction Policies for response times.

If you have an active Trek subscription, you can complete your homework at any time. However, if you cancel your subscription or it expires, homework will eventually expire. Once a piece of homework expires, you can access the sample answer, but you will not be able to submit a response or ask questions about that piece of homework. For more information on homework expiry, please see the HiNative Trek Correction Policies.