One question frequently asked by new tutors is how they can get a good booking rate. Different tutors have different experiences about this, and there are certain tips and techniques that seem to work every time. We have compiled a list of tips that will help you get a good booking rate early on.
Prepare For Your First Class
Prepare and practice for your first class. Why? If you are new in the ESL industry, it’s essential to know that your first class is really important. The impression you leave at the very beginning is crucial since other students utilize it when deciding which tutor to book.
It is very common for tutors to get nervous during their first class. Prepare for it. Practice and remember the lesson flow. You can prepare by doing some research of your own. Watch and study the training videos and materials that are provided. This will especially help when you have to deal with a free-conversation class.
It’s All About Consistency
Be consistent with your schedule. We highly advise our new tutors to open classes at the same time, and on the same days. Even though flexibility is one of the best perks of being an ESL tutor, it is better to let your students be familiar with your schedule.
Being consistent with your schedule (at least in the first few weeks) will help your future students adapt to your availability. Therefore, they are more likely to book you again and become a regular student. This is one of the most important tips on this article.
Open Classes Days Ahead
We highly recommend for new tutors to open classes 3-4 days in advance. Plotting your schedule early will increase your chances of getting booked. These are the days you allow your potential students to know about the classes you are available for.
If you get booked on your earlier days, the students can see your schedule for the day after, which they can book. This will help you maximize your booking.
Tutor tags will also help. You can ask your Teacher Support for you to get a tutor tag that would fit your teaching skills. With this, you would be able to attract specific profile of students. You can choose from different tags including Advanced, Business, etc.
Teacher Support Will Always Help
Teacher Support is always available for tutors and they will help you in every step of the way. For whatever reason, starting as an ESL tutor might not be what you expected. Many of the starting tutors get discouraged when they don’t get booked right away. Just like any business, or any freelance work, the beginning is the most difficult part. Yes, your booking rate will be really important since your income will depend on it. But remember, you are still building yourself from the ground up. Having said so, the good thing about working as a Bibo tutor is that you could always get a good booking rate.
When things get tough, don’t give up, and strive harder. You will meet amazing students along the way, and trust me (most tutors can testify to this), you will get regular students, and the booking rate will be the least of your concerns.
The Truth About Cancellations
At all cost, avoid cancellations. This will affect your booking rate. Try to be committed to the schedule you have plotted. Being an ESL tutor is a serious job. Treat it as such. Give respect to your craft, and don’t treat like a menial online job. Invest with your time, and it will be returned. At the end of the day, this is a career no less. Honor your job and always be professional – which involves your presence and attendance.
In summary, when you start teaching, it is best to follow a consistent schedule and to open classes a few days before. Prepare for your first class – this will impress your students. By following these steps, you will have a big chance of getting regular students.
As you go further, you are more entitled to have flexibility in your schedule. However, you should avoid cancellations whatever happens. When problems arise, Teacher Support will be on your side to attend to your problems. In no time all of these tips will help your schedule be as busy as ever. Happy teaching!