We are continuing our improve your tutor business series this week. This week it’s all about increasing your revenue. Here are the links to the past articles in case you missed them.
Remember – even if you’re just starting a tutor business, these tips will help.
It is the nature of the business that you will lose some students. It’s just how things work. If you tutor Jr. High they graduate to High School. You tutor High School Math and they graduate to College. This isn’t about those types of situations. This is about a student that you get, that has a couple of years with you. We’ve provided you with some tips below so you can keep them.
1. Communicate. From your first tutor session you should be communicating with the parents. This helps you figure out what you’re doing right and what you need to work on. Ask them what you can do better.
2. The Student – sometimes it is a difficult task to get the student to not dread coming to the tutor sessions. I’m not saying that all of your sessions have to be fun, but if they moan, groan and complain before every tutor session, pretty soon there Mom isn’t going to want to hear it anymore. It’s hard to teach this because I think it is an art. My advice would be to figure what makes the child tick, what they like, and try to work your tutoring around that. I had a student once who loved Magic the Gathering. A card game. I used this as incentives for him. If he made 90% or greater on quizzes during our sessions I would give him new cards. His Mom asked why her child was begging to come and learn and why he was asking when was the next session. Consequently he went on to win the Math award in his class. I like to start each session with a bit of conversation with the child. What they did the past week etc., and end the session this way.
3. Cancellations – when someone decides to cancel, you need to meet with them to figure out what happened. One note is you cannot please everyone… don’t try or you will be miserable. Just find out why they cancelled and ask yourself could you have stopped it from happening. If not… then don’t worry about it and move on.
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