Hope you are enjoying your week. It’s still hot here with no hopes of cooling down anytime soon. It was cool in April and scorching in June… so who knows what July will have in store for us. I guess that’s one of the things that makes life exciting, we never know exactly what’s around the corner.
The incentive we’ve been offering for our tutoring guide has been going well. It is limited to 6 more folks. You get the current building your tutoring business guide and an additional guide in August that will show you how to expand your tutoring business by offering online services (and it isn’t as costly as you think). Only a few days more.
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—>> Advice – As promised we’re going to talk some about client retention. I believe that you have two people you’re going to have to win over (and keep won over). The parents and the student. Today we’ll begin with some tips for the parents, we should conclude those next time, and then we’ll talk about the students.
Retention with the parents starts at the initial interview with the parent. We give you some good guidelines in our guide about how exactly to conduct the interview, but here are some additional thoughts.
Expectations – If during the interview the parent makes it clear that they want their child to make straight A’s in 6 weeks and currently they are making D’s and F’s that is an unrealistic expectation. When you start is a great time to explain exactly how things work and how much improvement they can expect. They should of course expect some improvement because that’s what they’re paying you for, you will need to give them some guidelines on what they should expect.
The Parents role – many parents think that you will be the person that will assist your child with their homework when you tutor them. You’ll want to explain that isn’t the real reason you’re tutoring the child. Your job is to help them learn how to do the math or understand the concepts, review things etc. Again making sure they know this during the initial interview helps everyone begin on the same page.
You certainly should be monitoring how the students are doing with their homework. You should be monitoring all their grades. If possible ask the student to bring all their work for you to review. This lets you record the grades and allows you to have a better idea of exactly where the child is during the grading period.
—>> Tutor Tips – tips for teaching test taking skills – things to teach during the Summer.
More test taking skills
Some other ideas for Summer include: studying for ACT, SAT, preparing for a particular class (works really well for high school students (ex. prep for Calculus). Reviewing things the student had trouble with during the previous school year (review their report cards if they’re a new student, if they’re an old student you should already have a list of things they need help with).
—>>Â Business Help – As promised here is a free ebook (with video links) on how to build a website). Even if you aren’t thinking about building a website yet, it is still a useful pdf to save for future reference. You can download the file here –
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