How to prepare your first lesson


August 15, 2019

Tutoring can be a tough industry to tackle, which is why we have compiled some of the things we have learnt from our very best tutors over the years, including some top tips from “Supertutor” Mark Maclaine.

Before the lesson

Before your first lesson, find out as much as you can about your student. This includes information such as their exam board, academic year and the topics they need help with.

If you require further information, it might be worth setting up a trial lesson with the parent beforehand (on Tutorfair, you can set this using our custom price feature for a minimum amount of £2.00). You can then discuss their requirements in more depth and if there are any issues/ particular areas you need to be focusing on  to help structure the lesson.

Working Space

Ensure that your lesson is set up in a space with minimal distractions. You can discuss this with parents beforehand to check if meeting in a public space, such as a library, might be more suitable.

If the lesson is taking place in a home, remind the client that the door will need to kept slightly open at all times. This should also provide reassurance for both parties, and therefore, it is important that the room is in a quiet part of the house.

Preparing Materials 

Check with the student prior to the lesson if they have the relevant textbooks and materials for the lesson. If they do not have the correct materials, you can discuss this with them and suggest buying these on their behalf and they can pay you back in the lesson. Do try and leave a paper trail of this agreement in case there are any disputes later regarding this payment. 

It might be a good idea to remind parents to have the materials prepared prior to the lesson to ensure everything runs smoothly. 


This blog is the first in our "How to" series offering expert advice and top tips on how to become a great tutor. For more blogs, visit here.