How should I prepare for my first lesson?

April 15, 2015

It's important to set off on the right foot when meeting a new client for the first time.

Here's our advice on how to prepare for your first lesson with a brand new client

1. Ask ahead

If you've not already, begin a conversation with the client about what they would like to cover in the lessons. Research and find any materials that might be useful for a first lesson, and bookmark any passages/ sections in any textbooks that you could bring along.

2. Read our advice for new tutors

Tutorfair co-founder Mark Maclaine has written the following post: Advice for New Tutors.

It covers many things to consider before your first meeting with a client, written by someone with over 15 years experience.

3. Arrive early, well presented

Aim to show up a little before the scheduled time. This will factor for any travel delays, and allow you to compose yourself before meeting them for the first time. If you've been rushing, make sure you take a few deep breaths, and that you don't have sweaty palms when you first say hello.

4. Bring a credentials folder

If you have not had your credentials checked by Tutorfair at one of our Fast Track events (i.e. you are not a Verified tutor), we recommend you bring them to your first lesson. Not only will clients expect this, it's a great way to build trust and create a great first impression.

Display documents such as your educational certificates, DBS certificate (if you have one) and a copy of your drivers licence or passport in a folder such as the one below. Here's an example from Rymans - it's something that the best tutors on our site are using already.

5. Smile!

When you say hello for the first time, don't forget to smile. It makes a world of difference

6. Follow up after the lesson

When the lesson is complete, go through what the student has learned, and what they should do for future lessons.

It's best to also follow up with a message sent through your Tutorfair message system, noting down what was covered in this lesson, and what you hope to achieve in any subsequent lessons.

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