As an online language teacher, it's crucial to make the most of your time, especially during non-paid trial lessons. Here are some tips to help you effectively win students during these trial lessons:
Set Clear Expectations: Communicate to potential students that the trial is an opportunity for them to assess your teaching style and for you to understand their learning needs, but it's not a full lesson.
Begin the trial lesson by engaging in a friendly conversation. Ask about their interests, motivations for learning the language, and their previous learning experiences. Building a personal connection can make students more comfortable and inclined to continue with your lessons. During the trial, focus on showcasing your personality and the benefits of your lessons. But remember that the student should talk more than you. My tip: Have a list of questions to ask in the trial lesson; you won´t forget anything important.
Set Next Steps: At the end of the trial lesson, discuss what the student can expect from your paid lessons. Outline your teaching methods, resources you provide, time when you work, and payment options. My tip: ask for personal contact, especially if the trial lesson is conducted on some teaching platform. It can be an e-mail or WhatsApp number.
Plan Next Lesson: Whenever possible, make arrangements for the next lesson without delay, avoiding postponement to the following day. My tip: Instead of asking students if they want to schedule the next lesson, ask them if they'd like to start either this week or next week. This way, you don't give them the chance to say "no."
By following these steps, you can make non-paid trial lessons more efficient and increase your chances of converting interested individuals into loyal paying clients.