2. Be friendly
3. Enjoy a little small-talk
4. Watch your tone
5. Keeping their priorities in mind
Most parents will be actively involved in their child’s learning activities. Often, you will be asked questions when conversing with a parent for the first time. Some example questions are:
2. What are your qualifications? (often asked indirectly)
3. What is your plan for helping my child?
4. What is your style of teaching?
5. Do you have any references?
appear not confident in front of the parent. Their first impression of you can be the difference between a client
stopping the sessions after the trial lesson or them having sessions fo the rest of the year. The most basic,
rudimentary things yo should keep in mind when meeting a parent for the first time are:
2. Having a firm handshake
3. Speaking confidently
4. Making good eye contact
5. Having open body language
of the session, give them as much of a diagnostic of the student as possible, while still painting the student in a
positive light. Parents love to hear about how well their child is doing, but they also want to hear about the
progress that can be made. Sandwich negative feedback with positive feedback, and leave the parent thinking that
you are the key to making great progress in their child’s education.
about themselves, show them that you care about their well-being and imminent success.
2. Assess their skills – Use the first session as a diagnostic session. Learn where the student is in his or her
progress in the particular subject-matter. Ask them questions about their current position- the most important
feedback you can gain will come from the students themselves.
3. Make a solid impression – Flex your knowledge and experience. Give the impression that you know what you
are doing. The first session can be the deciding factor between them stopping the lessons immediately or
continuing on for the rest of the semester.
of the client. If they say “Everything’s great!”, you can probably expect to be continuing that session. Though if they
are especially critical, take the feedback in stride and do your best to learn and grow as a tutor.
preparation prior to the session may be required. Certainly for upper-level mathematics, such as Calculus, refreshing yourself with the material you are about to teach is a necessity. Talentnook will provide various resources for Talentmasters that they can use to refresh themselves, such as textbooks and online practice. Alternatively, there are many resources online that can be used to prepare.
client to continue scheduling sessions with you. If you are asked a question that you cannot immediately answer,
it will not bode well for the after-session discussion between the child and the parent. You want to display your
expert knowledge in the subject matter. When the parent asks the student “how was the tutoring session”, you
want the child to give as positive of a response as possible.