If you are reading this blog, then Congratulations as you may already be offered a demo class with parent or have been shortlisted. Whether you have been tutoring for long or are just getting into it, let’s face it, a demo class is always a bit nerve wrecking. How will it go, will student/parent like your style of teaching, will you deliver your teaching, and more importantly will you get the opportunity to continue with follow on lessons are some of the questions flooding your mind through-out.
Here are some cool tips from Parhai Likhai team (and in no particular order) to help with the important day: -
Confirm tuition arrangements
Confirm tuition arrangements such as timing and day of the lesson, length of the lesson, where will you deliver the lesson (student’s home, your home, online etc) as early as possible. Remember to book the time in your diary. Traffic in Pakistan and particularly in Karachi/Lahore during peak hours could become a real blocker so plan your journey appropriately. It’s better to be 5 minutes early than to be 10 minutes late.
Preparation ,Preparation, Preparation. Nothing beats the preparation. Find out from parent/student as much as you can about what subject and topic is and in particular what exactly they want to get out of the demo lesson. Find out and review the syllabus for relevant year group before-hand and ensure that you have good idea of what key learning objectives are desired. Work out what will you deliver through the lesson and your strategy? Remember 3P.
Establish rapport with your student
Introduce yourself, tell them your background, qualifications, any relevant experiences. It will help in establishing rapport with your student and puts them at ease. Remind your student to freely ask anything about the subject and the topic, after all they are engaging you in a private capacity to get the dedicated and focused attention towards their learning needs.
Listen to your student
As much as you are keen to deliver your teaching goals that you have set yourself, it is equally important that you understand your student. Listen to what they have to say. Use open ended questions to find out what their experience at school or college has been like, what style or methods did or did not work for them. What they feel may work for them? This is really great insight into them and will help you improvise and adapt your style accordingly if needs be.
Do not fall into the trap of ‘too much introduction’ and ‘chit chat’ is good
Ensure that demo is actually more like a lesson than a long introduction meeting in a cafe.
Be mindful that you must leave the lesson with having given as much good understanding about your teaching methods, techniques and skill as much as about introducing yourself. Be friendly with the student but remain professional at all time and if needs be, spend a bit more time to ensure that you have delivered your teaching goals.
Replay learning achievements (teaching goals)
Get Student to confirm through each learning objective/milestone completion of what you have taught them. Get them to replay back the learning or the concept you delivered to them and assess if it has been successful or not. Be prepared to adapt and change your method/style if needs be. Replaying will also instil a degree of confidence in your student as well and get them to become more comfortable in your presence.
Be prepared to give some homework and handy tips
Before finishing the lesson, encourage student to put some offline efforts in getting to know the topic and the subject more. Give them some tips. There is so much on the internet or in the text books, guide them where to look for more study material. If possible, give them some exercises or tests so that they can practice.
Have 10/15 minutes feedback conversation with concerned parent
Find out from parent/student how they felt towards the end of the lesson and if they would like to give you any feedback. Be prepared to let them know (in as professional manner as possible) how you would like to structure future lessons around the student’s needs. Show them how much you managed to understand the student needs and how you are planning to help them.
We hope that you would have found above tips useful. Please feel free to leave us some comments of what you think and/or if you have any handy tips then let us know.