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Altering my tuition times

Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by KitKat30, Jul 7, 2018.

  1. KitKat30

    KitKat30 New commenter

    Hi there. I give 1:1 dyslexia tuition to primary school students, most of whom have been with me for over a year, and I anticipate that all of them will be coming back in September. Owing to my little boy finishing school 15 minutes later in September, I would like to re-time my tuition slots accordingly, otherwise it will be quite a rush to get home and ready for my students in time, although I could keep my present times at a pinch. I mentioned this to the parent of one of my students, who immediately raised an objection that she could not come 15 minutes later because that was her child's tea time. I therefore backed down. But having given the matter more thought, I nevertheless feel that I need to do it, even if I lose a student or two in the process.

    I am wondering whether I should let parents know now, or wait until September and inform them say a week or two before lessons start again. I want to be fair to parents, but I'd feel more secure in just agreeing a re-start date with them following their last lesson this term and tackling the new timings nearer the start of term. Are there any other tutors out there who have made similar changes?
  2. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    I would let them know now.
    I know how I personally react to any kind of unexpected news - I never take it well. But that wears off over hours, days or weeks depending as I assimilate whatever it was. If you tell them now, they have chance to plan around it.
  3. langteacher

    langteacher Occasional commenter

    Tell them now
    If you lose a few you have time to find new ones
    The vast majority have been flexible with me and some have changed times or days to fit in with me when I've gained a new student or whatever
    I wouldn't lose any sleep over someone who can't alter tea time by 15 minutes
    sparkleghirl likes this.
  4. KitKat30

    KitKat30 New commenter

    Many thanks for your replies. This has really helped clarify my thinking, and I have contacted all my parents this afternoon (hopefully not spoiling their enjoyment of the football too much).
  5. frustum

    frustum Lead commenter

    Contacting them this term is sensible, and hopefully any who have a problem will be able to come back to you and you can see if a swap is possible. There's bound to be the odd complication - maybe teatime on that day can't be any later because a sibling has cubs after tea, or something like that, but they might be happy to swap to another day. It sounds as if you're full, so replacing any you do lose shouldn't be a huge problem.

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