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Contacting ‘suggested students’

Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by Kat100Kat, Sep 26, 2018.

  1. Bethbee100

    Bethbee100 New commenter

    Has anyone had any success from sending messages to suggested students on the tutor website ( don’t want to mention the name as thread may be removed) ?

    I have spaces to fill and I’m not getting any interest at the moment. However, I can see there are ‘suggested students’ looking for a tutor in my area. I’m not sure whether to send messages or not. Do some parents sign up to the website so that tutors will contact them or do tutors always have to wait to be contacted by parents?

    I haven’t advertised anywhere else and rely solely on this website at the moment.

    Any advice appreciated.
  2. sabram86

    sabram86 Occasional commenter

    Very rarely. To the point it never seems to be worth the effort, so I no longer do it.
  3. BG54

    BG54 Occasional commenter

    In the past I've sent a PM a couple of times to such contacts but never had a reply so as above I no longer bother.
  4. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    I wouldn't, I'd wait for them to contact me.
  5. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    I did do this when I first joined the website quite a few years ago. I only got one reply to say they already had a tutor. It's probably not worth the effort as they will contact you if genuinely interested and it might make you seem a bit desperate to get students.
  6. David Getling

    David Getling Lead commenter

    Definitely not! Students (and their parents) need to realise that if they are lucky enough to find a good tutor then, if that tutor decides to take them on (s)he is doing them a massive favour. As such, it is up to them to diligently read prospective tutor's profiles carefully. Only the useless and desperate chase after students: if any are impressed by tutors making the first move then more fool them.
  7. Bethbee100

    Bethbee100 New commenter

    Ok, thanks for the advice. I’d probably feel a bit awkward contacting the suggested students anyway. It’s just a bit frustrating not having as many students as I’d like when I think there are plenty of potential students near me. Do you think I should put a small ad in the windows of local shops or maybe the library?
  8. doctoryes

    doctoryes Occasional commenter

    I do sometimes search the profiles of potential students close to me. If they are serious they will receive a message that you have viewed their profile and contact you back.
    However there are a lot of inconsiderate clients who post that they are looking for a tutor and give practically no information about themselves. My advice would be to avoid such clients.
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  9. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    There are already several threads which give ideas about ways to advertise as a tutor so I suggest you have a look at some of those.
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  10. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    if you mean T. H., @Kat100Kat, I have tried clicking on the 'additional students; but I cannot recall getting anything back from them.

    I had one joker yesterday, who wondered if I would tutor two students for £10 -12!
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  11. decj

    decj New commenter

    I've picked up pupils by contacting 'suggested students' Most don't reply though.:(
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  12. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    What I do is tag them and view their ad and often they then later contact me., if they happen to be looking. Adjust your search criteria to tutors who have logged in most recently. But there is no harm in emailing them if you want to, I just wouldn’t do it with all the parents as then you would get the reputation of being needy and therefore, by wrong deduction, not as ‘ in demand’ as you should be. Mad, really, as it’s such a commercial market now, but there you go. It’s all a bit down to fate and chance. It can work, especially for eleven plus at this time of year. I think there are certain flash points in the tuition calendar when, if you are low on students or one has just ended their course, you can pick up a fair few. September and October being the main two months! But I think the bit ways are to be vouched for to new sets of parents by existing ones, or be offered the chance to coach a younger sibling. So enjoy your frees while you have them, as you may suddenly find yourself inundated this time next year!
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  13. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    Before contacting the 'suggested students', it is worth looking at their profiles to see when they were last on the T H website, as some of them can be months, or years, old.
  14. Bethbee100

    Bethbee100 New commenter

    I think I may view the profiles of students, and as you say they may later contact me. I’m primary so I’m wanting the eleven plus students. I’ve only advertised on the one website so it’s just a case of waiting for students to find me. Fingers crossed you’re right about next year. Would love to be inundated!
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  15. Bethbee100

    Bethbee100 New commenter

    Thanks JR, that’s a good point. I’ll check to see when the suggested students were last logged on before I view profiles.
  16. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    All you have to do is get good results this year. I am also targeting that age group. Lovely, mostly.
  17. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

  18. Joseph.John

    Joseph.John New commenter

    I would say go ahead and contact suggested students especially if they are not too far away. Also try not to be a one trick pony. Get signed up to other websites because a different website may have other interested students for you.
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  19. Joseph.John

    Joseph.John New commenter

    In general I agree with your point but when you are down in numbers then you need to put more effort in to get the numbers up and that could mean going out of your way to keep numbers high. The more students you have the better you become as a Tutor and the more students you attract. Good luck.
  20. Kateray1

    Kateray1 Occasional commenter

    Yeah I get good responses then they don’t bother signing up. I’m not doing this anymore as I’m not not desperate!

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