I mainly tutor A level, some GCSE too. What should we learn from students not wanting to continue lessons with us, and what would be an 'ok' rate of that happening? When a student doesn't want to continue lessons, which is almost always after the first lesson, they usually just don't continue contact, though sometimes they send a polite but uninformative email. I'm wondering what people think are the best lessons to take from this, and how to take lessons from this. Sometimes I know and understand why this happens. Sometimes I didn't do a good job in that first lesson, or other times I don't click socially with the student which makes it a bit boring and formal. Other times I have no idea at all why they don't want to continue. It's hard to know what lessons to draw from this to improve. There isn't really any informative feedback other than the simple fact of a student continuing lessons or not. Sometimes I think maybe I should adjust my teaching style, but then I wonder if it's that style which is enabling me to keep the students who do stay with me, and so changing it could actually be bad. I'm quite an energetic teacher who requires constant engagement, and maybe that's just too intense for some students. Who knows! It's hard to do these calculations without any feedback. Am I right in just thinking that I should just accept that it's normal to lose some students because no one can have a tutoring style which fits everyone? If so, what would be a 'normal' rate at which to lose students? Or, should I aim to be more adaptable? I'd be interested to know what people think about this topic, and also how they think about it.