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First time grind? 6 ways to make your kick-off tutoring session go smoothly

Whether you’re a student starting out as a grind, or a teacher with years of experience in front of a class, your first tutoring session can be a nerve-wracking experience. After all, tutoring is new to you – and you’re new to your student, so there’s a bit of uncertainty on both sides.


But don’t worry – with these tips in your head you’ll sail through your first session and become a tutoring pro in no time.

 1. Meet the parents

The person that’s booked your services will more often than not be the child’s parent or guardian. So it makes sense that they’ll be the person you need to win over first. Make a good first impression on them by taking the time, if they’d like to talk about their child and what they’re hoping to get from tutoring. This might vary from what the child themselves has in mind,. Working with the parents will make your tutoring more successful so listen to them and get them involved – you never know, they might then recommend you to other mums and dads they know.

 2. Do your homework

Homework isn’t just for the children. Turning up at someone’s house without having put some graft in beforehand won’t get things off to a great start. So before you even arrive, you need to know exactly what subject area the parents and child want to focus the tutoring on, the child’s age and the level that they’re at, and what they’re hoping to achieve through tuition (for example, is it to improve confidence, or to pass a specific exam).

 3. Get full marks for presentation

What will the parents and child expect when they open the front door? First impressions matter so don’t turn up straight from the gym or on your way to a night out. You don’t need to dress for a business meeting, just look well turned out and tidy and make sure whatever you’re wearing isn’t a distraction. And don’t be late for your first session: the child might not remember this but the parents definitely will...

 4. Lead the way

You’re in charge – so make sure the child you are tutoring feels guided and knows what to expect. Children who haven’t had grinds before might think it’s like being at school but you’re there to reassure them that this is different – and that you’re there to support them and help them with exactly the areas of the subject they find difficult. Make sure they understand that they don’t need to worry if they have a question or want to stop you and go over something again. Your sessions will be much more successful when the child knows what to expect.

 5. Take it slow

It’s your first session with a new child – and they might not know, but it’s your first session full stop. So make things easy on yourself – and the child – and set the bar a little lower at the beginning. This will help to build the child’s confidence and make it clearer for you to see what level they are at. Once they’re feeling settled in and confident, you can start to push them and set challenges. But if you start at too high a level, they might be overwhelmed but not feel they know you well enough to speak up.

 6. Register on ClassHub

When you start tutoring, the organisational side of things can seem a little overwhelming. You’ll find you have more control and more time to focus on the grinds themselves if you register on ClassHub. Payments are easy to manage – and it’s simple to list the classes you teach, and get booked up. You can also schedule your classes to fit in with your life and engage directly with parents and students.


You’re doing a great job - building confidence, boosting brains and helping create well rounded, happy, curious young people. Good luck!

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