I am starting to realize my story is vastly different than a lot of people on social media. I have joined quite a few VIPKID facebook pages for tips and advice and I am learning that the number one topic is…
How do I get more bookings?
When I see these posts I never comment because even though I have a great schedule I really don’t know the answer. I also don’t really want to say I worked 148 classes last week. I feel like that is rude when people are really upset about their lack of bookings.
I really don’t know why I have been successful and I know that it can change at any time but I am going to continue to give 110% every class and build my base. I am hoping that I stay busy and that I can save a lot of money doing this.
I am currently working over night all Summer. My current schedule is anywhere from 90-150 classes a week and I am not closing any spots. Once Summer is over I will share my thoughts on working the crazy China Summer schedule but I can sum it up with one word… intense.
But for now, what have I learned about teaching ESL in my first 1000 classes?
I can act out any animal.
TPR (Total Physical Response) can be a workout but necessary to teach online you truly can get your point across with TPR… my street game abroad is going to be stepped up now thanks to VIPKID.
Chinese Education is insane and very regimented.
Introverted children need a calmer more relaxed class vs the over the top videos you might see on YouTube.
You need to be able to read a student’s personality in the first few minutes of class or you will never see them again.
Some parents just might not like your style and you absolutely have to accept that.
ADHD exists in China.
You need to know math to teach English at VIPKID lol
Having fun is so important.
Really while some of these are joking (well actually I am not joking about any of them) the most important thing you have to have is a positive attitude. I also think part of my success is I am very update to date about Chinese education. I read articles, I learn about their standardized tests. I understand what school is like for them and I think that matters. I read so many comments on the groups from people who have ABSOLUTELY no clue about the culture they are teaching and yes I 100% think it affects their bookings. Without a doubt.
I believe to be successful in any job you must understand who you are dealing with whether it be business on wall street or children in China. I really think parents come back to me because I try to teach to their expectations and not my own. (I would have never made it in China… seriously they have homework over the Summer… that they are expected to know BEFORE they go back to school)
I absolutely love my job and it is perfect because it let’s me dive right into a culture every single day. I look into lives of a culture that is vastly different than my own but at the same time very much the same because at the end of the day we are just people. I love that. I love everything about my job and even though I am working 90 hours a week right now I would not change it for a single thing!
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