So when I first started researching VIPKID I knew a few things based on searches.
A: The interview process was tedious
B: Even after going through all of that you have no guarantee of getting booked.
So once I was hired I was still stressed out that I would never get bookings. I
wanted needed this to be my full time job and I need the valuable experience in order to get teaching jobs abroad.
So to be honest I was expecting to wait a month or two before I even got a class but even with that mindset I still opened up every single time slot, you know just in case someone actually wanted to book me.
The first two days I didn’t have a single class… then suddenly I was booked two trial classes… I was excited I was going to FINALLY teach a class so I got up 6 am got myself super pumped up and excited to teach and both NO showed.
Side note: When I was booked those two classes I was frantically searching how to teach trial classes… I had no clue those even existed when I first started out. I will share my tips about trial classes soon!
Another side note: trial class no shows you only get paid half and I remember thinking yeah… I am going to have to start putting applications in places because well you know… bills and money.
So I waited and then suddenly I was booked more trial classes and I taught my first class 4 days after opening up time slots.
Then my first Friday overnight came and I taught 15 trial classes. In fact, I taught my favorite kid that day (he is still with me and I teach him 3 days a week) granted about half no showed but half showed up. I was still wary at this point because even at this rate I was not going to make enough to support myself.
I had pretty busy Saturday with trial classes that weekend as well.
Then I had 6 trial classes sign up and I received the sign up bonus and VIPKID threw me more trial classes the following week and I experienced my first booking frenzy.
What is the booking frenzy? Mondays at 10 am (Beijing Time) VIPKID opens up the schedule for parents to book teachers. The highly sought after teachers will often report getting booked solid within minutes.
I had opened up 100% of my spots again and was shocked to see 8 people booked me for major course that week. I was also booked quite a few trial classes. 2 of the major course kids were kids I had taught trial classes to the previous weekend.
Side note: You will often hear teachers complain about trial classes. NOT ME. I take that class and I throw 800% in to it because if they like me they will remember me and book me. In fact, I will say 85% of the regulars I have came from a trial I taught. They are very important if you wanted a booked schedule.
I had 51 classes booked that first full week with VIPKID. That included opening up every day with short notice bookings and working Friday and Saturday overnight.
I am not going to give you a break down of my weekly booking numbers because that would be very boring but I will flash forward to this week which is the week that I hit 90 days with VIPKID.
I am booked for 81 classes this week & that is with me shutting down over 100 spots over the course of the week to catch up on some much needed sleep. I am officially at 40 hours a week which is where I wanted to be. This does not include any last minute bookings I might get.
So why did I get booked when other teachers who started around the same time as me are still waiting for their 20th class?
I think it is because of a couple of things… granted VIPKID doesn’t have any published data and some teachers will tell you it is random and just takes time… but after talking to the teachers who received a lot of bookings right off this is what I have gathered.
- I was certified for level 2 & 3 and trial classes.
Simply put lower level students require a LOT of energy and a lot of people do not have or want this certification. A lot of the people who are complaining about lack of bookings carry a level 4 or higher certification and do not have any beginner level certifications. You will eventually get bookings with a level 4 or higher, but I have found most students at this level have a regular teacher they love. I have exactly 4 regular level 4 students and 0 regular level 5 students. The regular 4’s found me when they needed another teacher for one class and I managed to win them over BUT they do still go to other teachers from to time so they are not 100% committed to me. I have yet to receive a level 5 booking that wasn’t a trial. While I know a lot of people do not want to teach younger students I think it is crucial at least at first to suck it up and teach 7 year old children. Once you get established with older students and classes a lot of people will drop their level 2 and 3 tag. I love teaching younger kids and just received my Pre-VIP tag, I personally think younger students are SO much fun and learn much faster. Plus they keep my schedule busy.
2. I opened my schedule up 100% that first week AND second week and if I am going to be honest every week since starting at VIPKID.
When I was researching bookings one of the tips I read was to open up as many spots as you physically can that first week of working. Even if it means you get less sleep. I figured what the hell I wasn’t working so why not? I know a lot of people work full time jobs and opening up 100% is impossible but simply put that is not the case for me. If you can manage overnights on your couple days off I really think it will benefit you.
VIPKID is going to throw you trials when you first start (if you carry the certification) and if you have more spots available the more trials you can get. Trial conversion is also a thing so give it 800% believe me if you act like you do not want to be there it will show and the parents will no re-book you.
I still leave my schedule open 100% for the booking frenzy. Once that frenzy is over I look at my schedule and I may make adjustments to give me a random night off or if I have a trip coming up I won’t and take the last minute bookings especially since now it is Summer and every day is about to be peak time.
So what are my stats in my first 90 days?
608 classes taught
15,200 minutes of teaching
329 Students Taught
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