What are Trial Lessons?
- A good way to give a discounted first lesson to students (italki does not take a commission on trial lessons)
- The minimum amount you can set for a trial lesson is $5.00 in italki Credits. You cannot offer free Trial lessons.
- Optional (you do not have to offer trial lessons)
- 30-minutes long
Setting up trial lessons
Go to your Lessons page. You can get there by Teacher Settings >> Lessons and Availability>>Lesson Management.
- Go to your Lessons
- In the "trial lesson" section click the slider to turn the Status into Available.
- Enter the price
Please do not offer free lessons on italki.
We understand that it is common for offline private teachers or tutors to offer a free first lesson, but we believe that it is best for the italki online teaching community to charge at least a very small fee for the first class. This way, you are also more likely to get "serious" students who are dedicated to learning.
What should I do during a trial lesson?
It is up to you to decide how to structure your trial lessons.
We recommend using them as a way of exchanging introductions and giving a brief teaching demonstration so that both of you can determine whether working together is a good fit.
You might want to ask your student to give you some information before the lesson about their background as a language learner, their level, their reasons for studying a language, and if they have any material in particular that they want to use.
Couldn't complete the trial lesson?
italki Students are only allowed one trial lesson per teacher. But, if your student misses their trial lesson with you, italki staff can replace it. Contact italki support (or advise your student to do this) with the Lesson ID # of the trial lesson.