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    Susannah

    I think instant tutoring is a great idea.  I think it will really benefit teachers and students.  If one of my regular students cancels their lesson, is there a way for me to offer instant tutoring during that time?  I tried today, but it told me that I couldn't tutor because I had upcoming sessions.  Thanks!

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    EnglishWithDave

    This has good potential, especially for students who don't need much lesson planning.  I'll give it a try.

     

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    Jaime

    Implement e-mail notifications, please

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    Mr. A

    This is another leap for italki but I suggest an e-mail notification for instant tutoring request. I was online the whole day and when I refreshed my page, I found a missed lesson notification. Has anyone experienced the same thing? Thanks.

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    Rodrigo

    I don't know if I would give it a try. This system is not flexible enough. Besides, it does not take into consideration the motives why someone would prefer Instant Tutoring over a regular Session. For example, if I need proofreading for an essay before the deadline, I would probably need instant tutoring. Another thing: it is impossible to be available 24/7. Sooner or later, every teacher will have a timeout. ( Are they supposed to be available during the night?) I would suggest another approach: a badge in the availability schedule, indicating immediate availability if required.

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    juliana

    I like it very much! But maybe because I didn't hear the alarm or my internet is slow, make me to miss a lesson. The time is too short and urgent. But I still feel very glad for instant tutoring.

     

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    juliana

    I worry my internet. At least any teachers would not want to miss their instant tutoring lessons, I hope whether the preparation time could be delayed a little.

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    Mike

    Yeah, these concerns being voiced are the same as I have. I have done one session (as a teacher), but it was quite by chance that I happened to flip back to the iTalki tab on Safari and saw the session. I know that adding notifications can be quite a big job in terms of programming -- so why not just force a pop-up window, which is relatively easy to do I think. One site I know uses a pop-up as a time-out warning. It forces the browser to go back to that tab. Without some system like this that allows teachers to do stuff with iTalki running in the background, they are less likely to stay available to teach, and students are likely to lose faith in teachers here if they keep getting ignored.

    Note that another problem you have is that unless you are actively using the iTalki tab, the system automatically switches to NOT AVAILABLE after a fairly short time. I'm guessing this is what you've done to prevent teachers not noticing -- but a pop-up or some other real-time ping notification would allow more teachers to be on, all the time. Who's kidding who, I would love to do more instant tutoring. But until it can be left running in the background, I don't switch it on very often. 

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    Janine

    On another site where I advertise, I've given my cell phone number and I get a text message when a student makes a request, and another, ten minutes before a class (this timing can be adjusted by me).  Maybe italki could look into this as another way to notify the teacher.

    Best regards,

    Janine

    AmericanEnglishCoach

     

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    Teacher Faith

    What if you will receive two instant tutoring? should I accept the two? and the other one will wait?

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    tracy at italki

    Thanks for all this great feedback, and thanks for helping students on Instant Tutoring! If you have other questions, comments, or suggestions, please send them to teacherhelp@italki.com

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