What are Trial Lessons?
Trial lessons are a way to learn how to use the italki system. They give you a chance to see the whole picture of what the italki experience is like at a discounted price. Trial lessons will help you get used to the payment process, the scheduling system, and how to confirm a completed lesson.
Each user has three trial lessons that they can use to try out italki. You can use 1 trial lesson per teacher, and you can use them whenever you’d like. You do not need to use them all at once, trial lessons do not expire.
The purpose of offering trial lessons is to give a way for students to get to know the system, not a way to get to know the teachers. If you are on the fence about a teacher, we would recommend researching feedback about the teacher from previous students, and watching their introduction video.
However, if something happens and your trial lesson gets cancelled, you can contact italki support with the lesson ID # of the canceled lesson, and we'll reactivate it for you.
What is the difference between a professional lesson and informal tutoring?
If you are new to learning a language, we recommend booking a professional lesson and learning from a professional teacher. A professional teacher can provide you a structured learning plan and lead you through the learning process. However, if you are an experienced learner and already know what topics you need to focus on or want to learn through informal conversation, we recommend you talk with a community tutor. Professional lessons also tend to be more expensive than informal tutoring as well, due to the teachers being certified professionally.
What is a package?
Packages are a guaranteed set of lessons that you purchase from the teacher. Packages are good for both students and teachers for the following reasons:
- Packages are designed so that you can schedule many lessons at one time. This makes it easier for teachers and students by not having them schedule each lesson individually.
- Most teachers offer a discount to students who purchase packages. It's good for students -- they get a cheaper price. It's also good for teachers who can get guaranteed lesson volume.
If you're not sure about buying a package, then continue with scheduling individual lessons. Packages are offered as an option because many students and teachers want a way to purchase and schedule multiple lessons at once.
Packages are great when you've found a teacher that you really like and want to schedule multiple, on-going lessons with the teacher, often at a discounted rate!