How do I gain loyal students from the first lesson?

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    Bronwyn Conlon

    These are great suggestions, but honestly sometimes the student just won't respond before that first class...! I literally had my very first Conversation Practice lesson today and messaged the student twice in the preceding days to try and get some more information about his goals, level, etc and I got nothing back from him! So it was just a case of launching the call today and hoping for the best...! Thankfully it went well, but I honestly think that it's possible he simply didn't understand the messages I was sending to ask for more info... In that case, he wouldn't be able to respond to them anyway... 

    I think the clarity before a class begins is going to be a bit of a hit and miss game... Some students will respond, some won't... We'll just have to be prepared either way... Xxx

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    Mika

    I've experienced the same thing as Bronwyn - sometimes students don't reply before the class. Even if there is a response, a lot of students only superficially fill out the contact form (it's still useful for me to gauge somethings about a student) so the first lesson is always just a getting-to-know-them/ breaking-the-ice kind of conversation. I've found that people open up more about their needs and desires with the language learning journey during the conversation, as opposed to, through messages. 

    The trial lesson option is a good option. If a student doesn't have any trial lessons left, I still make sure that their first lesson with me is a 30-minute lesson. If they book an hour, for example, I decline the request and send them a message with the reason. Most students immediately book a 30-minute lesson instead. 

    I 100% think that a 30-minute conversation is better than a pre-planned lesson. But that may be because that is what works for me and my students.

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    Guyomar

    The advice doesn't match up to my experience. Usually, when a new student books a lesson, they don't send me any message at all. In the past, I followed up, asking them about their experience with the language, their goals --- and often got no response at all. It's been my experience that students do NOT see it as going the extra mile, don't really appreciate it and would prefer just to spend 5 minutes of the first meeting talking about these things. I would prefer to know more about the student ahead of time because it helps me prepare better, but it seems that most students don't feel a need to communicate their needs ahead of time.

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    Leslie

    It would be nice if students had unlimited trials. Teachers set the trial prices anyway so it doesn't make much sense to limit it to only three. A limit to one per teacher would make more sense. 

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