It’s been weeks since I’ve posted about VIPKID. Thanks for your patience. This isn’t an update–I’ll do one of those next time for my 1 year anniversary! OMG.
Today, I wanted to share my thoughts on Short Notice bookings.
To make some extra cash for doing the exact same amount of work, I’ve started opening more Short Notice bookings. In an effort to keep this simple and to the point, here’s a list of Pros and Cons.
Pro: An Extra $2
An obvious pro, and let’s face it, the ONLY reason anyone would do this. Two dollars isn’t life changing and might not seem worth it, but consider this. If you book just one short notice class a day, and you work six days a week, that’s an extra $48 a month–for working the same amount! This is doable. I had five short notice classes last Friday alone.
Con: You Can Lose Money
Keep in mind, this is a gamble. If you decide to wait to open slots until the day before, you risk them not booking at all. So instead of gaining an extra two bucks, you lose that AND what you would’ve made for the class. I do not recommend doing this until you already have a pretty full schedule. And I would definitely start small. Try one slot a day, at different times a day, and see how that works out. Then the next week, do a few more. Have I lost money? Absolutely. But by the end of the month, I made more than I would’ve without any SN. Continue reading
Consider this Part 2 of VIPKID Vibes: So…You Want a Dino
The VIPKID Store is here!
You may want to open more slots to pay for this swag. 🙂
If you’ve been wanting a Dino, it’s your lucky day! For $20, he’s all yours. Or $30 if you want the bigger size!
Or maybe you’re looking for a Dog Dino? They have him too. $25.
They even have the coveted Dino puppet. Get one for $20.
I hit a milestone today. Behold:
Actually, I’m up to 1005 now, but that title didn’t have quite the oomph I wanted.
Despite having taught so many classes, I still feel very much like a newbie. I learn something new every day.
I’m here to share my top 3 tips for being a successful VIPKID teacher.
I’ve been with VIPKID for 216 days now, and let me tell you, it’s still a struggle every day. Every. Day.
I’ve always hated getting up in the morning. It’s painful in every sense of the word. You’d think after a certain period of time, my body would adjust and it wouldn’t be so bad, but that has yet to happen. Why not go to sleep earlier? Seems simple enough. But it doesn’t matter. I can get 8 hours of sleep and I feel the same as I do with 5 hours. I don’t understand it.
Hello, VIPKID teachers! Perhaps you can relate to these?
The moment when…you have two minutes left and ten slides to go.
The moment when…the kiddo says “I’m fine” when you ask “How old are you?”
The moment when…you get sweet feedback from a parent.
Happy Teacher Tuesday! Just a quick update this week…
After 241 5 apple reviews, I received a 4 apple. The reason I even mention this is to let you know that when it does happen to you–and it will, eventually–it’s going to be OK. Yes, it will sting and bruise your ego a bit. And seeing your 5.00 average drop to 4.99 is tough to look at. But it’s actually not that big a deal.
A four is still good. It’s even labeled “Good” so there’s nothing to feel upset about.
What is hard to deal with is not knowing why. There have been plenty of classes when I’ve thought, if there was ever a 4 apple class, that was it! This class, however, went fine. Or so I thought. But the parent left no tags and no message, so I have no clue what she didn’t like about it.
Don’t let a four apple review bother you too much. Don’t dwell on it. Just move on. If you feel like you had a good class, that’s all you can do, right? Keep doing what you’re doing.
UPDATE: Feeling down about 4 apples? Retail therapy helps. Buy yourself something:
VIPKID Vibes: Newbie Teacher Essentials (and Wishlist Items!)
If you have yet to apply, go for it! If there’s anything I can help you with, let me know! Here’s my referral code if you choose to use it. Thanks!
Thanks for spending some time here. Happy teaching!
Happy Teacher Tuesday! I can’t believe it’s October. Then again, I say that every month.
Here are my stats:
I thought I’d use this week to share five thoughts as I begin my sixth month with this company.
-At this point, my schedule is pretty solid. I’m teaching six classes a day, 7 AM, EST to 10 AM. Most days are full. If I have an open slot, chances are it’s 9:30. I’m sharing these stats because I want people to know the importance of patience. Yes, my numbers are good, but it took me SIX MONTHS to get here. “Here” meaning, a consistent schedule that I’m comfortable with. If you’re new, give it time. And always remember, everyone’s journey is different. So amazingly different.
-I’m still trying to decide whether or not to take Sundays off. I was all set to do this, and then they offered that incentive for opening slots every day. I wasn’t about to pass up an extra fifty bucks. But still, my ultimate goal is to take Sundays off. Continue reading
By the time this is posted, I will have taught 542 classes. It is day 160.
I am very fortunate. And I don’t take my numbers for granted. Everyone’s journey is different with this company, and while I started pretty slowly–by my own standards–these days I’m pretty much fully booked. And fully grateful.
So what is this unexpected problem?
Too many classes.
This morning, I taught my 413th class with VIPKID. It’s hard to believe. Here are ten things I’ve learned along the way.
Some classes last 7 minutes. Some last about 70.
I have a few students who I just love. I look forward to seeing them, and class is a blast. Or I meet a new student who is just all around awesome. Maybe they want to talk to you about their day. Maybe they want to show you something they made. These are the seven minute classes. Then, there are classes that feel never-ending. This could be for one of several reasons: the kid is misbehaving, the kid is mute, the lesson is super boring/difficult, the kid is super slow and you have another class to get to. Point being, rarely does a class actually feel like 25 minutes. (27-29 if you’re me. I can NEVER finish at 25.)
Completely opposite reactions to the same reward is totally normal.
I love doing rewards! Some teacher don’t like them, or they don’t even bother with them. But I must say, I love matching rewards to the student’s interests–once you find out what they like–or matching to the lesson topic. I like creating rewards too. As it turns out, sometimes I am much more excited about the reward than the student. There are some students who just do not smile. They show no emotion despite the reward, whatever it may be. And that’s OK. Because the next kid you show that reward to is going to love it. I’m always curious to see the reactions. You never know what to expect.