VIPKID Vibes: FAQ for Newbies, Part 1

Now that I’m on my 3rd contract for VIPKID, I figured I have enough knowledge to make a FAQ post. I’ll start with the most common questions I see from new teachers.


What is the flower icon on my profile?

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On the teacher app, you’ll see a flower beside your name. This is the number of followers you have.

What does that mean? A parent can “follow” a teacher and be notified when you open slots. As far as I know, that’s the point.

Can you see who is following you? No.

Does your follower count affect your bookings? I haven’t really noticed a difference, to be honest.

What is that other icon? The things that looks like a v in a circle is the number of tokens you have. Which brings me to…


How do I earn tokens?

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Hutong challenges! Which aren’t “challenges” at all. They consist of clicking links, skimming information, or typing a quick response to a question. And while they aren’t worth many tokens, they do add up.

Parent feedbacks. For every 5 apple rating you receive, you earn tokens.

Attending workshops. I haven’t done a workshop in a while, but I believe you earn 4 tokens?

Random incentives. When I renewed my contract, I got 100 tokens. Sometimes they have surveys in exchange for tokens.

Why are my tokens in different places?

I’m not sure why they haven’t streamlined this, but the tokens you earn from Hutong challenges are kept separate from those in the portal. In the Hutong, you’ll need to click on Rewards and do an exchange. They’ll move your tokens (by 100 or 500) to the portal.


What are the tokens for anyway?

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VIPKID Vibes: Mastering the Short Notice Game

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

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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

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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

VIPKID Vibes: 1000 Classes!

I hit a milestone today. Behold:

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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.

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VIPKID Vibes: The Unfortunate 4 Apple Rating

Happy Teacher Tuesday! Just a quick update this week…

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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.

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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!

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Thanks for spending some time here. Happy teaching!

VIPKID Vibes: 500 Classes and an Unexpected Problem

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.

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VIPKID Vibes: After 400 classes, this is what I’ve learned…

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.

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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.

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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.

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VIPKID Vibes: Reasons Why You Should Translate Your Feedback

There’s been some debate on whether or not to plug your feedback in a translator before submitting. For one thing, it takes time –time we’re not paid for. It’s an extra step.

But.

Since day one, I have used Google Translate to check my feedback. And if you read the following examples, you’ll see why I urge you to do the same. Continue reading

VIPKID Vibes: Treading Lightly in Facebook Groups (Plus a Day 48 Update!)

Facebook groups house a wealth of knowledge. I can’t tell you how many quick answers to questions I’ve found just by searching in these groups–namely the newbie group, and that’s the one I’m focusing on here. Literally anything you have a question about, someone else has asked it too, and you’ll find out what you need.

Besides being a giant FAQ headquarters, there are ideas after ideas for backgrounds, props, reward systems, tips for particular lessons/levels, you name it. People are more than willing to share documents they’ve made of organizers, or images you can print for props or rewards.

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I also love reading about others’ classes. Just a short clip of a lesson or a “hey, guess what happened to me” story. It gives such insight for those of us who haven’t taught many classes–almost a “this will be you one day” kind of feeling.

For these reasons, Facebook groups are amazing.

However.

Some people treat Facebook as a giant vent session where they make every issue the worst possible scenario in their lives or to complain for the sake of complaining.

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Hang on. I will admit, I did post about the interactive lessons for level two, and it may be considered a vent. I was merely saying how I didn’t think there was much content there. I’m referring to the chronic venters. You know exactly what I’m talking about, right?

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VIPKID Vibes: Where are the Kiddos? Day 41 Check-in

Today marks my forty-first day as a VIPKID teacher. As of right now…

I’ve taught 6 classes and 5 students.

One of those was a trial.

Two were interactive lessons.

Two were short notice.

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My stats aren’t anything to brag about, but that’s actually part of why I choose to share them with you. And why I started posting my experience in the most honest way I can. Listen, people want referrals to make money, so they often only share the pros of VIPKID. Someone who is trying to get you to sign-up isn’t going to tell you that you may not teach your first class for a month. Know what I mean?

Except for me. Yes, I’ll tell you that. You may not teach your first class for a month. You may not teach another one for a month after that.

There is a great misconception about this company. How much you make, your hours, etc. You probably have heard enticing lines like, “I can set my own hours” (true, you open the time slots you want),  or “I decide when I want to work” (actually, no, you don’t. Parents do.) or “I can work when I want to” (again, no, you’ll work when a parent books you.). So I want you to know this upfront.Related image

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