Tutorful is an online market place for tutors and students to meet - we help thousands of students and parents find suitable tutors each week.
Like any similar business where you're working on your own with clients, there will be a time when you'll be meeting new students for the first time. Whilst you don't need to be skeptical of everyone who contacts you, there are a few things you can do to help you stay safe. Here are our top tips for tutors:
Use the Tutorful messaging system
Use the messaging system on the site to your full advantage. If you have any questions for the student be sure to ask via the messaging system and let us at Tutorful know if you have any concerns. While we'd love for every student and tutor relationship to be the perfect match, you don't have to book in a lesson if you don't feel confident about taking on the student. Just let the student know if you're unable to help.
Give the student a call
Once you've booked your lesson and the student has confirmed you'll both receive each others' contact details. Feel free to give your student a call at this point and have a quick chat. This will give you a chance to iron out any finer details together.
Let us Help
If you're still not confident or have any concerns, get in touch with us and we can give the student a call for you. We're always here to help!
Think about the Venue
You may wish to have your first session with a new student in a public place, such as a library or coffee shop, where appropriate. This can be reassuring for both the tutor and the student, as it means you can get to know each other in a neutral setting and then lessons can move to the student or tutor's house later.
Let someone know where you're going.
Take a charged phone with you.
Set up a day time meeting to begin with.
Again, we'd like to stress that tutoring is a great profession and don't want to make you worry. Just be sensible.