The first lesson is when a learner and a tutor see if they are a good fit. If you’re a tutor, make sure you’re fully prepared.

  1. Say hi and let them know you’re looking forward to meeting them at the lesson.
  2. Ask them a couple of questions that may help you understand something about them as people and learners. For example, ask them if there are any courses they really liked and what they enjoyed about them. You can also ask them about their hobbies—it might affect the context and references you’ll be providing during the lesson.
  3. You can ask them if they have time for homework. This may affect how you structure your lessons. If you don’t assign homework and think it’s important to mention it straight away, say so.
  4. If a learner needs to prepare something, tell them so in advance. Don’t waste time on this during the lesson. Basic camera and mic check can be one of those things.
  5. You can also kindly remind your learners what space they should preferably use for the duration of the lesson. If having good lighting and no background noise is important to you, let learners know.
  6. Start a lesson by getting to know each other. Tell your learner a bit about yourself. Don’t focus just on your teaching qualifications or achievements. Be friendly and show that you’re a person with your own hobbies and interests.
  7. If your learner is a little shy, use an icebreaker game at the start. Everyone loves games, even adults.
  8. Teach your learners something practical during the very first lesson. Let them feel progress from the get-go. Show them it’s possible and they can do it!