Summer is finally arriving! Which has most people pretty excited… except of course English teachers whose schools close in the summer or who, like us on Fluentify, tend to experience a drop in sessions just because it’s so nice outside that no one wants to stay cooped up in the house. But don’t fret! In today’s article we’re going to go through some tips to help you keep your students engaged during these beautiful summer months.
1. Reach out to old students
One thing you can do to pick up some more new sessions during the summer is reach out to your old students that you haven’t seen in awhile. Many of these probably started doing sessions around January, all pumped about the New Year and English resolutions, and then probably dropped off around March/ April when deadlines got tight. Luckily, most of their projects have been submitted or tests are finally done and they just need a little reminder to get back to their English lessons! Write them a message on Fluentify just to check in and let them know that you’ll be available during the summer for sessions and you’re hoping that they’re still making English progress.
2. Notify about vacation time
Something that makes students panic is going to book a session with their tutor and then seeing that their tutor is no longer on Fluentify. They contact customer service and ask to complete their lessons with another tutor because their tutor ‘disappeared’. Don’t disappear on your students! Make sure to let them know when you’ll be away and when you’ll be back. As an added tip, add a few days of availability for when you come back (before you leave) so that students can book a session, they’ll get the reminder email eventually, and they won’t forget about their English lessons all together!
3. Keep your calendar updated in advance
Speaking of availability, try to update your calendar for as far in advance as possible. Students like knowing when their tutor will be available so that they can structure their sessions into their busy schedules. Having your calendar updated with 4-5 weeks of availability encourages students to book all of their sessions even further in advance meaning they finish their packs (more money for you yay!) and they are able to get closer to their English goals by staying consistent.
4. Set a summer goal
Will your student be traveling abroad for the summer? Or starting a new job in the fall where they’ll need to speak English? In the next two weeks, try to set a summer goal with your students. Have them think about what they’ll be doing for the summer/ fall and where they would like to be with their English by the end of the summer. If this means adding an extra session each week, great! Remind them that taking a summer ‘break’ from English can slow down or reverse the progress they’ve made.
5. Be smart with new students
Luckily, the summer does present us with a whole new set of students who finally have time to work on their English. This motivation can die quickly, however, if they don’t feel encouraged and guided by their tutor. Check out this article on how to structure sessions with new students to make sure that you are doing everything on the checklist. Remember- giving students an idea of how you will structure sessions and suggesting a weekly lesson frequency helps SO much.
6. Review meta-learning strategies
Some of your students might be honest with you about not being able to or not wanting to do sessions during the summer months (especially in August). That doesn’t mean that they’re lost forever! During one of your last sessions together before a break, make sure to review some meta-learning tips with them so that they can keep working on their English outside of your sessions. You can find some great tips in this article. If they all of a sudden disappear, that’s okay too, just set yourself a reminder to send them one meta-learning tip each week to their Fluentify message inbox. This way they won’t forget about you and you’ll still be helping them improve their English until they come back for their sessions in September.
Don’t panic. Once the wonderful weather comes to an end, your students – and a whole bunch of new students- will be back in full force to improve their English and you’ll be swamped with sessions before you know it!