It’s all in the preparation
For just over 12 years I was married to a perfectionist.
We would move into a house that needed updating and he would set to work. He would spend hours preparing each room ready for him to decorate. I would be eager to get on with the stuff that showed rather than the bits that no one would ever see.
Yet when he had finished the room would be amazing, there wouldn’t be an imperfection anywhere. He always said it was the preparation that made all the difference.
Tutoring can also benefit from this logic.
There will always be a dramatic difference in the quality of a lesson between someone who turns up and bluffs their way through the hour and someone who has planned the lesson in advance, taken the time to prepare resources which are relevant to the child’s learning style, interests and needs.
If you ant to grow a successful tutoring business it will always be the tutor who is better prepared that will impress the parents more.
This will be the tutor whose reputation will grow quicker.
The tutor who has put more effort in will always see the benefits. They will be the ones who carry out a lesson where the imperfections are difficult to see.
This preparation can start long before you ever meet the family though. Think about who that person is that you want to tutor and when you are creating the marketing (Facebook posts, blogs, images, etc) for your business talk to that person. Think about the type of language you need to use, think about the type of image you need to create to capture their attention.
Be careful though not to get too caught up in the planning. The preparation that you never start the implementation of the action.
Below is the outline of the lesson plan that I use. Feel free to edit and use it as you see fit.