I gained my first two regular students last week, and both were through networking.
First, on Monday, I forwarded my teaching advertisement and rates to David, an engineering student from Mexico. He forwarded them to a classmate, who forwarded them to her friend taking English classes at the university’s language center.
We were introduced two hours later, and she signed up for 10 hours over the next 5 weeks. I was excited and nervous, though as I write this, I am happy to report with 3 hours already completed, things are running smoothly.
We hold class outside on the school’s campus which should work well until we get caught in the rain!
My second student is Rodrigo’s sister. He had previously mentioned she would be interested, however it wasn’t until last Friday that we actually met to talk about classes for the first time.
She began working at EAFIT after graduating with a degree in Economics. I can already tell I will enjoy working with her. She was interested in my biggest program – 50 hours.
I received a voicemail and a call from two guys who I believe were responding to my advertisements, however both spoke only in Spanish, so I didn´t understand what was being said to me.
I am probably better off sticking with intermediate students in the beginning anyways.