What information should I include in my teaching introductions?
When you write your Teaching Introductions, no matter where you include this information, it is important that you can answer the following 10 questions to get the best response from students:
- What kind of teacher are you, and what experience, qualifications, or certifications do you have?
- What are your class topics or specialties? What tests or exams can you help students prepare for?
- What are your classes like? How should a student decide which class to request?
- What type of student are you looking for?
- What type of students have you worked with before?
- What (if anything) will you provide for your students?
- What (if anything) do you require from your students? Any particular materials or software?
- How will you conduct your sessions? On Skype or other software? Video and audio, or just audio?
- Do you offer trial sessions or any other special deals?
- What’s your expected response time?
What are the three different teaching introductions?
Your italki Teaching Profile includes three different introductions. It’s important to know when each of these introductions is used to decide what information is most important to present to potential students.
1. Quick Introduction
This is a great place to give students a good first impression of who you are, your personality, and what kind of teacher you are. If you aren’t sure what to write, you might try something like these starters:
- I am ….
- I specialize in …
- If you want to improve your … … please contact me!
We recommend that if you:
- can help students prepare for a certain test or exam
- specialize in a certain topic
make sure to include that information so interested students can find you right away. Try to include all the basic information that a student might want to know before choosing to read more about you.
2. Long Introduction
(2000 characters), visible when students view your profile.
Describe yourself and your classes however you think is best, but please include:
- information about your own background and experience, including relevant certificates.
- describe your teaching and your classes (How should students choose which class to take?)
- explain what you can provide for your students (materials, certain kind of feedback, homework, etc…)
- state if you have any requirements of students (such that if students should have a certain book or use a certain software), and
- invite prospective students to watch your introduction video.
3. Status Notification
(200 characters), visible where students can contact you or view your schedule.
Here, you should provide:
- a description of the type of student you would like to contact you (level, background)
- notification if you are on vacation and unable to take requests.
- any last notes before students contact you or request a session?
We recommend that you also let students know:
- Do you offer trial sessions or special deals?
- What software do you use for your lessons?
- Do you use video or just audio for your lessons?
- How much time before they can expect to hear back from you?
Here is an example:
“I am looking for intermediate-level students taking sessions 1 to 2 times per week. I do not offer trial sessions. My lessons use Skype (video/audio). I will respond within 36 hours.”
By knowing the best use of your introductions to provide information to prospective students, you’ll be able to improve your chances of being contacted by the students you want to teach!