VIPKID: 2 month update! {Full bookings!}

Yes, I am two months into this crazy job!  Teaching Chinese students online has become more than just a whim or a hobby, it has become a very rewarding job!  Here are some highlights as I complete my second month with VIPKID!

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Level 2 Certified!

As I’ve written about before, I began through the New Teacher Kick Off meeting process in November, which certified me to teach only trial classes (brand new students who are trying out VIPKID but haven’t committed and paid yet).  There were tons of no-shows and I taught basically the same four trial classes over and over and over and over!  It was repetitive, but never boring.  I actually enjoyed the repetition because every student was so new and different, it helped that the material was familiar.  But after a month, I was ready for more of a challenge, and my schedule was still not fully booked, so I took the Level 2 certification.  I listened to a mentor teacher teach about the level in a live Skype-style meeting and then I had to record a demo!   I practiced and practiced and finally felt confident enough to record.  You can view it here, if you’d like!  Then I took the quiz… and failed!  Ugh!  This job can be humbling sometimes!  But never one to give up, I tried again and passed.  So exciting!  That led to my next big milestone…

Full bookings!

I woke up one Monday to 19 bookings!  Whoa!  The most I had ever gotten at one time before that was 3 bookings!  Again, it was so exciting!  Being able to teach Level 2 Major Courses opened me up to a whole new set of students, and my schedule was 95% full.  It is so exciting to see this actually start to work out how I pictured it!  This, in turn, led to my next big milestone…

First Paycheck!

I have to be honest, I was holding my breath about this whole ordeal until I got the money in my account.  But there it was, on the 12th of the month!  So yes, it’s a real job.  It actually pays a real paycheck.  So exciting.  Now, I’m two months in, and my second paycheck is double what my first was!  I was aiming for this job to bring in about $500/month and it definitely has done that so far!  Very worthwhile.

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When you’re teaching food vocabulary, you find some edible props from the kitchen!

VIPKID + “Brick and Mortar” Teaching Job

As of last week, I went back to work from maternity leave.  I was enjoying my lazy days with my newborn (well, sleep-deprived lazy days), and now I’m back in the real world, working full-time as a preschool teacher.  I knew it was going to be an adjustment with VIPKID.  I wasn’t going to be able to work for 2-3 hours before going to my 8-hour job.  I’m not superwoman over here!  So the first two days, I didn’t teach for VIPKID at all before work.  Then, I eased myself back into it, teaching just two classes (one hour) before work.  To me, this is do-able.  I get up at 5am, get ready, teach from 5:30-6:30am, get my family ready, and teach preschool from 7:30-4pm.  Sometimes I’m able to rest and nap in the afternoon.  Then, I teach a long chunk of classes (4am-7am) on Saturday mornings.  This adds up to ten classes in the weekdays, and six classes on the weekends, so about 55-65 classes per month, give or take due to unfilled bookings or no-shows.

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Waiting around for my student. Enjoying the view into a Chinese home!

THE BEST PART… Regular Students! 

The last thing I want to update you about is the BEST part.  I now have several regular students!  I love it.  I have one student that I teach three times per week, and about 3-4 that I see at least once per week.  Two of my students are siblings!  I love that I can create a teacher/student relationship across the globe.  I love that I can see their progress.  I love that I can tailor their lesson to their specific needs and interests.  It is the personal aspect that was missing in the beginning, when I was teaching random kids.  I feel like I know these families.  And some of the parents leave me such kind, encouraging feedback.  I’m truly grateful that they chose to book me, out of the sea of thousands of teachers.  And it inspires me to get better and better at this job.  I am so glad I found a fulfilling, fun side job!

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Best VIPKID Christmas present!  My husband made me a standing desk!

Again, if you are in this fun job and you need someone to talk you through it, follow my referral link and use this code: 05IOD5.  Thanks!

-Laura

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