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How To Run An English Tutor Session

Ever wondered what the best way to plan for and run an English tutor session is? Well, you’ve come to the right place, as today’s post is about exactly that. I’d like to share my 3 best tips for setting up and running an English tutoring session.

How To Set Up An English Tutor Session

Now, before I dive into my 3 best tips, I need to point out two important details that you really can’t miss!

Have Great Resources

It is SO important to invest in resources for your students. Books, games, printable worksheets – you name it, you need to have it. Sure, starting a tutoring business can be pricey, but it is definitely worth it. 

By the way, I’ll be releasing an affordable e-book on 25 TED Talk Lesson Plans for your English Class very shortly!

Actually, most of my resources are free.  You have access to my free printables library, right? Be sure to sign up so that you can make the most of them and run your tutoring sessions.


Free Printables Library

Plan Your Semester Well

So, once you’ve got access to my library of free printables, you need to be sure that you are planning your students’ lessons so that they can make the most of their time with you. My post on 6 Ways To Organize Your Tutoring Resources may be a helpful read!

I have a lesson planning printable pack/e-book, and a whole course for English tutors in the works, so keep your eyes on your inbox to stay in the loop!

Want the free stuff?  Head straight to my FREE COURSE page here, to sign up for a 7 day email course to help you make your tutoring business profitable!


3 Key Tips For Your English Tutor Session

Free Consultation  & Plan

  • Schedule a FREE 20 to 30 minute consultation with your students – or the parents if they are children – before you start.
  • This builds rapport and allows you to show them how you’ve taught English in the past
  • Use a Goal Setting sheet to help yourself understand your students’ goals
  • Show an example of a Semester Lesson Plan you will create for each student.  Don’t know how? My upcoming e-book on a Lesson Plan printables package will help, so stay tuned!


15 to 20 Minute Blocks

  • It’s important to plan your time in blocks, so students are always busy, and are never bored
  • 15 to 20 minute blocks work best   (warm-up activity, main activity, wrap-up activity)
  • Be sure to include a game, flashcards, or a speaking activity to keep your students interested and engaged! There are plenty available in my free printables library for you to download

Have A Backup 

  • Every plan needs a back-up plan!  Be sure you have extra activities on you in case your plan doesn’t work as planned!
  • Actually, I detail how to do this in my post on 6 Simple Ways To Organize Your Teaching Resources
  •  Be sure you have a back-up folder of activities that is always in your teaching bag!


Want more tips, and more details on these tips?  

Don’t forget to sign up for my FREE COURSE – 7 Secrets to Profitable TutoringOver 7 days, you’ll receive one awesome tip per day – including 3 video lessons and a free marketing for your tutoring business worksheet!


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Happy Teaching!




P.S. Photography lovers, I took the sunset photo for today’s post on a road trip to the Grand Canyon in 2010

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