Hello! I am currently tutoring full-time, for the first time, having been with TF for over 2 years. Never posted on here before despite lurking for a few weeks now.
One of the very few things I dislike about the job is those students (or their parents) who are horrendously bad with replying. They send a message asking for help with ALevel Psychology (always “exam technique”), to which I reply very promtly. A third of the time I never hear from them again. Now that I am basically full I’ve just cranked my rate massively to avoid having to deal with so many requests of that nature. As far as I can tell, it seems to happen disporportionately with students who are about 17-22 (ALevels and university), and my theory is that they see Tutorful as more of a social media app where they can play hard to get in order to get tutors chasing them. It most certainly does NOT work with me, and several times recently I have told them straight up that due to the amount of time it takes them to reply, and the endless wait for them to confirm the lesson, I will not be able to take their booking.
Of course, it’s easier to be strict now that I am at capacity, but in August I reallydid feel like some sort of desperate loser hanging on whether or not they would reply/confirm the lesson.
Awful, awful people. I am sure they would never be like that in a more face-to-face, word-or-mouth recommendation situation. It’s refreshing to sometimes get students who behave impeccably in terms of communication; almost feels like a throwback.