Why shouldn't you go "overtime" with students?
- Don’t go “overtime” with students (Give them extra time)...I know it sounds counter-intuitive but for a number of reasons this is a bad idea. They won’t respect you or that your time is valuable. A number of situations often occur; The student will start showing up late expecting you to “go over” to make up for it. The student will feel cheated when you give them a regular length lesson. They will feel they are paying too much for a regular length lesson, become resentful and quit prematurely. Other students will feel cheated. If your student is having a difficult time with something and you want to extend the lesson for free (on rare occasions), simply explain that you have another student waiting or an “appointment” to get to and ask them to call the school to setup a free 10 min “Tune-up” lesson later in the day or later in the week. Keep the “tune-up” lesson to 10-15 minutes! Only do this in critical situations. Usually you can just say to the student, “Don’t worry about it, we’ll get it down at your next lesson. Just work on the other stuff I have given you this week.”