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  • Who is Your Typical Student? (All Teachers)

    Posted by Eliza Fyfe on January 26, 2014 at 2:15 am

    Just interested in comparing stats! What’s the ratio of adults to kids/girls to boys people tend to get in each area? Also what are your teaching hours?
    I have mainly girls and adults and my hours are 4-8pm in the week and all day Saturday 🙂

    Matt Pocock replied 10 years, 5 months ago 2 Members · 13 Replies
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  • Beckie Tunnicliffe

    Member
    January 26, 2014 at 2:15 am

    I have roughly 60:40 ratio of kids to adults, most of them female! I teach Monday to Thursday between 12pm and 9pm and between 12pm and 3.30pm on a Saturday 🙂

     

  • Matt Pocock

    Member
    January 26, 2014 at 2:16 am

    I teach 10-7 Tuesday-Friday, 10-3 on Saturday. Mostly adults, retirees and students, very few afterschoolers. About 60-70 students at peak times in the year but less over summer 🙂 60:40 female to male, I’d say 🙂 Hope that helps!

     

  • Eliza Fyfe

    Member
    January 26, 2014 at 2:16 am

    Oh yeah how many students does everyone have?! I’m up to 44 atm.. About 35 of which are weekly!

     

  • Kat Hunter

    Member
    January 26, 2014 at 2:16 am

    How do you guys all have so many students? I have about 25 hours of students a week at the moment, and find it makes me go insane. Matt Pocock, I seriously don’t know how you do it. And time to write the blog as well??
    For me I teach roughly 11am or noon till evenings most week days, although I’m trying to have easier days on wednesdays and fridays because otherwise I burn out big time. Almost all of my students are adults (only a couple are under 18), and about 65% are male. I tend to teach quite a few uni students (as you’d imagine in leeds), and also a lot of young dads surprisingly.

  • Kat Hunter

    Member
    January 26, 2014 at 2:16 am

    But on a more serious note, if any of you have some magical work/life balance (not going insane balance) tricks, I’d be very up for hearing them. I tend to find that 6 hours is the max hours I can teach in a day before I start to become a vegetable. Anyone else?

     

  • Beckie Tunnicliffe

    Member
    January 26, 2014 at 2:16 am

    I have I think just over 50 students now. I have to be very careful with how much I teach as I have ME/CFS, I will not teach in mornings but do teach quite late to make up for that, and I have to have at least 2 days off a week or I will make myself poorly! I just have to stand my ground in that I will not teach on a Friday, or Sunday for that matter!

     

  • Eliza Fyfe

    Member
    January 26, 2014 at 2:16 am

    This is all really interesting! Yes you need to balance your life best as poss – I just power through back to back 45 min lessons from 3-8 in the week and I don’t feel like it’s too much, 25 hours in the week is ample for teaching because of all the work around it… It’s hard to keep on top of though! Still trying to find time saving solutions without just getting a PA who wants to work for next to nothing… Lol!

     

  • Eliza Fyfe

    Member
    January 26, 2014 at 2:16 am

    Saturday also may as well not exist for me socially – teaching all day then gigging in the evenings but I don’t mind too much atm

     

  • Beckie Tunnicliffe

    Member
    January 26, 2014 at 2:17 am

    Yeah if I have a 7 hour day I try to split it so I can at least have a break in between, as thats what I had when I worked at Next 😛

     

  • Eliza Fyfe

    Member
    January 26, 2014 at 2:17 am

    Sounds about right then! I don’t do more than 4 hours straight basically, so yeah! People should never underestimate this job though. They can say, wow 25 hours and you earn way more than my office job or whatever it is, but it’s a lot more work than 9-5 Mon-Fri I swear!!

     

  • Kat Hunter

    Member
    January 26, 2014 at 2:17 am

    Absolutely. Every hour lesson that we do is a full hour straight of unabridged concentration and support for the students. In other jobs you can get up for a stretch or a coffee break, but with this every lesson is a serious intensity of work. Also it’s easy to forget how many hours a week we spend on enquiries or admin or accounting etc.

     

  • Matt Pocock

    Member
    January 26, 2014 at 2:17 am

    Hey guys, totally missed this thread but this is really interesting and important stuff. The 70 students thing might be a bit misleading – a lot of those were 30-minute college students that I was teaching, which means you can fit far more in your week. At peak I was probably teaching 35 hours a week, 7 hours a day with two long, leisurely hour-long breaks to break it up. It’s so important to stay rested and happy because if I’m unhappy, I’m just not worth the money. So the midday naps and binge-watching Breaking Bad’s are crucial 🙂

     

  • Matt Pocock

    Member
    January 26, 2014 at 2:17 am

    As for work-life balance – I teach from 10-7, but I get up at 7AM to do my admin and writing etc. I try and keep a gadget-free bedroom and TRY to put my work down in the evenings (but it’s tough sometimes!). I also keep a free day on Mondays to do admin – means I can catch up with friends and gently do all my accounts etc. Hope that helps 🙂

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