Trial lesson is extremely important, as the teacher and the student get to know one another. It is the first impression the student gets about the class and the teacher.
Before the Trial Class:
1. Once you receive email for a trial, make sure you respond at once. Delayed responses cause us problems.
2. Read the email properly, follow all the steps precisely.
3. Before starting your trial class, prepare thoroughly. Make sure to be online at least 10 minutes before the trial time.
4. Make yourself look presentable by looking neat, organised, and dressing up accordingly.
Please ensure you do the following during the class:
- Determine the level of the student and see if it is the same as what was written to you in the email. If it is not the same, please email the accurate level to class allocation.
- Deliver a complete class to the student and correct the mistakes the student is making.
- Discuss with the student the main goals.
In the Class:
1) Technical issues: ensure student can see and hear you properly.
2) Introduction and short conversation: Start by introducing yourself briefly. Keep on the smile (it is the first impression the students get when they meet you).
3) Teacher’s questions about the level of the student: Ask open-ended questions trying to figure out the student’s level. Example: Tell me about your journey in learning Quran? What is your goal? What have you learned before? …etc.
4) Short test to assess the student’s level: Put in your consideration what the student has mentioned before.
If the student has mentioned that he can recite Quran or has memorised some Surahs, so you can ask him to start reading from a Surah which he is not familiar with (because if he reads Al-Fatiha for example he may read it well, as he already memorises it).
If he is still a beginner or misses many basic rules then you have to check the main rules in the beginners book (Harakat, Sukoon, Mad, Shadda …). Then you can decide from which part he should start from.
5) Class: now you are ready to deliver a class. Read and practice with the student, correct him if he makes a mistake, explain the rules… It is a real class.
6) Organising the class time: you have to make every minute count, you are limited to 30 minutes or according to what is written in the trial email.
7) Keep it engaging, and interacting class: Don’t speak during the whole class as it will seem to be as a video show. Keep the class challenging and fun. The purpose is to get students excited to learn and have more classes.
8) Homework: give the student a homework and ask him to practice till the next class.
9) Give a detailed Feedback: discuss with the student/parent the progress, the level, what your plan is, and give him an idea about the course he will enroll in.
10) Inquiries: Ask him if he has any more questions.
After the Class:
Send a detailed feedback about the trial to class allocation, and make sure to mention the student’s level. If the student/parent has made any arrangements with you regarding the class timing, it is important that you mention that in the email as well.