Last year, I decided to experiment with a new way of maximizing my availability with VIPKid by opening a large number of Short Notice (SN) slots. This was originally suggested by Amanda List in her Instagram story (@onlineteachingcommunitymentor) last year. She started opening slots within 24 hours of the class time, instead of opening them weeks in advance. I had not felt confident enough to open all short notice until this year. With the help of FeedbackPanda, the Facebook Google Slides Group, and improvements in my own teaching, I too was on the path to becoming a more “independent” independent contractor.
This type of schedule might not work for everyone, and it certainly has its drawbacks, but I highly recommend that all teachers try this at least for a short stint when they become more established. Here are some of the pros and cons of leaving your schedule closed until 24 hours before class time.
What is Short Notice?
Short Notice allows you to mark a slot to be booked within 24 hours of the class time. You can designate any slot as SN, even if you’ve opened the slot far in advance. If the slot doesn’t book in advance, it can be grabbed up until an hour before the class time.
The only way your finished class is actually marked as Short Notice is when the student books it within 24 hours. In other words, if you opened a slot one week in advance and it was booked more than 24 hours before class time, the finished class wouldn’t be marked as SN in the system, even if you had designated it as such.
Teacher Candace walks through everything you need to know on short notice classes
Don’t Take the Plunge!
Transition slowly into Short Notice. The worst thing you can do is to take the plunge into SN, only to come up empty-handed. It was a month-long process for me. I first had to wean off a lot of my regular students. I didn’t open any slots, but I still accepted a large number of Priority Bookings. As the weeks went by, I accepted fewer Priority Bookings. I was also gauging if those SN slots would book. Thankfully, they did! Now, I don’t think I’ll ever go back to having weekly “Frenzies”! I very much enjoy the new students I’ve gotten to meet. I didn’t realize how stagnant I had become until I opened SN. I like to think that the regular students whom I don’t see as often have had a chance to grow and improve with other teachers. I know without a doubt that I have improved as a teacher. To learn more about VIPKid bookings and when you should schedule your classes, check out this VIPKid Hours Chart with Peak & Peak Peak Hours.