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My VIPKID Teacher Journey Teaching English Online to Chinese Students

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My VIPKID Teacher Journey Teaching English Online to Chinese Students
by ESL Platform - Thursday, 22 November 2018, 2:19 AM

As an Online ESL Teacher, it is vital to have a detailed daily schedule. It is very important to try and figure out how to balance life and the craziness of teaching English online from home with VIPKID. It is so easy to get pulled into doing extra projects for your Online ESL Job and before you know it you’re exhausted and burn out. At one point last year I didn’t leave my house for 7 weeks. It took me almost a year and a half to get a structured schedule that balances work and family. 

When I hit around the 7-month mark, my ESL teaching job with VIPKID became an obsession. At that point, I had refined my teaching in the classroom to fit what VIPKID wanted. I had an excellent system in the classroom that my students loved and it made for a relaxed and stress-free class. I soon realized that I needed to focus on only doing things that would build up my student base.

I became a VIPKID Open Class teacher which is teaching a 25-minute class to around 100-500 students. It is more like a performance than an online ESL class. By doing this it reduced the gaps in my schedule. I loved teaching it! It was a nice change of pace. I taught 2-3 of them each month.

Next, I did an audio of a bedtime story that was sent out to the student base. This was viewed by over 4,000 parents. At that point, I was only working on company projects that would put me in front of the parents and students. This was helping but I still wasn’t happy with the ups and downs of my schedule.

So now we have the Summer rush coming June, July, August. I was determined to put as many hours in that I could to build up my student base. It wasn’t easy and it isn’t for the faint of heart. Here is how many classes I taught each month and my final payment for the Summer Rush:

June 2016: 702 classes taught: $7,000

July 2016: 788 classes taught: $9,112 (Big Summer Bonus Program)

August 2016: 741 classes taught: $7,803

I worked my butt off and it really paid off financially for my family. Parents were starting to complain that it was hard to book my classes. That is what I was looking for to have parents waiting to book my classes. Here is what some parents say about my classes:

“No wonder to become a star teacher, the class language fun, pronunciation and intonation ups, and downs, to attract children’s attention. Pay attention to correct the pronunciation of children in time, and make targeted guidance after class evaluation. Children with the teacher relaxed and happy, fruitful. Real good teacher!”

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“Finally got the girl love the teacher, the class vivid and lively. Comments are also put forward according to their own, very pertinent, will always be on the Daniel class.”

“JASON very much like DANIEL teacher, but the teacher’s class is too difficult to make an appointment. The teacher is very relaxed, children can relax, these days the children cough very fierce, but still need to insist on the teacher’s class, teacher DANIEL is very courteous and accessible, class atmosphere is also very good, can continue to encourage children. At the end of the class time, the teacher and children chat, expand the contents of some textbooks. In short, I and the children are like you, looking forward to meeting with you every week, thank you!”

The final incentive that really hit home for me was Winning the Trip to Beijing. I really wanted to win the trip because that would put me in front of the parents and students. I won the trip to Beijing with VIPKID and it was one of the best company experiences that I have ever had. It gave me an insight into the company and a better overall understanding of the market.


So why am I telling you this?

VIPKID has over 10,000 teachers now. You need to take advantage of anything that puts you in front of the parents and students. You need to go outside your comfort zone and sometimes push your self a little harder if you want to make working online with VIPKID or other online ESL schools.

I try to help as many teachers as I can find an online ESL job online via my Online ESL Job blog but I only have so much time in the day. I want online ESL teachers to be successful teaching ESL online from home. This will give you more control over your career and at a later point, it will give you the work-life balance that you need in today’s crazy world.

I’m focusing my efforts to help online ESL teachers that are struggling to get booking and are having a difficult time making money teaching ESL online from home.  I’m offering One-on-One Consultation to help online ESL teachers get bookings faster so they can become successful.


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Happy Teaching! Teacher Daniel