Contact a Teacher Tips

Prepare Feedback Train

Contact a Teacher Tips
Prepare Feedback Train
Greeting the teacher

  • It is considered polite to say what your name is in your greeting.
  • Try to establish a friendly tone in your greeting.
  • Leave your request to get on a class list until later in the email.
  • Leave your question about cost until later in the email.
  • Be as clear as possible in your greeting.
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"Hello. My name is ________, and I am currently studying for the IELTS test."
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"Hello, how are you? My name is _______, and I would like to prepare for the IELTS test with you."
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"Hello _______. My name is _______. I saw your Watch Me Teach video, and I am really interested in taking classes with you."
Yellow Flag
"I want to hire you as my private teacher."
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"I would like to know how much for your classes."
Red Flag
"Hello, I am an IELTS student. Please reply back to me if you want to teach me."
Red Flag
"Hello, I wonder if you have time to teach me."

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Stating your purpose

  • Be clear when stating your purpose.
  • Make a request instead of giving orders.
  • Leave your question about cost until later in the message.
  • Try to keep your tone polite in order to show respect to the teacher.
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"I am writing because I would like to request to have classes with you."
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"The reason I am sending this message is to ask if you are accepting any new students right now."
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"I am looking for a private teacher, and I would like to discuss the possibility of taking classes with you."
Yellow Flag
"I need help with the IELTS."
Yellow Flag
"I am writing because I want you to teach me."
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"I want to hire you as my teacher."
Red Flag
"Please teach me. How much for one hour?"
Presenting your experience

  • Writing a sentence about your IELTS experience will give your teacher a better idea about you.
  • Don't be afraid to let your teacher know if you don't have any experience with the test.
  • Let your teacher decide with you what your weaknesses are.
  • You can express your goals in the next section of your message.
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"I have taken the IELTS before, but I didn't get the score that I need."
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"I have never taken the IELTS test before."
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"I have taken the IELTS before, but I need to take it again next month."
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"I am somewhat familiar with the IELTS test as I have been preparing with the website."
Yellow Flag
"I have experience with IELTS."
Yellow Flag
"I know the IELTS, but I think my problem is grammar."
Yellow Flag
"I don't take IELTS before."

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Expressing your goals

  • Be specific about your study goals.
  • Don't be afraid to request one specific training session.
  • It's good to mention which training module you would like to take with the teacher.
  • Avoid giving band scores as goals. You can discuss this with your teacher later.
  • Leave your question about cost until later in the message.
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"I would like to study the speaking course with you."
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"I am having trouble with Writing Task 1, so I would like to focus on that module."
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"My plan is to complete the Writing Task 2 modules on the website, and I need some live training sessions."
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"I would like to take Reading Training Session #1 with you."
Yellow Flag
"I want to get an overall 6.5 on the test."
Red Flag
"I want to study IELTS with you. How much for one hour?"

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Get on a Class List

  • Let your teacher know that you would like to enrol as a PFStudent in their class.
  • Allowing the teacher to see your notebook page will make your training session more efficient.
  • It is appropriate to be honest about being a PFStudent or not.
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"I am a PFStudent, and I would like you to see my notebook page after I complete the online preparation."
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"I am a PFStudent, and I would like to get on your class list."
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"I would like you to enrol me in your class as a PFStudent."
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"I have registered for the website, but I would like to find a teacher before I become a PFStudent."

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Asking about availability

  • Use a polite tone when asking about availability.
  • It is appropriate to follow up with information about your general situation.
  • Consider setting up a time to meet to discuss your study before deciding to take classes.
  • Try not to impose your time constraints on the teacher right away. You can provide this information in another email.
  • Don't be rude.
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"Would you please let me know your availability? I am a full time student."
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"Would you please let me know your availability? I am currently working full time."
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"Would you please let me know about your teaching schedule? I work part time."
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"Would you please let me know when a convenient time would be to talk about my study?"
Yellow Flag
"I am only available on Thursdays and Fridays."
Red Flag
"When are you available to give me a free trial lesson?"

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Asking about cost

  • It is appropriate to let the teacher know that you must consider the cost.
  • Be polite when asking about the teaching rate.
  • Don't assume that the classes are for one hour. You can discuss this with the teacher later.
  • It is not appropriate to ask for a discount at this time.
  • Don't demand a certain rate. You can negotiate this in another email.
Green Flag
"I have a budget, so may I ask what your teaching rate is?"
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"Would you please tell me how much it is for one live training session?"
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"Would you please let me know what your charge per training session is?"
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"I must consider the cost, so would you tell me how much you charge for class?"
Yellow Flag
"How much do you charge per hour?"
Red Flag
"Can you give me a discount?"
Red Flag
"I can only pay $20 per hour."

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Asking for a reply

  • Express your appreciation in advance.
  • Specifically ask for a reply back.
  • Don't forget to include your contact information at the end of the email.
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"I would appreciate it if you could contact me by email."
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"I am looking forward to hearing back from you. You can contact me at the following email address:"

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