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Lesson Lengths – Do 45 Minute Lessons Really Work? (All Teachers)

4 replies, 3 voices Last updated by  Matthew Rusk 1 hour, 47 minutes ago
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    Phil Schneider
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    I introduced two lengths 60 or 45 minutes lessons. I now have more 45s. I cant figure out if i get more students paying less or fewer students paying more. Would the 45 minuters have gone elsewhere or would they have paid for the 60mins Anyone got similar experiences ?

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    Matthew Rusk
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    This is a great question, Eliza Fyfe down in Bristol is convinced that 45 mins works better as you can fit more students in paying a relatively higher per hour price across an evenings teaching. I guess it all comes down to price points and whether the 45 minute lesson is weighted higher per hour than the per hour lesson if that makes sense. So x4 45 min lessons @£25 = £100 and x3 60 min lessons @£30 = £90, means that the 45 min lessons works out better for the teacher across 3 hours teaching.
    I also found 45 min lessons worked really well for teenage students (although I know you don’t teach them) as 45 mins was just about the right amount of time that they really concentrated for. I think it might be linked to schools like mine where 50 min lessons were the norm.

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    Phil Schneider
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    @Phil_Schneider
    Points: 90

    I think the price point thery is correct having two price point gives more options. I am having a higher uptake ot this 45 length. Suitable for beginners too.

    Not mentioned is if I can fit in an extra student it means the dreaded cancelations are a smaller percent of lost income.

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    Diane Paul
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    Points: 21

    I tried 45 and 60 mins. To my horror, all the 45s started coming fortnightly instead of weekly as agreed. So I was earning less than before when I offered 30mins. I had to replace 30 min weekly lessons for them and that works but means I need more students which is too stressful for me.
    Some actually need 45 and tend to run over 30m for no extra fee. I also tried adults only as I had a lot. Then found I didn’t have enough students and they were constantly last minute cancelling mainly for work. Some paid a cancel fee. Others wouldn’t.
    One week 3 of them broke up with their long term partners and gave up as they were depressed.
    So back to children too with all its problems. I particularly hate the finger up the nose while playing thing!

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    Matthew Rusk
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    @Matthew-Rusk

    Great insight Diane, it is so interesting to hear how the change in lesson length had such an impact on the behaviour of the students in terms of the frequency of lessons. I found 45 mins lessons really effective for teenage students who were totally able to do more than 30 min lessons, but seemed to struggle in the last 10 mins of an hour lesson…I think perhaps because many schools do 50 min lessons as their standard lesson length time it has trained young people to be attentive for roughly this amount of time!

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