Trying to schedule your class on Outschool but don’t have a clue when to schedule your class? Schedule your classes at the right time to get the most out of your booking opportunities using peak hours at Outschool. Let’s learn how to add a section and schedule the section to get your bookings and income up and going.
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What are the Peak Hours at Outschool?
What are the peak hours at Outschool? The best way to find the answer is when you are scheduling the time for your section. The directions ask you, “Need some help picking a time? Click here”
A guide will pop up to show you the activity level and time of day on Outschool. The color-coded chart is the tool that will guide your peak hour and scheduling decisions. The darker the color means the more activity in that time frame. The lighter the color the less activity.
Important Note: The peak times guide is in the Pacific Time Zone.
Based on the chart, here are some peak times:
- Sunday all day
- Saturday afternoon and early evening PST
- Monday, Tuesday, and Friday mornings PST
Why peak hours aren’t always accurate
You may schedule a class during peak hours at Outschool and enrollment may be low. I have a class like this, on a Monday morning and although it should be a very busy time, it isn’t booking like the other sections of this class.
On Wednesdays, the mornings show light activity, but Wednesday mornings are a really busy time for me and my classes tend to fill-up.
What it comes down to it, it’s TRIAL AND ERROR. My classes and enrollment rates don’t always match the peak hours guide. If a class isn’t filling up, try a different time or day. There isn’t a magic formula for finding the perfect time, use the guide and then your best guess.
How to Open a section at Outschool
Now that you know the peak hours and why you should try both peak and off peak hours, let’s talk about how to create a section.
To begin, click on the blue button that says “Add a Section.”
Next, to add the section you add a meeting time. These meeting times are based on your time zone. Before I add a meeting time, I like to open my Outschool schedule in another tab so I can make sure my classes don’t overlap.
Select the class time and date based on the peak hours you’ve researched (see above).
If it is a Multi-day class, you must schedule all the times you are meeting. A Multi-day class is a class that has an end date. These classes may be, for example, one day a week for two weeks or two days a week for two weeks.
If it is an Ongoing class you would just choose the time you would regularly meet. In an Ongoing class type, there is no end date, you just continue to meet on the date and time you establish in the beginning. Not sure what class type is right for you? Click on this link to read all about the class types.
Initially, the class will default as “private.” Make it public by clicking on the “public” box, it will turn blue when you have selected it.
Duplicate the section (option at the bottom of the screen), add the time, and then make it public. Continue this duplication process until you have all the sections you want to commit to.
I started my first class at Outschool in the summer of 2020. I started by scheduling my first class, a four session Advanced Spanish class for dual and native speakers wanting to practice reading. A lot of people saved the class but I wasn’t getting any traction with people signing up. Eventually, two students signed up.
More students signed up, after about a month. I realized that the longer the class stayed posted, the more students joined. It just takes patience.
Booking at Outschool takes time. When growing your bookings at Outschool, wait at least a month and a half for your class to gain momentum. Students will begin to trickle in over time. Sure, a tech or writing class may gain traction faster than others, but I like to have a realistic expectation.
In the beginning, you may feel discouraged about the size of your income. It may not be as much as you would like it to be. You are building a business, and it may not take off right away. But don’t give up! Students will trickle in and your traction will grow.
Also, the more reviews your classes get, the more your numbers will continue to grow.
my experience teaching at Outschool
I’ve been teaching at Outschool for over 3 months and my pay is more than 10 times what I was making in the beginning. I don’t know any other online school that pays above $25 an hour and books teachers consistently.
Recently, I’ve earned as much as $100 an hour teaching at Outschool.
The students on Outschool have been awesome to teach. Well behaved and engaged is the best way to describe my experience with learners on Outschol. I have taught Middle School Spanish One, Super Spanish (3 days a week), and Beginner Spanish for upper elementary. All of my sections are 25 minutes.
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