Well, things have really taken off: from just starting to advertise over the Christmas holidays, I've now got nine regular tutees signed up and another four or five possibles in the pipeline. I never thought I'd be deactivating my ads before the end of January, but that's what I've just done. On top of that I've joined a musical theatre society (going to be in a production of The Pirates of Penzance at the end of March, just as a chorus member) and spent most of the last two weeks doing full-time cover work at my old college, so it's been a busy time!
My nine students, who are studying at eight different schools/colleges, range from struggling Year 10s to Year 13 students aiming for a high grade at A2 level, with a roughly even split between GCSE and A-level, and I've also been in discussions about taking on a couple of adult learners who are studying for Level 2 Maths qualifications. Some tutees are doing term-time only; others also want to continue through the school holidays. All so far have been looking for 1-to-1 tuition, which of course means they get a much more personalised approach than they'll get at a tuition centre.
Of course, this is the busiest time of year for tuition enquiries - when students in Years 11, 12, and 13 have just got their mock results back and a family decision has been made that they could benefit from a bit of extra support to help boost their grades in the exams in May and June. Once those exams are over, I expect demand to slow down significantly, which will free up time for my exam marking and other activities. But at the same time, I hope, word of mouth will bring in a few enquiries for next academic year.