Today’s shift started off very slow. I was getting a lot of free trial users from Saudi Arabia. Most of them quit the chat before the webcam’s even started recording. I did manage to snag a fellow from Brazil. I didn’t get a chance to see how he looked like because he turned off his webcam. I’ve had a few students turn off their webcams while I was tutoring them in the past (some of them do it because of religious reasons, why others do it for other reasons). It feels really weird exposing yourself on the webcam to some unknown stranger from the other side of the world, while they are hidden in the shadows, kind of creepy actually. God know’s what they could be doing on the other end of the line 😈
Anyways, I found it very difficult to connect with him even though we had 30 minutes to chat. Everything was very superficial and I found the topics we discussed to be quite boring. Whenever I was ready to try and transition the topic into something else he would go on and on about that topic but he spoke extremely slow and would often have pauses and I wasn’t sure if he was done talking or just pausing for a second to think. Having that webcam footage on his end would have definitely helped for providing feedback to me. That 30 minutes felt like an hour to me. I was fighting very hard not to close my eyes and snooze off -_-
After I was done with him, I again experienced another string of free trial users who would either abandon the session before it began or would quit like 1-2 minutes during the chat. Some of them just do it abruptly without even saying goodbye or anything. I had one girl just say she was busy and then cut the call short after 2 minutes of talking. I found that quite rude and retarded. I mean why would you come on Cambly to receive tutoring if your already busy doing something else? I guess common sense and courtesy goes out the window in some of these countries.
I also find it funny that sometimes free trial users join Cambly and are requesting tutors and then as soon as the webcam pops up, they jump up and freak out and then all you see is the camera suddenly shift towards the side or ceiling and the call ends lol. I experienced this with my last student for the night. She was just sitting there with her phone on the bed, and then when she realized I was waving to her and trying to communicate with her she just jumped out to the side of the bed like a leopard or something. The call obviously ended after that. Two minutes later, I see her on the dashboard requesting a tutor yet again and I pick up the call. This time she appears to be ready for her lessons. During our introduction, it was quickly discovered that she is living in Toronto right now. I got super excited and felt a surge of energy rush through my body. I immediately connected with her even though her command of English was next to nil. It was later discovered that she is an adrenaline junky, doing crazy shit like jumping off air planes and cliffs, or wake boarding in the ocean. She even tried to persuade me into trying skydiving and telling me how safe it was. No thanks, I like being able to live until a 100 thanks. The craziest shit I’ve ever done was either hop on a plane to Europe by myself to two countries where I didn’t speak the local language or going on that death defying ride called Peak 2 Peak in Whistler riding that gondola across Whistler mountain to Black Comb mountain having my legs shake like crazy like someone having a seizure. Unfortunately she was a free user and her 5 minutes ended shortly as I bid her farewell. Unbeknownst to me while I was typing out a message to send her to try and get her to subscribe to Cambly and be a repeat student, she requested a tutor yet again on the dashboard. I quickly picked up the call, and then when she heard my voice, she started cracking up hysterically for a good 15 seconds or so. Apparently I charmed her into signing up to a be a paid user right after our session. That’s got to be a new record for me 🙂
She mentioned during our next 15 minutes together that she lives downtown and was in fact only a few streets from where I live at the moment and that she was single 😉 I know what your thinking… but I’m a professional and I take my work seriously so as tempting as the idea sounds, I’m going to have to resist these temptations. Man it sucks having ethics and principles 😦
Did you guys ever experience a student hinting to you about wanting something more?