How To Enlist My Family’s Support To Start A Cuemath Center?

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HOW CAN I ASK FOR HELP FROM MY FAMILY TO START A CUEMATH CENTER?


Most of the Cuemath community of teachers are returning mothers, and most of them have worked before, typically in corporate and MNCs. Since they have to manage family as well as work responsibilities and their learning centers are operated from their homes, earning the support of family is very important for the success of their learning center. So, a recurring theme in the questions we get is about enlisting the support of their own family.

FIRST THINGS FIRST : DON’T HESITATE TO ASK FOR SUPPORT


When you are starting something new, some help is always required. Always ask for help from friends and family, after all you also would be willing to help them. Talk openly about your plans, goals and seek the help of friends and family members in making them come true. When they realize it is important for you, they will help you.  

WHAT IS YOUR LARGER GOAL?


We surveyed over 3500 of our teacher partners. Here is what they said:

1  To make the best use of their skills and keep them active
2  To make good use of the free time to help someone
3  To earn some income that supports the family
4  To do something meaningful
5  Not interested in full time work. Looking for part time work


Are these some of your goals too? If so Cuemath is a good fit. Else maybe Cuemath is not the best opportunity for you.

TALK ABOUT THE LARGER GOAL FIRST.


Talking about your goals and why they are important to you is critical. Are you yearning for more meaning, are you looking to be gainfully employed, or are you looking to do teach your child along with other children. Or is your main goal something else?

Don’t ask first for help to do a task or help in some specific way. Show how their help can help you achieve something meaningful. This explicit conversation linking the help you want, to a larger goal will make it easier for you to ask for help.  

SPEAK ABOUT THE IMPACT YOU WILL BE MAKING


Go to a nearby Cuemath center. See the impact the teacher is making in her community. Try and get a feel, if this is the right choice for you. Do you believe in the Cuemath Method and the Cuemath Mission. If you feel Cuemath resonates with you, speak about the impact you will be making.

INVOLVE FAMILY MEMBERS IN THE CHOICE.


Before you make a choice evaluate various options, not just us at Cuemath. Actively seek the opinion of your family members in helping you find the right choice. This will not only get you to overcome your inhibitions about making the change, but get support by actively involving the family.

TALK ABOUT CUEMATH’S VISION AND MISSION


Cuemath is on a mission to create a million thinking minds by teaching them math in the ideal manner. The Cuemath learning philosophy and curriculum is centered around learning by reasoning and learning by doing and is very different from school. If you believe in the vision and mission of Cuemath, you should discuss this with your family. You can find some moving stories about how Cuemath helped students and parents HERE:


SHARE TESTIMONIALS OF OTHER TEACHER PARTNERS


Here’s a quick story about our teacher partners who proudly shares their Cuemath experience:


Share stories like this so that you and your family get a sense of what being a part of Cuemath community means.

ARE YOU GOING TO BE TEACHING YOUR CHILD TOO?


Most parents home tutor their own child and they feel that they can always get better. Do you teach your own child or do you plan to teach your own child. If so at the same time you could teach other children. It will give you more experience and make you a better teacher for your own child.

HOW TO JUSTIFY THE INITIAL INVESTMENT?


The initial investment of this, only Rs.1000 needs to be paid upfront. The remaining Rs.6000 is to be paid after you get your first student. It is just for the Math Box and you need a tab, if you don’t already have one. Most teachers get quickly to 6 students. When you have a batch i.e  6 students the monies of Rs 7000 are easily paid back in a month. You do not need to have a laptop or a desktop like most other work at home jobs will require you too. There is no need to invest in anything else – workbooks will come from Cuemath. There are very few work at home opportunities that require a lower initial investment. Speak about it and evaluate the other opportunities in terms of initial investment and payback.

3 WAYS YOU CAN GET MORE STUDENTS

  • ASK FOR HELP, LOCALLY FOR CONTACTS, WITH FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS.  


Cuemath will help you with listing your center in the search engines and giving you training and marketing materials. Typically the teacher partners will have to spend more time in the beginning to spread the awareness of your center in your community.  

  • MESSENGER GROUPS :

Also make sure you are enrolled in all the relevant community groups and parent groups on messenger services like WhatsApp. And you are allowed to put up notices in the local community boards.

  • APPROACH NEIGHBORS OR LOCALLY WELL CONNECTED FRIENDS :

Typically some of your friends or neighbors are better connected than others. Approach them for help, and ask them to introduce you to other parents.

GETTING YOUR FIRST STUDENT :

This is a psychologically very important moment. When you get your first student apart from your own child, your name begins to spread in the community. In addition you grown in confidence immensely as you begin to see improvement in learning outcomes.  

HOW TO CONDUCT YOUR FIRST CUEMATH CLASS?


RUNNING THE CLASS : WHAT WILL YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS BE DOING WHEN YOU ARE IN CLASS?


Managing each batch of Cuemath class requires our teacher partners to dedicate 90 minutes of time on each day when classes are scheduled. About 60 minutes for the class and the rest of 30 minutes for preparation and administrative activities. Clarify with your family members the time slots and agree with them how they will spend their time without you.

The Cuemath classes are conducted at the home of our teacher partners. Therefore these spaces should be distraction free while the classes are going on. It is important the members of the family supports you and helps maintain a classroom that is conducive for learning.

CHECK AGAIN, BEFORE YOU COMMIT  


Given that a supporting family can help our teacher partners succeed faster and better, one must know how to enlist the support of one’s family. But before we get into some useful ways to do that, please rethink if this is something that you really want to do. Gaining the trust and support of your family is not easy unless you are convinced that Cuemath is definitely a good opportunity for you.

DO A QUICK CHECK, ARE YOU READY?


Here is a quick checklist

1 Does your larger goal have a fit with feedback from existing Cuemath teachers
2 Does the Cuemath Vision and way of teaching Maths appeal to you
3 Do you believe that Math is not just another subject, but crucial for the next generation
4 Will you be teaching your own child
5 Will you be able to devote 90 min a day for classes
6 Will your family be able to help you create a conducive environment at home
7 Have you discussed this with your family


In summary:

Be open about your motivations and support required with the members of your family. Get your family’s buy in by telling them how much this means to you.

  
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