Less ‘tiger’ and more ‘tea’ : Choosing a British tutor over there, rather than a Hong Kong tutor here

Less ‘tiger’ and more ‘tea’ : Choosing a British tutor over there, rather than a Hong Kong tutor here

Finding the right fit tutor is as important as finding the right fit school and the private tutoring sector in Hong Kong is big business. Getting it right can make a big difference. In 2016, a survey conducted by market research firm Ipsos concluded that around 2,900 schools were providing tutorial courses for Hong Kong’s secondary students for over 85% of secondary students. That’s not to say most students are having lots of tutoring ALL the time, but we believe that every student will benefit from SOME tutoring at some point.


Finding the Fit

We are not talking about the large, commercial cram schools. So-called tiger or celebrity tutors, whose faces stare down at you from the back of buses across town are more in the business of capitalising on a widespread fear of failing exams. And it’s a very profitable business! 

If we are looking for a more personalised approach – genuine support for our child who may need a little confidence building or assistance with revision, how do we differentiate between the good the bad and the overpriced?

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A Master Plan

It’s important to agree at the start of a study plan. They are a requisite to ensure that both tutor and pupil remain on course with an agreed formula and to enable development and progress to be monitored and maintained. They allow for references to be checked, for revision to be reverted to – if and when needed – and for confidence to build. Parents will also receive regular updates on progress through assessments and reports. The efficiency of learning is therefore guaranteed in several ways and the experienced tutor will guide the student on what to attend to and practise in between tutorials. Homework is essential for reinforcement to be sustained.

The tutor must be well versed in the school’s curriculum to ensure the pupil to reach the requisite standards. If the goal is entry into a new school, the tutor must be familiar with the standards of entry.


Tutoring the whole child

Unlike a teacher, a good tutor is given more license to develop a personal familiarity with a tutee, whether tutoring online or face to face. This often enables deep connections to be made and an understanding of all the other goings-on in the tutee’s life.

Simon Northcote, Director of Consultancy at Holland Park Education, specialises in matching children with tutors. “Understanding the ‘whole being’ is a key element to good tutoring.” he explains, “Taking an interest in a tutee’s working habits, their daily routine, the activities which they enjoy, the close and wider family they have, the friendships they make and so on will become part of the discourse established. But, perhaps more importantly, what will also be discovered is the learning style which best suits the tutee.”

Through a careful selection process, the tutor best suited to meet the needs of the individual tutee is assigned to the task throughout the planned programme. He or she will always be a native speaker and more than capable of giving parents regular updates on the progress of their child as well as being accountable to the Holland Park academic management team. Parents will be confident that their child will be thoroughly prepared and ready to meet the challenges ahead in the next phase of their education.


Benefits of tutoring

Tutors can be the vital ingredient to successful learning. They can make it relevant and student-centric, allowing the student to set the work pace. Too fast or too slow and the student can get frustrated and lose interest.

A qualified, experienced tutor can deliver:

  • One-on-one attention and bespoke learning plans
  • Individual and unique learning experiences
  • Improvement in academic performance
  • Improvement in attitude towards learning and school
  • Self-paced and self-directed learning,
  • Improvement in self-esteem and confidence
  • Improvement in work and study habits
  • A positive and balanced workspace


British Tutors Online

Holland Park Education tutors are online, British and based in the UK. They are handpicked for their expertise and knowledge base. They were teachers or come from educational backgrounds and are well-versed and resourceful in the most effective methods of modern distance learning, enabled by technology.

Many families are choosing online tuition for its multiple benefits, including;

  • Convenience – no travelling and no time wasted.
  • Access to a greater range of top-quality tutors , rather than be limited to those in Hong Kong.
  • Teenagers are often more comfortable with this mode and more willing to engage.
  • Safety and security – tutors are vetted professionally and all lessons are recorded.
  • Continuity during school holidays.
  • Academic support while at university or when boarding.
  • Language support in advance of moving country.

The choice is yours: a bespoke, tailored suit or a cheap off-the-peg schmutter.  So to speak.


If you are interested to find out more about Holland Park Education and the tuition they offer, please register below and receive a FREE CONSULTATION.

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