If you are living in Hong Kong, it is likely you have a sense of the competitive school systems and the difficulty of IGCSE and IB curricula. Many families elect to hire a private tutor in Hong Kong to support their child’s academic journey. If you are in the process of selecting a tutor to work with your child, below are a few considerations.
Consideration #1: Online or In Person?
The first decision you will have to make is whether you would like to meet with your private tutor in Hong Kong or remotely over zoom. While meeting with your tutor in person may help with focus and relationship building, online tutoring provides more flexibility and tutor availability. This then brings us to our second decision point.
Consideration #2: Selecting the Time of Day
At Aegis Advisors, we have a team of private tutors in Hong Kong and across the globe with a range of availability and experience. But you will want to be sure you choosing a time that works well for your child’s productivity. For example, if you know that your child has a harder time sitting still or focusing on the weekends, then it is best to look for tutors who have availability during the evenings on weekdays. You also want to make sure your child has time to complete their school work in addition to the work provided by their tutor. Ensuring your child has a balanced weekly schedule is one way to help them balance their workload.
Consideration #3: Pairing Personalities and Pedagogies
Finding a private tutor in Hong Kong who is a good match for your child creates the possibility of building a lasting and transformative relationship. Perhaps you can have a conversation with your child about their favorite teachers and educators. Ask them if they learn best from teachers who are more talkative or more quiet, whether they form connections easier with younger or older educators, or whether it is important for them to have a shared interest with their teacher. Similarly, you can read about the pedagogies and approaches of each tutor, which can further help you make a decision as to who might be the best fit for your child’s learning style. Asking these questions of your child will also help bring them into the decision process and ensure that the personality of the tutor is a good match for them.
Consideration #4: What is Your Timeline?
For parents who are looking for tutors to assist with their child’s IGCSE or IB coursework, you are likely looking to meet with a tutor for the duration of the school year. However, private tutors in Hong Kong work year round, and can meet with students during school breaks and summer vacations as well. Are you looking to provide your student with ongoing, generalized support, or are they studying for a particular exam? Having a clear set of goals for you and your student will help you find a tutor who is ready to help you tackle them. Which brings us to our final question…
Consideration #5: What Are Your Goals?
As mentioned above, it is really helpful to begin the search for a private tutor in Hong Kong with an established set of goals. These goals are ideally made together with your child to ensure that you are on the same page and have similar expectations. Your objectives for tutoring sessions can be expansive and include any number of goals, from organizational skills and time management to exam preparation and practice. If you and your child are unsure of your goals before selecting a tutor, that is also totally normal! Tutors can work directly with students to build a set of goals and then make a plan to achieve them together.
Taking these 5 considerations into account will help guide you and your family in your search for the perfect tutor to meet your needs and goals. As with everything, communication is key. That means communicating with your child about their expectations and their learning needs, and communicating with the tutor about their capabilities and unique skill sets.
Aegis Advisors has a team of experienced and committed private tutors in Hong Kong who can help you in a full range of subjects across all major curriculums. Contact us today to see how we can help.