Monthly Archive: March 2017

Should you hire an online tutor?

Recently we’ve been asked by a number of our overseas clients if there are any benefits to be derived from hiring an online British tutor.

Our response is an overwhelming YES, there most certainly is!

Not only will hiring an online tutor help to ensure that academically your child is at the right level, it will also help with the settling in process by acquainting your child with British teachers prior to their move.

Let us tackle each of these points individually:

N.B. For clarification as to what we mean by ‘online tutoring’ you can read this post by, intended for tutors, outlining how the whole process works

  1. Ensuring your child is at the right academic standard

Regardless of whether your child currently attends an ‘international school’, there is often a very noticable difference in academic levels, particularly pronounced with younger age groups.

So as to ensure transition to a British school goes seamlessly for all parties, we recommend employing the services of online tutors for all of the core subjects (maths, English and sciences) for at least a few months prior to the examination/interview process, or the move itself.

Experience has taught us that children that are on sound academic footing are far quicker to adapt than those who struggle in the classroom.

To ensure your child is not left behind, it’s imperative to begin on an equal footing with their peers and having a British tutor helping to get you to that starting point is a very good idea

2. Getting acquainted with British teachers

This is another very important factor when it comes to starting school in a new country.

As you will no doubt be aware, every education system, the schools within them, and individual teachers themselves each have their own nuiances and ways of doing things.

It’s safe to say that there is often a huge ‘culture shock’ for children attending British schools for the first time, and it’s our job at Clifton Parke to ensure they settle in as quickly as possible.

With that in mind, familiarizing them to British teachers and having them acquainted with the British teaching style certainly has many benefits.

If you would like help with finding a online British tutor please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be happy to make introductions to tutors we have previously worked with.

You may also find The Tutor Pages website helpful, where teachers from all subjects list their resumes and make themselves available for interview.


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