Category: Native English Tutor

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How to know if an English tutor is really good?

Some parents asked me this question. Some wanted to check the supporting documents of the native English tutors such as qualification certs and  letter of reference. I remembered one mother even asked the English tutors to tell her 3 previous families’ contacts so she could contact them to check the tutor’s performance.

I told them I understood they wanted to ensure they hired a good English tutor, but checking such documents is really not the only way to find out if the tutor fits. Some English tutors feel they are not trusted when they are asked to show such documents so they decline to take the teaching jobs .

What parents should do is

  1. Talk with tutor on phone. Ask them about academic qualification and career history briefly
  2. Ask them for tutoring experience and ask them to describe few students they have taught, like what learning difficulties did such kids encounter, and how they coped with those issues. If tutors can be detailed in describing them, then it is very likely those students are real .
  3. Tell the tutor over phone about your child’s situation, learning need and personality. Ask the tutor what they will do , and ask them to prepare a brief 1 month and 3 month teaching agendas.
  4. After first or second lessons end, talk to children about their feelings for the tutor’s teaching. But no matter what the say , do not jump to conclusion soon. I saw parents fire tutors right after first lesson because the child said they did not like the lesson. But it was really too soon to judge a tutor just for the first lesson. Better observe for longer time

All in all, we should treat tutors with more respect like serving them a cup of water when they come. Say good bye when they are about to leave. Give them tissues when they come up sweating . or even treat them a lunch or dinner . Tutors will do better if they feel your respects.

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advantages and disadvantages of being a full time private English tutor in Hong Kong

More and more choose to be full time private English tutors in Hong Kong .

There are several advantages of this job

1. Flexible working hours and highly hourly price. If you do not like waking up in the morning early, you can arrange your students from late afternoon . Total monthly income is between hkd 30k to hkd 60 k a month on average, based on information that  I got from tutors I know well .

2. Meaningful job . When you meet the right students who really follow your instruction and want to learn with you, you will feel your job is very meaningful. You can use teaching material and teaching methods you like. But when you are in a day school or teaching center, you will got to teach with a lot of limitations

I have seen tutors who used to be investment banker, lawyers and even doctors. They told me they could not find meaning and satisfaction in their jobs so they chose to be full time English tutors. I wowed when I heard that. Those are dreamy jobs for the majority of people in Hong Kong.

 

Disadvantages

1.  Some students may cancel lessons with short notice and they do not want to compensate you . If this happens once or twice, you got to be careful .  You should consider telling parents or students this will affect your income and if they cancel with less than 3 days of notice , they should pay x % of the lessons’ fee. If they cancel with less than 24 hours of notice , they should pay x % of the lessons’ fee .

2. Travelling from one family to another is time consuming. You can consider taking students who are 20 to 30 mins away from your place . In the beginning, this will make it hard to get enough students. But once you have enough students, you will realize your time can  be much more efficiently spent . You may have 6 to 8 teaching hours in a day.

 

Overall speaking, being a native English tutor in Hong Kong is a rewarding job, no matter mentally and financially. But you must really treat your students seriously and prepare for every lesson.Students can easily tell if a tutor is well prepared.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What do native English tutors do in daytime ?

Some parents ask what our native English tutors do in Hong Kong in daytime?

Based on our 14 years of observation ,  most of them (around 60%) have a non-teaching job in daytime . They are good for teaching business English because they are in the commercial world and know the updated terms and concepts.

20% of them are full time private English tutors. They travel to different places to teach students English face to face.

10% of them are students in high school and university.

10% of them are full time English teachers in day schools, local or international .

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Native English tutor to improve English accent

Learning with a native English tutor is getting more popular.

One of the reasons is that Hong Kong parents can not create the English-rich setting at home.

Some parents will try to speak as much as English as they can to their kids at home, but their accent is far from satisfactory

Nowadays , students’ English proficiency is usually mostly judged by how good their English accent is , especially in school interview . I have seen students who have very good accent get offers from international schools easily, even though their reading and writing are not very good .

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香港外教有什麼好處

請外教的好處?

 

請英語外教主要有以下幾點好處

 

  1. 讓小孩真真實實的感受語言障礙, 並為之努力打破這道障礙而努力
  2. 讓小孩有新鮮感,因為外教的談吐,話題,跟本地老師真的很不同
  3. 感受正能量. 外教看事情都是很正面,不像日校老師可能比較多批評
  4. 為讀香港國際學校, 或海外升學, 而鋪路

 

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