The long summer holiday can offer some much needed rest AND an opportunity for summer tuition.
If you’re planning on travelling to far flung, sunnier climes, taking a tutor with you can have multiple benefits.
Whether your child is preparing for the 11+, 13+ or simply practising a new language, summer tuition can work wonders.
Ryan Walker is a Client Manager at Holland Park Education with several years of residential tutoring experience.
He has worked with families across Russia and has been to St Tropez, Cap d’Antibes and Cap Ferrat to teach and mentor students during the summer holiday. Here are his top tips for Summer Tuition.
So what should you consider?
- Start by managing your expectations. Qualified teachers are unlikely to want to spend their precious free time continuing to teach. Instead you’re looking for a disciplined, young at heart individual who knows how to balance their educational experience with fun, engaging methods of learning. Choosing someone who shares interests with your child is always a good starting point.
- Be clear from the start. Holland Park works as the middle man between the client and the tutor. We help arrange a bespoke service for each family depending on their unique needs. The tutor you select will be most effective if they are given all the relevant information from the get go. Decide if they will be staying with you or will they have separate accommodation? How many hours of tuition will you require a day? Is there an end goal in mind? Are you preparing for a particular exam or simply strengthening learning?
- What are you paying for? As well as a set number of hours of tuition a day, the host family would be expected to cover a return flight, any visas required, accommodation, and any food required during their stay with you. Just how involved you want a tutor to be in everyday family life is entirely up to you.
- Choose a tutor who speaks another Language. Lessons can easily be configured to include Language lessons in the morning – while the afternoon is spent putting their new found knowledge to practise in their local environment.
- Choose a tutor that is familiar with the area you are travelling to. A cultural exchange of the locale and it’s history will help develop your child’s curiosity and enrich what they are learning, by placing it into context.
- This is still your child’s holiday. It needn’t be about dusty tomes and conjugating Latin verbs. A tutor who is able to teach as well as entertain is a must. Having your child meet their potential tutor and begin sessions at home, before you jet off, makes sense to ensure a good rapport.
- What’s the best thing about taking a tutor on holiday? It’s your holiday too and while you enjoy some much deserved down time you can feel confident in the knowledge that your child is being looked after by a hand picked educational professional!
If you still have any questions or would like to discuss summer tuition do feel free to contact the office on +44 (0) 207 034 0800.