Help your children stay switched on with a wide range of e-learning opportunities. With schools switching back to online classes it might be time to look for some extra help via online learning and online tutors.
If you’re feeling a sense of déjà vu, you’re not alone. The fifth wave of COVID-19 is here and as if the mental load of taking the family for COVID testing and contemplating the vaccine choices for our kids wasn’t enough, here we are, back to online learning. While you may have slipped straight back into the routine of online classes offered by your child’s school you might also be looking at supplementing those with private online tutors and fun extracurricular activities. We have compiled some of the best online learning platforms, learning resources and e-learning programmes that offer lessons and classes to help your child, not only with their schoolwork but also allowing them to explore their hobbies and interests.
Looking for a way to inspire your curious child after school? Try Novalearn.org! It’s a virtual STEAM educational platform that supplements your child’s education by curating and developing content with certified educators from around the world. Your children will learn through watching videos, doing creative challenges, and completing assessment checkpoints by sharing their work with the community. They’ll have so much fun that they won’t even realise they’re learning! Novalearn.org provides your child the opportunity to teach, inspire and learn from other children in a supportive and kind online environment, all moderated by NovaLearn’s teachers.
Sign up for the NovaLearn beta programme and get access to unlimited courses. Hurry! There are a limited number of free spots available.
Qurio Education – Integrated Online Learning (IOL) Programme
Summer holidays has come early as a surprise for us all this year. At Qurio, we are here to help and offer you the support you need to plan and make the best out of this early break.
Qurio offers after-school classes in English, Phonics, Chinese, Maths, and Interactive Story Time for children aged 3 to 12 years old. Since the announcement of school suspension, Qurio has introduced the Integrated Online Learning (IOL) Programme for students from Pre-K1 to K3. This all-in-one course includes a comprehensive offering covering everything from English and Chinese languages, Phonics, and Maths, as well as giving out weekly revision sheets for students to continue the learning fun at home. This highly interactive programme with 30-minute lessons runs daily from Tuesday to Friday. Enrol in a two-week course for the special price of $90 a lesson, or a four-week course for $85 a lesson.
TigerCampus HK — Quality online tutors for students of all ages in Hong Kong
These days students in Hong Kong struggle with many academic challenges. Let the hand-picked private tutors (from the world’s most prestigious universities no less!) at TigerCampus HK guide your kids through their studies. Tutoring sessions are provided online and focus on exam preparation (IGCSE, A-Levels, SAT and IB) as well as STEM education through Hong Kong Coding Club where students take a closer look at programming, game development, digital arts, video editing and more. TigerCampus HK also offers help with university assignments and counselling for kids at boarding schools. All sessions are recorded and can be downloaded for your own revision purposes. Best of all, your first trial session is completely free!
Online Tutoring Services In Hong Kong
British Tutors — Tutors specialising in British education with online learning
British Tutors offers online tuition for students in Hong Kong. Using online technology and zoom video calls, these classes offer great flexibility when it comes to schedule, location or subject. It’s also ideal if you’re studying in a British school considering moving your child to the UK school system.
ITS Education Asia — Online tutoring in IB, IGSCE, A-Levels and more
ITS Education Asia (ITS) provides flexible learning options in English for a wide range of subjects (Primary, Secondary and Tertiary levels). ITS operates two schools in Hong Kong registered with the Hong Kong Education Bureau and can enrol students from all over the world thanks to virtual live lessons via an online classroom.
For You Education — Online tutors for Hong Kong international school students
For You Education offers tutors who are experts in both the local and international school curriculum. Most of their tutors have graduated from the ESF or other international schools, so they are intimately familiar with Hong Kong’s education system and teaching styles.
TUTTEE — Science and math tutors online
While you might be helping your children out with their studies, there might be subjects that are out of your area of expertise. If you are looking for sustained and consistent help to guide your children through their higher grades, TUTTEE offers effective tutoring for chemistry, physics, maths, biology and Chinese (IB, GCE, IGCSE, IAL & HKDSE). These instructors are highly trained and paid fairly through the company. They also have impressive statistics on how effective the tutoring has enhanced their student’s grades, with a focus on helping students to actually understand the content instead of cramming for a test.
Online Extracurricular Activities In Hong Kong
Metropolis Museum — Art museum with online kids classes
The Metropolis Museum opened in Hong Kong with a mission to promote classical Western art and make it more accessible to children and their parents. Due to the current pandemic, Metropolis Museum Kids has cleverly adapted its programmes into online extracurricular and after-school activities via Zoom. You can sign up your little ones for storytelling (ages 2 to 5 years) online painting workshops (ages 5 to 13 years), Art Talks (ages 6 to 8 years) or science and nature workshops (ages 3 to 10 years). Metropolis Museum believes that these social interactions (albeit online) help children develop inquisitive minds, critical thinking and a high EQ.
Casita — Online music and movement classes for young kids
Casita has moved its popular Zumbini classes (an age-specific music program from the team behind Zumba) online in the form of “Zoombini”. This is a great option for little kids aged under 4 to get their wiggles out.
Popular kids’ class provider Baumhaus has moved its popular Kindermusik classes online. Get a free sample of what is on offer for your young kids (0 to 5 years) by checking out the on-demand videos and regular Instagram and Facebook live sessions. Kindermusik classes can also be done online for current students (using credits) and future students for $150 a session.
MusicSage – Online music tutors
MusicSage is an online learning platform that helps match your child with a suitable music tutor. It offers private lessons online for violin, piano, flute and many other instruments. Hourly rates range from $250 (for student teachers) to $1,000 an hour (for teachers who have experience performing in the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra).
Qurio — Online classes for kids
Keep your kindy kids language learning up to speed with Qurio’s online courses. Its all-in-one online programme covers lessons in English, Phonics, Maths, and Chinese to ensure comprehensive coverage of core learning subjects for your child.
Kids Gallery — Online classes for English and phonics
Kids Gallery offers a variety of live online classes for kids aged 3 to 9 years in phonics, creative writing and English (scaled to the appropriate age group of course). All online programmes are delivered by trained experts.
Curiosity Kids — Online science classes in Hong Kong
This science class provider has quickly adapted to the world of remote learning. It offers online classes for kids 4 years and above. The team sends a list of simple materials easily found at home to parents and teaches children simple science concepts using these.
First Code Academy — Online coding classes in Hong Kong
One of the best ways to enhance a child’s future is to give them the opportunity to learn how to code. First Code Academy has moved completely online to offer 1:1 coding classes for children 5 years and up, tailor-making the curriculum roadmap based on your child’s interest, levels, and long term goals.
Cobo Academy — Online coding classes
Cobo Academy also offers online courses to expose your child to coding. Its courses span a large variety of age groups and boast of a flexible schedule.
Cobo Academy (Wan Chai), 6/F, Yam Tze Commercial Building, 23 Thomson Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Learnlex – Online learning platform
Learnlex is a new-generation eLearning platform (currently in Chinese, but it translates well) that strives to develop unique teaching and learning materials for parents and students. It offers MAD Maths & Problem-Solving Training that can strengthen students’ reasoning, logic and integration skills. Combined with AI artificial intelligence developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, MAD provides students and parents with a one-stop-shop of detailed analysis and learning modules.
Mulberry House — Online Mandarin classes and tutoring in Hong Kong
Mulberry House Asia offers one-on-one online Mandarin immersion classes as well as small group online language classes for students aged 3 to 8 years. The lessons include interactive reading, music and games that can supplement your child’s home learning materials.
Berlitz — Online language courses
Berlitz is recognised around the world. It has an effective curriculum and is offers self-paced and live online language courses online. These aren’t specifically for children but it’s easy to find a pace and level to suit your little linguist.
More Online Learning Platforms
Other apps and websites worth looking at for virtual learning include:
- Hong Kong Tutors — Facebook group
- Lingo Bus
- Chegg — online tutoring platform
- Khan Academy and Khan Academy Kids — The kids app is tried and tested by our Sassy toddler and be sure to check out the suggested daily schedule for online learning
Tips For Online Learning
While we all love in-person teaching, the internet has opened our eyes to a world (wide web) of possibilities. You might find better and more reasonably-priced resources outside the city and opt for remote learning even when not mandatory. As families get ready to move out of Hong Kong, they may also find this a good way to prepare their kids for a different curriculum and new education system overseas.
When contacting tutors, ask about their approach and the materials they use and make sure your intentions are clear (whether you want them to keep pace with the school syllabus or are looking for additional or different support).
Additionally, if your child wants to learn at their own pace and unassisted by a tutor, there are a plethora of online classes (more are being added every month) on offer for free from universities around the globe. Edx and Coursera are a good place to start. You might even want to enrol for some of these classes yourself along (including Yale’s most popular course, The Science of Well-being).
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Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 15, April 2020 by Sarah Guinon and updated most recently in February 2022.