FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

  1. Should parents worry about their kids’ adaptation to different Tutors?
  2. Why do we have to lose one lesson during the Christmas, Chinese New Year and Easter holidays?
  3. How can parents be assured of a new Tutor’s qualifications to teach the DOORS Method in class?
  4. How can I know if my child has improved after taking classes at your school?
  5. How long would my child need to stay with the DOORS Method Learning Centre?
  6. Can my child have less homework?
  7. Why is it important to read the 'red words' in the notebook?

 

Q1:

Should parents worry about their kids’ adaptation to different Tutors?

A1:

We aim to expose children to different teaching styles and accents, besides training them to read with ease to whoever the examiner is, under any circumstances. Our parents concur and understand DOORS’ tactic to rotate Tutors from the following statement in the DOORS Method Learning Centre School Rules.

Tutor Assignment

The assignment of a Tutor to a student is at the full discretion of the Principal, subject to the student’s level of reading proficiency.  The DOORS Method is designed and taught with the goal to ensure that each student will excel beyond his or her normal achievement level.  It is an advantageous practice to rotate a student who can read comfortably with various tutors, as the student will benefit from different interactions in the coaching process. All Tutors are trained on a regular basis by a standardized approach to deliver the DOORS Method.  We will never sacrifice our students’ progress or the efficiency of our program.  There will be no deviation from this school policy and parents cannot “select Tutors”.

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Q2:

Why do we have to lose one lesson during the Christmas, Chinese New Year and Easter holidays?

A2:

There is a 1-week holiday period at each of the three festivals (Christmas, Chinese New Year and Easter) as stated clearly in the School Rules, which is filed with the Education Bureau. Instead of one to two weeks off in a regular school, your child will miss only one lesson in each of the festive months.  We ensure 7 lessons during each of the 3 festive months and 8 lessons in each month in spite of your child’s absence due to sickness, examination or family travelling by giving make-up lessons at a time convenient to you, within a month. We understand this practice is NOT normally offered at other registered schools.

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Q3:

How can parents be assured of a new Tutor’s qualifications to teach the DOORS Method in class?

A3:

Since establishing the DOORS Method Learning Centre Auntie Dora has unfailingly trained a team of dedicated Tutors to the highest possible standards, which is our best quality control measure. If parents have their child read the red words in their notebook written by different Tutors, they will find the notes are of the same system and standards. All Tutors have to learn the standardized DOORS approach and clues to explain new words and how to play the Clue-Reading Game. This is fundamental to establish the DOORS phonic system in a child who will be able to read any new books with confidence and fluency within a very short time.

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Q4:

How can I know if my child has improved after taking classes at your school?

A4:

Check the monthly statistics in your child’s notebook to understand a) how much of the DOORS I Program has been covered, b) the number of books read, c) dictation, d) sentence-making, and e) number of compositions written after certain number of hours. On average, the number of books read by a child is usually three times that of the number of hours spent with our Tutors, including laying the DOORS Method phonic foundation with basic spelling skills and right letter size concept.

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Q5:

How long would my child need to stay with the DOORS Method Learning Centre?

A5:

Needless to say every child has a different learning curve, and hence, progress. If you are able to spend 2 half-hour sessions (a total of one hour) daily on the DOORS assignment at home, your child should be able to catch up with the program without any difficulty. Always refer to the monthly statistics in your child's notebook to witness the efficiency of the DOORS Method.  You can withdraw your child anytime when you are convinced his / her English reading and / or writing proficiency is advance enough compared to their peers. Statistics have shown that our students are usually 2 years ahead of their peers group in reading skills, normally within 12-18 months after started our program.

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Q6:

Can my child have less homework?

A6:

We strongly advise the practice of 2 half-hour sessions, that is one hour total daily for both DOORS reading and/or writing homework if your child were to obtain maximum benefits from the program.

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Q7:

Why is it important to read the 'red words' in the notebook?

A7:

Re-reading the red words written by the Tutors in your child’s notebook can consolidate the DOORS phonic system, while learning additional vocabulary.  

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