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Many students and young professionals struggle between choosing a classroom setting to learn Chinese or the one-on-one Chinese tutoring experience. It all depends upon your learning style and which environment suits you best.

Watch this video below to find out why Amanda was glad she chose an Intensive Tutoring program.

Amanda’s Study Abroad Story:

Amanda’s entire family is Chinese, and many of them live in China. But, her Chinese was “never that great.” In order to be able to speak with them in Chinese, she decided to improve her Chinese.

After Amanda’s mother did some research online, she came across the Next Step China website and showed it to Amanda. Her mom was especially excited about Amanda being able to take classes at BLU, a highly esteemed university in Beijing. They both agreed that it looked like a great opportunity for Amanda to get the living abroad experience while also improving her Chinese speaking skills.

When Amanda arrived in China, the Next Step China team helped her get settled into her accommodations, as well as, helping her build a local social network. Though Amanda was immersed in learning Chinese most of the time, she did have some time to participate in outside activities. One of her favorites was dumpling making.

Her favorite part of tutoring was getting the one-on-one attention she needed to improve her Chinese. Amanda says, “There’s just no one else, it’s just you and the tutor. I think you learn better that way if it’s solely you, and the tutor is focused on you.”

Her least favorite aspect of tutoring was the intense schedule. With classes from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and only an hour before the next block of classes, Amanda found it a bit challenging. Regardless, she was happy to get everything “done with” before the evening.

From this experience, Amanda says that she’s gained a better knowledge of how China works. Before she came to study in China, she would visit family in China and go out with them to restaurants, but she never got the experience of “being a local.” She feels that she became more independent as a result of studying abroad in China.

What about you? Are you ready to study abroad in China to improve your Chinese? If so, you can find out more about our intensive tutoring programs and contact us with any questions. We hope to see you soon in China!


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