The Chinese Education System – How does it work?

The Chinese Education System – How does it work?

As you may have noticed over the past month, bookings have dropped a little as students prepare for their English exams and end of term exams before the summer season. Many students will be thinking about the work they will need to do over the summer holidays and some will be a little scared about […]

Midweek Refresh – Homework

Midweek Refresh – Homework

Homework, how do you feel when you hear that word? Does it send you back to being a kid at school again and the inward groan when homework is set? Do you think about your own children and the help they’ll need this evening when they sit down to get it done? Or is it […]

Being a Buddy while Studying

Being a Buddy while Studying

Hi! I’m Molly, a buddy here at IQBar: a job I love and feel grateful to have the opportunity to do everyday. As well as being an online English teacher, I am a History of Art degree student in England: something that is demanding, rewarding and takes a lot of work, much like my job, […]

Tip For Tuesday – Which exam resource?

Tip For Tuesday – Which exam resource?

Tip For Tuesday – Which exam resource? Breadies doing exam resource sessions can be some of the most fun sessions as they are specifically tailored to the needs of that student and the exam they are taking. English exams are very popular with Breadies as it is important for students in China to be able […]

Tip for Tuesday – Behavioural Management: Assertive Discipline

Tip for Tuesday – Behavioural Management: Assertive Discipline

“No student should ever prevent a teacher from teaching or keep another student from learning” Lee Cantor Misbehaviour. One of the most dreaded parts of being a Buddy, classroom teacher, or parent. How to discipline can be a minefield, particularly when it is not your own child and you have to assert your authority, gain […]

Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival

One of the many colourful festivals to mark the Chinese Calendar is that of Duanwu Festival, known to the rest of the world as the Dragon Boat Festival. Falling on the 7th of June, the Dragon Boat festival is China’s biggest celebration in the summer, falling on the 5th day of the 5th Lunar month, […]

Tip for Tuesday – Time Keeping Habits

Tip for Tuesday – Time Keeping Habits

With a tight schedule of 25 minute sessions, 5 minute gaps in between and a structured class, sometimes the minutes just seem to vanish before you. The five minute slot for note taking and getting into the classroom can disappear before your eyes as you load the next class – perhaps the student before started […]

Meet the Team – Annalyn

Meet the Team – Annalyn

Hello, fellow amazing Buddies! I’m Annalyn. I’ve been working with IQBar for more than a year now. I have done 1,647 sessions as of this writing. Aside from being a happy Buddy, I currently have three other roles within our awesome online school. Let me tell you about them. Craft Maker I make craft videos […]

Tip for Tuesday:  Why phonics and reading are so important to an ESL learner.

Tip for Tuesday: Why phonics and reading are so important to an ESL learner.

When spending a fair amount of time doing something, working on it consistently, it is only fair to want to see noticeable results. The same applies when learning a new language. You have to consistently work at it and invest hours in order for you to become proficient. As we work with mostly younger students, […]

What are ‘Breadies’ and ‘Buddies’

What are ‘Breadies’ and ‘Buddies’

One of the first things one may notice when joining IQBar is the interesting names given to the students and teachers, ‘Breadies’ and ‘Buddies. The answer as to why these are the names cannot be found in the FAQ or the welcome pack so we decided it was high time to ask our CEO Helen […]