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The Oxford Method

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of our Frequently Asked Questions. If you don't see the answer to yours, feel free to contact us.

The workshops for businesses and corporations are specifically tailored to clients’ needs. Since these normally last no longer than a day, the workshops can be tailored to both large and small groups depending on availability.

No, as these courses are all online a visa will not be necessary.

Class sizes vary from 1:1 to 1:3

It really depends on what the student is looking for. Depending on whether you sign up for a standard ESL lesson or an Oxford Method tutorial, the smaller the class size, the more individualized the packaged courses will be in order to meet your needs. That said, small groups can be useful for those who want to build up their communication and debating skills, especially for those who decide to take The Oxford Method tutorials to prepare them for a university environment. In addition, small groups can be a great way to network with other students who are interested in achieving the same educational objectives as themselves.

The Oxford Method tutorials are based on a technique born exclusively from Dr Wand’s experience as a tutor and ad-hoc lecturer at the University of Oxford. Each week before the following lesson, students are given a writing prompt along with a series of academic (and sometimes mainstream) articles to read in depth in order to answer that week’s question. Before the tutorial, the tutor reads through each student’s essay to see if they answered the question properly. S/he looks not only at the content of the writing, but checks for grammar, proper citations, and the students’ ability to think independently (as opposed to writing for the teacher). At the tutorial, the tutor will walk through each paper with each student, asking them in depth questions about their thoughts on each of the articles, and their understanding of the material. S/he will also pose questions as the ‘devil’s advocate’ to encourage the client to think outside of their comfort zone so they can see how the material they studied that week can be applied to larger issues in modern society. The objective behind this procedure is to teach each student how to research and think for themselves rather than waiting for the information to be spoon fed to them.

There are three levels of intensity that students can apply for in order to improve their academic and professional writing, research, and speaking skills. Each level will require a certain amount of time to prepare for each week, so we ask that clients set aside time to commit to the weekly assignments. Below are approximations of how many hours you should be willing to commit to the tutorials each week.

Level 1:

This includes a writing prompt, 2-4 articles, a 500-1000 word (1-2 page) essay, and a one hour face-to-face online tutorial per week. (4+ hours)

Level 2:

This includes a writing prompt, 3-5 articles, a 1000-1500 word (2-3 page) essay, and a one hour face-to-face online tutorial per week. (6+ hours)

Level 3:

This includes a writing prompt, 4-6 articles, a 1500-2000 word (3-4 page) essay, and a one hour face-to-face online tutorial per week. (8+ hours)

Your completed weekly written assignment, a good internet connection, a quiet place to work, headphones (if necessary) and a working computer camera. In addition, we advise students to bring a notepad to take notes, etc. We also ask that students show up to their tutorials a few minutes ahead of time to make sure that their internet connection is working properly.

No, the tutorials are more of a learning process where students discover their strengths and weaknesses and try to build and learn from them. In providing grades, students tend to focus on the grades themselves, determining their self-worth and sense of achievement. At The Oxford Method, our goal is to move beyond this way of thinking by teaching each student to work on personal development at a pace that works best for them.

No, the tutorials are more of a learning process where students discover their strengths and weaknesses and try to build and learn from them. In providing grades, students tend to focus on the grades themselves, determining their self-worth and sense of achievement. At The Oxford Method, our goal is to move beyond this way of thinking by teaching the student to work on personal development at a pace that works best for them.

Our fees vary depending on whether students apply for one-day workshops-, short- or long-term editing services, individual or small group classes, pre-packaged or customized courses, and/or additional ESL courses. Contact The Oxford Method for a free consultation to learn more about your course options.

All courses are paid up front to reserve a space in the yearly calendar. We accept international bank transfers.

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Of course! Students can sign up for additional hourly assistance with their academic writing to assist them with their weekly assignments

Additional hourly ESL writing assistance is available to accompany The Oxford Method tutorials. Standard ESL lessons (which are a separate service) are designed based on each student’s specific needs. To learn more about course options, contact The Oxford Method for a free consultation.

Of course! Learning is an on-going process, and when it comes to academic excellence Rome was not built in a day.

Since all of our courses are online we try our best at The Oxford Method to provide our students with as much free academic online reading material as possible. That said, our tutorials may require students to buy some books (and articles) online as some academic material is still not available through Open Access. That said, we will always give our students several weeks’ notice in order to buy their books ahead of time. In addition, we always assure our students that second and third hand copies of academic books can be found online for a very reasonable rate.

The customised courses are either 6 or 12 weeks and are what we call a ‘living syllabus’. This means that our tutorials are created on a week-by-week basis as the course goes along based on our students’ immediate interests. This is particularly useful for students who want to explore a variety of topics and current events based around their tutor’s areas of expertise.

Our pre-packaged tutorials are 6 weeks long and provide a set reading list and weekly topics. These tutorials are more in line with what students would expect at Oxford, where courses are not personalised but created ahead of time as part of a department’s curriculum.