The perfect after school social skill courses for your child
How social science courses benefit your child
In our competitive society, many children participate in extracurricular activities after school to gain an edge. These activities are well known to lay the foundation for the development of intelligence, personality, social behaviour and learning capacity, and as vital elements to ensure your child does not fall behind in their development.
Extracurricular social science classes are no exception as many curricula include a range of social science subjects either taught in an integrative manner in elementary school or in the senior years of secondary school. For example, popular GCSE/IGCSE courses include Psychology and Sociology, O-levels include compulsory Social studies and optional Geography, History courses, A-levels may be taken in Business, Economics, Geography, History, Politics, Sociology, Psychology, HKDSE has a core subject called Liberal studies and the IB program's group 3 subjects consist of Business management, Economics, Geography, Global politics, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Anthropology and Religion.
There is much research that points to the ability of extracurricular social science courses to increase a student's engagement, deepen their understanding of culture and society, develop their global perspectives and improve critical thinking skills1. Social sciences are considered interdisciplinary as they include the study of concepts and themes, ideas and beliefs, and people and places, all of which incorporate knowledge learned in a range of school subjects. Studying interdisciplinary subjects are known to promote higher order thinking skills and innovation, which are attractive capabilities to top colleges. Real life examples of interdisciplinary benefits include the chemist Willard Libby who discovered radiocarbon dating and then applied his findings in chemistry to the discipline of archeology, winning the Nobel Prize for the discovery in 19602. Another example is of a geographer who was involved in a team that set out to solve the cause of acid rain.
William Newell, who was the Executive Director of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies for many years, believes the very nature of our world as a complex system provides a strong rationale for interdisciplinary study such as social sciences. “In order to be successful, she may find it just as necessary as will the practitioner of interdisciplinary studies to develop an understanding of issues ranging from chemistry to culture”3 . And every year, top universities are implementing more interdisciplinary social science courses into their curricula because they believe it attracts the best students and that a synthesis of a broad range of disciplines constitutes a high quality of education4. A grounding in social sciences therefore has important implications for a student's future in that the resulting cognitive development allows them to see relationships among content areas and understand principles that cross curricular lines and equips students with a wealth of skills to excel in future professions.
After school social science tutoring can assist with the necessary exam preparation for secondary social science subjects, increase a student's examination confidence, provide them with valuable study techniques and result in higher scores on standardized tests5. While some Western countries have moved away from focusing on examinations as a way to measure the achievements of children, children in Asia still face immense pressure to perform well on exams. Influenced by Confucianism, children across Asia are encouraged to study at the expense of other activities, due to a belief that diligence and education facilitate upward social mobility. And nothing causes more stress for both parents and children than preparation for exams and assessments. Exam preparation courses in the area of social studies are one way to help alleviate the pressure children face as it arms them with a sense of readiness, helps develop memory skills and devices, and review exam content in a way that can supplement formal school curricula.
Given the importance of differentiating high quality exam preparation courses, Bizibuz is proud to work with top tier education centres in order to meet the demand for exam preparation courses for the local school system, under international school curricula and for international college admissions.
A wide range of extracurricular social science classes
Social science classes for youth aren’t just about exam preparation, they assist with developing cognitive integrative skills that will convey a lifetime of benefits! Our range of after school social science courses cover diverse subjects from Anthropology/sociology, Business/accounting, Economics, Geography/history, Government/politics, Law, Liberal/social studies, Philosophy/psychology, and Religion.
While exam preparation and after school study are important for children, giving students the opportunity for a more balanced and broad learning experience through an after school social science program can help them develop into more well-rounded individuals with a life-long interdisciplinary outlook!
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1. Karabulut, Ü. S. (2012). How to Teach Critical-Thinking in Social Studies Education: An Examination of Three NCSS Journals. Eurasian Journal of Educational Research, 49, 197-214.
2. Youngblood, Dawn, 2007. “Interdisciplinary Studies and the Bridging Disciplines: A Matter of Process.” Journal of Research Practice, v.3, i.2. http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/contentdelivery/servlet/ERICServlet?accno=EJ8003 66.
3. Newell, William. (2001). A Theory of Interdisciplinary Studies. Issues in Integrative Studies. 19. 1-26.
4. Kleinberg, Ethan, 2008. “Interdisciplinary studies at a Crossroads.” Association of American Colleges and Universities, from http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICDocs/data/ericdocs2sql/content_storage_01/0000019b/80/29/92 /84.pdf.
5. Claudia Buchmann, Dennis J. Condron, Vincent J. Roscigno, Shadow Education, American Style: Test Preparation, the SAT and College Enrollment, Social Forces, Volume 89, Issue 2, December 2010, Pages 435–461, https://doi.org/10.1353/sof.2010.0105.