Every Child Benefits from Academic TutoringBy Elena Epstein
Growing up in L.A. is not easy. The academic and social landscape can feel like a pressure cooker. Kids compete in school, in sports and the arts. What our kids need to weather this storm is an inner strength – a sense of grit, optimism and confidence.
One of the best ways to build this critical inner compass is by providing your child with a solid support system and the necessary tools to navigate the challenges they face.
At Sylvan Learning, L.A.’s largest tutoring service, the guiding principal is building grit and confidence in all students by providing them with the academic skills needed to reach their full potential. Rand Bleimeister, executive director of Sylvan Learning Los Angeles, explains the benefits of the Sylvan program.
What type of student would benefit most from Sylvan Learning?
Every student can benefit from academic tutoring.
We have every type of student – from those who are doing well in school to those who are working to get ahead and those who have fallen behind. In every case, our educators create a personalized learning plan that is unique for each student and is designed to enable each student to achieve their academic goals quickly. Each student works with a fully trained and certified teacher, and parents can track their child’s progress using our website.
A lot of our students are highly motivated and want to continue to push to the next level. For example, in math, our team enables these students to get ahead of their class so they can learn algebra and calculus earlier. This enables them to finish high school taking advanced calculus. And this helps them stand out when they apply to college.
Tell us about Sylvan’s teaching philosophy.
Kids do best when they feel good about their abilities. That’s a fact. Our goal is to make sure our students feel successful and confident. Having that personal time with an educator who is completely focused on your child’s goals and needs is at the core of our centers.
What are some of the programs you offer?
We offer personalized tutoring in math, reading, writing, algebra, geometry, homework help, AP classes and SAT/ACT prep. We also offer STEM classes in science, engineering, robotics and coding for kids in elementary school.
With every new student, we start with a diagnostic assessment test. The results of this test enable our team of educators to create each student’s personalized learning program. These programs are taught by our certified teachers using iPads as a teaching tool (instead of old-fashioned workbooks) to deliver our interactive common-core aligned curriculum.
What makes Sylvan Learning unique?
We are the only educational tutoring program to offer an improvement guarantee. That’s how confident we are in our program.
We carefully screen and train only certified teachers to work with our students. Every child learns differently. We find students learn more material faster if they work with certified teachers who have education degrees.
A few years ago, we transitioned our curriculum to iPads, making our curriculum more accessible, engaging and trackable. Though we offer homework help, for many of our students the best thing we do is re-teach foundational math and reading skills so that students really get it and so homework becomes easier for them to do.
Every parent has access to our online lesson-tracking website, so they can view their child’s progress at any time. In addition, we schedule meetings with parents every four to six weeks so we can give them updates on their child’s progress.
As a dad, do you find yourself relating to the families you serve?
Absolutely. My daughter will graduate college this year. As parents, we always want what’s best for our kids. Making an investment in a tutoring program can make a huge difference to a child’s experience inside and outside the classroom.
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