Q.M. asks from Philadelphia, PA on May 22, 2008
Sylvan Learning Center for Tutoring with Math
I'm am getting ready to enroll my 10 year old daughter in Sylvan Learning Center for tutoring with math. I paid for her to be tested and found out that she is only on a 3.5 level with her math and she is in the 5th grade. She does not like math a lot, so her confidence and self esteem have gone down. She has lied about not having homework because she doesn't want to do the math and the children that I've stopped her from hanging with in the neighborhood don't do their homework , are disrespectful and their parents really don't tend to them and she was picking up alot of their bad habits. So I'm wondering has anyone ever had any experience with sending their kids to Sylvan Learning Center for tutoring and has it helped at all. I know it is not cheap at all to send her, but I think it would be well worth it to get her back on track with her studies in school and learning math skills better. I tried to help her myself but she wouldn't listen didn't understand it from me or either they had a new way of doing simple math and I couldn't understand the new methods. I am not very good at math myself, so I figured sending her here would be a really good thing. Any advice or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
B. answers from Philadelphia on May 23, 2008
I actually used to work at a Sylvan L.C. in Arizona and can honestly say that it works really well for most kids. Obviously, as with all things, it doesn't work for some kids, but most of the children I worked with at the center improved their skills dramatically. Good luck! =)
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E.D. answers from Philadelphia on May 23, 2008
My friend used Sylvan for his daughter and was disappointed because Sylvan didn't assign one person. They rotate the staff and so for every session his daughter had someone different. She wasn't able to build a relationship and level of comfort with any one person. They found better results (and it was less expensive) with private tutoring from another teacher in school.
I don't know what is best for your situation but I hope this information will provide you with some insight. Best wishes.
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L.B. answers from Philadelphia on May 23, 2008
Even though my three daughters are all adults now ages 35,30, and 24 your situation brought back memories of my situation with my last daughter. Our situation came to a point were as a single full-time working mom, not good in the new math, brought Sylvan Learning Center into our lives. I highly recommend this move however, remember it is a costly one. Perhaps you can ask your mom and sister if they can help, every bit they can provide will cut down the cost for you. A huge benefit to this level of participation would be that they will be more likely to be active participants in Sylvan's suggested program for your daughter. My daughter's confidence level soared not only in math but all her subject areas. She went on to finish high school, and go to college.It is wise on your part that you recognize the need to get help for your daughter now.Also check and see if Sylvan has flexibility in making payments, or tuition assistance. There may also be education grants that you can apply for in your area to help defray the cost of tutoring. Check on line, through United Way, local churches, then call Sylvan and schedule an appointment to talk with them about finance options before making a final decision.
A new 54 year old grandmom of a 11 month old grandson.
S.M. answers from Philadelphia on May 24, 2008
I am a teach and my advise to to skip Sylan and contact the school district where your daughter attends school. Although the teachers will charge you an hourly fee (in my area it is between $35 and $45 per hour)keep in mind they are familar with the curriculum and what skills she needs. I am not sure where you live but if your daughter is in a good school district, start there first.
J.K. answers from Philadelphia on May 23, 2008
Although I have never used Sylvan Learning Center, I used the services of the Huntington Learning Center (similar service) to assist with my son's reading comprehension level. He went there twice a week for 2 years and the results were well worth the expense. Both services guarantee results. They are also good with SAT Prep. My son just finished college several years ago.