Sylvan

Angela - posted on 08/17/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Has anyone ever tried Sylvan. Have a daughter, 7 with focus issues? Basically, Sylvan says they can teach her how to focus. She works better one on one. The problem seems to be when she is working independently her mind wanders.

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Dara - posted on 08/21/2010

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I used to work at a Sylvan Learning Center, and I saw some real results with kids I taught. The way it works is that one teacher is responsible for 1 - 3 kids at a time, and they give the kids individualized programs and one on one coaching. The activities are changed up about every ten minutes so kids don't get bored. They are marked right away so there is instant feedback, and kids love that. Because there are so few distractions at the table, and the teacher is there, face to face with your kids, they definitely learn to focus. They are also cued with tokens, which they can spend at the little Sylvan store. When they finish something, they get tokens, when they do well, they get tokens, when they are positive, they get tokens. It's a tangible way for kids to see their own rewards. I really enjoyed working at Sylvan, also having been a classroom teacher. The one on one is fantastic.

Ilene - posted on 08/19/2010

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We did Sylvan last year. My son had some focus issues as well. Be prepared that the tutors all there work with about three kids at once. My son ended up in a group with two older kids. The tutors complained that my son was taking up too much effort from the older kids and was unfocused..hmmm, isn't that why we brought him here to begin with? They said they couldn't help him. Really? They offered us an out of our obligation and we decided to take it. I do think it helped a little bit, but not worth my time and energy especially when they were telling me I should "bring him in earlier in the day" He goes to school and I wasn't about to take him out of school just to go to Sylvan.

Cassidy - posted on 08/19/2010

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My sister and I both went their and it helped us so much. I know that it costs a lot of money but it's worth it. I honestly wish I could go back at age 29 for help in other areas that I lack in.

Lisa - posted on 08/17/2010

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if you call your school there are older students that you can pay to help. this helps the other students and saves you money. :)

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