Back about 100 years ago my parents took me to the Sylvan Learning Center because I was struggling in school. The real reason was because I hated the nuns and priests that ran the school and besides a few cute girls, school was boring. I wasn’t a slow learner but school did nothing for me and the school wasn’t anything to look forward to everyday.
It was an old catholic school and corporal punishment was still going on when I was going there in 4th grade. I used to get hit in the knuckles from a nun when I spoke out or joked around in class. The odd thing was that my grades were decent so it didn’t reflect on my report cards.
There was this on teacher who taught science at Sacred Heart School in Lowell MA. Dr Romanowsky or Doc Romanowsky. He kind of inspired me and gave me a better understanding of what we were learning in class could be applied to the real world. He also met with one of my parents and they recommended the Sylvan Learning Center near by to get some extra help with math.
In my case, going to the Sylvan Learning Center was the turn around that made me enjoy learning math and science and I think it did a little to my attitude back then as well. Although a few weeks ago a met a girl who said she was a teacher and moonlighted as a instructor at the center and just complained about the was instructors were treated, the horrible hours and kids still constantly not changing and not getting better. Maybe it was just her, right?
The commercial advertises teaching Math facts to pre-calculus, reading readiness and college preparation tests. This program is advertised to help children succeed and get six homework help sessions for seventy five dollars. Their, what seems to be, motto is “to catch up… to keep up… to get ahead…”
This motto sums up their purpose which is to help students catch up with their school work, help them keep up with their work, or even get ahead. Sylvan learning center will also help students with taking college preparation tests. This specific advertisement caters more to the parents basically saying that if they see that their child needs and extra push or help, that they can get six homework sessions for only seventy five dollars. The advertisement shows pictures of students smiling and working.
Parents can send their children to Sylvan for the low low rate of about $40 per hour. Teachers are tasked with helping three to four students at a time, netting the Sylvan Learning center anywhere from $120 to $160. Teachers, who must be certified and pass Sylvan’s own battery of tests, are then tasked with little more than helping students work on Sylvan-prepared worksheets.
How much are the teachers paid? About $10 an hour. I don’t know if this is true everywhere but the girl I know that works at one in Dracut Massachusetts says it’s an ok job but isn’t going to make her rich, that for sure.
So I guess you have to make up your own mind about going to a Sylvan Learning Center for extra help for your child. I know that it did help me but probably isn’t for everyone. Let me know if you have tried one of these centers out and how it worked for you or your child.