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Sylvan Learning...anyone use it?

Discussion in 'Parents Off Topic' started by Beach bum, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. Beach bum

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    We have been told that Abby most likely has a math disability called Discalculia. Basically, she can't easily grasp math concepts. We see that the local Sylvan offers math camps over the summer. Maddy definitely would benefit too as she is struggling, but not as much as her sister...ah the joy of multiples!
    Has anyone every used a learning center? Is it worth it?
     
  2. momtojess

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    I had looked into it when we were looking for Jess a tutor. I have heard good things about our local one here. But then I found a private tutor who is much cheaper and is awesome so we didnt go with Sylvan.
     
  3. KeltonsMom

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    If you choose to go the private tutor or use Sylvan, I applaud you. I have Discalculia, and when I was in school it was overlooked and I did not get any help with it. I guess back when I was in grade school they just did not know what to do about it.
    All through school I did very poorly in Math, and I still struggle with it today.
     
  4. HaileesMom

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    My daughter has been going to Sylvan for about 2 months for help with math and her math grade has ALREADY gone up. She was getting a D and now she is getting a B:)
    I would say Sylvan is definitely worth it.
     
  5. Mama2H

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    I found they were not affordable for us. We ended up using http://time4learning.com to suplement school. Kenzie does not have discalcula but she was failing last year, severly. Adding time 4 learning gave her the visual she needed to learn.
     
  6. Beach bum

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    Thanks! In speaking with my mom and the girls teachers, it is pretty safe to say that I too have Discalculia. I went to a Catholic school, and back then, there wasn't much emphasis put on math, so it was most likely very easily overlooked. I somehow managed to make it through college and part of grad school with only having to take Algebra B! Safe to say I definitely slipped through the cracks!
     
  7. momtojess

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    We use that website also, along with a tutor, and Jess loves it.. she really has improved with help from that website. (she only has a tutor for reading, so I know the toehr subjects are from the website's help)
     
  8. candise

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    My niece uses Sylvan and my sister jokes they should be the ad. My niece has improved dramatically with their services. They do testing to identify the problems your daughter is having and only work on those areas she needs help with. I would choose an option where the problem is identified as opposed to more work sheets etc. like Kumon does.
     
  9. Mama2H

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    Mackenzie has too! I am 95% sure that she has dyslexia, she still transposes a LOT of her letters and she really struggles with other things. She is just now starting to read chapter books after doing T4L for a little more than a year. I know it wasn't her teacher last year :eek: She has a better teacher this year and I think the T4L has given her the confidence boost that she needed.
     
  10. sammysmom

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    Sylvan can be very expensive, but if you can afford it, it is a great option. If the school is the one that suggested the likelyhood of a learning disability, then they are responsible for initating and child study to see where she needs help. If she is in private school, your home district will be able to provide all the necessary testing for your daughter.
     
  11. Mama2H

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    IF you can get them to do it :mad: Our school labeled Mackenzie as a slow learner and when I got the AEA involved they started testing but the person in charge of her file quit to stay home with her new baby. She unfortunatly closed all of her current cases and the new case worker is too far behind and has not reopened Kenzie's case :mad: The school does not want Kenzie labeled as dyslexic because they will have to provide extra services for her (have been told this by her current teacher). We cannot afford sylvan, wish we could...
     
  12. fredntan2

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    my sisters using huntington or it could be sylvan.

    her son now in 1st grade repeated kindergarden and was doing real bad in 1st.
    he's doing great now. but I was shocked at how much it was. they wanted a lot of the mmoney up front. I had her rethink that.

    private tutors seemed a lot cheaper. usally the school has a list.
     
  13. shirley83006

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    i checked in on that place. My daughter was falling behind on math and reading. Too expensive for me. I wish i could afford it. But since i have had her blood sugars down much better. she has shown much improvement. i believe that with her blood sugars up high, she could not concentrate as well.
     
  14. sugarmonkey

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    I've never heard of Sylvan. But I have discalculia. It wasn't diagnosed until I was in my late 20s. I have a lot of trouble with numbers. I often get phone numbers wrong, and I can't even help my dd with her basic math. I hope your dd gets the help she needs.
    I'll have to check out that website someone mentioned and see if it'll help my dd. She struggles with math, but I think it's mostly a confidence thing with her.
     
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    I would personally try local teachers that might want to tutor during the summer. It would definitely be cheaper than Sylvan. We've never had to use Sylvan (our middle school is wonderful about tutoring after school for no fee) but I do know that there are many, many teachers out there that would love to earn some extra money that would be just as qualified as the Sylvan teachers, and it would cost you much, much less. Just a thought! ;)
     
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    A tutor with experience with learning disabilities would be great. Often with LD you need some unique ways of helping the individual learn. You could look for a tutoring center that works with both LD kids and non or find an independent tutor who has experience with LD. Good luck. Ali
     
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    I agree, if it is a specific LD the tutor will need to have it identified to ensure a special educational path is taught. Sylvan maybe able to help with that and define a curriculum that could be introduced then followed through with a tutor.

    I am looking at Sylvan but want to work within our school first.
     
  18. JohnMom

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    We use Sylvan to supplement my son's homeschooling. They have been wonderful. We test his BG about a half hour before he goes, if he is out of range we call and tell them he is out of range. They do not charge us for that day and reschedule. They have been very supportive and understanding that when my son is out of range he can not concentrate on his work. If you can afford it go for it. They are definitely expensive but his grades and his school work sure show that they have been worth every penny we spent.
     
  19. RosemaryCinNJ

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    I used Sylvan and it got paid for by our school district as part of the No Child Left Behind..for math for my now 16 yr old. You had your choice either Sylvan or Huntington Learning Center. Did it help? Not really..I felt they taught him what he "already knew" and didnt focused on what he really did not know. Im glad I didnt pay for it!!!
    I agree a private tutor is the way to go..maybe another student a little older??? or a college student looking to make extra money?
     
  20. Beach bum

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    Thanks everyone for your input. The girls will both have an intervention meeting to see where things stand. The school has a math specialist who is wonderful and will set up a course of action for the girls. I'm thinking of Sylvan because I saw they offer summer math camp, just thinking ahead.
     

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