The school year has officially started, and with that comes homework, study sessions, projects and other activities that will help set children up for academic success—and keep teachers very busy. Teachers would love to provide personalized learning for any child, to slow down when a student needs extra help or speed up when a student is ready to move on. With high student-teacher ratios and limited resources, however, these ideal solutions are often impossible to do. This is where Sylvan Learning excels, providing personalized supplemental tutoring services to students who cannot find it in the classroom.
“Students need that mentor, that guide who cares about them and can boost their confidence and root for them, but schools cannot always tailor their teaching style to the individual child,” said Sylvan Learning Vice President of Education Emily Levitt. “Sylvan Learning can help students make huge strides by offering a personalized learning plan and robust support, thereby increasing their confidence and their love of school and learning.”
Here are four ways in which Sylvan Learning can personalize the learning experience for students.
Sylvan Learning uses assessments to create a customized learning plan.
Assessments work best when teachers can actually do something meaningful with the results. In many school districts, though, students are not tested on their knowledge until late spring, when it is too late to use the data to customize their instruction.
Sylvan Learning can easily combat this, as the brand offers assessments based on the student’s custom learning path, and takes immediate action on the results.
“Sylvan Learning can assess the student from the very first session,” said Levitt. “The information obtained is used to place the student on a learning progression and refined with every tutoring session. As an advanced tutoring service, Sylvan Learning can continually monitor student performance and deliver additional practice or move the student ahead as needed. There is no wait time between assessment and personalization.”
Sylvan Learning provides a low teacher-to-student ratio, which allows teachers to develop a meaningful connection with their students.
Teachers can do amazing things, but sometimes it is difficult to make a connection with every single student. The benefit of Sylvan Learning’s three-to-one tutoring model is that teachers have time to get to know the students on a more personal level, which builds trust and shows the students that their teachers genuinely care about them as a person.
“Sylvan Learning teachers learn about the sports their students play, the names of their pets, whether they are nervous about an upcoming algebra quiz, and so on,” said Levitt. “These may seem like small details, but such knowledge goes a long way in building trust. When students know they have someone who cares in their corner, they’re much more willing to put in the extra work.”
Sylvan Learning uses technology to build prerequisite skills and help students master the basics.
One of Sylvan Learning’s greatest assets is SylvanSync™, the brand’s proprietary software that provides teachers and students with adaptive practice sessions. If a student is struggling, their teacher can add prerequisite skills to their student’s learning plan and together they can review foundational skills. This ensures the student has the base knowledge he or she needs to move forward and provides them with the flexibility they need to master a skill.
“Technology can be a great resource for an educator who is coaching a student through lessons, and SylvanSync™ allows teachers to personalize lessons for a student to help them overcome obstacles and get ahead faster,” said Levitt. “Of course, this technology is always used in conjunction with meaningful teacher interaction. For optimal results in education, this mix of human interaction and technology is the secret sauce.”
Sylvan Learning conducts regular check-ins to ensure that a student is retaining information over time.
Periodic assessments help Sylvan Learning tutors understand if the student’s placement is still correct. After all, students may have learned a skill in school that no longer needs to be taught, or the student may have progressed and now needs to be bumped up to the next level. These checks are usually completed at regular intervals, and ensure that a student’s personalized plan is always aligned with their instructional needs.
“Sylvan Learning works hard to meet the educational needs of its students, and this includes knowing when to move on to more challenging subject matter,” said Levitt. “Regular check-ins provide quality assurance and ensure the student is getting the most out of their tutoring sessions.”
Through a combination of technology and a human connection, Sylvan Learning teachers are successfully helping students succeed both in and out of the classroom. Schools cannot personalize learning for each and every child, which is why Sylvan Learning goes above and beyond to enhance the individual educational experience. Through Sylvan Learning, students can have an even more well-rounded and complete educational journey.