Contact Information

Phone: (604) 532-0030
Fax: (604) 532-0080
Monday: 9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Sunday: Closed

Does Your Child Need a Tutor?

Everyone needs a little help from time to time, and kids are no exception. 

All children can use extra support to stay on track, to get ahead, to challenge themselves, or to address an area of struggle.

Watch our brief video to find out if your child could benefit from a tutor:

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News

At Langley Sylvan Learning, we regularly monitor developments in education so that we can ensure our programs best help students succeed at school.

Please visit our News page regularly. We would like to serve as an educational resource to families in our community. In addition to posting news and happenings from Langley Sylvan Learning, we’ll share articles about developments in the B.C. education system or interesting trends in education.

We invited you to stay connected with us! For the latest news, special promotions and offers, as well as information about weather-related closures or delays at our centre, be sure to ‘like’ our LangleySylvan Learning page on Facebook.

Helping Your Child to Develop the Skills Essential to Success - CTV Morning Live Interview

Is your child's backpack a mess? Did he or she do poorly on an assignment because of not reading the questions properly?

The right study techniques are essential to a child's success in school and in life. Sylvan Learning's Vijay Dhanoa visited CTV Morning Live to talk about helping kids to develop the study skills needed to do well.

Some of the skills she discussed include:

Following directions: Some children do poorly on homework or exams because they did not follow a teacher's oral or written instructions. 

Organization: Show your child how to check if he or she has everything needed in their backpack for school the next day. Are binders well-organized, or are notes stuffed in random order?

Avoiding distractions: Multi-tasking at study time doesn't work!

Working with others: Children need to know how to share ideas, take turns, and work as part of a group or team.

To watch Vijay's interview in its entirety, please click here:
http://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=316602

Langley Sylvan Learning offers programs designed specifically to help children improve their study skills. Call us for more information.

April News: Tips for Managing Spring Fever

The weather is warmer, the days are longer, and the outdoors is beckoning. Even though there are still a few months left in the school year, it can be hard for a child to sit at a desk and study. It must be spring!

If your child is staring wistfully out the window while trying to focus on math homework - or is trying to juggle a busy baseball practice schedule with studying for an English exam, Langley Sylvan Learning can help.

Our April newsletter features strategies for managing spring fever, as well as tips for helping kids to balance academics and sports. We also have a list of poetry collections and novels in verse to celebrate National Poetry month.

To view the latest issue of our newsletter, please click here.

If you would like your child to improve study skills and get better grades at school, please give us a call. Langley Sylvan Learning can create a personalized study plan that meets your child's individual needs. We help make learning fun!

Improving Your Child's Conversational Skills - Interview with CTV Morning Live

Communication skills are so important in school, work and life. Can your child ask interesting questions, make appropriate comments, and carry on a conversation?

Sylvan Learning's Penny Loome visited CTV Morning Live to discuss 10 tips to help children improve their conversation skills. Here are some of her suggestions:

  • Start early to build vocabulary and encourage a joy of language
  • Listen to what your child has to say
  • Ask open-ended questions to stimulate discussion
  • Sing - it develops verbal skills and memory
To see Penny's interview in its entirety, please click here: http://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=290411

For more tips from our local Sylvan Learning experts, visit Learning 101 on the CTV website.  

How to Ace Parent-Teacher Conferences: CTV Morning Live Interview

It's time to sit down face-to-face with your child's teacher. If you're not sure how to approach the meeting, don't worry! Sylvan Learning's Vijay Dhanoa visited CTV Morning Live to discuss how to make the most of parent-teacher conferences.

Here are some of Vijay's suggestions:

  • Be ready with questions.
  • Don't get defensive if the teacher suggests there is room for improvement. Ask how you can help.
  • Follow up with your child.
  • Stay in touch with the teacher throughout the year.
  • Ask for assistance if there is a language barrier.
To view the segment in its entirety, or to see other tips from our local Sylvan Learning experts, please visit CTV's Learning 101 website: 
http://bc.ctvnews.ca/more/learning-101

Balancing School & Sports: Interview with CTV Morning Live

Whether it's soccer, hockey, gymnastics or swimming, many children in the Langley and Cloverdale area are involved in sports. Depending how competitive the sport is, children may be required to attend practices, games, training sessions, and competitions. It can be challenging for a child to do it all, while maintaining focus on school.

Sylvan Learning's Vijay Dhanoa returned to CTV Morning Live to talk about how to help kids balance school and sports. Here are some of the tips she suggested:

  • Set goals from the beginning, and be clear that school takes priority 
  • Have a schedule and be organized
  • Study for the big math test first, and then attend practices or games
  • Don't take on too many activities - choose one
  • Apply the skills learned in sports to school - practice makes perfect, and keep your eye on the ball (that is, stay focused!)
  • Cheer for both: attend your child's science fair as well as their games
Watch Vijay's interview by clicking here: http://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=290874

Does your child need help staying on top of homework, exams, and assignments? Our teachers at Langley Sylvan Learning can help your child to stay organized, keep up with their school work, and even to get ahead. Please contact us for details.


Kids & Technology – Learning 101 Interview on CTV Morning Live

Technology is a big part of our children’s lives. With a world of information at our fingertips, it’s important to find a balance when it comes to kids and screen time.  

Sylvan Learning’s Vijay Dhanoa stopped by CTV Morning Live to discuss how to help children to manage technology. Here are some of the tips she suggested:

  • Set a time limit – homework first, and then fun
  • Discuss privacy rules – if you don’t talk to strangers in real life, don’t talk to strangers online!
  • Be a role model – as a parent, put down the gadget and avoid checking emails during family time
  • Engage children in other activities such as sports and board games
  • Be consistent with rules
  • Unplug now and then
Most schools are now integrating technology into the curriculum. Tech-savvy kids do have an advantage, but parents should be sure that technology is a positive force in their children's lives.

To watch Vijay's interview in its entirety, please click here:
http://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=289814

Tune in each week to CTV Morning Live for more learning tips, brought to you by Sylvan Learning.

Our experts at Langley Sylvan Learning can help your child with homework, study skills and more - call us today for information on how to help your child get better grades and succeed at school. 

February News: The Art of Presentations, Tech Tips & More!

At some point during school, most children will have to give a presentation. If the idea of speaking in front of classmates makes your child nervous, be sure to check out this month’s newsletter from Langley Sylvan Learning. Our strategies will help your child put together a great presentation - and being prepared will help boost confidence!

This month's newsletter features:

  • Tips on mastering the art of presentations
  • Strategies for understanding your child's learning style
  • Hints on guiding your middle-schooler's use of technology
  • Olympic-inspired book recommendations, and much more!
To view the February issue of our newsletter, please click here.


Overcoming Math Anxiety - Interview with CTV Morning Live

Do you have a child that's anxious about math? Sylvan Learning's Vijay Dhanoa was on CTV Morning Live to explain how children develop math anxiety, and the best ways to help them to overcome their fears and to master those math skills.

Math anxiety often stems from a negative learning experience when a child did not fully understand a concept. Because the skill was not mastered, the child was unable to move on to other concepts while classmates did. As the work became harder, confidence dropped, and anxiety increased.

The key to helping a student to move forward is to fill in the gaps in foundational skills. Find a teacher, study buddy, or professional tutor that can walk your child through the concept step by step. Patience and kindness are extremely important: the child must be comfortable enough to ask as many questions as needed.

If your child is struggling in math, Langley Sylvan Learning can help to identify the particular skills that your child needs. We can personalize a learning plan that will help your child to master these concepts to make math homework easier, build confidence, and most importantly, to turn those C’s into A’s. Call us today for more information.

To watch the interview on the CTV website, please click here: bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=282416

Helping Kids to Avoid Distraction - CityTV Interview

How do we help kids to avoid distraction so that they can focus on studying and homework? Sylvan Learning's Vijay Dhanoa appeared on CityTV's Breakfast Television to discuss strategies for helping children to manage distraction.

We commonly think of distractions in the form of electronics, such as computers, tablets, cell phones, and video games. However, there are many other ways that children can be derailed from staying on task and learning, whether it's being tired and overscheduled, experiencing discord at school, or being surrounded by noise and other household activity during homework time.

Vijay offers helpful tips for parents, such as establishing a routine and creating a quiet space for homework. To watch the interview, please click here:
http://www.btvancouver.ca/videos/3086449401001/

If your child needs extra support with reading, writing, math, or other subjects, our tutoring experts at Langley Sylvan Learning can help. Please give us a call to find out how we can create a personal learning plan that helps your child to get better grades and succeed at school.

Understanding Your Child's Learning Style - Interview with CTV Morning Live

Tune in to CTV Morning Live each week for Learning 101, brought to you by Sylvan Learning!

In the first segment of the series, Sylvan Learning's Vijay Dhanoa talks to CTV Morning Live co-host Ann Luu about understanding your child's learning style.

Most students use all of their senses to learn; however, they usually prefer one. Kids learn best when instruction is tailored to their preferred learning style.

Visual learners learn best by seeing. They prefer to watch demonstrations and study their environment. Visual learners like to take notes, use highlighters and graphic organizers, and study charts, maps, graphs. Pictures, cartoons and illustrations will help them to remember information.

Auditory learners learn best by hearing or listening. They prefer to talk about a situation, express emotions verbally and enjoy listening. Auditory learners should record information, listen to recorded content, verbalize information and read out loud. Songs and rhymes and recitation techniques will also help.

Tactile learners learn best by doing. They prefer to be involved in learning and will fidget and find reasons to move. Give them ways to stay active such as squeezing a stress ball, rolling a pencil between the fingers, frequently changing body position, and taking breaks. They learn well when actually doing the work, such as a hands-on experiment.

To watch Vijay’s interview on CTV, click the video link below:
http://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=273420

If you would like more information on how to best help your child to learn, please contact us at Langley Sylvan Learning at (604) 532-0030.

Avoid Surprises at Report Card Time

A report card can create feelings of pride, happiness and excitement for many parents. It can also produce feelings of anxiety and frustration for those who are surprised by their child's grades.

Minimize your chances of "report card surprise" by ensuring regular communication with your child and your child's teachers throughout the school year - and not just at report card time. 

To help families to avoid surprises when report cards come out, Langley Sylvan Learning offers this short video filled with tips. Have a look!


Sylvan Learning on Breakfast Television!

CityTV recently interviewed Sylvan Learning's very own Vijay Dhanoa. Vijay is Centre Director of one of our Sylvan locations in Metro Vancouver (Surrey), and she appeared on Breakfast Television.

Vijay shared many helpful tips for parents on making learning fun. She touched on topics from limiting screen time to encouraging reading, and motivating children that are struggling at school. She also discusses how having a tutor can be daunting to some children, but how Sylvan Learning makes the experience personal.

To view the Breakfast Television clip, please click here: http://www.btvancouver.ca/videos/2864935440001/

Join Our Community of Parents on Facebook

Did you know that Langley Sylvan Learning has a Facebook page? It’s a community where parents can connect and exchange ideas about education, kids and technology, and parenting.

Here are the top 5 reasons to “like” us on Facebook!

  1. Stay up-to-date on the latest happenings from Langley Sylvan Learning, including events, seminars, or weather-related closures.
  2. Find out about news related to the Langley School District and issues of interest to families in our community.
  3. Be the first to learn about special promotions and offers! 
  4. Discover helpful learning tips, trends, and interesting facts from the education world.
  5. Exchange ideas and opinions with other parents!
What’s coming up next? Don’t miss out! Be sure to like our Langley Sylvan Learning page:
www.facebook.com/LangleySylvan

Avoiding Email Slang in Homework

Chk ur writing skillz b4 u go 2 skool :)

Millions of children (and adults!) use language like this to chat with friends and family on email, Twitter, instant messaging (IM), and texts. It’s important though, that this informal style of shortened words, improper grammar, lack of punctuation and use of “emoticons,” doesn’t follow students into the classroom.

This style of writing isn’t completely bad, since it does encourage students to write more often. It also challenges children to carefully choose their words, keep it simple and use relatively few words to convey tone and meaning appropriately. However, writing for the classroom must be grammatically correct, with full words and proper sentence structure.

Here are some ways you can help your children to boost their writing skills and shift into an academic-style of writing:

Talk to children about using different writing styles to communicate with different audiences. While it’s okay to close a text with “C ya” to a friend, it is not okay to include this slang in homework assignments. Remind them that formality is required in school.

Help them to avoid using an informal style of writing too often. Introduce them to online journaling or Web sites that publish children’s poems, letters, editorials, essays or stories. Remember, a healthy combination of both styles can provide the best writing experience for your child.

Review schoolwork for IM and email-style language. Encourage your children to write properly and take the time to carefully review assignments several times before submitting them to the teacher. Review your child’s homework to ensure he or she is not using shortcuts or slang.

Create a writing zone. Whether writing on a computer or with a notebook and pencil, it’s important that your child has a well-organized place to write. Set up an area in your home for writing - a desk or table with a flat surface and good lighting. Make sure the area is free from potential distractions and that writing tools, including a dictionary, paper and pens, are at your child’s fingertips.

Encourage your child to read. Read with your child at least 15 minutes per day – or one hour per week – since reading will help teach children about sentence structure, grammar and vocabulary. Reading and writing support each other and good readers become good writers. The more your child does of each, the better she will be at both.

Does your child need to sharpen his or her writing skills? Contact Langley Sylvan Learning today for information on how we can help!


Status Quo for Langley School Calendar

At its March 12 meeting, Langley's board of education voted to keep its existing school calendar, with regular summer holidays. This is effective for three years, beginning in 2013/14.

The board had recently consulted with the community about changing to a more balanced school calendar. Seventy-six percent of people surveyed wanted to keep the status quo. Only 14% supported a three-week spring break and three-week winter break, and 10% supported year-round schooling.

Are you glad that students will continue to have regular summer holidays instead of year-round schooling? Visit our Langley Sylvan Learning page on Facebook and let us know!

New Direction for K-12 Curriculum in B.C.

The B.C. Ministry of Education has been consulting with stakeholders on how to deliver the K-12 curriculum to meet student needs in the 21st century.

According to the Ministry, teachers feel that B.C.’s curriculum has “too many prescribed learning outcomes,” which is a list of what students must learn in each grade and subject.

The consultations suggest that reducing those outcomes will give teachers more time and flexibility to allow students to explore their interests and passions.

The Ministry will now look at developing a new curriculum to allow for more personalized instruction.

Here are some links to learn more:

What do you think of the Ministry's move to reduce prescribed learning outcomes in B.C.? Visit our Langley Sylvan Learning page on Facebook and let us know!