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Sylvan's tutors teach skills that last a lifetime. We help students learn how to become self-motivated and achieve independence; above all else, we enable them to approach school — and life — with confidence.

We also maintain Sylvan tutoring special offers and seasonal promotions that make getting your child on the road to success easier.

2014-15 College Prep Classes Forming Now

Need to get ready for the SAT or ACT? Let us create a custom test prep solution just for you! Check out these great options:

Online Test Prep - Do it all online! - $199
Individual learner? We’ve got engaging video lessons and explanations for all test questions.
    •    Get thousands of content-specific video tutorials, an interactive vocabulary builder and more!
    •    24-hour anytime, anywhere convenience
    •    Access to the site for one full year

Group Test Prep - Get with a group! - $699
Group instruction from experts who help you increase test scores with specific skills and test-taking strategies.
    •    Includes a thorough review of all academics covered on the SAT®/ACT*, proven test-taking and time-management strategies
    •    All taught from textbooks we write ourselves exclusively for Sylvan students

Test Prep Plus - Online and in class! - $849
Get the best of both worlds with online content and group instruction from our experts.
    •    Includes full online access for extra practice at home
    •    Practice test results allow instructors to emphasize areas that need a little more focus

Test Prep Premium
- The total package! - $1,399
Complete test prep solution includes Test Prep Plus, with an additional 12-hour custom program in reading to help ensure greatest success for test prep.
    •    Advanced Reading Strategies -Increase reading comprehension, double your reading rate and improve efficiency

Please call us today to learn more about this extraordinary program and how students can improve their scores dramatically.



*SAT is a registered trademark of the College Entrance Examination Board, which makes no endorsement of this program. ACT is a registered trademark of ACT, Inc.




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Fall 2014 SAT/ACT Course for October Test

The Group Test Prep and TestPrepPlus course will take place on Sunday afternoons on the following dates and times:



Sunday, August 24 1-5pm
Sunday, August 31 1 No Class - Labor Day
Sunday, September 7 1-5pm
Sunday, September 14 1-5pm
Saturday, September 20 9am-1pm Practice Test*
Sunday, September 21 1-5pm
Sunday, September 28 1-5pm
Saturday, October 4 9am-1pm Practice Test*
Sunday, October 5 1-5pm
Wednesday, October 22 6-8pm



* All Practice Tests will take place at Sylvan Learning Center

Avoid Summer Learning Loss

It's Never Too Late to Make Sylvan Part of Your Summer Schedule.

Sylvan Summer Programs
School is out and learning is in! Sylvan's individualized summer academic programs in reading, math, writing, study skills, and college test-prep are the perfect solution to avoid summer learning loss. All programs are customized, so your child can start whenever you're ready! Contact our center for details.

  • Math Essentials
  • Algebra
  • Beginning Reading
  • Academic Reading
  • Advanced Reading Skills
  • Writing
  • Study Skills
  • SAT/ACT Test Preparation

Sylvan Academic Summer Camps
If you are looking for fun and academically enriching activities for your child during the summer break, enroll in a Sylvan reading, math, writing or study skills camp today. Our camps will boost confidence and enhance academic skills to set your child up for success - in and out of the classroom. Help your child gain the confidence needed to start the new school year strong! Most camps are one week camps that meet Monday-Friday for 2 hours per day for a total of ten hours. Call us at 812-372-2104 for more information!

Download the attached flyer for camp descriptions, dates, and times.

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No More Teachers, No More Books...

For students, teachers and parents alike, the last weeks of school can be both exciting and challenging. Students are looking forward to the summer break and, as a result, their interest in schoolwork may wane. Teachers have just completed the strenuous state assessment tests and now have a classroom of students more interested in summer than science. For parents, the end of one school year signals the impending start of another one. So, how do you ensure your child is ready to tackle the next grade?

The end of the school year is really a time to prepare for transition - the transition from one grade to another, but also the transition from in-classroom learning to the continuous learning that takes place outside of school.

At this time of year, Sylvan Learning, the leading provider of tutoring to students of all ages, grades and skill levels, advises parents to focus on three areas - helping their child make the most of the final weeks of school, knowing what the next grade level will bring and looking for ways to create learning opportunities during the summer break.

Make the most of the final weeks of school. 

  • You can help your children review by asking them to show you what they've learned or by working through homework problems together.
  • Schedule a last meeting or discussion with your child’s teacher. Identify successes and challenges.
  • Help your child stay motivated about school so he gains the full benefit of his final days in the classroom by putting a reward system in place. 
  • Have a conversation every day about school.

Know what the next grade level will bring.
  • Speak to your child's current teacher or a teacher in the next grade about the upcoming curriculum. 
  • Ask about new subjects and changes in focus. For example, in 3rd grade, students usually begin to “read to learn” rather than “learn to read.” If your 2nd grade student is struggling with her reading, this summer would be a good time to focus on improving reading skills.
  • If the next year will mean a change in schools - such as entering high school - take advantage of orientation sessions where you and your child can learn more about the new school.

Let your kids be kids.
Summer vacation is a great tradition. It's important to enjoy the time off. But, you can also learn as you have fun. In fact, the best learning occurs when children don't realize they're learning.

Parents can design summer vacation activities that are both fun and educational. For example:
  • If you know your child will be studying history next year, visit local historical sites, or borrow historical books and/or novels from your local library.
  • Continue reading throughout the summer. Visit a local library where they can help you select books appropriate for your child's age and interest. Or, go to www.BookAdventure.com. Book Adventure is a free, Sylvan-created interactive, reading motivation program. Students choose their own books from more than 7,500 titles, take short comprehension quizzes and redeem their accumulated points for small prizes. Book Adventure also offers teacher and parent resources and tips to help children develop a lifelong love of reading.
  • Plan family activities that are fun, interactive and educational. To help you get started, Sylvan Learning offers a free activity booklet, Family Learning Fun. The booklet provides seven different ideas and activities that will help sustain and inspire academic discovery. It is available in the “Parent Resources” area of Sylvan’s Web site at www.SylvanLearning.com.
  • Develop writing skills by writing or emailing pen pals.
  • Demonstrate the value of continuous learning to your child by showing how you continually learn - such as regular reading, developing new skills for a job or learning a new hobby or sport.

Sylvan Learning Offers Summer Reading List

Summer is almost here and for most kids it means leaving behind classes and homework. But summer should not be the equivalent of a learning-free time for kids. To encourage learning in the summer months, Sylvan Learning is offering a suggested reading list for grades K-12 to help parents find the right book for their child’s summer reading fun.


Elementary School  
Kindergarten: Whose Mouse Are You? by Robert Krause
  Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Moon
Grade 1: Click Clack Moo: Cows That Moo by Doreen Cronin
  Anansi the Spider by Gerald McDermott
Grade 2: Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle
  How Much Is a Million by David M. Schwartz, Stephen Kellogg
Grade 3: Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech
  Beach for the Birds by Bruce McMillan
Grade 4: Summer Reading is Killing Me! by Jon Scieszka
  So You Want To Be President? by Judith St. George
Grade 5: Holes by Louis Sachar
  Science Kitchen by Chris Maynard
Middle School  
Grade 6: Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket
  My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen
Grade 7: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
  Amistad: A Long Road to Freedom by Walter Dean Myers
Grade 8: Ender's Game (Ender Series #1) by Orson Scott Card
  Our Town by Thornton Wilder
High School  
Grade 9: Empire of the Sun by J. G. Ballard
  Silent Spring by Rachel L. Carson
Grade 10: Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  Profiles In Courage by John F. Kennedy
Grade 11: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith
Grade 12: Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen



Is Your Child Ready for Algebra?

Known as a "gateway course," algebra is the foundation for higher-level high school math and science classes and thus a critical stepping stone to student's success. Make sure your child is ready by having them take a FREE Algebra Readiness Check-Up!

Weak algebra skills can lead to:

  • Lower ACT/SAT® scores
  • Limited access to colleges and universities
  • Restricted careers
This 21-question Algebra Readiness Check-Up will help your student determine if they are ready for Algebra. Their personalized Algebra Fitness Breakdown will highlight their strengths, areas that require focus, and provide online resources to help them get in tip-top shape for algebra!

Register today: www.Fit4Algebra.org

Technology and Kids

The holidays are over. The New Year has started. Over the holidays, many kids may have received tech-toys for gifts. Computers, video games, cell phones, and electronic screens are ubiquitous in our lives and the lives of our kids. As the New Year is getting underway, we want to keep our kids clearly focused rather than busily distracted. Technology has played and can play a crucial role in education, but there are important rules for using any tech device.

Whether texting, surfing the web or playing video games, research shows that kids between the ages of eight and 18 spend more than seven hours a day with gadgets. * "That, in and of itself, is neither good nor bad," says Greg Moore of Sylvan Learning located in Columbus. "Balance, as in every other aspect of life, is key. A variety of helpful resources have made technology an integral part of our lives and how we learn. While technology has introduced many portals of enhanced learning, it can also be a distraction in kids' lives – offering kids easy ways to get sidetracked, diverted and overwhelmed."

To help kick-start a successful year, Sylvan Learning, the leading provider of tutoring services to children of all ages and skill levels, offers parents and families the following tips to find the right balance for using technology efficiently and effectively.

Your rules rule. Have clear guidelines for kids to follow. Like all rules for children, the clearer and simpler, the better. If you're unsure how to start, talk to trusted teachers at school, other parents in the community, or look at good online sites.

Set time limits. A good rule of thumb for teens is two hours of screen time per day, including schoolwork. For elementary schoolers, it's less. No screen-time just before bedtime. Decide what will work best for your family.

Set place limits. Ban electronic screens at dinnertime, for example, or when the family is having a discussion or enjoying family time together. Many families find that for younger kids, it's best if the computer is in the family room – not in the kids' rooms – and used only when an adult is present, monitoring.

Schoolwork comes first. Study and chores come before socializing and games. So does anything else you decide – writing that thank you note, going to Sunday school, helping the next door neighbor.

Stress privacy. Explain to your children why you won't permit them to give out personal information about themselves or their family, to meet with strangers they've "met" online, or to spend money online. Just be realistic and firm.

Stress common sense. It is good sense not to allow downloading or uploading – music, movies, or photos for instance – without your permission. Show kids how their online words and pictures are, for all intents and purposes, permanent. Just as we watch what we say in our speech, we need to do the same thing online.

Be a role model. You're a role model in everything you do and say as a parent, including using technology. Let the kids see you using your computer, phone, and other devices to make your life easier, more efficient, more fun. Show how you're in control of it, not the other way around: i.e. if you say no gadgets at dinner time, don't pick up the phone yourself.

Technology, when used effectively, helps enable and empower our children's educational lives. The key lies in setting boundaries on kids' electronic use. For additional tips and resources, contact Greg Moore at Sylvan Learning located in Columbus at (812) 372-2104 or columbus@gosylvan.com, call us at 1-800-31-SUCCESS, or visit us on the web at www.sylvanlearning.com.

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* According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, Americans between the age of 8 and 18 spend on average 7.5 hours a day using some sort of electronic device, from smart phones to MP3 players to computers.

About Sylvan Learning:
Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of tutoring to students of all ages, grades and skill levels with over 30 years of experience and more than 850 centers located throughout North America. Sylvan's trained and Sylvan-certified personal instructors provide individualized instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, study skills and test-prep for college entrance and state exams. For more information, call 1-800-31-SUCCESS or visit www.SylvanLearning.com.