Center taps parents’ dreams for children-A A +A
Saturday, December 21, 2013
DRIVEN by what they see as a demand for tutoring centers, the Tutoring Club was brought to Cebu to help learners, even those as young as three years old, advance academically.
The Tutoring Club in Barangay Banilad, Cebu City, a franchise of the Cebu TLC Tribo, originally opened in 2009, but with the increasing demand from parents looking for a place where their children can be more motivated to learn, Tutoring Club director Jogen Mil said they intend to expand in north Cebu next year.
“What we do in Tutoring Club is build a solid academic foundation among students by motivating them to study, especially in areas where they are lagging behind,” Mil said.
In Tutoring Club, students are first assessed on their academic strengths and skill gaps. From there, a mastery-based learning plan is developed to focus on each child’s identified skill gaps.
The center offers programs on reading, writing, mathematics and also Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) intensive review programs for those who are planning to get their college degree in the United States.
Mil added that Tutoring Club adopts a 3:1 student-teacher ratio, ensuring that students will receive a wealth of attention from their tutors.
Tutoring Club also maintains constant communication from the students’ teachers so tutors would better pinpoint areas students need to work on, Mil added.
Tutoring Club charges an hourly fee of P500 per student. Mil said she encourages students to spend at least eight hours each month for the program to be effective. Mil also addressed the intervention of technology in the learning progress of students.
“Technology is the cause of learning and not learning,” she said, noting that the use of gadgets among students distracts and takes away their motivation to study.
The Tutoring Club was brought to the Philippines in 1994. The Cebu Center is the ninth among 10 centers in the country, with over 100 students now. Tutoring Club has established 22 offices worldwide.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 21, 2013.