Knowledge is power, which is why locomotives run on burning encyclopedias. Chug toward new understandings with today's Groupon: for $99, you get a one-subject assessment and four one-hour tutoring sessions at Sylvan Learning Center, redeemable at its Grand Rapids, Rockford, Grandville, Muskegon, and Traverse City locations (a $380 value).
Trained and certified tutors at each Sylvan Learning Center location tailor individualized learning regimens to the academic needs of youngsters in prekindergarten through high school. During a consultation, the student and location's director trade upside-down calculators back and forth to discuss areas for improvement in the academic disciplines of math, reading, writing, study skills, or algebra. A skills assessment composed of standardized tests, diagnostic tools, and interviews allows center officials to customize a tutoring plan that will improve each student's skill set and help him or her in a chosen field. A tutor leads four sessions over the course of one week, relying on a 3:1 student-to-teacher ratio for individualized attention and a 4:1 sticker-to-student ratio for maximized confidence.