Reaching Beyond Bricks and Mortar: How Sylvan Online Expands Learners' Options

Reaching Beyond Bricks and Mortar: How Sylvan Online Expands Learners' Options

Saul Rockman (Rockman et al., USA) and Lynn Fontana (Sylvan Learning, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-963-7.ch067
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Sylvan Learning has set the standard for personalized, after-school, academic support programs for students in elementary grades through high school. It has been in business for 30 years and was one of the earliest programs to demonstrate that providing direct supplemental instruction services could be successfully scaled nationally. The nearly 1,100 Sylvan centers provide academic assistance to thousands of students each dayand have helped more than 2 million students reach their full academic potential. A relatively little-known but growing component of Sylvan Learning’s offerings is Sylvan Online, a oneto- one academic assistance program that is offered to students at home in association with their local SylvanLearning centers. This Internet-based service provides the same type of individualized academic support as the centers, yet it affords greater flexibility and access. Using proprietary technologies, Sylvan Online makes it possible to reach learners—no matter their geographic area or proximity to a Sylvan Learning center—and helps them receive the kind of academic support necessary to succeed in school. This chapter describes the program andattributes of Sylvan Online and situates the program within the larger context of extended-day academic programs.

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