Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tutoring Choices Abound for Students Wanting an Edge

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tutoring Choices Abound for Students Wanting an Edge

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Choosing a tutor may require parents in Clay County to do some homework.

A wealth of tutoring possibilities are available here, so parents need to do some legwork to figure out which tutoring style best fits their child's needs, experts say.

"I have found that the parents who are most successful are those who do some research," said Guy Chasse, owner of the Kumon franchise on Fleming Island. He suggested talking to parents, friends and teachers, as well as doing online research.

Melissa Russell, the Orange Park Huntington Learning Center director, agreed. "What a family is looking for will determine where they will go," she said.

One of the places families can go in Clay County public schools is the school system itself. While there is no set district-wide program, each school typically has its own offerings, with everything from online help in computer labs to before- or after-class sessions with teachers, said Darlene Mahla, public-relations officer for the School District. Other possibilities include classroom help from Navy personnel, retired teachers, parent volunteers or even other students, she added.

While tutoring options offered by the school system are free, a number of choices are available for a fee. Although prices and requirements (some are subject to contracts) vary, parents generally can expect to pay anywhere from about $30 to $50 for an hour's session. What the services offer also varies.

At the Huntington Learning Center, certified teachers help students put their skills into place, Russell said. The center has an extensive number of curricula on hand that teachers can use to customize a program for each student. "No matter what you need, we have it," Russell said.

Sylvan also has certified teachers providing in-center sessions, as well as live online programs, said Ginny Sekula, regional director of an area that includes the Orange Park center. All programs are based on the individual needs of the student, she said. …

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