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As a teacher there, we had absolutely no say when it comes to the students' programs, even though we know what would be suitable. We have also requested supplies and motivational posters or educational posters to put up for students but that never happened. More importantly, it is absolutely insane that a company would take advantage of desperate families with personal problems and promise them the moon and the stars when as a teacher, you do not have nearly enough time or attention to give when you are packed 3-6 at a table and you're expect to do just that. You turn out to be a glorified babysitter to disruptive students and short term fixes for struggling students who don't want to try in school. When 10th graders can't do 5x2 in their head, regents exam prep is not the issue! When you get students who don't go to class, take notes, ask questions, or even go to school, you as a tutor cannot fix that, and Sylvan seems to think it's a good way to make money off of parents. I was given a student who was never going to school and was expected to pass the regents exam-- that is NOT the issue! Him having a suitable home life and not going to school were the issues! The manager/owner was not approachable and neither are the directors who just are puppets for the owner. It is one of the worst environments to be in. If you are a student or a parent, ask around for private tutors who actually are allowed to interact with both student and parent, and ask the schools for after school support. It would be a better way to go.

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Pay is low and franchise owners only looking for a profit.

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Give us more days of work during the week instead of just 3 days per week because many of us cannot live off of that salary.

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I don't know cause each teacher got paid differently. I was paid $12.00 and I am a teacher.

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Instructors are given 3 students per hour who each have their own binders. Instructors are then taught to teach 3 separate levels/subjects/curriculums at once since the students you have are of different age groups and levels. It's a bit hectic at first but if you are as well-versed in all subject areas as I am, students benefit greatly from my approach. Organization could be improved by changing the model away from 3 students per hour learning less to maybe 2 students max which gives them more attention and an opportunity to express themselves and learn in a way that works best for them.

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Yes. I teach math ranging from counting to algebra.

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Yes to tutor reading, but only need a bachelor's degree to tutor math. Some positions do not require this, such as TA.

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