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.
Realized that although a decent product for affluent children, I was funding my owner's retirement instead of my own. Pay is ridiculously low so that franchise owners can turn a profit. It is truly a terrible financial deal for everyone else involved.
To focus on my last year of college and looking for a full time job that will utilize my information science degree.
Answered - STEM Teacher (Former Employee) - Newport News, VA
I went to tutoring for another tutoring service. It paid better, and working in a student's family home is a real delight. Not as noisy as I experienced in Sylvan setup with groups of teachers and students talking at the same time. I was reprimanded for being too loud, but how else were my students can hear me. Also, the way I was constantly being watched you would think I was not qualified. I didn't realize I was a good tutor until I left Sylvan and struck out on my own.
It was a temp job for only a few months.
Answered - Receptionist (Former Employee) - Port Richey, FL
Job opportunity in my field of study.
Answered - Marketing and Sales (Former Employee) - Mission Viejo, CA