Developing strong study habits early on is essential if you want your child to succeed. Our Study Skills programs in Columbia empower students to reach their full potential when faced with the challenges of a growing workload, from elementary school to college and beyond. Providing effective study tips is what our tutors do best, so if your child is falling behind or wants to get ahead in class, we’re here to make sure they achieve their goals.

Studying Smarter with Instant Results

We mix one-on-one instruction with independent tasks (and lots of opportunities to put developing skills to the test) in order to ensure that good study habits become second nature!

Personalized Tutoring (K-12)

Because every child has individual needs, there's no one-size-fits-all method to instill life-long study skills and facilitate positive academic behaviors and attitudes. Our Personalized Tutoring programs are designed to take that into account. You can expect the following skill sets to be covered:

  • Reading comprehension: Active reading is a useful skill across all subjects
  • Time management: Better prioritization and organization skills can add to study skills.
  • Research skills: How to focus on a single subject, judge sources and write a proper bibliography.
  • Note taking tips: Using color coding and flash cards as aids can help make study time more effective.
  • Mastering writing skills: With practice, your child will understand the writing process and how to use it effectively.
  • Online safety: How to locate, evaluate and responsibly share digital information.

Advancement & Test Prep (Grades 9-12)

From study habits, goal setting and time management to strong communication, digital literacy, and research and writing skills, our expert tutors will teach your teen skills that will stay with him or her well into adulthood. With Advancement & Test Prep, your teen will:

  • Sharpen the right skills: You determine which skills need more attention — such as time management or research — so we can ensure we're focusing on the right areas for the most noticeable results.
  • Feel more confident: The positive behaviors and attitudes we foster are a big step towards building confidence and meeting big expectations.
  • Develop vital assets for the future: Sylvan can provide guidance for public speaking, job interview preparation and other important skills for young adults.