The Coast News Group

Seminars help students and parents

COAST CITIES — San Diego County and city library branches, including 4S Ranch and San Marcos, have formed a partnership with Sylvan Learning Centers to offer free parent seminars.
The San Marcos branch, at 2 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, will offer:
— Avoid Report Card Surprises from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6
—Learning Styles from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20
The 4S Ranch branch at 10433 Reserve Drive, San Diego, will host:
—Tips for School Success from 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 12
—Survival Tips for School Success from 4 to 5 p.m. Dec. 10
—Survival Tips for School Success from 4 to 5 p.m. Jan. 14
“The seminars give parents the tools to get involved academically with their children,” said Mario Aguirre, the center director for the Mira Mesa and Oceanside Sylvan Learning Center locations. For example, at a Forgotten Math Seminar, Spanish-speaking parents were able to help their bilingual children with math, the universal language. “Kids attended the seminar with their parents, and they worked through problems together. The experience was a positive one for both the parents and their children.”
Seminars include, but are not limited to: Forgotten Math for Parents; Algebra Spoken Here; Avoid Report Card Surprises; Test Stress: A Parent’s Real Guide to College Prep Test Prep; Learning Styles and Survival Tips for School Success.
Orquidia Contreras, the youth services librarian II at the Vista Library, was excited to see the interaction between Sylvan’s center director, the parents and their children. “They (Sylvan) were great. They were informative and made it fun for the participants. Mario was able to relate as both an educator and as a parent which enhanced the experience.” Contreras went on to say that the intimate setting allowed for real progress between parents and their children.