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(Credit: Daisy Garcia)


Even with the greatest teachers, kids sometimes struggle to grasp certain subjects or concepts in school. Getting outside help can definitely be important to ensuring your child’s success and it can open up new ways of understanding. But, even though reading, writing, math and science may require some extra attention, there are other services that can help with things like learning a new language or preparing for college. No matter which type of tutoring or preparatory service you’re seeking in OC, these businesses have got you covered.

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(Credit: Eye Level Learning Center)


Eye Level Learning Center
14795 Jeffrey Road
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 287-3667
www.eyelevelirvine.com

The vibrant, colorful paint and organized interior of Eye Level Learning Center provides the ideal environment for focus and learning. Teachers try to understand concepts from a kid’s point-of-view to better help them, with individualized programs that facilitate customized tutoring focused on ability rather than age or grade. While Eye Level works on developing math and English skills, teachers also aim to instill critical thinking skills, self-confidence and a love for learning. Instructors use the initial diagnostic assessment to identify each child’s starting point then kids are guided through the self-directed learning sessions. Instructors evaluate children’s work before they can move on in their learning plan and the feedback is discussed with the child and his or her family. Eye Level Learning Center serves children between the ages of three and 16.

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(Credit: Daisy Garcia)


Tutoring Club
9985 Ellis Avenue
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
(714) 965-8886
www.tutoringclub.com

If you’re looking to raise your child’s grades or help improve their test scores, Tutoring Club might be the perfect choice for your family. Tutoring services are available for students of any age — from kindergarten to senior year of high school. Individualized lessons provide a path to success, but they also help build confidence and relieve stress. Reading, writing and math are some of the most common subjects for tutoring at the Tutoring Club, but they also help kids practice foreign language and assist high school students in preparing for the SAT or the ACT. In addition, students can learn specific study skills that will provide them with continued success at home and in the classroom. They also offer financial aid programs for those that may be unable to afford tutoring services, helping underserved children that may not have access to tutoring otherwise.

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(Credit: Premiere Prep)


Premiere Prep
5020 Campus Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 296-7599
www.premiereprep.net

As the college application process becomes increasingly difficult, it’s important for teens to figure out what sets them apart and what will make them desirable to top colleges. High school counselors are often overwhelmed with students and don’t have the time to dedicate to each one. At Premiere Prep, they help kids learn the ropes of applying for college and more. Students will learn where they are and will be helped to determine where they want to be, using the company’s detailed list of colleges and their requirements. Their GPA, college essays, extracurriculars and SAT, ACT and AP test scores will be factored in to this as well to give the most accurate portrayal. Then, Premiere Prep will help students determine how to reach the college of their choice by guiding them through small group and private counseling sessions. Worksheets like the Student Academic Snapshot, the College Planning Worksheet and the 4-Year College Success Plan help students formulate a plan while some more advanced packages include college visits and college interview tips.

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Write and Teach
8552 Warner Avenue
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
(562) 248-4202
www.writeandteach.org

While it comes naturally to some, some kids really struggle with organizing their thoughts and getting them down on paper. Write and Teach offers tutoring and summer camps centered on teaching and improving writing skills. In addition to private sessions with experienced tutors, students can sign up for a summer camp that provides 35 hours of instruction. In an effort to teach a love for writing, the camp walks children through the writing process: planning, writing, editing and revising as well as creating digital writing pieces. There are different camps for different age groups: second and third grade Little Explorers, fourth and fifth grade Daring Discovers and sixth and seventh grade Aspiring Authors. High school juniors and seniors can also enroll in writing workshops targeted at writing college essays and personal statements for college applications.

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(credit: Adam Bender)


Mathnasium
2680 North Santiago Boulevard
Orange, CA 92867
(714) 538-0700
www.mathnasium.com

Another topic that many students struggle to understand is math. Whether your little one is in elementary, middle or high school, Mathnasium has experienced tutors that can help create a learning plan based on the results of your child’s initial assessment. Rather than teaching everything they should know at their age, the learning plan tutors give a clue as to which aspects the child is having a hard time with. Elementary students explore math through mental, verbal, visual, tactile and written exercises that help them build number sense and understand overall math concepts and skills. Once children reach the middle school level, Mathnasium details how many can be applied to other subjects, including everything from biology to computer science. In high school, students are studying many different types of math, so the assessment looks at what they already know and what they need to know. Plus, tutors can help fill in gaps during homework help sessions.

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(Credit: Pride Learning Center)


Pride Learning Center
27001 La Paz Road
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
(949) 484-0230
www.pridelearningcenter.com

Pride Learning Center is a special place that serves all ages. Focusing on study skills, as well as reading and writing, their tutoring programs provide one-on-one sessions that help children develop a love of reading and enhanced reading comprehension skills. Children can come to the center or ask that their tutor come to them, either at home or at school. A unique aspect of Pride Learning Center is their dedication to students with learning disabilities. Their multi-sensory programs are designed to teach students with dyslexia, hyperlexia, dysgraphia, autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and auditory or visual processing disorders. The professionals at Pride Learning Center have special education backgrounds, making them the perfect people to help your child learn despite his or her disability.

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(Credit: Language Door OC)


Language Door Orange County
18103 Sky Park Circle
Irvine, CA 92614
(949) 833-0900
www.languagedoor.com

Families seek out tutoring services when their children are suffering in math or writing, but Language Door specializes in a different kind of learning. Language Door offers language classes that teach children a variety of global languages and incorporates culture too. In addition to small group classes, they offer private instruction that can be perfect for both amateurs and more advanced students. Because it is easier to learn a second language as a child, small group or one-on-one tutoring allows for significant learning and progress. Language Door works with a variety of languages, including Vietnamese, Turkish, Thai, Tagalog, Swahili, Swedish, Russian, Danish, Romanian, Polish, Portuguese, Norwegian, Japanese, Italian, Indonesian, Hindi, Hebrew, English, American Sign Language (ASL) and more.

Ashley Ryan is an Orange County native that loves traveling, live music and photography. She blogs at Pure Wander and freelances for a variety of publications including Newport Beach Magazine and Laguna Beach Magazine.

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