To ensure the successful implementation of SylvanSync-based Individualized Tutoring Programs, Sylvan hires highly qualified teachers who undergo a comprehensive initial training program, as well as ongoing coaching and professional development. This training focuses on the proprietary SylvanSync curriculum, the SylvanSync Learning Environment, and methods to successfully instruct students using these resources. The online training for Individualized Mathematics includes 8 courses, as well as a certification test that takes each teacher approximately 2 hours to complete.

The following courses are included in tutor training for each program:

  • Overview of the Advanced Study Skills Program
  • Planning to Deliver Sylvan Advanced Study Skills Instruction
  • Getting Started with Advanced Study Skills Instruction
  • Delivering Advanced Study Skills Lessons
  • Delivering Skills Application
  • Keeping the Advanced Study Skills Application
  • Keeping the Advanced Study Skills Student Engaged in Learning
  • Sylvan Advanced Study Skills Teacher Certification Test

Once tutors are certified and begin teaching, they are regularly observed and evaluated by Sylvan personnel. Additional training is offered to tutors who may need to refine their skills further. In addition, tutors are required to attend regular staff development meetings on topics that include the latest research and techniques, new educational materials, modifications in instructional methods, motivational techniques and quality assurance