Why Eye Level?
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Success through Supplemental Education
Eye Level was established in 1976 in Korea, and was originally known as E.nopi. Our supplementary educational program is based on a learning method developed by Dr. Young Joong Kang. We focus on the Math and English subjects, and include all concepts encompassed within those subjects.
Currently, there is a trend in the school systems in that there are too many students per class leaving weaker learners to fall behind. Many times this problem is addressed with tutoring sessions that will try to help children through one particular type of academic struggle – such as learning polynomial numbers or writing their first research paper. At Eye Level, we believe that there is a better solution for students that involves ongoing supplementary education.
The goal of supplemental education is to help students master curriculum content while developing effective learning, critical thinking, and study strategies. Eye Level marries the concept of teaching a subject to instructing a unique student. Math and English are both historically difficult subjects that cover a variety of in-depth materials so our curriculums dive into each of the specific areas taught within the Core Curriculum Standard.
While we are teaching specific academic principles, we are also helping your student strengthen their overall critical thinking and problem solving skills. Essentially, we are focusing on not only “what to learn” but “how to learn.” Our activities expand on students’ learning in ways that differ from the methods used during the school day. We enhance a student’s education by bringing new concepts to light or by using old concepts in new ways. Class activities are interactive, project-focused, and fun for the student but also impart knowledge. They allow students to apply knowledge and skills stressed in school to real-life experiences. Eye Level class time is structured to encourage students to take ownership of their education. Teachers do not simply answer questions, but guide students down the path of investigation, discovery, and problem solving.
The Benefits of Supplemental Learning
- Students earn higher grades while learning effective study skills
- Transfers the responsibility of learning from the teacher, to the student
- Helps to develop self-confidence and independence in students
- Classes encourage proactive and participatory learning rather than reactive and passive such as that in schoolroom environments
- Improves communication skills
- Accommodates various learning styles
- Provides students with teamwork experiences
- Rather than being perceived as a remedial band aid to a temporary problem, our learning centers are viewed as a learning opportunity that can help students that are struggling to keep up, propel them to the front of their classes, and teach them the tools they need to stay there no matter what their grade level or subject material.
Supplemental learning and its effects on student achievement is unfortunately an area that has been understudied by the academic community as a whole. But, one study has been conducted by the Chicago Public Schools and their findings positively support our claims that supplemental education will indeed help your students succeed. The highlights from their findings are as follows:
- 2003-04, 2004-05, 2006-07, and 2007-08 reported larger gains in reading and mathematics for students receiving at least 40 hours of supplemental learning in grades 4 through 8 versus those who did not receive the additional education.
- They found substantially larger effects on student math and reading test score gains associated with attending more than one year of supplemental education.
Both of these findings suggest that more hours of supplemental learning are needed to produce significant and exponential results.
Another study was conducted by the U. S. Department of Education that investigated the effects of supplementary education on standard test scores in the subjects of reading and math. They found that students participating in supplemental education services had, on average, a statistically significant math achievement gain of 0.09 of a standard deviation above the overall class mean. They further analyzed their findings and translated the improvements into how much class time during one school year it would have taken to achieve that level of improvement. The gains were interpreted as approximately equivalent to 1.7 to 2.4 months of additional classroom instruction for a fourth-grade student and 2.5 to 2.7 months of additional class room instruction for a seventh-grade student.
Eye Level learning centers provides enhanced education opportunities for your students, and can help them achieve more in their academic careers than would be possible without this learning environment. While we do provide a type of tutoring for your children, we look at the whole picture and address your child’s problems as a part of the solution, as we believe the true understanding and achievement comes from deep understanding, mastery of skills, and fine-tuned critical thinking and problem solving skills