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Need for Learning Centers Increases

With many students dealing with the challenges of virtual learning, more families are turning to learning centers as an educational lifeline.

Posted: Sep 24, 2020 7:56 PM

As more children continue remote schooling this year, learning centers are becoming a support system for families.

At the Huntington Learning Center in Evansville, they have seen an increase in families needing support during the pandemic.

"We can come here and and they can focus her on the things that she's missing with the teacher not always being right there in the classroom,” said parent George Daisey. “We can still bring her here if she has questions and she can still get that one on one attention."

And students balancing new hybrid schedules are grateful for the extra homework help.

"We have to do a lot of stuff virtual now because of Covid,” said Castle High School student Mihika Velide. “Huntington just helps you learn to deal with the new technology you have to do."

"I only go to school for two days a week, like actual school,” said Gibson Southern High School student Abigail Daisey. “So, it's been very difficult learning not in the classroom, because I feel like it's easier visually when you're in there and you can ask a teacher questions. Because when you're online, the teacher usually focuses on the people who are in the class, which is understandable. So coming here has been really a big help because they can look over my notes and really explain it in-depth."

One of the other biggest challenges? High schoolers still dealing with the aftermath of ACT and SAT tests getting canceled in the spring.

"The biggest thing throughout all of this with our tutoring is we've had to stay really flexible with what we offer,” said exam prep director Blake Modaferri. “So, those students that no longer can take the test, we then help them with their college resume, we help them with their college essay and anything else along the admission process."

Even the littlest learners are needing guidance.

"As a grandmother, I didn't have children at home for a while, so even just knowing she is getting the support she needs and I get a little bit of a break -- it's wonderful,” said Sue Meyer, a grandmother to an elementary school student.

Learning center services in the tri-state range from $25 to $80 an hour.

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