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Sylvan Learning Goes On: Is your child excelling this year or has Covid left them behind?

Sylvan Learning can assess and help them become their best!

Sylvan Santa Monica has reopened for virtual instruction amid the ongoing pandemic. We spoke with Managing Director, Ed Guirguis, and found they have a deep commitment to help local families.

“Sylvan is a little like others, but different. We believe that learning should be personal and our kids need something unique to them. The assessment tests for reading, writing and math help you gather a more complete picture of your child’s educational standing, allowing you to see the academic gaps that the student has, especially when it comes to math. We can then personalize a learning plan, as it’s tailored to each student’s needs. This is the magic of Sylvan.”

Sylvan is fully equipped to proctor national and international exams. In addition, they cover all subjects and standardized tests, including SAT, ACT, GED, CHSPE, and ASVAB.

Ed is joined by best friends Dr. Mina Guirguis, Clinical Psychologist, and his brother Michael Guirguis, Marketing Director.

Liz Angeles: “How is it different online than it was before COVID?”

Guirguis: “We make our virtual instruction almost exactly the same as in-person. The instructor sends Zoom links to the student and then specific Sylvan assignment links, allowing them to work together.”

Angeles: “If families can barely work because they are forced to home school now, how are families able to afford that?”

Guirguis: “We want to help as much as we can, so we cut the assessment test fee in half and waived all enrollment fees. We have special offers, including significant discounts on all services. We also try to help each family as best as we can in consideration with their financial situation, and we support Santa Monica families by helping them know where their kids stand.”

Angeles: “How long are the classes?”

Guirguis: “Normal sessions for any subject are one hour. We are also more than prepared to make considerations for those with special needs. We have math, reading, writing, AP classes, college classes, calculus, chemistry, biology, physics, and much more. Sylvan serves all students. The assessment tests will produce a report, which is then shared with the parent in a meeting, and this can be online or in-person. We will show you where your child stands, how many hours a week would best serve them, and determine how many months are needed to get them up to speed.

Angeles: “What are your prices?”

Guirguis: “The regular price for a 3:1 ratio (one instructor for three students) is $55/hour.

Students work on iPads, with a certified instructor guiding them and helping them identify and overcome their mistakes.

Angeles: “Do you offer private classes?”

Guirguis: “Privates (one-on-one) are normally $125, but we are doing our best to help with costs due to the financial burden of COVID. We are also offering payment packages with zero interest.

Ed continues by explaining, “the magic of Sylvan is that it’s not just for learning, it’s for life! It gives them ‘learning skills’ that they can apply to almost anything. We currently have 8 certified teachers and will be increasing our staff in January. When ‘In-person’ resumes, we will also be offering Robotics, and summer camps will be available. STEM programs are also available to discover the process of invention and design.”

Ed and the entire staff at Sylvan Santa Monica promise to support each student until they achieve their academic goals.


With more than 40 years of experience and more than 750 points of presence throughout North America, Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of personal learning for students in grades K-12. Sylvan is transforming how students learn, inspiring them to succeed in school and in life. Sylvan’s proven tutoring approach blends amazing teachers with SylvanSync™ technology on the iPad® for an engaging learning experience. Sylvan also leads the way with Sylvan EDGE—STEM and accelerated courses and Sylvan Prep —college and test prep courses. Sylvan supports families through every stage of the academic journey. For more information, visit or


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