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Conquer Math This Summer with Sylvan's 'Forward to School' Algebra Challenge

Algebra Challenge Prepares Students and Parents for the Upcoming School Year

BALTIMORE, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Each summer, parents worry that their children will forget everything they learned during the school year. To encourage math learning and discovery outside of the classroom, Sylvan Learning, North America's leading provider of in-center and live, online tutoring at home to students of all ages, grades and skill levels, is offering Sylvan's "Forward to School" Algebra Challenge for parents and teens. Beginning August 17, 2009, parents and teens can participate in this sweepstakes at www.SylvanChallenge.com. The challenge will run for the remainder of the summer and will end on September 30, 2009.

"The summer months can be a perfect time to practice and improve math skills," said Judy A. Brown, Mathematics Program Manager for Sylvan Learning. "Algebra is crucial to a teen's success; mastering algebraic concepts inherently leads to greater success in high school mathematics and, eventually, to greater success in college and a career. We believe this fun and interactive contest will not only help middle and high school students and their parents improve their math skills, but it will also prove to be a stimulating summer activity that offers the chance to win great back-to-school prizes."

During this time of the year, families are looking for ways to save money on back-to-school supplies and are in need of scholarship opportunities. By participating in Sylvan's Algebra Challenge, local parents and students can win instant prizes including gift cards to Starbucks, Amazon.com, and Target; Texas Instruments graphing calculators; laptops and subscriptions to SylvanMathPrep.com -- a new, online math resource for families of students in grades seven through twelve that features on-the-spot math guidance during homework time. Additionally, the winner of the first prize package will receive a $5,000 college scholarship, laptop, subscription to SylvanMathPrep.com and a graphing calculator. And, the grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship and a yearlong subscription to SylvanMathPrep.com!

Sylvan's Algebra Challenge has two elements. The first section is open to teens hoping to improve and retain their algebra skills. The other section engages parents hoping to revive some of their long-lost math skills so they can become a better resource for their children during homework time in the new school year.

"We understand how challenging math -- particularly algebra -- can be for middle and high school students, and parents are always searching for answers to help their kids. Sylvan's 'Forward to School' Algebra Challenge was created as a motivational tool to help students learn and understand math, and be prepared for the upcoming school year," said Richard E. Bavaria, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Education Outreach for Sylvan Learning.

Students and parents earn entries into Sylvan's Algebra Challenge by answering a daily, multiple choice math question, with additional entries for correct answers and referring friends. Students and their parents can enter the sweepstakes once a day.

The Algebra Challenge questions target the concepts taught in middle and high school classrooms and in Sylvan's "Forgotten Math for Parents" seminar -- a year-round, interactive workshop designed to help parents and family members during homework time by reviewing the key math concepts that are introduced in 6th, 7th and 8th grade. This free, 90-minute seminar is scheduled at participating Sylvan Learning centers. Parents move from station to station and are able to choose the math area they need to review in order to make homework time more manageable for the whole family.

To register for Sylvan's "Forward to School" Algebra Challenge, visit www.SylvanChallenge.com. To attend a free, "Forgotten Math for Parents" workshop and learn how every math concept a child faces from fourth to ninth grade is actually an essential component of algebra, please visit www.SylvanLearning.com to find a participating Sylvan Learning center.

About Sylvan Learning

Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of in-center and live, online tutoring at home to students of all ages, grades and skill levels. Sylvan Learning is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2009 and has approximately 1,100 centers located throughout North America. Sylvan's proven process and personalized methods have inspired more than 2 million students to discover the joy of learning. Sylvan's trained and certified personal instructors provide individual instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, study skills and test prep for college entrance and state exams. Sylvan helps transform unique kids into uniquely inspired learners with the skills to do better in school and the confidence to do better in everything else. For more information, call 1-800-31-SUCCESS or visit www.SylvanLearning.com. Visit www.DrRickBlog.com to share your personal academic experiences and comment on educational trends.

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