FAQ

Academic Associates of Prince George and the World offers a systematic, easy-to-learn reading program. This program will take the student [child or adult] through the steps of reading. When finished, they will be able to read the majority of words in the English language. The program is taught one-on-one with one of our Reading Instruction Specialists. Sign up for our complete reading program now.

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WHY IS YOUR PROGRAM BETTER THAN OTHERS?

To answer that question, read this article.

WHAT WILL THE STUDENT HAVE ACHIEVED AT THE END OF THIS COURSE?

The student will have the ability to read the vast majority of words in the English language, and his/her comprehension will be at or above their age level. Their spelling skills will also have improved as they have learned phonic reading. At the end of the course the student will have a complete binder with all the rules and reading words they have learned in order to refresh their memory from time to time.

IS THERE ANYTHING NEEDED AFTER THE COURSE IS COMPLETED?

No. The student will be fully trained in reading. The completed binder has all the “refresher” material needed.

HOW LONG DOES THE PROGRAM TAKE?

The amount of time depends on the ability, maturity level, and desire of the student. The average student completes the entire course in 30 - 60 hours of instruction.

WHAT ARE YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CLASSES?

Ideally students should come two to three hours a week. This allows most students to progress quickly through the program with less time needed for review. However, one hour a week also works. For younger children or children with short attention spans, sessions can be half hour sessions.

DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE THE COURSE?

No. There are no contracts. You pay for the lessons as you use them. You may stop at any time without penalty. If you book a lesson and then fail to "show up" without giving 24 hours notice, you will be charged. Naturally, to receive the maximum benefit, you need to complete the course, but the choice is always yours.

HOW OLD SHOULD CHILDREN BE BEFORE LEARNING TO READ?

To answer that question, read this article.

WHAT DO STUDENTS NEED TO KNOW BEFORE TAKING THIS READING COURSE?

Students need to know the alphabet letters in correct order and be able to speak English on a foundational level.

CAN THIS PROGRAM HELP WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES?

For the answer to that look at Academic Associate Student Profiles on the Academic Associates site.

WHERE DO YOU TEACH?

We teach out of our home at Unit B 3707 24th Ave in Vernon, BC and, for older students, over the Internet.  Appointments must be booked in advance.

WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM COST?

The initial reading assessment is FREE for Vernon students [long distance students see below] and there is no obligation or pressure to enroll. The decision is totally yours. Call 250-301-5355  [if you live in Vernon only] or use the contact button to book your appointment. The assessment takes less than 15 minutes.

The lessons are $60.00 per hour or you can save BIG $$$ by purchasing 4 hours in advance for $180.00.

For those of you who think this is expensive consider that where I live an auto mechanic charges $80.00 + an hour and hair styling for a lady will cost $120.00 and up. For a mere $60 an hour [or less by purchasing 4 hours at a time], you can obtain a vital, life-time skill. Once you are done the course, you will never need us again.

I DON'T LIVE IN VERNON, HOW DO I TAKE THE PROGRAM?

This first thing to do is to check to see if there is an Academic Associate Reading Center near you. Each Reading Center is individually owned and operated by caring people who want to help you learn to read or improve your reading skills. It is easiest and best if you can be face-to-face with your instructor. If you live in northern Florida check out Phonics Reading Guide or click here to check if there is another Academic Associates Learning Center near you.

If there is no Academic Associate Learning Center near you, you can take the course by computer. You will need the following items:

1. A computer with microphone [built-in is fine] and speakers although a headset is the best,
2. A printer [You will be given passwords to print off PDF files of reading words before the reading lesson.],
3. A copy of Skype [free program],
4. An E-mail address,
5. A mailing address,
6. A web cam is optional but beneficial [This is more important if English is not the first language - or the student struggles with the letter sounds themselves - as it may mean the student will need to observe the correct mouth positions to make the letter sounds.],
7. A credit card.
8. A high-speed Internet connection
Important Note: The option is only available for teenagers and adults.

DOES THIS WORK AS AN ESL PROGRAM?

See our comments on English as a Second Language.

HOW DO I PAY?

Payment is due before each lesson. If you are attending in person, you may pay by cash or paypal [via computer either at your home or here at the Reading Center]. If you are a long distance student you may pay by paypal or by sending in a money order - money order must be received before the lesson.

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Testimonials

I...wanted to let you know that [my daughter] got a wonderful report card and some great feedback regarding her reading and has been saying that she wanted to get back to Prince George so she could go back to her tutor. Coming from an eight year-old on the verge of summer holidays [that] is a big compliment...

Michelle F., Prince George

My grade one son is at the top of his class in reading. I am so glad for Diane.

Tammy S., Prince George

I am happy to say that I have completed the Academic Associates Reading Program. This program gave me the tools to enhance my reading skills. Most of all this program has taken down the walls that has hindered me from advancing in life. I am very grateful...Diane is an awesome instructor...She makes this program fun and I have looked forward to our sessions.

Darlene, Prince George

Academic Associate Program Stories

"I'm in sixth-grade. I used to be the worst reader in my class. Not long after I started to go to Academic Associates I found that I could read whatever I could get my hands on. After just a few weeks I caught up to the rest of the class. Now I am the best reader in the class. I was also the worst speller in my class. Now I am one of the best. If they can do that for me, they can do it for you."-Josh

Thirteen year-old Kevin always had trouble with reading. He felt embarrassed when others read better than he did. But listen to him now. "When I first came to your clinic, I thought it would be the same as all the others I had tried. But it helped me more than all the others. I can understand what I read, and it helped me with spelling, too. Thank you!! Forever!! -Sincerely, Kevin" After only 46 hours at Academic Associates, Kevin is reading above grade level for the first time in his life.

"My name is Tania. I'm 15 years old. Reading was always very hard for me. I felt inadequate because all my friends read very well. I used to get discouraged trying to do my homework. After taking the Academic Associates course I can read with the best of them. My grades improved and so did my confidence. If you have a reading problem you should take this course." Tania is very bright. Her reading level rose from 3rd to 10th grade level within two months.

"Cassie struggled with reading, but in just the second lesson at Academic Associates, she loved doing it and didn't want any help. She raced through each line. She only mispronounced about one word in every fifty. For a six year-old, that is fabulous! She shows such confidence and such an increase in speed I can hardly believe this is the same child as just one week ago."-Charlan Pennington, mother

For more true stories visit the Academic Associates site.

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