Lynn, Eye Level Liverpool Learning Centre Instructor

Interview with an Educator: Liverpool

On 11th June 2022, we interviewed the Eye Level Liverpool Learning Centre’s Instructor, Lynn Vytiaco. She gave us an insight into why she started an Eye Level Business, what her goals are and why she believes she is the best person for the job.

Question: Tell us about yourself

Lynn: I am an educator who is passionate about the learning journey of each individual student that comes to me for coaching in English and Mathematics.  Understanding students’ emotional, social and even cultural backgrounds allows me to understand what hinders them or what advances them in learning subjects that are necessary to get through their day-to day.
I am a second-generation Australian Filipino and actually come from a family of educators so the high value placed in education comes as no surprise.  Amongst my family members there are a few teachers with some having leadership roles including a principal at a primary school and also a dean at a university in the Philippines. I also have 2 primary school age children of my own, but it was after becoming a mother for the first time that my husband and I decided it was a good time to switch careers, from being an IT specialist, to then becoming a high school mathematics teacher.
During my years in IT, I realised I enjoyed problem solving using careful and critical analysis. You can say I am technically minded coming from an IT background. I also enjoyed working in teams and being able to successfully achieve our team’s goals. Working in IT, also taught me how important it was to quickly adapt to different problems and in different environments, how important it was to collaborate between a range of people to basically get things done and within all that, how important it was to be able to communicate effectively

Question: Why did you start this business?

Lynn: I started this learning centre because as a high school mathematics teacher, as much as I wanted to help ALL students in class, a student is bound to be left behind in situations that are beyond my control, beyond the teacher’s control.
I wanted to make a difference by having that 1-1 relationship with students so that I could either back track or push forward as they needed, to make learning more meaningful, purposeful as well as challenging.
At one stage, I had 6 mathematics classes to look after in one year and with classroom sizes being just over 30 students per class, 6 x 30 students meant teaching 180 students so there was bound to be someone left behind.
The teacher to student ratio is 1:30 in some schools and even though teachers differentiate both learning and assessment, it is still a huge task.  I applaud teachers and what they do as there are many amazing teachers who go above and beyond to make sure students get the most out of their school years and the classroom experience.
However at Eye Level, the teacher to student ratio is much less where we’ve adopted a more individualized programme as a way of making adjustments to students’ learning.
The 1-1 relationship means we get to know our students well, not just their skills but also their personal interests.  When students feel that someone genuinely cares about their interests, this builds the trust needed for an instructor to make learning more meaningful, purposeful and thus effective. This is one part of the Eye Level philosophy.
At Eye Level, I found that I could make more of a difference on students as the diagnostic nature of the programme allows me to determine the strengths and the areas for improvement because of the 1-1 relationship.
We identify the learning gaps which affect what goes on in the classroom or how confidently a student can complete their homework.
My goal is to assist as many families and students to reach their learning goals.  To do this, it is building that self-belief in students that they can write a good paragraph or a good sentence, or that they can be good at numbers. I think the way our maths and English programme is cleverly designed and structured, there is enough practice and content to develop students’ skills in English and Mathematics.

Question: Why did you choose the Eye Level programme? 

Lynn: I chose the Eye Level programme because of their small step approach which makes it easy for students to develop independently with our guidance and support.
It is a programme that helps parents and students create a home routine that is also easy to follow.
Eye Level is very supportive with home study. Families have the flexibility they need to balance other aspects of their day-to-day routine.
I also really like the fact that EL is based on an international curriculum, so looks at topics related to other countries too.  Particularly where the centre is located in the district of Liverpool, there are approximately 150 different cultural backgrounds that make up our local government area, I think it is important to know about other countries, from their history, their very important people, to what makes their land unique.
Current topics such as understanding the internet and how to interpret search results by identifying website domains demonstrates the value EL places on what is relevant and significant knowledge in this century.

Question: What is your educational philosophy?

Lynn: My educational philosophy is to help students remove any limiting beliefs about themselves when it comes to learning.  Whether it be English or maths, it’s supporting them by developing the right attitude and giving them the right tools to confront problems that are new to them. This is what being an independent and self-directed learner is all about.
Students enjoy learning when they understand and when they trust the people or learning space they find themselves in.  Many students get frustrated and upset when it comes to making mistakes or when they cannot master a skill or when they cannot understand a concept so it’s all about guiding them, coaching them and supporting them throughout the emotional journey that comes with learning.
I believe it is more important for students to focus on achieving their personal best rather than purely meeting set standards all the time as this is more rewarding on a personal level.

Question: How does the Eye Level programme compare to other tutoring programmes out there? 

Lynn: Eye Level compares to other tutoring programmes in that we are not teaching according to a specific test. But rather we build on the necessary literacy and numeracy skills to support students in their understanding of topics taught at school.  Our focus is not just what to learn but how to learn.
Our small step approach allows students to see links between topics and utilise the structure of the worksheets and examples to keep progressing.
We do have a speed and accuracy component to our programme, as part of our training for exams, to develop our students’ proficiency when they’re at their most strongest and most confident. This links into practicing speed and accuracy in the earlier stages of the students’ learning.  If the child can meet the timed target when it’s easy, they then have the practice to do it when it is hard.
During our sessions, students receive 1-1 instruction to understand the material and then to confidently practicing on their own.
What makes EL different from other tutoring programmes is their unique CTM and writing components.  We do not just practice skills to become faster at performing mental calculations, but we use a variety of strategies to develop students’ critical thinking skills to apply what they have learned.

Question: What is the most important thing new parents to Eye Level need to know about? 

Lynn:  As many families are busy with extra-curricular activities, learning can fit into their timetable as we are flexible enough to provide multiple options to access our materials and to access our instructors.
I know it might sound strange, but I’ve had students who’ve brought their EL work with them when they’re out of town or even in another country on a holiday but can access the internet to do a bit of practice, even if it’s just for 30 minutes a day.
Our regular progress report charts give parents a view on how their child is progressing.
Informal and formal parent meetings encourage a collaborative effort through a more active involvement between parents, students and their EL instructor. This is to ensure learning goals are being met so we regularly communicate to keep parents updated and always want to understand how their child is doing at home.
Give Lynn a call to find out even more! Follow the link here to her phone number.
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