06 April 2016

Welcome!

Tiger Workshops is a learning center that focuses on helping students improve reading, writing and math skills so they do better in school and on standardized tests. Math classes follow the Singapore Math curriculum, the world-renowned system of instruction that has propelled students to the top of math classes across the globe.

Reading & writing classes are taught by Lester Gesteland (Mr. G), a former foreign correspondent, news editor and book editor, who has over 10 years of teaching experience.

Math classes are taught by Shannon Zhou, a graduate of Fudan University, who is an expert at Singapore Math instruction, with 17 years of teaching experience. 

Each class Mr. G teaches includes:
  • Common Core-focused reading & writing instruction
  • Reading & writing homework (including a composition to be handed in every week)
  • In-class writing (with written and oral feedback from Mr. G)
  • Vocabulary competitions
  • Grammar instruction (to help students improve their writing skills)

Read Mr. G's recent article:
Five Ways to Get Your Kids to Read & Write at Home 


Ms. Zhou's math classes feature:
  • The Singapore Math curriculum 
  • Math enrichment & reinforcement of skills
  • Strategies on how to solve complex word problems
  • A focus on teaching students to think critically and creatively
  • Instruction to show kids that math is fun and enjoyable

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27 March 2015

2016-2017 Class Schedule


(Updated on Aug. 18th, 2016) 



WEDNESDAY




5:00 - 6:30 p.m. 4th grade spots available
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. 6th grade spots available






THURSDAY



5:00 - 6:30 p.m. 3rd grade spots available
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. 8th grade spots available






FRIDAY



5:00 - 6:30 p.m. 5th grade FULL
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. 7th grade spots available






SATURDAY



10:00 - 11:30 a.m. 3rd grade spots available
11:30 - 1:00 p.m. 4th grade spots available
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. 5th grade FULL
2:30 - 4:00 p.m. 6th grade FULL
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. 7th grade spots available
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 8th grade one spot left






SUNDAY



10:00 - 11:30 a.m. 3rd grade spots available
11:30 - 1:00 p.m. 4th grade two spots left
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. 5th grade FULL
2:30 - 4:00 p.m. 6th grade one spot left
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. 7th grade spots available

Prices:
3rd, 4th & 5th grades: $45/class (1.5 hours)
6th, 7th & 8th grade: $50/class (1.5 hours)
Discounts are available if you buy 10 or 20 classes at a time.
NOTE: When you buy multiple classes, you must use them up in the time period you purchased. Skipped classes must be made up; they cannot be carried forward.

Summer 2016 Daytime Intensive Classes

Summer daytime intensive classes with be three hours a day, five days a week, and will include the following:
Reading Comprehension Instruction, 45 minutes
Writing Instruction: 45 minutes
Math Instruction: 90 minutes
  • Reading: Students will read an entire book (or 100 pgs.) each week and discuss it. 
  • Vocabulary will be taught daily, and will be drawn from the reading (with vocabulary contests to motivate learning).
  • Reading Comprehension Skills: Students will be taught the skills they lack, and will be given practice using those they already know (making inferences, summarizing, using context clues, identifying the main idea, finding the theme, etc.).
  • Writing: Each week students will be taught a different type of composition (see schedule), and will have hands-on practice writing and revising it. As always, homework will be corrected by Mr. G, who will provide both oral and written feedback.
  • Math: Ms. Zhou will follow the world-renowned Singapore Math curriculum, which has helped propel students to the top of their classes. Instruction will focus on math enrichment and reinforcement of problem-solving skills, with special attention to complicated word problems for the upper grades. Students will learn to think critically and creatively so that they excel in math and learn to enjoy it. 
  • Homework will be given daily to reinforce what was learned in class. Assignments will include an essay to write (or revise), at least 25 pages to read, and math problems.
  • Small Classes: There will be a maximum of six students per class in both the reading/writing and math classes.

SCHEDULE: Daytime Intensive Classes
Each week, classes will be offered per the following schedule:

3rd & 4th graders: Reading & Writing: 9:00–10:30 a.m.; Math: 10:30–12:00
5th & 6th graders: Math: 9:00–10:30 a.m.; Reading & Writing: 10:30–12:00
7th & 8th graders: Math: 10:30–12:00; Reading & Writing: 12:00–1:30 p.m.

READING & WRITING CURRICULUM
June 27 - July 1: The Narrative
July 5 - July 8: Literary Analysis Essay: Poetry
July 11 - July 15: Research Writing: Historical Texts
July 18 - July 20: Literary Analysis Essay: Plays
July 21 - July 31: (Math classes only)
Aug. 1 - Aug. 5: Research Writing: Scientific/Technical Texts
Aug. 8 - Aug. 12: Literary Analysis Essay: Prose
Aug. 15 - Aug. 19: Research Writing: Informational Texts
Aug. 22 - Aug. 26: Literary Analysis Essay: Poetry (No math classes)
Aug. 29 - Sept. 2: The Narrative (No math classes)

TUITION: Daytime Intensive Classes (classes must be purchased by the week)

3rd & 4th graders: Reading & Writing: $225/wk. Math: $225/wk. Combined: $450/wk
5th & 6th graders: Reading & Writing: $240/wk. Math: $240/wk. Combined: $480/wk
7th & 8th graders: Reading & Writing: $250/wk. Math: $250/wk. Combined: $500/wk

To reserve a spot, a $50 deposit will be required (which will go toward your tuition payment).

DISCOUNTS
5% off if you buy 2 weeks
10% off for 4 weeks
15% off for 6 weeks
20% off for the entire summer
Siblings: 5% off your second child 

You get a FREE CLASS (reading/writing or math) for each paying student you refer.


11 November 2014

Summer 2016 Once-A-Week Classes

All once-a-week classes will be 1.5 hours long from June 29 onward. That includes all grades: 3rd through 8th.

Here is the list of sessions: 

WEDNESDAY
5:00-6:30 p.m. 3rd grade
6:30-8:00 p.m. 6th grade

THURSDAY
5:00-6:30 p.m. 4th grade
6:30-8:00 p.m. 7th grade

FRIDAY
5:00-6:30 p.m. 5th grade
6:30-8:00 p.m. 8th grade

SATURDAY
10:00-11:30 a.m. 3rd grade
11:30-1:00 p.m. 4th grade
1:00-2:30 p.m. 5th grade
2:30-4:00 p.m. 6th grade
4:00-5:30 p.m. 7th grade
5:30-7:00 p.m. 8th grade

SUNDAY
10:00-11:30 a.m. 3rd grade
11:30-1:00 p.m. 4th grade
1:00-2:30 p.m. 5th grade
2:30-4:00 p.m. 6th grade
4:00-5:30 p.m. 7th grade

PRICE
3rd Grade: $45/week
4th Grade: $45/week
5th Grade: $45/week
6th Grade: $50/week
7th Grade: $50/week
8th Grade: $50/week

DISCOUNTS
5% off for classes purchased before May 1st
5% off if you buy 10 classes
10% off if you buy 20 classes
Siblings: 5% off the second child

07 November 2013

About Mr. G (Lester Gesteland)

BIO

Lester Gesteland, known by his students as “Mr. G,” and by some parents as “Mr. Tiger,” earned a B.A. (Honors) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a master's degree from the University of California, San Diego. His qualifications as a writing instructor come from his experience as a college-essay corrector, a freelance journalist, a copy editor, a reporter, a news editor, a book editor, and an English writing tutor and teacher.

His Story

While living in Taiwan—where he was a foreign correspondent for the Economist Intelligence Unit—Lester taught English classes to children to earn extra income. He thoroughly enjoyed teaching and, after working at a local learning center for three years, was offered a partnership by the owner. However, because he had planned to go to graduate school, Lester turned down the offer and returned to the United States. To this day, he has often wondered whether he made the right decision.
Years later, as a stay-at-home father of triplet boys, Lester again found himself teaching to earn extra income, this time at a Huntington Learning Center, where he tutored high school students how to achieve a higher score on the verbal section of the SAT. This experience reignited his love of teaching and he decided to launch a private tutoring business.

Among his clients was a couple who hired Lester to teach their two daughters. They were opening a learning center in North Brunswick and, impressed with Lester’s teaching style, asked him to be the writing instructor. Thus began his three-year association with Little Spring Learning Center, where Lester taught English writing to students at three consecutive summer camps.

During the school year, Lester taught Tiger Dad Learning classes (a business he co-founded), which was a workbook-based form of instruction that helped students do better on the essay portion of the NJ ASK. Lester taught all the writing classes, oversaw the correcting, and wrote all the workbooks. He worked to continually improve both the workbooks and the workshops so that his courses would achieve their primary goal: make his students better writers. As a testament to his success, Lester has many loyal customers, and parents now drive long distances to enroll their children at his learning center.

In October 2013, wishing to work closer to home, Lester opened the Tiger Workshops Learning Center in Metuchen. He is thrilled to be running his own company, where he can formulate the curriculum, take personal care of his students, and be the master of his own destiny.