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 are taught by Shannon Zhou, a graduate of Fudan University, who has 17 years of teaching experience. Although her math classes follow the Singapore Math curriculum (a world-renowned course of instruction), she offers much more as an instructor. (See below.) 

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.

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
Read Mr. G's recent article:

Please note that Mr. G's reading and writing classes are currently full, and he is accepting no new students at this time. (Enrollment is still open for Ms. Zhou's math classes, however.)

If you would like your child to be put on a waiting list, or considered for enrollment for the fall semester, 2017, please send an email to MisterG@TigerWorkshops.com.

Indicate the name, age and grade level of your child, and in what gifted and talented, advanced or upper level classes she/he is currently enrolled. Also, attach a copy of your child's most recent PARCC (or equivalent) exam results.

Kindly understand that Mr. G must meet with parents and students in person and check a prospective student's writing and reading ability before enrolling her/him in his learning center.

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Ms. Shannon 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

Click the following links to find out more about

27 March 2015

2016-2017 Class Schedule


(Updated on Nov. 29th, 2016)

Please note that Mr. G's reading and writing classes are currently full and he is accepting no new students at this time. (Enrollment is still open for Ms. Shannon's math classes, however.)

If you would like your child to be put on a waiting list, or considered for enrollment for the fall semester, 2017, please send an email to MisterG@TigerWorkshops.com. 

Indicate the name, age and grade level of your child, and in what gifted and talented, advanced or upper level classes she/he is currently enrolled. Also, attach a copy of your child's most recent PARCC (or equivalent) exam results.

Kindly understand that Mr. G must meet with parents and students in person and check a prospective student's writing and reading ability before enrolling her/him in his learning center. 



WEDNESDAY




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






THURSDAY



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






FRIDAY



5:00 - 6:30 p.m. 5th grade FULL









SATURDAY



10:00 - 11:30 a.m. 3rd grade FULL
11:30 - 1:00 p.m. 5th grade FULL
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 FULL
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 8th grade FULL






SUNDAY



10:00 - 11:30 a.m. 3rd grade FULL
11:30 - 1:00 p.m. 4th grade FULL
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 FULL

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.

Ms. Zhou's Math Instruction at Tiger Workshops

Shannon Zhou, a graduate of Fudan University in Shanghai (one of the top institutions of higher learning in China), has been tutoring and teaching math for 17 years and is an expert using the world-renowned Singapore Math curriculum.

What she offers students at Tiger Workshops is the following:

· Math homework help, for those who need it.
· Coaching in how to solve challenging word problems.
· Singapore Math instruction to help advanced students excel.
· Tips on improving speed and accuracy in problem-solving.
· Instruction on how to change bad habits and reduce carelessness. 
· A teaching style that makes math enjoyable and fun.

Classes are semi-private with mixed grade levels, which means that students receive some one-on-one time with Ms. Zhou in each session, and get help in the areas he or she needs most.

Ms. Zhou’s weekly teaching schedule is as follows:

Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 PM
Saturdays,  10:00-11:30 AM 
Sundays,  11:30 AM-1:00 PM and 7:30-9:00 PM

For more information about her math classes, including pricing and discounts, call Ms. Zhou at (732) 910-0186.

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.