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Best Educational Ctr - 2 Reviews - 1317 Powell St, San Francisco, CA - Education & Instruction Reviews - Phone (415) 923-9288

Best Educational Ctr

1317 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 923-9288
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Usually, Chinese kids are very smart people. The logic in choosing this center might be that a tutoring place for predominantly Chinese students would be very rigorous and helpfu...

It's Chinatown 2/13/2008

Usually, Chinese kids are very smart people. The logic in choosing this center might be that a tutoring place for predominantly Chinese students would be very rigorous and helpful, such as the Best Educational Center in Chinatown. This could not be further from the truth.\r \r I'm in high school right now and this program does/ did not help me at all. The tutors are underqualified (mostly college students and even a high school student!) and they sometimes do stuff they're not supposed to do like read magazines and other stuff, which is annoying when they're supposed to be teaching. BUT, I wouldn't blame them since one said they get paid near minimum wage and that there aren't any benefits in working there, only benefits for the owner and the receptionist (his mom). I used to go to Kumont and that was a LOT better than this place. \r \r IT was more organized and structured. This place just hands you a worksheet and asks u to call them when u have any questions. It is very boring since they just give a worksheet and say off you go. This is not very inspiring. I don't like how the tutors are so boring too. They seem so dead and think they're smart when they don't even know the answers sometimes. It's very loud and I couldn't do my work a lot of the times since no one would tell those obnoxious children to be quiet. The owner is not doing a good job running the place. He is creating a disorganized, monotonous place that takes money and gives photocopied worksheets in return: I did not learn anything new and if I did not very well. If anyone has watched the movie ""Chinatown,"" the guy at the end says ""It's Chinatown,"" saying how it's a confusing place. This is like this tutoring place. Spend your money elsewhere. Pros: The teachers seem like they could really teach well if they actually liked the place Cons: Boring worksheets, below-average explanations of mathematical concepts, unenthusiastic/unqualified tutors, bad business overall more

Plenty of worksheets, not much tutoring help 2/12/2008

I'm a graduate student at UCD and my little brother went there in the summer and it was a big waste of time for him. The tutors are very young and all they do is give out worksheets; my brother said that he didn't really learn much. The kids are all on different levels, which makes it even more disorganized. My brother said he was in a table with kids and older students. Of course, the younger students need more attention since they don't know what they're doing so my brother was perceived as ""smart"" compared to the little kid so he didn't get much help!! He even said that the tutors sometimes didn't know the answer! The noise level is very loud sometimes and some of the kids talk to much and pick on other kids (and nothing is done about it). My brother complained about another kid bullying him and saying vulgar things but the tutors did nothing about it. There's also a lot of students so the tutors won't give you a lot of one-on-one time. I don't like the owners greed: They wouldn't give a ""trial"" day like other tutoring periods so if your brother/sister/son/daughter doesn't like it there, you've pretty much wasted a lot of money. I'd go to other educational places instead of this. All in all, the Best Educational Center is definitely not the ""best."" If I went and bought all the worksheets they had, I could probably start my own business and hire young, underpaid workers like this place; a synonym for this ""place"" would be the ""Worksheet Center."" Pros: the tutors seem nice Cons: they way that the business is structured does not allow the tutors to do their job well more
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