Zach Rish comes by his love of learning honestly. His mother, Lee, taught elementary, middle and high school throughout her career in education in Georgia and California.
It’s no surprise that when Rish decided he was opening The Tutoring Center in Greer that he’d offer his mother the position of head instructor.
“I’m very picky about my instructors,” he said. “She has the most passion I’ve ever seen in a teacher. I don’t believe I would have been able to land such an amazing head instructor if she weren’t my mother.”
For four years, Rish himself put his master’s degree to good use by teaching history at Greenville Technical College, designing his class by utilizing the best instruction techniques he’d learned as a student himself.
“One of the greatest joys in my life is witnessing a student transition from experiencing frustration and apprehension to exuding enthusiasm and confidence,” he said.
When he and his wife decided to start a family, he left his teaching position to earn more money as a pharmaceutical rep, but his desire to help others through teaching never went away. He began researching his options and discovered The Tutoring Center, a private educational franchise with locations throughout the United States.
“They comprehensively addressed all of the different, underestimated parts of education I was familiar with, and their success rate with students was amazing,” he said.
In June, Rish opened The Tutoring Center on The Parkway in Greer, and he says he immediately saw students benefit from the center’s unique approach, which relies on one-on-one instruction and building relationships to help foster learning skills.
“Some kids come in with low self-esteem because they’re struggling in school,” he said. “They’re skeptical and frustrated and don’t want to be here. After a week, before they even got their grades back, I saw those kids leave with a different perception of education. They were happier. It was almost as if we’d unlocked something within them that made them much more confident.”
Rish said the center is staffed by trained instructors who have college degrees, passed tests and proven they can relate to students. The center’s approach is dynamic, always utilizing one-on-one instruction rather than group work. Students also rotate between three stations, giving them exposure to more than one instructor.
“We’re all about building trust here,” he said. “We build relationships to find out what our students enjoy doing and what they’re good at. There’s an art to reaching a student who’s different than you, and all of our programs are customized to meet the needs of each individual student.”
Students in K-12 can sign up for programs in math, reading, writing, study skills and SAT prep at the center. Initial consultations are free, and students undergo diagnostic testing to highlight what areas they have strengths in and what areas need development.
“It’s important for us that parents don’t feel pressured, so we don’t have contracts and students can leave at any time if our program isn’t helping,” he said.
Parents can schedule a diagnostic visit on any Friday. As for tutoring sessions, the center’s hours are 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Mondays – Fridays.
“The Tutoring Center is unique,” Rish said. “Rather than focusing on short-term goals, we focus on making a better student.”
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The Tutoring Center
433 The Parkway, Greer
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