Many educational programs in the market are unnecessary, The Ultimate Learning Accelerator isn't one of them.
Education is perhaps one of the top concerns of parents – and one that businesses are willing to capitalize on. Aside from traditional schools, there are thousands of books, products and services designed to help your kids learn their A to Z’s and everything in between.
So when I found out that there was a new after-school program in town calling itself “The Ultimate Learning Accelerator” (TULA, pronouned “too-la”), I had my doubts. In my humble opinion, many programs in the market are unnecessary, feeding off parents’ doubts and fears about their children’s future.
But after visiting their center in Legaspi, Makati (they have another branch in Kapitolyo, Pasig), I can’t wait until my children can enrol. They are currently accepting students aged 7 to 13 but are developing their program for younger children.
So what’s different about this one?
1. It doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Enrichment programs are generally expensive because they promise to give your child a competitive advantage. Starting at only P300 per week for a 2-hour session, TULA is clearly not just about money. The value they provide to their students is so much more.
2. Their “coaches” (the teachers at the center) are top-notch. TULA CEO and co-founder James Centenera used to work for global management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company. Learn more about the other team members and get ready to be impressed by their credentials and passion. They maintain a coach-student ratio of 1:12 but off-peak classes have fewer students (and are cheaper too).
3. They took the best approaches to education from around the world. Co-founder Fenton Whelan works with governments of many countries to improve their quality of education so he knows what works. TULA’s thematic and non-competitive approach reminded me of this write-up about the Finnish education system. This month’s theme is all about physical fitness! Yes, there is more to education than just mental exercises.
Don’t worry, they also follow and are even a step ahead of the K-12 curriculum prescribed by DepEd. Find out more on the next page.