MEK Labs: Efficient Learning, Immediate Application, and Skill Reinforcement
Mr. Gunn Ahn, the founder of MEK Review, established CompMath in 1998 to give students in-depth problem-solving help. He understood that in order for students to succeed, they needed to apply and practice their skills in a structured learning environment. CompMath later became what our current students know as Math Lab, and the MEK Lab program was born!
Mr. Ahn’s structural approach to learning soon created the MEK Labs teaching philosophy, which emphasizes a proven combination of learning, immediate guided application, and skill reinforcement. The Lab program has since expanded to provide thousands of students with one-on-one customizable support in Reading, Writing, Literacy, Vocabulary, and Math.
MEK Labs move beyond repetition and focus on application to reinforce what students learn in school. The timed Lab environment improves test taking and time management skills, which translate to higher test scores in the classroom. Meanwhile, supervised practice guarantees that students constantly apply learned skills and revisit mistakes while each lesson is still fresh in their minds.
All Labs are aligned with the Common Core State Standard to support and enhance skills required in the school classroom. Students who attend Labs also outperform peers on Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams.
How Are MEK Labs Different from Tutoring?
While both tutoring and MEK Labs provide one-on-one instruction, Labs go the extra mile and use a system to ensure efficient learning and skill development. Tutoring is highly focused on the student’s individual needs. However, tutoring does not always allow for application, or time to practice the lessons learned.
MEK Labs combine the one-on-one aspect of tutoring with timed practice to include instruction and application in every session. Additionally, immediate feedback encourages students to stay motivated and build upon their skills from the previous week.
The Lab structure addresses students’ educational needs in a practice-oriented environment that is unique to MEK programs. Not only do we provide a system in which students learn more effectively, but we also provide the CCSS-aligned materials to do it!
Who Are the Lab Teachers?
All MEK instructors are trained for a minimum of 40-60 hours to adapt to the Lab program’s structured nature. Every one of our instructors holds at least one college degree. Many of our staff members have obtained master’s degrees and special teaching certifications. We do not hire college or high school students as tutors.
All students must take a Common Core State Standard (CCSS) evaluation to join the MEK Lab program. This exam tests students’ grade-appropriate abilities in reading, writing, and math. The CCSS evaluation gives us a reliable starting point when helping all Lab students succeed in the classroom and beyond!
The reading portion tests students’ comprehension, inference, and vocabulary skills. Students are also asked to write a detailed and organized response in a timed setting. Finally, students demonstrate their problem-solving abilities in the math section. While the evaluation does not impact students’ school grades, it does play a large role in course placement and curriculum development at MEK.
Evaluations must be scheduled by appointment. After students complete the evaluation, we provide a comprehensive overview of their results during a free academic consultation. This meeting brings families and MEK counselors together to help students activate their potential and achieve their dreams.