Is your child struggling with reading, writing or math?


What is Symbols?

One-on-One Orton-Gillingham Tutoring for Children with Learning Difficulties and Differences

Symbols welcomes students across Canada to join us for online lessons, or in-person lessons at any of our 4 locations in the Greater Vancouver and Lower Mainland regions of BC.  We offer one-on-one tutoring, using the Orton Gillingham method. Whether your child needs literacy or numeracy help, we’re dedicated to supporting all children with learning difficulties.

Students Can Expect the Following From Their Tutoring:

1-to-1 tutoring


Structured and explicit

5 pillars of literacy: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension

Multisensory activities in reading, spelling, writing and math

Observance of Ministry of Education curriculum, by grade

Immersive and Interactive

Cumulative and review-heavy

What is Symbols?

Early Childhood, Elementary School and High School Level Tutoring

Symbols Learning’s flexible, multisensory approach is highly effective in teaching any child to read, write or improve in math. We specialize in helping kids with learning differences (or learning difficulties), such as dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia, ADHD, processing difficulties, output challenges, autism, and speech difficulties by offering one-on-one, multisensory, customized lessons based on the Orton-Gillingham (OG) approach.

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Literacy & Language Education Tutoring

Symbols helps your child with their reading and writing goals by supporting phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary development, and comprehension.

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Numeracy & Math Education Tutoring

Symbols helps your child build speed and understanding for sequences, mental math skills, and fact recall.  Students learn explicit strategies for place value, pen-to-paper computation questions (adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing), and literacy-based math areas, like word problems.

One-on-One Orton-Gillingham Tutoring for Children with Learning Difficulties and Differences

OG is a multisensory approach, meaning that concepts are presented to each child and learned using the four main learning pathways: visual (eyes to see), auditory (ears to hear), tactile (hands to feel) and kinesthetic (body to move).

One-on-One Orton-Gillingham Tutoring for Children with Learning Difficulties and Differences

In-person lessons in our centers aren't always practical or possible. Our online lessons offer the same 1-to-1, individualized, multisensory format as our in-person lessons, and include a free multisensory home learning kit delivered to your door.

Vancouver Tutoring

101-1755 West Broadway
(between Burrard and Pine)

North Vancouver Tutoring

1975 Lonsdale Ave #102, North Vancouver

Coquitlam Tutoring

202-1070 Ridgeway Ave
(near Austin and Marmont)

Langley Tutoring

200-20780 Willoughby Town Centre Dr.

Richmond Tutoring

205-8351 Alexandra Rd
(near Lansdowne Centre)


  • Avatar Stephen T ★★★★★ 5 years ago
    My son has attended Symbols (Coquitlam) for approx 3 years now, specifically for their Orton-Gillingham teaching method, and has progressed … More significantly relative to when he first enrolled and initially assessed. He started out barely able to read even simple words, diagnosed as being two grade levels behind his peers, and feeling extremely unconfident in his reading ability to now being an avid reader of chapter style books. Currently he is now moving on to improve upon his writing skills.He has been with four different tutors during this time and all have been very caring, focused, and genuinely wanting to help the student improve and progress further. My son is not particularly keen on public school but he actually enjoys attending the tutoring lessons once weekly at Symbols. That says a lot!
  • Avatar Kay S ★★★★★ 5 years ago
    My son has been at Symbols for three years for writing and reading. He really enjoys being tutored by Alana. She's warm, smart … More and makes it fun for him. Im so glad I found this place because it has helped my son with his reading tremendously!
  • Avatar Grant G ★★★★★ 5 years ago
    Super impressed! Our tutor (Dana) is very thorough and efficient as she provides a recap of each session as well as outlining homework … More (in person and by email). The teaching techniques are structured to be fun and enjoyable as well, so kids actually look forward to attending. Well worth the investment!
  • Avatar Maggie D ★★★★★ 5 years ago
    My son who is 9 and in grade 4 has been receiving help with his written output disorder (dysgraphia) for the last 4 months and I am … More blown away by the gains my son has made! Things I have worked on with him for the last couple years and have not worked they have got him rolling with in such a very short time. My son not only looks forward to going in the 2 days a week he attends but asks for extra homework to take home! Thank you Symbols! Highly recommend!
  • Avatar Joanna M ★★★★★ 5 years ago
    Both my daughters have been helped immensely with their spelling and reading comprehension. My girls have gone from below grade level … More to honour roll. My oldest daughter told me after her first session that it was the first time a teacher understood her. I can’t thank Symbols enough!
  • Avatar Bruna Lopes da silva G ★★★★★ 5 years ago
    Both of my daughters did Symbols we had amazing results ...My youngest Summer still in it and love every minute of it ...My oldest … More Savannah keep asking me to put her back . Unfortunately , is financially impossible .

New North Vancouver Location Now Open!

Accepting student registrations for North Van!

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