Sugar Grove resident opens tutoring franchise

By on June 15, 2012

Photo: Sugar Grove resident Laura Keske has opened a Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Service franchise that offers one-on-one help to students in North Aurora, Aurora, Elburn, Maple Park and Big Rock. Here she looks over some books to be used in upcoming tutoring sessions. Photo by John DiDonna

by Keith Beebe
Sugar Grove—Sugar Grove resident Laura Keske in February bought a franchise of the Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services, which is the nation’s largest one-on-one in-home tutoring service. As a result, Keske’s franchise is currently serving students in Elburn, Maple Park, Big Rock, Hinckley, North Aurora, Sycamore, DeKalb and portions of Aurora.

“We tutor all subjects, pre Kindergarten to adult, with one-on-one sessions in the student’s home,” Keske said. “Our tutors are either certified teachers or degreed professionals specializing in the higher maths and sciences.”

Prior to entering the home-tutoring business, Keske spent more than 20 years working for major corporations in finance and accounting. She got involved with home tutoring because she wanted to provide a service that benefits the local community while providing herself with a more flexible schedule for her family, which includes a 9th grader at Kaneland High School and a 6th grader at Harter Middle School.

“I love this business. We are working with students one-on-one and developing customized programs to get them ahead in school. It’s so rewarding to hear the success stories of the students and the know I’m making a difference in the community,” Keske said. “Additionally, our tutors are recruited locally, so we are providing part-time jobs for folks in the community. That makes me feel good.”

Keske said Club Z! In-Home Tutoring can help raise a student’s grades, provide motivation and help build their self-esteem. Her students are tutored in the comfort and convenience of their own homes, and the service is structured around the schedule of the student’s family.

“If a parent notices their child struggling in school, the best thing they can do is take action before the problem gets worse,” Keske said. “With one-on-one tutoring, we can get to the root of the problem and help the student understand the missing concepts. This lays a solid foundation for the future.”

Keske said Club Z! has been receiving a lot of phone calls for tutoring, especially for math.

“Since each area of math is a building block, if a student is stuggling with a particular concept, it could hurt them all down the road,” she said. “Our tutors know how to help the student understand the missing concept and move them forward.

Club Z! also has study skills programs called “Learning Built to Last,” as well as ACT Prep.

Keske said the study skills program is a something every middle school and high school student should take to help them with organization, test anxiety, setting goals, memorization skills and much more to help them become a balanced learner.

“We also provide customized ACT Prep programs to help students achieve a higher score and have a chance to get into their college of choice. Our students scores increase four points on average,” she said.

For more information on Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services, or to set up a tutoring session, visit, or call (630) 277-8117.