Understanding that each child learns differently, the staff members of Sylvan Learning’s numerous study centers design custom lesson programs. Based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews, the staff works with students to help them firmly grasp basic skills such as reading, writing, math, and how to remember facts without tattooing them to their chests. Programs target students in kindergarten through grade 12 and mold to various learning styles, helping kids feel more comfortable in the classroom. Afterschool or summer classes can ready high-school students for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students wow college-admissions officers with their superior writing skills, exemplary test scores, and willingness to arm-wrestle the school mascot.
J.A. Flight Services shows the ropes to aspiring cloud-chasers with flight lessons taught by respected, easy-to-understand flight instructors, who’ll let students take control of a Cessna 172SP Skyhawk. With this deal, you’ll get 15 minutes of ground instruction and 45 minutes in a state-of-the-art Redbird simulator, followed by an hour of aircraft instruction. After the airborne journey concludes, Lindberghs-in-training will receive a certificate of completion and an endorsement into their logbook.
With the mission of making flight affordable and welcoming to all land-dwellers, the instructors at SimplyFLY help men and women of any background take to the sky on their own. Novice pilots prepare for solo flight through private and sport license training in a Remos aircraft, soaking up accessible instruction in just-for-fun flights or licensing programs. Rentals and joint ownership programs give customers a top-of-the-line aircraft when they want it without the hassles of storage and maintenance that come with capturing one’s own plane in the wild.
In the late 1970s career educators Eileen and Raymond Huntington opened the first Huntington Learning Center in Oradell, New Jersey. Their goal was to take an individualized approach to education, adjusting instructional tactics according to each student's set of needs. Their success in helping K–12 students prepare for exams and improve grades and study skills quickly spawned franchises across New York and New Jersey.
Today, the certified Huntington tutoring staff utilizes testing and rubrics for assessing each child's skills, academic needs and potential for growth. The teachers even note the student's behavior in different testing and academic situations to craft a methodology sensitive to each child's learning style. Teachers also adhere to the company's code of ethics that stresses professionalism and confidentiality and encourages pupils to improve their grades honestly through dedicated study rather than shortcuts.
Spread across four arts venues, the school's performance program presents finely honed productions of new and classical dramatic works and hosts internationally acclaimed musicians of all genres. Catch violinist Rachel Barton Pine with piano accompaniment at the state-of-the-art, 13,000-square-foot Wentz Concert Hall (from $40), or exchange the smiley comedy mask for a frowny tragedy one with the Greek-inspired Phedre at the artsier, black-box-style Madden Theatre ($10).
A Chicago Tribune reporter visiting a Stepping Into Etiquette class admitted that students seemed reluctant at first. "But less than an hour later, somewhere between delivering a firm handshake and choosing the right fork, the 8- to 12-year-olds began smiling, raising their hands to be called on, and begging to help set a proper table in a meeting room at the Naperville Public Library."
The company has also appeared in publications such as Chicago Parent, but the classes are not just for youngsters. There are also sessions for professionals, who can often use a crash course in fundamental etiquette such as eye contact, a firm handshake, and what food is appropriate to juggle. As the Tribune reporter noted, all of the courses are intended to be fun. The school has brought that entertaining spirit to classes for a wide range of organizations, from the Girl Scouts to Barbizon Modeling and Acting School to Chicago State University.