The instructors at Kisco Learning Center believe that the simple combination of studying, parental support, and a good school experience leads directly to academic success. Over the past 12 years they have tailored their programs to supplement each of those components in small-group settings. Tutoring sessions facilitate studying and teach effective strategies for solo cramming, and helping with homework removes parents’ stress of having to be academic taskmasters. Personalized curricula shore up students' skill gaps, banishing the anxiety and self-doubt that keep pupils from getting the most out of their classes at school.
Older students racing toward college can take advantage of the SAT- and ACT-prep programs, which immerse soon-to-be test takers in an intensive study of their chosen exam. This fills heads with pertinent knowledge, time-saving tips, and horror stories of the Scantron machine that haunts your dreams if you don't completely fill in an answer bubble.
At Kids U, upbeat instructors camouflage learning as playtime. They invite youngsters and parents into a kid-size gym that jump starts imagination with vibrant colors and a multitiered PlayQuad. The 17-foot playground spans 2,000 square feet of indoor space, where children explore tunnels and soar in swings. At classes, teachers inject freestyle play with structure while still allowing for creativity. The small, laid-back sessions cover subjects that range from gymnastics to cooking and building with LEGOs, all while interweaving themes such as teamwork and motor skills. The instructors pioneer similar subjects in three-hour day camps, molded around the Summer Olympics. Kids U's parties combine the fun center's two signature styles of recreation—freestyle fun in the PlayQuad and ordered activities—according to chosen themes, which, like concepts kicked around for the White House Correspondents' dinner, include Rock Star and Pajama Party.
Using information gleaned from a thorough, one-hour, 40-question standardized assessment of a student's skill levels and subject-area strengths in reading, writing, or math, Tutoring Club tailors its semiprivate sessions (max of three students) to each student’s needs. Basking in the warm glow of a tutor's attention, small groups of learners practice math problems, sentence structure, and headstands that they didn't catch during the school day. Students typically come in for the initial skills assessment one day, and their tutoring session at a later date. Besides improving academic performance, Tutoring Club can help increase students' confidence and soothe anxiety, reducing the incidence of nightmares by 400%. Tutoring sessions may be based on the student's assessment or can be used for extra help with any school subject (not including foreign language), which could include prep for homework, a quiz, or a test in that subject.
An innovative, child-focused program pioneered in Korea, E.nopi's educational classes have enriched and enlightened curious kids for 30 years with individualized approaches that strive to understand the child’s point of view. Each class begins with a skills assessment to tailor instruction to children's strengths before launching into a fun and approachable lesson that may use learning aides such as colorful workbooks, whimsical wooden shapes, and entertaining audio CDs. New concepts are continually revisited in a variety of creative contexts to reinforce learned skills and keep ideas from taking their summer escapes to libraries in the Caribbean, and light, consistent take-home work is encouraged to keep intellectual elements flowing. Math classes stress critical thinking and problem solving to engage brainy bambinos in independent thought as they glean a better understanding of arithmetic, patterns, geometry, and more. Meanwhile, English classes streamline skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, resulting in the ability to lull parents to sleep with softly read news articles. Geared toward ages 3–14, each class is aligned to U.S. educational standards and can serve as educational enrichment, a supplement to regular schooling, or preparation for being a contestant on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?.
The staff at Brain Balance Achievement Center connects loose ends in the brain. Instructors assess each child’s academic strengths and shortcomings before building a plan of action, which incorporates both reading, writing, math, study skills, and smart board technology. This approach allows teachers to focus on instilling math, reading, or other basic schoolroom skills.
Matt Warshay understands the importance of education—along with a bachelor’s degree in business and an MBA in strategy and consulting, he is a certified high-school math teacher. But it was his first-hand experience at ineffective group studies that lead him to develop Jump Start Tutoring, where students in kindergarten through college are given customized studying tools to help them pass ACT and SAT exams, various school subjects, and even nursing-school entrance exams.
Believing that learning and behavioral disorders stem from improper communication between brain hemispheres, Brain Balance Centers offers a drug-free, multi-faceted system to boost brain function. Physical and cognitive exercises combine with easy-to-follow dietary changes to improve social, academic and behavioral issues associated with ADHD, Asperger's, and other social and learning disorders without the use of medication. Now more than 50 Brain Balance Centers practice this Hemispheric Integration Therapy, with professional teams tailoring programs to help kids improve focus and behavior, academic performance, communication, and social skills.