ALOHA (Abacus Learning of Higher Arithmetic) is a mathematics tutoring program that was originally developed for Malaysian children. Small group classes meet after school for step-by-step instruction from a qualified teacher or sentient abacus. The program has more than 3,000 centers in countries such as India, Thailand, Philippines, China, Australia, New Zealand, Oman, and UAE, and it was introduced to the United States in 2006. It also offers tutoring in reading and writing.
Since 1985, the Real Estate Education Center has helped real-estate professionals advance their careers through licensing courses accredited by the New York Department of State. Instructors at all four city locations—each in a different borough—couple classroom teachings with their personal real-world experience, helping students to learn not only the nuts and bolts of the industry, but also how they’re put into practice. The center comprises six licensing and certification schools, including Real Estate, Green LEED, Appraisal, Mortgage, Property Management, and Insurance. Each track requires different coursework and testing; a compendious overview of those requirements and an unofficial fan site for Glengarry Glen Ross can be found here.
The Brooklyn School of Real Estate helps ambitious brokers-to-be achieve their professional goals with flexibly scheduled classes on all aspects of real estate and property insurance. The real-estate salesperson course works toward the initial license, whereas working professionals keep up their credentials by enrolling in continuing-education courses on more advanced topics such as selling houses that are very, very big. The school’s programs focus not just on complex legal and financing issues but also on working carefully with buyers and sellers to make sure that they feel well-informed and supported at every step of the process.
After earning a 10th-degree black belt and retiring from life as a United States Secret Service operative, Grandmaster Dr. David Fury set out to create his own brand of fighting style. Informed by his professional background and competitive-fighting experience, the Fury system teaches close quarters, hand-to-hand combat and tactics. Students learn hard and fast striking moves intended to defuse a single or multiple attackers, as well as weapons-based fighting skills. Held seven days a week, classes can help students transform common household items into weapon—including an old magazine, kitchen utensils, or your coupon book for free hugs.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous centers understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of a skills assessment using diagnostic tools and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. Camps and after-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
At Thinking Tree Inc., experienced tutors work with kids aged kindergarten through 12th grade in any academic area. The tutors work to build a relationship with each student while still keeping a professional atmosphere in which to enhance the learning experience. They conduct private sessions that optimize learning skills, as well as group tutoring sessions that focus on the group as a whole and help to foster social skills in the process. The trained academics also lend a hand with homework help and test prep, and provide engaging afterschool activities such as chess club, computer club, and art class.