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.
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Whether or not special needs affect their students, Dot-To-Dot Learning Center's speech language pathologists know how to cultivate an environment for effective learning. Their classes span the entire realm of academia, from reading and speech therapy to social skills and homeschooling techniques. They even lead Lego-based therapy, which encourages pupils to demonstrate creative flair as they flex their motor-skills muscles.
Seen on Sábado Gigante and Univision and Telemundo programs, Al "Liquid Silver" Espinoza is one of the world's most innovative salsa dancers. Calling his unique dance style millennium salsa, Espinoza infuses the traditional Latin steps with contemporary hip-hop moves such as popping and locking and body waves. The result is a unique, thoroughly modern take on a style as old as dancing guitars. Interested parties can take lessons from the master on a weekly basis or at one-time workshops held on weekends, or they can just catch his act in person at salsa congresses from Miami to DC.
Every child learns differently and has their own unique set of challenges. For this reason, JFK Tutoring, Inc. maintains a network of more than 4,000 tutors—all of whom have completed a criminal and educational background check—and has parents interview potential candidates until they find one they feel will be the best match for their child. Upon choosing a tutor, parents can then arrange contracts by the hour, week, or month, whichever is most convenient for them. Annual memberships include regular progress reports for both parents and teachers and complimentary biannual math and reading assessments to gauge progress.
Each tutoring session can be scheduled at JFK's learning facility or onsite at the child's home, school, or other public place such as a library, church, or community center. Tutors use JFK's own nationally recognized lesson plans, which have shown to improve test scores of 97% of students after eight weeks. There are specialized courses for SAT prep, as well as SES programs for low-income students at designated Title I schools. To keep their skills sharp, students can also use online exercises to practice on their own time or when their increased capabilities have allowed them to wander into a fourth dimension.